Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

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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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 · 2 Comments · 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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