Entries from April 30th, 2013

In Absence of Senate Action, Hannah Skandera Confirms Herself; Media Chooses Not to Go Along

April 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Education, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Because the Senate has failed to get around to confirming her as secretary, New Mexico Public Education Secretary-designate Hannah Skandera has decided to just make it so, with the blessing of the governor. The Las Cruces Sun-News was apparently first to notice that Skandera had made herself secretary by stating as such […]

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If Only It Was That Simple

April 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Fact Check, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Back in the 1990s, when I co-owned and edited Prime Time, a monthly for New Mexican seniors, I regularly spoke to civic and senior organizations on “How the News Get Shaped.” Having worked in print and broadcast news (network, local and cable) I saw how the journalism differed depending on technology, how […]

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The West, Texas Explosion: A Horrific Lesson on Lax Regulatory Oversight

April 29th, 2013 · No Comments · role of government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier At the risk of sounding insensitive about the bombings in Boston (which would not be true), I could not help but compare, from the outset, how that event was covered by both national media and the Albuquerque Journal to the way the West, Texas fertilizer explosion was played. Because the former was […]

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The Right Fit: “News” Narrative Meets the Agenda

April 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert The pendulum never stops where it should. When I got into the news business, for example, the name of the game was “objectivity.” Of course that’s humanly impossible and you neuter yourself pursuing it. But the 1950s passion for “objectivity” was a swing of the pendulum back from the Front Page era […]

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Media Complicit in Allowing 60-Vote Threshold To Become Routine

April 22nd, 2013 · 3 Comments · journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Senate Defeats Gun Proposals WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected broader background checks for gun buyers and limits on the capacity of firearm magazines – proposals that had the support of both of New Mexico’s senators. Let’s set aside one’s individual preferences on gun control measures (although polls show that […]

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More on Word Power, This Time Related to Perceived Sexism and Voter Fraud

April 16th, 2013 · 2 Comments · journalism, Uncategorized, voting rights

By Denise Tessier As a follow-up to the post on the importance of the Associated Press admonition against use of “illegals” in covering immigration, two further examples of powerful word choice by news organizations, both national and local, merit discussion. The first involves a national obituary and its poor choice in word-phrase placement, which has […]

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Journal’s Free Market Fantasies Out of Sync with Real World Reporting

April 13th, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, journalism, role of government

By Arthur Alpert I’m sure you have noticed the excellent work of Journal business reporter Kevin Robinson-Avila. The guy has been writing intelligently and lucidly since his arrival last June, mostly about technology, energy and venture capital. He’s solidified my grasp on how the system works. And I should have written an appreciation earlier. That […]

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The Associated Press Gets the Point

April 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments · immigration, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Just yesterday (April 2), I saw this  message (in three different languages) on the T-shirt of a young woman in Albuquerque: There’s no such thing as an illegal human. What she wore was making an excellent point. Today’s Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Associated Press has issued a directive to […]

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Fossil Fuels Industry Coverage: No news if it’s bad news

April 2nd, 2013 · No Comments · economy, energy policy, environment, journalism, regulation, role of government

By Arthur Alpert Look for the Albuquerque Journal to run an Op Ed soon that extols the oil and gas industry for its outstanding safety record, in particular. How do I know this? I don’t. But the newspaper’s pattern makes it a sure thing. Where oil and gas are concerned, the editors consistently run opinion […]

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