Entries from April 29th, 2014

Cogs in the Koch Astroturf Machine

April 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · energy policy, Fact Check, journalism

By Arthur Alpert It was a small item, really, a few slim paragraphs, on the Albuquerque Journal’s Business page Friday, April 25. Yet it spoke or rather shouted volumes about the newspaper. The headline read, “Libertarian author to talk at luncheon”. “The Rio Grande Foundation”, it read, “is hosting a luncheon talk with Matt Kibbe […]

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Misdirection Play: What the Journal Didn’t Tell You About the Capital Research Center

April 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Fact Check, journalism, labor

By Arthur Alpert Albert Camus once pondered the idea, which I paraphrase, that in the last analysis, there are no villains, only victims. But only, he stressed, in that last analysis. I use the Camus insight for self- restraint. Instead of condemning a villain or cabal for outrageous behavior I try – not always successfully […]

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Cooking the Books, or Just a Kooky Column?

April 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment · financial coverage, health care reform, journalism

By Denise Tessier “Cooking the books” is a sizzling charge against anyone. The Albuquerque Journal, via a column by Bloomberg News columnist Megan McArdle, levied that claim Friday against the president.  (“Census books cooked to boost Obamacare? ” April 18) The style of the column was off-putting enough. McArdle referred to herself with the word […]

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Covering New Mexico’s Second ‘Scathing’ Report of the Month

April 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment · state government

By Denise Tessier By now, most know that the U.S. Department of Justice wasn’t the only group issuing a scathing report related to New Mexico this month. Mother Jones’ article about Gov. Susana Martinez  was a hot story on national media sites Wednesday and made same-day news on all the local television stations (although KRQE […]

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More Flailing Against Obamacare, and Related Backdoor Attacks on the IRS

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, health care reform, tax policy

By Denise Tessier When the health care enrollment deadline of March 31 passed with more than 7 million people signed up nationwide – “beating expectations” as the Associated Press put it – the Albuquerque Journal put the news inside , deciding the front-page story should be “NM lags on health care sign-ups.” The latter, more […]

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Op Ed Page: Hiding Information Denies Needed Perspective

April 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments · energy policy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Last time out, I wrote about a host of economic stories and topics the Albuquerque Journal bans from the newspaper, presumably because they contradict its political agenda. I’d planned to continue, offering lots more news the Journal finds not fit to print, but I won’t. We interrupt that program to detour to […]

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The Real Driver

April 7th, 2014 · 5 Comments · inequality, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert  There can be no doubt the Albuquerque Journal is a broadsheet of political advocacy rather than a conventional, old-fashioned, story-driven newspaper. And the strongest evidence for that proposition lies in what it won’t cover.  The daily ignores broad swaths of American (and New Mexican) life, but for neatness sake, let’s confine ourselves […]

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WIPP: Reconsidering the ‘Impossible’

April 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment · environment

By Denise Tessier Before the leak, a radiation incident at WIPP was considered virtually impossible. . . That’s a line from the Journal’s March 27 editorial in which the Albuquerque Journal revealed a collective change of heart about the infallibility of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, the only existing repository for the nation’s […]

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