Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

The Journal Is Not What Mr. Dooley Had in Mind

May 18th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert I’ve always known some journalists believed the purpose of a newspaper was “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” but not until a few days ago did I learn the source of the quote. Finley Peter Dunne, the 1890s-era humorist, wrote it in the voice of Martin Dooley, his famous bartender/political […]

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The Journal-Koch Brothers Relationship: How tight is it?

April 29th, 2015 · 4 Comments · campaign finance reform, journalism, Koch brothers, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I have become Pavlov’s dog and I don’t like it. You may remember how Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) conditioned a dog to salivate at the ring of a bell. Well, editors at the Albuquerque Journal (Pavlov) have trained me (pooch) to rush from the breakfast table to the iMac. There’s no […]

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Questionable Balance

April 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert As a sophisticated consumer of journalism, you know the dangers involved when news people or institutions seek balance. Most obviously, it implies there are two sides to a story. If only the world were that simple. And then there’s the problem of deciding what you want to balance. Years ago, when I […]

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Cognitive Dissonance

April 4th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism, war and peace

By Arthur Alpert I was listening to KUNM Radio several Friday mornings ago when Philip Connors, who wrote the highly praised “Fire Season”, recalled for interviewer Stephen Spitz his days as a Wall Street Journal reporter. When terrorists hit the World Trade Center, Connors said, he read his own newspaper and suffered “cognitive dissonance.” What […]

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Some Brief Observations

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments · energy policy, environment, journalism, labor, NM Legislature, regulation

By Arthur Alpert I’m falling behind again, so here are a few, brief observations about the Albuquerque Journal’s daily alternative to journalism: • “Falsehoods and deception led to senator’s $50K payday” was the headline over Up Front columnist Thomas Cole’s excellent recapitulation of the Sen. Phil Griego story Sunday, March 22. Of course, it’s eight […]

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Editorial on Griego Resignation Exposes Gap in News Coverage

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism, NM Legislature, state government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert What follows probably constitutes a first. I don’t remember ever digging into a single Albuquerque Journal editorial for a post. But what the editorial board said Tuesday, March 17, under the headline, “Griego resignation fallout sends politics into the mud” deserves attention for its tone, what it gets right and what it […]

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Relegating The Civil Rights Struggle To The Past

March 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment · civil rights, journalism, voting rights

By Arthur Alpert Oh, the things you learn from reading the Albuquerque Journal! America’s eternal struggle with race is pretty much history. Did you know that? Truth be told, I didn’t. Not, that is, until I read the Journal’s headlines over the story of the recent commemoration of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma 50 […]

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Journal Rolled Out Red Carpet for Netanyahu’s Speech

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments · foreign policy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Because we have not for a long time explicated the newspaper’s narrative on foreign policy, including Israel and the Mideast, let us consider the Albuquerque Journal’s lead story Wednesday, March 4. To do so properly, we must read it in the context of the Journal’s basic stance on foreign policy. As regular […]

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When It Comes to Providing Guest Columnist Background Info, Journal Employs Double Standard

February 24th, 2015 · 1 Comment · energy policy, Fact Check, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I promised to write “next time” on how Albuquerque Journal editors are treating Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Rep. Steve Pearce of southern New Mexico, but I lied. Well, it wasn’t exactly a lie and I will do it, soon, but first a necessary postscript to Saturday’s piece about the Albuquerque […]

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Agenda-Driven Omissions: Journal Overlooks Four Major Pipeline Spills in January

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments · climate change, energy policy, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert It drives me crazy. After three years of reading the Albuquerque Journal closely, I know it’s not a daily newspaper (as we commonly understand the term) but a political tract in journalistic dress. Yet every time I chose to show how that works in practice, the editors provide a timelier, juicier, more […]

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