The Journal Breaks Its Own Rule

September 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert

This is to acknowledge an exceptional Albuquerque Journal story.

It ran on the front page Friday, Sept. 10, under the headline:

“Federal Spending in N.M. Up 15%.”

I was immediately struck by the headline over the account from Barry Massey of the (state) Associated Press. You see – cue the trumpets! – it reflected the lead paragraph.

That’s not the rule at the Journal. It’s exceptional.

And there’s more.

Massey explicated a Census Bureau report on federal spending here (including the stimulus dollars the Journal habitually badmouths) and recruited Gerry Bradley, economist and research director for New Mexico Voices for Children and Lee Reynis, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at UNM to put the numbers in context.

See why I found it exciting? No?

Massey did NOT consult Paul Gessing (or anybody) at the Rio Grande Foundation.

How it happened is beyond me, but it’s true – the Journal reported on governmental spending without Gessing’s wisdom!

Its absence made this Journal story exceptional; as I noted here August 31, New Mexico’s resident Church of the Laissez-faire cuts a wide swath through the Journal’s Op Ed, news and letters pages.

The exception is duly noted.

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