Entries from December 20th, 2013

Censoring The Pope

December 20th, 2013 · 3 Comments · economy, inequality, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert As I was saying, power and its distribution by hierarchy – are fundamental. Naturally, the folks atop the ladder fear nothing more than challenges to that inequality. And now, after the U.S. elite has spent 40 years restoring the rampant inequality of the Gilded Age, with its poisoned fruits, Americans are protesting […]

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Gushing About Oil, But Not Environmental Rallies. . . Plus, A Sincere Thank You

December 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment · energy policy, environment, financial coverage, journalism

By Denise Tessier Because I’ve already called out the Albuquerque Journal for blatantly boostering the oil and gas industry, there’s no need to devote a whole post to that topic. But a brief mention is warranted because the Nov. 25 Business Outlook cover story and headline were almost a repeat of what prompted my post […]

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News From The Aerie Dwellers

December 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, financial coverage, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Journalism is superficial, of course. With some praiseworthy exceptions, it’s basically a gloss on politics. Politics is superficial, too, relative to what it revolves around, power. Power, however, is fundamental. So is its distribution along the vertical axis we call hierarchy. “It’s good to be the king,” said Mel Brooks, reminding us […]

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Read All About It (elsewhere): GM Bailout Saved a Million Jobs

December 11th, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, journalism, role of government, Washington

By Arthur Alpert If you ever doubted the Albuquerque Journal’s passion for passing off its editorial views as news, consider a modest item on the Business Page, Tuesday, Dec. 10, almost at the bottom left. Here’s the headline: “Feds lost $10.5B in bailout of GM” And here is the first of its three paragraphs: “The […]

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When Unacceptable Becomes Predictable

December 10th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Gov. Susana Martinez took Albuquerque Journal columnist Leslie Linthicum’s advice. Or maybe it just looks that way. According to this morning’s Journal (Dec. 10), the governor finally commented on a now-fired State Policeman’s use of deadly force against a woman and her five children during an October traffic stop near Taos. Linthicum’s […]

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Minimalism Meets Journalism: HSD Audit Alteration Story

December 1st, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, state government

By Arthur Alpert Last time, I dealt with the macrocosm, the amazing congruence of the Albuquerque Journal’s narrative with the Koch brothers’ political agenda. Today, let’s zoom in on a microcosm. I refer to the Journal’s coverage of the ongoing drama sparked by the State Human Services Department’s decision to stop funding 15 mental health […]

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