Entries from July 31st, 2014

Journal Editorials Omit Key Information in Laying Foundation for Positions They Take

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Fact Check, journalism, tax policy

By Denise Tessier Two recent Albuquerque Journal editorials – on why Americans should celebrate the Fourth of July (“Try Asking a Guatemalan”) and one on the nation’s debt – were called out for criticism by JournalWatch colleague Arthur Alpert last week, and caught my attention as well because of their distorted “analysis”. But, sadly, the […]

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Casual Insult Elicits Defense From Reporter’s Colleagues, Apology from Director of Think Tank

July 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism, state government, tax policy

By Denise Tessier Paid libertarian Paul Gessing set off a Twitter run of comments last week when he tweeted the question: What’s worse, the economic return on NM film industry or reporting on new study? The point of the tweet was to direct Twitter followers to Gessing’s essay “New Study confirms film subsidies are a […]

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Distorting the Dialogue on Debt

July 24th, 2014 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal editorial on U.S. debt in the Wednesday, July 23, edition provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how management distorts the political dialogue. It was yet another Journal warning that unless we cut the debt soon and the US learns to “live within its means,” there’s an “impending fiscal calamity” […]

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Inaccurate and Bigoted Editorial Evokes “The Paranoid Style”

July 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments · economy, environment, health care reform, immigration, inequality, journalism, regulation, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Wow! What a July 4 editorial! I found it angry, bitter, twisted, deeply ignorant and inaccurate. That is to say, very satisfying. Let me explain. I have been reading the Albuquerque Journal closely for years but cannot figure out why it’s an insult to journalism. Why do the editors regularly violate its […]

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A Nuclear Day of Remembrance

July 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment · energy policy, environment

By Denise Tessier At the risk of initially sounding weird, I remember where I was when word came that United Nuclear’s uranium tailings ponds had breached and spilled radioactive sludge into the Rio Puerco at Church Rock in western New Mexico. The event remains the largest uranium tailings spill in U.S. history. I remember because […]

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Journal Comment Lacking on Net Neutrality; Public Can Weigh In Until Midnight

July 15th, 2014 · 1 Comment · journalism, regulation

By Denise Tessier Considering the importance of the internet both in the workplace and at home, it’s a shame the Albuquerque Journal didn’t have the time and resources to cover properly Federal Communications Commissioner Tom Wheeler’s visit to Albuquerque earlier this summer. Under Wheeler, a former cable-industry lobbyist, the FCC is proposing rules on net […]

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Indulging in a Flight of Fancy

July 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment · journalism, open government, state government

By Arthur Alpert It isn’t a smoking gun, but the Santa Fe New Mexican’s story last Saturday sure was an eye-opener. Here’s the headline: “Records: N.M. paid Arizona firm ahead of provider shake-up” And here are reporter Patrick Malone’s first two paragraphs: “Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration shook up the state’s mental health system last June […]

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