Entries from February 27th, 2013

Fear and Loathing of ‘Agenda 21’

February 27th, 2013 · No Comments · environment, NM Legislature, role of government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier A non-binding resolution, passed at a United Nations conference more than 20 years ago, is suddenly a “threat to homes (and the) property of our middle-class” in New Mexico. That’s according to the column, “Agenda 21 threat to homes, property of our middle-class,” which got the top spot on the Sunday Journal’s […]

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Minimum Wage Update: Comforting the Comfortable

February 25th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, journalism, labor, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert How do I love thee, oh minimum wage debate? Let me count the ways. Well, no, let me enumerate, instead, just two reasons for my passion. First, minimum wage disputes are, at bottom, about distribution of power in the hierarchy. And understanding that the world is vertical (authoritarian), not horizontal (democratic) underlies […]

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Handling the Domenici Disclosure

February 21st, 2013 · 6 Comments · journalism

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal was handed a scoop with former Sen. Pete Domenici’s disclosure he fathered a secret child decades ago, a story that was quickly picked up by news outlets nationwide. The disclosure story published Wednesday (Feb. 20) was the result of Domenici  contacting the paper with the revelation that New Mexico’s […]

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Keeping the Minimum Wage Pot Boiling at the (Albuquerque) Journal of Opinion

February 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, journalism, labor, role of government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert (Feb. 14, 2013) How can it be that the President wants to raise the federal minimum wage? Surely he’s aware that the Albuquerque Journal opposes it with every fiber of its being. I don’t mean editorially, although the paper has so editorialized. No, I mean the Journal is opposed in its (so-called) […]

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Changes to Journal Story, Headline Catch Santa Fe Reporter’s Eye

February 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier It’s unusual for one newspaper to comment on another’s editorial decisions, but the Santa Fe Reporter did just that this past week (Feb. 8) in questioning why an Albuquerque Journal headline was changed to take on a “softer tone” toward the governor and why a story was taken off the web and […]

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Standard & Poor’s Story Prompts a Question

February 12th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Applause, please, for the Albuquerque Journal, which ran a story (Wed., Feb. 6) about the Feds’ civil suit charging Standard & Poors with misleading investors on mortgage investments. Mind you, it came late; Journal editors first ignored preview stories from the Associated Press and Washington Post, then ignored their same-day accounts. Also, […]

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Journal Helps Deliver Pervasive Misunderstandings About the Postal Service

February 11th, 2013 · 3 Comments · labor, role of government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” could keep postal workers from their appointed rounds. But in August, those Saturday rounds could stop – and in a nutshell, Congress would be to blame. But don’t look to get that story from the Albuquerque Journal. On its Saturday editorial page, […]

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Remembering Cliff Hammond

February 6th, 2013 · No Comments · journalism, role of government

By Arthur Alpert Cliff Hammond’s Albuquerque Journal obituary reminded me that no matter the journalistic malfeasance the newspaper perpetrates daily to serve the plutocracy, management is not totalitarian. Deborah Ziff’s account of his life in the Tuesday, Feb. 5 issue made no attempt to airbrush the facts of his – dare I say it? – […]

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