Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

Marketing Plutocracy

February 1st, 2016 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, Fact Check, financial coverage, journalism, social safety net, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert It may not be much of a newspaper but – credit where credit is due – in its marketing of plutocracy, the Albuquerque Journal is single-minded. Today, Monday, Feb. 1, there’s Page One box headlined “Bad news for NM permanent funds”. It refers readers to a story in the Business Outlook section, […]

[Read more →]

Tags:··

A Win for Win

January 28th, 2016 · 2 Comments · economy, journalism, role of government

By Arthur Alpert I’ve just finished reading Winthrop Quigley’s thoughtful Thursday, Jan. 28 UpFront column tying New Mexico’s population losses to the state’s failing economy and I still cannot decide if he’s a super journalist or simply very good. You understand the problem – seen in contrast to what the Journal does day in and […]

[Read more →]

Tags:···

Chalk This One Up to Incompetence

January 20th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert Regular readers will remember my references to the veteran New Mexico journalist who cautioned me against finding political motives for all the Albuquerque Journal’s missteps. It’s often youth and inexperience, he said, or amateurism. I think about that advice often, but sadly, political decisions by the editors are the rule and incompetence, […]

[Read more →]

Tags:····

Kochtopus Tentacle in [INSERT STATE NAME HERE]

January 19th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert As an avid follower of politics, it’s my impression the political Left makes too much of the Koch brothers’ efforts to shape the nation. They’re not the only billionaires out to conform the nation to their private interests. As an avid reader of the Albuquerque Journal for purposes of journalistic criticism, I’m […]

[Read more →]

Tags:········

Christmas Surprises

December 23rd, 2015 · 1 Comment · journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert I cannot be trusted. Last time, Dec. 10, in a post where I suggested the Albuquerque Journal has promoted Gov. Martinez into the “sacred cow” status Pete Domenici once occupied, I promised I would deal next with the daily’s “sourness, narrow-mindedness and ban on ideas the richest do not endorse.” Ah, but […]

[Read more →]

Tags:······

Old Story: The Journal repackages the “Worst-Run State”

December 10th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert “You know what the problem with the Journal is,” said the guy in the other barber’s chair, a lawyer. “There’s nothing in it.” That isn’t exactly true, of course. Nor is it fair to the newspaper’s rank-and-file; they try hard to inform us accurately and fairly. But we know what he meant. […]

[Read more →]

Tags:······

Economic Mobility and Poverty: Journal’s political agenda overrides the facts

November 30th, 2015 · 3 Comments · economy, Fact Check, inequality, journalism, Koch brothers, social safety net

By Arthur Alpert It is Monday, Nov. 30 and having just finished reading the Albuquerque Journal, I’m shaking my head. It’s more of the same. Political advocacy I mean, disguised as journalism. Sorry Donald Trump, the daily’s editors don’t want you to be the GOP nominee. Sorry, Hillary Clinton, judging from today’s double-barreled assault (yet […]

[Read more →]

Tags:·······

The Rules for Covering Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid: Bad news gets page one, good news gets buried, and Big Pharma gets ignored entirely

November 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert “Premiums to rise for Medicare drug plan” was the headline Journal editors ran over an Associated Press story they front-paged today, Monday, Nov. 23. Of course, they ran it on the front page. There must be a rule at the Journal – anything negative, even potentially negative about Obamacare, Medicare or Medicaid […]

[Read more →]

Tags:·············

The ExxonMobil Global Warming Cover-Up Story: Its first Journal appearance portrays the oil giant as a victim

November 12th, 2015 · 2 Comments · climate change, energy policy, environment, journalism, regulation

By Arthur Alpert Darn that Albuquerque Journal. I was working on an essay aimed at giving you insight into the editors’ sad assumptions that underlie the daily’s journalistic failures. And what happens? The very same editors execute a simple but characteristic political maneuver that screams for my immediate attention and yours. They did so via […]

[Read more →]

Tags:···············

Kevin McCarthy, Benghazi And The Journal’s Twelve Day Gaffe Gap

October 22nd, 2015 · 2 Comments · Congress, Fact Check, journalism, Washington

By Arthur Alpert Last time out, I copped to my masochism in reading the Albuquerque Journal closely for five years, shared my initial shock and eventual acceptance of the fact that management deliberately and routinely substitutes political decisions for what are, at respectable newspapers, news decisions, and wrote: “I can no longer extend the benefit […]

[Read more →]

Tags:·············