Entries from March 31st, 2013

Signs of Spring?

March 31st, 2013 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert It’s warm again this morning, but as a wise New Mexican I won’t call the swamp cooler guy. It’s another false spring. A perpetual optimist, I keep scrutinizing the morning paper, too, for signs of an Albuquerque Journal spring. And recently a few greens sprouted. Did you notice the story headlined, “Parties […]

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More Shocking Than Sex: Censorship of Student Journalism

March 29th, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Denise Tessier It’s a timely coincidence that the Spring issue of UNM’s alumni magazine Mirage featured four former editors and the current editor of the UNM Daily Lobo addressing the value of “an independent student newspaper.” It’s timely because it came just days before Central New Mexico Community College administrators shut down CNM’s student […]

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New Mexico Mercury: Journalism as a ‘Regional Meeting of the Minds’

March 23rd, 2013 · 4 Comments · journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Since the demise of the Albuquerque Tribune more than four years ago, V.B. (Barrett) Price has been trying to save Albuquerque from being a one-newspaper (Albuquerque Journal) town. For two of those years, he did so by contributing columns at the all-volunteer, free distribution paper ABQ TRIal Balloon, which, as its name […]

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It’s “See No Evil” When Covering Big Business

March 21st, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, labor, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert (March 19) I made one big mistake and one small one, but I am glad. In correcting them, I’ll enlarge on the argument of my last post – that the Albuquerque Journal exempts corporate America from serious scrutiny – and refine the corollary, that the Journal is  dedicated to denigrating government. Last […]

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Isn’t it time for a Foundation for Open Corporate America?

March 15th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, journalism, open government, role of government

By Arthur Alpert Consider this pregnant juxtaposition. It’s Sunshine Week and today, March 15, the Albuquerque Journal has omitted any report on JP Morgan dysfunction, totally ignoring what N.Y. Times editors deemed the top story of the day and what Washington Post editors considered essential, too. This is intentional and deliberate. Probably the Journal will […]

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Island of Influence: Report Details Impact of Koch-funded Donors Trust in New Mexico

March 10th, 2013 · 2 Comments · environment, journalism, role of government, tax policy, voting rights

By Arthur Alpert Remember when Secretary of State John Foster Dulles refused to “recognize” China because he disapproved of its Communist government?  A wedding of stupidity and arrogance was sufficient to wipe a colossus from the world atlas. The Albuquerque Journal’s inability to recognize the existence of a continent of the wealthy – where cash […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Hanna Skandera

March 8th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Education, NM Legislature, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal finally ran a “For the Record” Friday (March 8) correcting two mistakes that were made in its editorial of a full week before (March 1). The editorial’s topic: support for confirmation of Hanna Skandera. The correction says the editorial,  “Skandera has earned New Mexico’s support,” was wrong in saying […]

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A Revealing Prism

March 4th, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, financial coverage, journalism, labor, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s editorials on national issues are educational. • They reveal management’s political stance. • They identify the prism through which management views news. • They augur which stories, opinions and ideas the newspaper will publish and which will earn token appearances or none at all. Case in point – the […]

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