Entries from March 24th, 2015

Some Brief Observations

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments · energy policy, environment, journalism, labor, NM Legislature, regulation

By Arthur Alpert I’m falling behind again, so here are a few, brief observations about the Albuquerque Journal’s daily alternative to journalism: • “Falsehoods and deception led to senator’s $50K payday” was the headline over Up Front columnist Thomas Cole’s excellent recapitulation of the Sen. Phil Griego story Sunday, March 22. Of course, it’s eight […]

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Was the Journal UpFront Column About Student Letters Fair?

March 21st, 2015 · 6 Comments · Education, inequality, journalism, role of government, state government

By Denise Tessier A week ago (March 13), the Albuquerque Journal gave its most important front page slot – the upper right-hand column – to an UpFront opinion piece by D’Val Westphal, one of the Journal’s editorial writers. It was headlined “Students’ letters show the system isn’t working”. In it, Westphal reported that she had […]

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Journal Silent on Udall’s Chemical Industry Regulation Bill

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Congress, environment, journalism, regulation, Washington

By Denise Tessier Both the Santa Fe New Mexican and the New York Times this past week have weighed in with editorials about New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall’s bill that would update federal law regulating chemicals. As of this writing, the Albuquerque Journal has not. The Journal’s Washington, D.C. correspondent, Michael Coleman, has done an […]

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New Mexican Directly Addresses Readers After Editor’s DWI Arrest

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism

By Denise Tessier The Santa Fe New Mexican deserves credit for publishing a story last Thursday (March 12) about the arrest of its own editor on suspicion of drunken driving earlier that same day. That it would follow the story with an opinion piece from the newspaper’s owner a week later (March 19) is even […]

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Editorial on Griego Resignation Exposes Gap in News Coverage

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism, NM Legislature, state government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert What follows probably constitutes a first. I don’t remember ever digging into a single Albuquerque Journal editorial for a post. But what the editorial board said Tuesday, March 17, under the headline, “Griego resignation fallout sends politics into the mud” deserves attention for its tone, what it gets right and what it […]

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Relegating The Civil Rights Struggle To The Past

March 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment · civil rights, journalism, voting rights

By Arthur Alpert Oh, the things you learn from reading the Albuquerque Journal! America’s eternal struggle with race is pretty much history. Did you know that? Truth be told, I didn’t. Not, that is, until I read the Journal’s headlines over the story of the recent commemoration of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma 50 […]

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Journal Rolled Out Red Carpet for Netanyahu’s Speech

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments · foreign policy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Because we have not for a long time explicated the newspaper’s narrative on foreign policy, including Israel and the Mideast, let us consider the Albuquerque Journal’s lead story Wednesday, March 4. To do so properly, we must read it in the context of the Journal’s basic stance on foreign policy. As regular […]

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