By Arthur Alpert
I promised to do better this year in alerting you to what the Albuquerque Journal doesn’t print.
• Twenty-six House Republicans, including many associated with the Tea Party, foiled GOP Speaker John Boehner’s move to extend three provisions of the Patriot Act Feb. 8. (Later, via a procedural maneuver, he got the extension.)
The Journal carried nary a word.
• At the Conservative Political Action Conference, when former Vice-President Cheney presented an award to former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, libertarian-oriented Tea Party folks booed them.
The Journal didn’t report that, either.
• GOP Representatives associated with the Tea Party forced the GOP House leadership to demand deeper budget cuts than planned.
The Journal carried that, sort of, but the AP story on the Feb. 10 front page said “rebellious conservatives” pushed the GOP leadership to up its demands. Its sole tea party citation came in the sixth paragraph on A8.
What the three stories have in common, obviously, is an ongoing argument inside the Republican Party.
So it’s easy to guess why the Journal ignored two and published a third muting the dissension – to soft-pedal the intraparty combat.
But that’s speculation. All I know is the Journal passed on stories that reverberated elsewhere.