Entries from May 29th, 2013

A Plea of Guilty: Tom Clifford, Joe Monahan and the Emily Litella Affair

May 29th, 2013 · No Comments · journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Bailiff: ”Oyez, oyez. The court is now in session, the Honorable John Doe presiding, to hear the case of Joe Monahan, esteemed blogger, v. Arthur Alpert, accused thief of words. Judge Doe: “Alpert, how do you plead?” AA: “Well, er, I don’t know, Your Honor. Joe thinks I stole from him and […]

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Filling the Gap: Theater Stories from the Mountains and the Plains

May 29th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier One of the comments  left on my colleague Arthur Alpert’s excellent post on the Journal cutting its theater coverage suggested that: The (New Mexico) Compass or the (Weekly) Alibi could step into the vacuum by adding and increasing theater coverage with well written previews and reviews, and pick up readers in the […]

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Anatomy of Avoidance: How the Journal deprived readers of the Apple tax dodge story

May 27th, 2013 · No Comments · journalism, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Some 20 years ago, I was afraid of new technology, stuck in manual typewriter mode, when my partners and I decided to create a senior monthly, Prime Time. Desktop publishing meant I had to use a Mac, the SE30. Friends said it was “idiot-proof” and so it proved. With a hand up […]

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Undue Influence

May 27th, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier “American colleges have become polarizing institutions,” read the headline on the Albuquerque Journal’s May 23 Op-Ed page. Such a claim, which was polarizing in itself, merited a glance to see who wrote it. It wasn’t labeled as written by a think tank researcher, but rather as by “Kevin Hassett, Los Angeles Times.” […]

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More on Benghazi

May 23rd, 2013 · No Comments · Fact Check, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier As a follow-up to my “Benghazi, Benghazi!” post: After a week of wire stories related to last year’s attack on the U.S. outpost in Libya, the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday (May 22) carried an Associated Press report that the FBI “has identified a number of individuals that it believes have information or […]

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Jon Barela, Garrey Carruthers, Miss Emily Litella and the Journal’s Silver Linings (Economics) Playbook

May 21st, 2013 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Don’t tell me the Albuquerque Journal is not wonderful in its fashion. Not journalistically, of course, but in its tireless efforts skew the news to fit its agenda. Only the other day, you may remember, I was pointing out how the editors kinda, sorta downplayed a Dan Boyd story that – because […]

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Benghazi! Benghazi!

May 19th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Like a perfect storm, three stories piled upon one another day after day this past week, wrenching national media attention from bombings, sensational crime and gun laws — taking space that should be used to cover pressing issues, like student loan debt and the continuing paucity of jobs.  I’m sticking with my […]

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The Martinez Administration’s Multi-Million Dollar Mistake and the Journal’s Curious Absence of Outrage

May 17th, 2013 · 2 Comments · NM Legislature, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s capacity for outrage is huge, almost as great as its passion for transparency. So where’s the outrage? Where’s the transparency? Where are they, I mean, now that we know the 2013 Legislature passed a budget based on oral testimony at the 11th hour from the Governor’s Finance Secretary that […]

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The Tactics of Offense and Defense: How the Journal Reshapes Healthcare News

May 15th, 2013 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert What’s a saving grace? Well, an online dictionary says it’s “a quality that makes up for other generally negative characteristics; redeeming feature.” I was grappling with the question, you see, of whether – where healthcare reporting is concerned – Winthrop Quigley is the Albuquerque Journal’s saving grace. The answer is no, but […]

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News in Itself: Backlash Against Heritage Foundation Report Makes Journal’s Front Page

May 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Fact Check, immigration, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier What, to a longtime reader, could have been more astonishing than finding in the Albuquerque Journal a news story containing criticism about the Heritage Foundation? Answer: Seeing that wire service story on the Journal’s front page – and then seeing the Journal follow it up with its own staff-generated report the next […]

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