Entries from September 24th, 2014

Not Newsworthy at The Journal: Climate Change Protests, Departure of Google and Facebook from ALEC

September 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment · energy policy, environment, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Across the globe, demonstrators marched and chanted and some did civil disobedience to wake the rest of us to the ill effects of climate change. That was Sunday, Sept. 21. The New York Times’ story the next day, prominently displayed, was headlined “Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets”. The […]

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Growing Awareness About Climate Change Too Great To Ignore

September 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · energy policy, environment, journalism

By Denise Tessier “People must lead in climate change .” That headline on Eugene Robinson’s column in the Albuquerque Journal this morning couldn’t be more pertinent. The people who will lead in climate change aren’t the world leaders meeting today at the U.N. Climate Summit, but rather the citizens of the world, Robinson wrote, saying […]

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On Losing Tesla: Blame the Unions

September 19th, 2014 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism, labor, tax policy

By Denise Tessier In the days since Tesla announced its decision to locate its $2 billion “mega” battery factory in Nevada, a number of stories have pondered New Mexico’s “loss.” In the ABQ Free Press, reporter Peter St. Cyr talked to politicians, business leaders and “free market advocates” and came up with a list of […]

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More Journalistic Offenses of Commission and Omission

September 17th, 2014 · No Comments · economy, financial coverage, health care reform, inequality, journalism, polling

By Arthur Alpert Some days this gig is frustrating. No, that’s incorrect; it’s frustrating most days because I cannot decide if I should alert you to Albuquerque Journal management’s daily journalistic offenses of commission or its offenses of omission. Should I say the headline on Winthrop Quigley’s Sept. 14 UpFront column on commercial insurance rates […]

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Siding With the Rich and Powerful: The Journal’s Lack of Support for the Voice of the Citizenry

September 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment · campaign finance reform, Congress, inequality, tax policy, voting rights

By Denise Tessier Unlike the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Telegraph blogger Matt Reichbach saw the importance of one particular news story from Thursday. The first entry on his “Morning Word” list of stories from around the state today was this: • As expected, a Republican filibuster blocked the passage of a constitutional amendment to reverse […]

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George Will’s Ethical Lapses Bespeak Allegiance to Oligarchy

September 12th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, Congress, inequality, journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal just published still another George Will column (9/11) in which he upends history, common sense and rationality to argue for the interests of the American oligarchy. That may not be coincidence. Will’s argument may be a quid pro quo for what his benefactors paid him. Recently, the Society of […]

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Gessing, Gisser and the Common Good

September 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Fact Check, journalism, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert I’m involved in a production of Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” opening Sept. 5 at the brand-new Vortex on Carlisle NE. Given its authorship, it’s no big surprise the play is funny, but in rehearsal I realized Martin also excels at making audiences feel intelligent. My colleague, Denise Tessier, has […]

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