Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Falsifying The News

October 16th, 2015 · 3 Comments · health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Gosh, I’ve been Albuquerque Journal watching on and off for five years now. Just checked. Seems I started in January, 2010.That’s surprising. So is my initial naïveté. I anticipated I would criticize both the political bias seeping into the news pages and the daily’s amateur, incompetent journalism. As it turns out, and […]

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What’s behind the Journal’s anti-Trump campaign?

October 2nd, 2015 · 2 Comments · Fact Check, journalism, Koch brothers, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Most mornings, I read the Albuquerque Journal over breakfast, then turn to the computer to sample the Washington Post and NY Times. The Post’s news stories are all over the lot, leaving me with no clue as to what the Post’s editorials will say. The same is true of the NY Times; […]

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The Iran Nuclear Deal: True Believers Practicing Pseudo-journalism

August 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Fact Check, foreign policy, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Respectable newspapers build walls to ensure a separation between the owners’ political opinions and the news operation. That is why, to take a current example, nobody is much surprised when the N.Y. Times (establishment liberal) breaks the story that Hillary Clinton (establishment liberal) used a private email server. A newspaper lacking such […]

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The Journal is troubled by undue influence of the rich and powerful — but only when it comes to the Clinton Foundation

August 6th, 2015 · 2 Comments · campaign finance reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Unbelievable! I mean that literally. Sometimes what I happen upon in the Albuquerque Journal is not to be believed. Well, in truth the Journal publishes material every day for which grains of salt are recommended, but what happened today (August 6) was so blatant and egregious as to elicit that “Unbelievable!” Or, […]

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Tools of Misapprehension

July 30th, 2015 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism, role of government, social safety net, war and peace

By Arthur Alpert That the Albuquerque Journal makes most news decisions politically is so obvious it’s become (borderline) boring. Yet the skill with which the editors wield their tools to produce the paper’s daily misapprehension of reality still fascinates me, as does the relentlessness of the effort. By tools, I mean headlines, where stories run, […]

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Watching The Journal Cover The Presidential Campaign

July 21st, 2015 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert As an independent voter, I am watching the burgeoning 2016 presidential campaign without great enthusiasm. When the major parties name their standard-bearers, I’ll have to choose the lesser corporate evil. It’s great fun, though, watching the Albuquerque Journal – political machine in newspaper costume – cover the campaign. And the best part […]

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NM’s Corporate Tax Cuts: We’re not in Kansas yet, but it’s not for want of trying

July 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment · tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Following in Winthrop Quigley’s footsteps, Dan Boyd has written a fair, thoughtful essay on political economy. Albuquerque Journal editors published it as an UpFront column Monday, July 6, under the headline, “Are tax incentives working? Jury’s still out”. At the risk of looking a gift-horse in the mouth, we should read it […]

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