Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

Making the Delegate Call: Journal Editorializes against Itself

June 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert Do the honchos at the Albuquerque Journal ever read the Albuquerque Journal? I’m not kidding. In a moment I will present hard evidence to bolster the hypothesis that they don’t or that they read it but don’t grasp what the words mean. I can’t be certain. But consider this: On the Opinion […]

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Finding a Tidbit of Reality in an Unexpected Place

June 4th, 2016 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert Be still, my heart! The Albuquerque Journal just published a story on how Corporate America really works. Ok, it wasn’t a story, more like a paragraph. And it wasn’t part of a discussion, just a quote. But I shouldn’t nitpick. Fact is, the Journal, whose narrative on American business is a fairy […]

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Juxtapostion Decision: Page One Story Trumps Up Conflict between Obama and Veterans

May 31st, 2016 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert “When,” I upbraided myself April 29, “will I write about the Journal’s lack of intellect? Its failures cannot always be traced to politics. Often the editors simply choose to make moral judgments. Moral judgments murder thought. And their arguments are so often simplistic I wonder if they read books.” I fully intend […]

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Missing the “Why”: Harvey Yates vs. Pat Rogers

May 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert Why? Why was oilman Harvey Yates Jr. so intent on defeating Governor Martinez’s choice, Pat Rogers, for GOP national committee? Why and what was his beef? I’ve been wondering why since the Albuquerque Journal began covering the intra-party dispute, but it never came clear. The Journal told me “who, what, when and […]

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A Self-Made Trap: Pity for the Commissars, Part Two

May 8th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert As I write Thursday, May 6, Albuquerque Journal editors ask a good question at the top of the front page, “Is the GOP ready to follow Trump? I have a better question –is the Albuquerque Journal ready to follow Trump? The Journal has spent the entire primary season, after all, clobbering Mr. […]

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Pity for the Commissars

April 29th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s trespasses against journalism come so fast and furious there’s no keeping up. It requires that I identify and comment on issues every single day. It’s too much, I get confused trying to figure out what to tackle first, fail to cope and feel guilty. When will I get around, […]

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More Lessons in Public Interest Journalism: The Fiduciary Rule

April 19th, 2016 · 1 Comment · financial coverage, journalism, labor, regulation, role of government

By Arthur Alpert As I was saying last time, seeing “Spotlight”, the Oscar winning film about the Boston Globe’s exposé of widespread abuse of children in the local Archdiocese, reminded me that many newspapers set themselves the goal of serving the public interest. But what is the public interest? Well, a commonsense definition might be […]

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Lessons in Public Interest Journalism from “Spotlight” and “The Big Short”

April 14th, 2016 · 1 Comment · economy, financial coverage, journalism, regulation

By Arthur Alpert I’m so old I prefer to see movies in movie houses, so when the 2016 Oscar winner, “Spotlight” and one of its competitors, “The Big Short” finally arrived at the dollar theater (which isn’t a buck anymore), I caught both of them in one week. “The Big Short” sought to turn Michael […]

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Ignoring History

April 4th, 2016 · 2 Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert “The Journal is complicit is helping shrink women’s access to health services (and putting roadblocks in front of life-saving stem cell research) and appears to be doing so purposefully by putting on appearances of thoroughly covering an issue, while withholding critical information.” That was how Denise Tessier summed up her persuasive analysis […]

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‘Hotly Disputed,’ Outright Misleading: More on the Journal’s Anti-Planned Parenthood Campaign

March 24th, 2016 · 4 Comments · budget policy, civil rights, Congress, inequality, role of government, social safety net

By Denise Tessier After nearly a year’s hiatus from writing for ABQJournalWatch, I am compelled to add to the points my colleague Arthur Alpert made Tuesday in his post about the Journal’s anti-Planned Parenthood campaign. The impetus is Wednesday’s UpFront column – “100 years of fighting for reproductive rights”. At first, the front-page headline prompted […]

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