Entries from September 30th, 2013

History-Making Aspect of ACA Takes Back Seat to Political Vitriol

September 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment · budget policy, health care reform, journalism, role of government

By Denise Tessier The story opened with “History will be made Tuesday.” But history was relegated to second string when it came to the headline. “Like it or not, OBAMACARE is here” is the headline that ran atop the front page of the Sunday Journal print-edition, on its central story about this week’s rollout of […]

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NM’s Low Health Exchange Premiums: Big News Everywhere Else But in the Journal

September 27th, 2013 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert “Darn it. Those Obamacare insurance exchanges are about to open for business and they’re looking good. It’s early but informed competition may make health insurance affordable for the uninsured.” “Yeah, and worse yet, New Mexico is getting lower-than-average rates.” “So how do we avoid reporting that?” I don’t know if the editors […]

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Megaphones Ask No Questions

September 24th, 2013 · 3 Comments · journalism

 By Arthur Alpert  I fight technological progress but lose a lot. In fact, I just shelled out big bucks to transfer a couple of cherished souvenirs of my TV years from videotape to DVD. One, a quasi-documentary I produced for National Educational Television in the late 1960s, explored the idea of journalistic objectivity and found […]

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‘Media Buy the People’ – The Media Literacy Legacy of Bob McCannon

September 22nd, 2013 · 2 Comments · Education, journalism, role of government

By Denise Tessier Media reform is key, no matter what your issue. – Bob McCannon, New Mexico Media Literacy Project Recently, the Albuquerque Journal announced the death of Robert L. “Bob” McCannon, retired Albuquerque Academy teacher and coach who founded the New Mexico Media Literacy Project. McCannon’s legacy is his creation of a whole course […]

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A Daily Disdain for Journalism

September 20th, 2013 · 2 Comments · energy policy, environment, health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert “Those were the days” is a great, sad Russian drinking song that’s all about me. At least it is when Mary Hopkin sings, “Oh, my friend, we’re older but no wiser.” That’s why the Albuquerque Journal editors’ daily disdain for journalism still shocks me. Despite my white hair, I’m sickened. How do […]

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Skew

September 17th, 2013 · 1 Comment · energy policy, environment, journalism

By Arthur Alpert What I most admire about the Albuquerque Journal is the editors’ ability to advocate for the One Percent without trampling upon its conscientious reporters. To say the least, it’s a delicate operation. As an example, let’s consider their treatment of Kevin Robinson-Avila’s cover story Sunday, Sept. 15, on the move (national and […]

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Governor Has Upper Hand in Media Coverage of HSD Controversy

September 16th, 2013 · 2 Comments · health care reform, open government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier “Piecemeal” best describes coverage the Albuquerque Journal has given to what is turning out to be the biggest story of the year in New Mexico – the decimation of the state’s medical providers in behavioral health. With every story that runs, questions remain, including the most important: how all this turmoil affects […]

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Small Town Newspaper Still on the Story: New Revelations about Koch Brothers’ Clandestine NM Meeting

September 11th, 2013 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert An eccentric small town newspaper, the Corrales Comment, just ate the Albuquerque Journal’s journalistic lunch. In its Sept. 7 issue, the Comment, published twice a month, followed up on one of the most delicious New Mexico stories in memory – the Koch brothers’ clandestine conference of national political leaders and super-rich corporate […]

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Inexcusable Lack of Editing Maligns One of Journal’s Own

September 10th, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal editorial page staff’s willingness to run anything and everything on the Op-Ed page has been in evidence rather frequently lately, but one of the worst that made it into print was a screed Saturday (Sept. 7) that railed unfairly against one of the Journal’s own. The mean-spirited piece that […]

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