By Arthur Alpert
I get distracted. The Albuquerque Journal commits so many journalistic offenses demanding correction that I fail to alert you – as promised – to its errors of omission.
If errors they are.
To take one major category I’ve often mentioned, the Journal doesn’t publish economists whose analyses – if I may think vertically – honor the interests of the middle and lower classes. (Horizontally speaking, they’re liberal or leftist.)
By omitting those commentators, the newspaper effectively bans certain ideas or gets darn close.
Take, for example, the idea that the deficit is not the nation’s number one challenge – jobs and the economy should take priority.
Here’s another – serious budget-cutting now would slow the recovery. Better wait a while.
If you are of a certain age, you know what happened when FDR swerved from his “pump-priming” in 1936-37; the recovery stopped dead; reanimation arrived only with the ultimate stimulus program, World War II.
(I cannot remember ever reading about that episode in the Journal.)
Nor has our daily dealt seriously with the (related) idea that big cuts right now will cost jobs.
It isn’t my point that these ideas are correct.
It is that an enterprise dedicated to journalism would include them, without hesitation, in its marketplace of ideas.