Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

The Journal’s Trump Problem

September 1st, 2016 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert We’ve already done three performances of “Electoral Dysfunctions”, eight short plays on political themes at the new Vortex on Carlisle, with two more weekends to go, but I’m feeling pretty good about my role. I wrote and perform –in a Trumpian wig – an introduction to the show that Sunday’s audience, bless […]

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Diversion

August 21st, 2016 · 3 Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert A thousand years ago when I was young, the Arts and Entertainment editor at my Big Apple newspaper sent me to review a Lenny Bruce show in Greenwich Village. Bruce wasn’t funny at all. What I didn’t know at the time was that he was on his last legs, succumbing to drugs […]

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Let No Journalistic Malfeasance Go Unremarked

August 8th, 2016 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert So where do I start? That’s the question whenever I sit down at the iMac because every issue of the Albuquerque Journal begs for corrective action and ideally we should let no journalistic malfeasance go unremarked. Where do I start and (given that my time and energy are finite), which issues do […]

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Koch Brothers Watch: The Journal did it again and then ran a puzzling correction

July 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment · climate change, journalism, Koch brothers, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Sometimes I just don’t understand. Perhaps you can explain what just happened. My editor had hardly finished posting my last essay, with its reference to the Albuquerque Journal’s refusal to identify the Koch brothers’ essays it regularly publishes as Koch brothers’ essays, when the daily’s editors did it again! They obfuscated the […]

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The Journal and the Web of Climate Change Denial

July 18th, 2016 · 2 Comments · climate change, energy policy, Fact Check, journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert Years ago back East, I taught journalism as an adjunct professor at colleges and a university. If I were to do it again, say at UNM, I’d insist my students read the Albuquerque Journal. To pick up tips from some excellent reporters and columnists, yes, but mostly to learn from the editors […]

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How to Report Business News: The Pharmaceutical Industry

July 5th, 2016 · 2 Comments · business coverage, journalism, regulation, role of government

By Arthur Alpert I was not born ancient. First I was a child, an American boy of the New York City variety, caught up in the great debate of my times – was Mays, Mantle or Snider the best center fielder ever – and lesser but still crucial sports topics. So naturally, I tackled the […]

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Blaming the Poor

June 27th, 2016 · 4 Comments · economy, inequality, journalism, labor

By Arthur Alpert Reading the Albuquerque Journal’s editorials is unpleasant but educational. The most obvious, daily lesson is the firm connection between the editorials and the news (and opinion) pages of the newspaper, a direct line from management’s political agenda to what the editors choose to print (or ignore) as “news.” Put another way, there’s […]

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Making the Delegate Call: Journal Editorializes against Itself

June 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert Do the honchos at the Albuquerque Journal ever read the Albuquerque Journal? I’m not kidding. In a moment I will present hard evidence to bolster the hypothesis that they don’t or that they read it but don’t grasp what the words mean. I can’t be certain. But consider this: On the Opinion […]

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Finding a Tidbit of Reality in an Unexpected Place

June 4th, 2016 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert Be still, my heart! The Albuquerque Journal just published a story on how Corporate America really works. Ok, it wasn’t a story, more like a paragraph. And it wasn’t part of a discussion, just a quote. But I shouldn’t nitpick. Fact is, the Journal, whose narrative on American business is a fairy […]

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Juxtapostion Decision: Page One Story Trumps Up Conflict between Obama and Veterans

May 31st, 2016 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert “When,” I upbraided myself April 29, “will I write about the Journal’s lack of intellect? Its failures cannot always be traced to politics. Often the editors simply choose to make moral judgments. Moral judgments murder thought. And their arguments are so often simplistic I wonder if they read books.” I fully intend […]

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