Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

“Plutocrats Against Democracy”: The news deemed not fit to print by the Journal

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments · climate change, economy, health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert I had no idea Paul Krugman read the Albuquerque Journal, did you? Hard to believe, I know, but his Oct. 23 NY Times column contains big hints that he follows our local daily closely. It’s headlined, “Plutocrats Against Democracy”. Krugman argues first that plutocrats (that is, persons whose power derives from their […]

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The Journal’s Bad Habit of Politically Motivated Headlines

October 12th, 2014 · 3 Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert As I was musing the other day about my last post here, there came to mind, unbidden, a 1940s era radio show called “Can You Top This?” where comedians tried to out-funny each other. No matter how long I monitor the Albuquerque Journal, I’ll never find anything to top the arrogance, self-indulgence […]

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It’s Simply Moralizing, You See

October 3rd, 2014 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday, Sept. 28, that New Mexico press associations recognized excellence in covering breaking news, photography, sports, features, editorial cartoon and mobile apps. It was good to be reminded there are many talented hardworking staffers doing professional work at the daily. What’s lacking though is recognition of those in […]

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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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More Journalistic Offenses of Commission and Omission

September 17th, 2014 · No Comments · economy, financial coverage, health care reform, inequality, journalism, polling

By Arthur Alpert Some days this gig is frustrating. No, that’s incorrect; it’s frustrating most days because I cannot decide if I should alert you to Albuquerque Journal management’s daily journalistic offenses of commission or its offenses of omission. Should I say the headline on Winthrop Quigley’s Sept. 14 UpFront column on commercial insurance rates […]

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George Will’s Ethical Lapses Bespeak Allegiance to Oligarchy

September 12th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, Congress, inequality, journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal just published still another George Will column (9/11) in which he upends history, common sense and rationality to argue for the interests of the American oligarchy. That may not be coincidence. Will’s argument may be a quid pro quo for what his benefactors paid him. Recently, the Society of […]

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Gessing, Gisser and the Common Good

September 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Fact Check, journalism, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert I’m involved in a production of Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” opening Sept. 5 at the brand-new Vortex on Carlisle NE. Given its authorship, it’s no big surprise the play is funny, but in rehearsal I realized Martin also excels at making audiences feel intelligent. My colleague, Denise Tessier, has […]

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‘Real Attacks, Fake News’

August 26th, 2014 · No Comments · Congress, journalism, Washington

By Denise Tessier My colleague Arthur Alpert is quite good at pointing out instances in which the Albuquerque Journal fails to carry a column that is at cross-purposes with the conservative newspaper’s ideological bent. Here’s yet another glaring example: The Journal (so far) has failed to run a Dana Milbank column that warned news consumers […]

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Linthicum’s Leaving Not Reason Enough for Readers to Follow

August 25th, 2014 · 4 Comments · journalism

By Denise Tessier Recently, when talking about the Albuquerque Journal, an acquaintance said, “The only reason I read the Journal is Leslie Linthicum.” When pressed, this person acknowledged other excellent writers who work at the Journal – Win Quigley and Joline Gutierrez Krueger came up for mention. My acquaintance couldn’t argue with the journalistic value […]

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An Inquiry into The Absence of Fact-Checking at The Journal

August 21st, 2014 · 4 Comments · energy policy, Fact Check, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert In a July 21 post hypothesizing that a True Believer or two in the Albuquerque Journal hierarchy may explain the newspaper’s egregious faults, I noted that the editors do not fact-check the columns they run on the editorial and Op Ed pages. Today let’s consider why. It could be ignorance; what management […]

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