Entries from August 31st, 2012

Forget the Emperor/Prince; It’s Fox ‘News’ That Has No Clothes

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier From two recent wire reports: The Navy SEAL who wrote an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden under a pseudonym was identified . . . by Fox News. The prince has no clothes – but British newspapers aren’t running the pictures. The fact that these two wire reports appeared […]

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Asking The Question, “Why?”

August 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert “Don’t look back,” said Satchel Paige. “Something might be gaining on you.” Me, I try not to look back for fear of getting stuck in the past, but obituaries make that very difficult. Neil Armstrong’s passing awakened memories of helping produce ABC-TV News coverage of Apollo 11, like recruiting Duke Ellington and […]

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Journal Finally Takes a Closer Look at Rio Grande Foundation

August 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal ran yet another Rio Grande Foundation column last Monday (Aug. 20), but this time Journal editors actually added something new to the conservative think tank’s description at the column’s close: The Rio Grande Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan, tax-exempt New Mexico research and educational organization. The Donors Capital Fund […]

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Behind the Curve

August 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment · budget policy, economy, regulation, role of government

By Arthur Alpert I run as fast as I can but cannot keep up. Let me explain my routine. After spending a few hours shaping a piece on Albuquerque Journal management’s malfeasance, I save it and go about some other business. Tomorrow, I figure, I’ll double-check, proof and give it a final rewrite. But tomorrow […]

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The Journal Can’t Get Enough of Robert Samuelson’s War Against Geezers

August 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment · budget policy, economy, health care reform, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I read lots of humdrum stuff, but what psychologist Jonathan Haidt told the N.Y. Times a couple of weeks ago was a jolt. “The fervor and passion of partisans is clearly rewarding; and if it’s rewarding, it involves dopamine; and if it involves dopamine, then it is potentially addictive.” Extreme partisans, he […]

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Weighty Issue Brought to Forefront

August 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier After praising the Weekly Alibi for its bold cover and editorial coverage of the “Megadrought” in New Mexico, it’s only fair to congratulate the Albuquerque Journal for putting bold and dramatic emphasis on the state’s drug problems with its “Deadly Addiction” series by Mike Gallagher, groups of stories that ran on multiple […]

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Still No Support for the Postal Service

August 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Do we Americans still not care whether the U.S. Postal Service exists? If one gauges an answer by looking to the House of Representatives or the Albuquerque Journal, the answer appears to be “no.” With regard to Congress, it appears to be “no” because the House adjourned for five weeks without passing […]

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A Double Standard Case Study

August 11th, 2012 · No Comments · budget policy, energy policy, environment, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s approach to right-wing ideology and organizations is simple. Do not cover them in the news pages unless you must. Minimize news that contradicts them. Do provide them a platform in the opinion pages. Make sure they get the most ink. The editors’ achievement in “killing two birds with one […]

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A Triumph of Omission

August 1st, 2012 · 1 Comment · energy policy, environment, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Credit the Albuquerque Journal with killing two birds with one stone. The “birds” are stories Journal management prefers not to cover because (I surmise) they contradict the newspaper’s editorial agenda. The first is the dangers of climate change or global warming as a result of human activity. The second is the political […]

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