Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

Politics Driving News Coverage: The TPP Story

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments · economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Halfway through “The Underpants”, the Carl Sternheim/Steve Martin farce at the Vortex (in which I have a small role), Versati, a poet, says to the government clerk, “I can’t believe that you believe what you believe!” I feel that way about the Albuquerque Journal, but must concede that management is deeply invested […]

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Unsourced and Misleading: Who wrote mystery paragraph inserted into wire service Obamacare story?

June 11th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Fact Check, health care reform, journalism, Koch brothers, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Recently, I amused you (I hope) with a post on how the Albuquerque Journal has trained me, as Pavlov did his dogs, to rush to the computer whenever it publishes an Op Ed essay from a group named “Freedom” – something. Salivating, I turn from breakfast to Google for my reward – […]

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The Principal Issue

June 1st, 2015 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert When grocery shopping, I particularly enjoy the bottled juices aisle. It’s the creativity of the labels, their brilliant use of words, graphics and numbers to persuade consumers to buy colored water under the impression it is juice. I am impressed, as well, with the major corporations behind those profitable deceptions. And then […]

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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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