Entries from October 27th, 2013

Government Shutdown Coverage: A Discordant and Disqualifying Performance

October 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism, Uncategorized, Washington

By Arthur Alpert You have noticed, surely, how the Albuquerque Journal’s song changes from time to time, as if an unseen fiddler was calling variations on the tune. Now, for example, the editors are segueing from the shutdown/debt ceiling crisis to promote austerity, even as they maintain the underlying theme. One day soon I’ll document […]

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After Being Demonized, Maybe Teachers Deserve Note for Their Restraint

October 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Education, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Teachers acknowledge they are frustrated, even angry, but was the Journal expecting them to get violent? The Albuquerque Journal’s headline on its story about this week’s teacher protest rally subtly left that impression: Spirited, but peaceful (in large type) Hundreds protest new teacher evaluation system, student testing The headline was factual, and […]

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‘Found’ Coverage Play Pales Against National Alerts About ‘Lost’ Ranch Teens

October 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Denise Tessier The Journal’s just-launched ABQpaperboy feature got it right, even if the print edition of the paper didn’t, when it came to the play given to the “found” story about the teens from Tierra Blanca Ranch. Today’s top story on the new online service called “paperboy” — the emailing of top story headlines […]

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False Equivalency Shifts Into High Gear

October 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, health care reform, journalism, role of government, tax policy, Washington

By Arthur Alpert I must break the habit of understatement. In that last post, I mean, where I wrote the Albuquerque Journal was guilty of false equivalence and worse, in playing the shutdown story as a partisan divide where the parties are almost equally to blame and solutions lie in negotiations aimed at meeting in […]

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False Equivalency in the Government Shutdown Story, Journal Style

October 7th, 2013 · 3 Comments · budget policy, economy, health care reform, journalism, role of government, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Editors must work around the staff to distort local reality so it fits the Albuquerque Journal’s agenda. It’s a snap, however, when the issue is national. Witness the current campaign to persuade readers the federal government shutdown represents a split between Democrats and Republicans, the parties are almost equally to blame and […]

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Shutdown Provides Proof That Post Offices Aren’t a Taxpayer Burden

October 4th, 2013 · 1 Comment · budget policy, journalism, role of government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Why, with the federal government shut down, are post offices still open? Because they’re not funded with taxpayer dollars. While this week’s federal shutdown left parks closed, Native Americans without funding for crucial services and the president of the United States forced to cancel an important diplomacy trip to Malaysia and the […]

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