Strategic Omission: The Journal’s coverage of APS election contest left something out

February 6th, 2017 · 1 Comment · journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert

I live in Duranes, near Od Town, so I vote in Albuquerque Public Schools’ District 3.

Last weeks, I got a pre-recorded call from Rep. Steven Pearce, the downstate Republican, urging that I vote for Ali Ennenga for the school board. She is one of a few contenders trying to unseat incumbent Lorenzo Garcia in District 3.

To Ennenga’s credit, her mailings said the Republican Party paid for them. But Pearce?

Having followed the Albuquerque Journal’s syndicated Sunday reports on his voting record for years, I knew he represents the far right.

Then I received a card from Garcia supporters suggesting that Ennenga is allied with “pro-Trump tea party extremists.”

Why am I telling you this?

Because the Albuquerque Journal’s article on the race, headlined ”Candidates vie for District 3 APS board seat” and published Monday, Jan 23, never mentioned the Republican Party, Pearce or politics.

And because the Journal editorialized in favor of Ennenga Saturday, Feb. 4, with no mention of the Republican Party, Pearce or politics except for this:

“Incumbent Lorenzo Garcia has fought state education reforms that are now bearing fruit.”

I conclude the Journal’s coverage of the District 3 school board race was so superficial that it failed me and failed all readers –including fans of Rep. Pearce.

Which means the newspaper‘s new leadership has a big job ahead if it wants to bring the daily into the journalistic mainstream. I’ll explore that subject and explain my long absence in a future post.

See you at the polls.

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One Comment so far ↓

  • Emanuele Corso

    It is also about credibility. The Journal won’t be sailing into the”journalistic mainstream” until it gets its credibility up to acceptable standards.

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