Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

More Flailing Against Obamacare, and Related Backdoor Attacks on the IRS

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, health care reform, tax policy

By Denise Tessier When the health care enrollment deadline of March 31 passed with more than 7 million people signed up nationwide – “beating expectations” as the Associated Press put it – the Albuquerque Journal put the news inside , deciding the front-page story should be “NM lags on health care sign-ups.” The latter, more […]

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Op Ed Page: Hiding Information Denies Needed Perspective

April 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment · energy policy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Last time out, I wrote about a host of economic stories and topics the Albuquerque Journal bans from the newspaper, presumably because they contradict its political agenda. I’d planned to continue, offering lots more news the Journal finds not fit to print, but I won’t. We interrupt that program to detour to […]

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The Real Driver

April 7th, 2014 · 5 Comments · inequality, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert  There can be no doubt the Albuquerque Journal is a broadsheet of political advocacy rather than a conventional, old-fashioned, story-driven newspaper. And the strongest evidence for that proposition lies in what it won’t cover.  The daily ignores broad swaths of American (and New Mexican) life, but for neatness sake, let’s confine ourselves […]

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Selective Sunshine

March 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert It’s Sunshine Week, Leslie Linthicum reminded us Thursday, March 20, “the time each year when special attention is given to the government’s responsibility to provide information to the public.” Then, in her UpFront column, Linthicum expertly took the Albuquerque Police Department to task for lack of it. I relished her take on […]

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Journal Isn’t Telling Whole Story About IRS “Scandal”

March 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments · campaign finance reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert You’ve probably noticed I shy away from writing about the major political parties. There are several reasons. One is my working premise that both parties respond to their corporate underwriters.  And there’s a practical concern – were I to condemn Albuquerque Journal editors for tilting toward Party A, it might read as […]

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Tesla Problems Poof Gone, PLUS a Shocking Absence of Partisonship

March 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert Kudos to whoever makes decisions on what syndicated columnists the Albuquerque Journal will publish regularly. Writing here Feb. 21 about the Journal’s latest addition, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, I noted his Establishment credentials, self-awareness and ability to admit failure; specifically, his confession he was wrong to back the disastrous US attack […]

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Syndicated Columnists and the Iraq War

February 21st, 2014 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal just added David Ignatius as a regular columnist. I hadn’t realized the newspaper was in dire need of still another essayist who got Iraq wrong, but wait, let’s not jump to conclusions. Born to the purple, the son of a former Navy Secretary and a descendant of Cotton Mather, […]

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CBO Report Coverage: A Banquet of Advocacy

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Last time out I acquainted you with one Albuquerque Journal recipe for dishing rightist advocacy. Editor/cooks using it print multiple opinions that coincide with management’s editorial agenda while excluding opinions (or stories) that conflict. My example was the CBO report on Obamacare. Non-partisan experts said lots of Americans will choose to leave […]

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Varying the Usual Recipe in Obamacare Coverage

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Fact Check, health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert If you visit this site often, you know the Albuquerque Journal is less a newspaper than a restaurant where cooks follow several recipes in a daily effort to feed readers a diet of rightist advocacy. One favorite recipe begins with a ”news story,” often from the Associated Press Washington Bureau, that leans […]

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A Quick Example of Bias Infecting ACA News

February 12th, 2014 · 3 Comments · health care reform, journalism

By Denise Tessier Part of the blame for the Albuquerque Journal’s perceived overall conservative bias comes from the mixing of opinion with news. This is a not problem that lies in the work of its staff reporters, but in its use of national Associated Press stories that increasingly seem infected with opinion. The problem, too, […]

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