Entries Tagged as 'American Legislative Exchange Council'

Not Newsworthy at The Journal: Climate Change Protests, Departure of Google and Facebook from ALEC

September 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment · energy policy, environment, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Across the globe, demonstrators marched and chanted and some did civil disobedience to wake the rest of us to the ill effects of climate change. That was Sunday, Sept. 21. The New York Times’ story the next day, prominently displayed, was headlined “Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets”. The […]

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In Cahoots with the Kochs

January 27th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, Fact Check, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I prefer short, common words, but the Koch brothers have earned “ubiquitous” by dint of their generous, energetic efforts to fund sundry conservative and Far Right political causes from seemingly inexhaustible pots of gold. At the Albuquerque Journal, however, the Kochs’ civic efforts don’t get them much ink. For a long time, […]

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The Amazing Congruence

November 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Education, energy policy, environment, journalism, labor, regulation

By Arthur Alpert I hope you read the latest post from my colleague, Denise Tessier. Focusing on an Americans for Prosperity essay targeting subsidies for wind power and a rebuttal letter to the Editor from a Las Cruces reader, she decried an unsavory Journal practice: “As we’ve often pointed out here at ABQJournalWatch,” Denise wrote, […]

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Signs of Spring?

March 31st, 2013 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert It’s warm again this morning, but as a wise New Mexican I won’t call the swamp cooler guy. It’s another false spring. A perpetual optimist, I keep scrutinizing the morning paper, too, for signs of an Albuquerque Journal spring. And recently a few greens sprouted. Did you notice the story headlined, “Parties […]

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Another Perspective on Heartland

September 11th, 2012 · No Comments · energy policy, environment, journalism

By Arthur Alpert My colleague Denise Tessier’s Sept. 6 post under the headline “Journal Gives Discredited Heartland a Podium” is more evidence she’s a superior journalist, a superior critic of journalism and an unbelievably kind human. She concludes that the newspaper “allowed itself to be used” when it ran a letter to the editor from […]

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A Triumph of Omission

August 1st, 2012 · 1 Comment · energy policy, environment, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Credit the Albuquerque Journal with killing two birds with one stone. The “birds” are stories Journal management prefers not to cover because (I surmise) they contradict the newspaper’s editorial agenda. The first is the dangers of climate change or global warming as a result of human activity. The second is the political […]

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The ALEC Story: It's Everywhere but the Journal

April 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Fact Check, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I don’t think the Albuquerque Journal can shock me any more. Last time I was stunned was when the editors simply ignored the President’s so-called populist speech at Osawatomie, Kansas, the site of Teddy Roosevelt’s historic “New Nationalism” oration in 1910. I’ll admit it – the arrogance shook me. Lately, however, Journal […]

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ALEC Coverage Offers Case Study

February 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Here, as promised, is a case study on how the Albuquerque Journal uses its news operation to promote its editorial agenda. Last Wednesday, Occupy Santa Fe demonstrators disrupted a dinner event of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) hosted for state legislators at the Old House restaurant in the Eldorado Hotel. Journal […]

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