Entries from September 27th, 2012

Voter Fraud, Orwell and Chutzpah

September 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment · journalism, voting rights

By Arthur Alpert What’s most amazing about the Albuquerque Journal is not its daily assault on journalistic decency. No, it’s the nerve – chutzpah, if you prefer – with which management crusades against fairness. Today, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, the editors published an Op Ed criticizing certain journalists for selling out and quoting George Orwell. […]

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More Than A Grain of Salt

September 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment · health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert I write today to praise salt. Physicians may decry its presence in our food, but it’s essential for reading our local newspaper. I prescribe great quantities to protect yourself, specifically, from the Associated Press product reproduced in the Albuquerque Journal daily – not grains of salt but volumes akin to what our […]

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Normally, No Regrets

September 19th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier It’s unusual for the Albuquerque Journal to “regret” a mistake, or even to categorize a mistake as an “error.” So it’s unusual that a headline in this morning’s Journal would refer to its State Fair price mistake as a “Journal Error,” and that underneath that headline the Journal’s editor would be quoted […]

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Add a Christian College to the Already Weighted Conservative Journal Opinion Roster

September 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments · journalism, role of government, tax policy

By Denise Tessier Earlier this week, fully a third of the Journal’s Op-Ed page was filled with a column by yet another conservative voice. This time, however, it was a conservative Christian college, rather than think tank, that provided the expert. The column was written by Paul Kengor, whose by-line describes him as “Executive Director, […]

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Another Perspective on Heartland

September 11th, 2012 · No Comments · energy policy, environment, journalism

By Arthur Alpert My colleague Denise Tessier’s Sept. 6 post under the headline “Journal Gives Discredited Heartland a Podium” is more evidence she’s a superior journalist, a superior critic of journalism and an unbelievably kind human. She concludes that the newspaper “allowed itself to be used” when it ran a letter to the editor from […]

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Agenda-setting

September 6th, 2012 · 1 Comment · budget policy, economy, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert It’s called “agenda-setting,” the theory that a prime function of news mediums is to tell readers and viewers what the big issues are. Makes sense to me, though I’d add that how the business couches those issues matters just as much as which they pick. So with those ideas in mind, let’s […]

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Journal Gives Discredited Heartland a Podium

September 6th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal’s Op-Ed page at times is a virtual mine field for unsuspecting readers. Case in point is the recent letter, “Kids Should Have School Choice,” which among its five brief sentences contained this line: Public charter schools help break up the government school monopoly on tuition-free schools. Great Scott! Readers, […]

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