Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

The Stories That Cannot Exist

January 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment · campaign finance reform, Congress, economy, financial coverage, health care reform, journalism, regulation

By Arthur Alpert All hail Nick Estes’ Op Ed column in the January 9 issue of the Albuquerque Journal. We won’t see its like for a long time. Under the rubric, “Yes, we DO know how to fix the economy”, Estes took syndicated columnist Robert Samuelson to task for writing the reverse. Estes explained: “The […]

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Standing Up for George Orwell, Citing Pete Domenici and Fact-checking The Fact-free Victor Davis Hanson

January 7th, 2015 · 2 Comments · budget policy, energy policy, Fact Check, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Is a newspaper responsible for its syndicated columnists? For the columnists’ factual accuracy and intellectual honesty, I mean. It’s not an easy question. An answer in the affirmative puts a serious burden on editors. It’s time-consuming to read copy carefully and decide if it should be published as is, corrected or shelved. […]

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Get Ready for the Journal’s Right to Work Campaign

December 31st, 2014 · 1 Comment · inequality, labor, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert And so it begins. The Albuquerque Journal launches its campaign to pass right-to-work legislation in New Mexico. Unlike the Journal’s never-say-die resistance to Obamacare, which originated before passage and continues to this day (Tuesday, Dec. 30, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar’s A3 story), this campaign will be an offensive effort. Offensive as in forward leaning, […]

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How the Journal Played the Torture Report Story

December 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism, Washington

By Arthur Alpert We drown in facts even as we thirst for meaning. Meaning is born of context. Reporters and essayists provide it within their pieces by using history, comparisons and other explanatory material. (It’s not today’s subject but that required reportorial intervention is why “objectivity” doesn’t exist and why “just the facts, please” is […]

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The Journal Deserves Worse Than A Flunking Grade for Keystone XL Pipeline Editorial

December 5th, 2014 · 4 Comments · climate change, energy policy, environment, Fact Check, journalism

By Arthur Alpert I rarely write about the Albuquerque Journal’s editorials because the daily’s owners have a right to express their opinions there. And since the aim of most editorials is to persuade, the authors deserve plenty of room to assemble and tailor evidence for the argument. That said, editorials ought to live up to […]

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Willed Superficiality

November 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments · journalism, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert Not a day passes that the Albuquerque Journal does not offer a lesson or five or six in how not to do journalism. This drives me crazy because I get lost trying to decide what to target first. Should I point out stories the Journal ignores, presumably because its plutocratic agenda forbids? […]

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Old-fashioned Virtues, Anti-Journalism and Net Neutrality

November 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments · health care reform, journalism, net neutrality, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I wanted today to evaluate the Albuquerque Journal’s political coverage leading up to Nov. 4 – hint, it ranged downward from mediocre – and I will get to it soon. But columns by Winthrop Quigley and D’Val Westphal intervened, reminding me of an old suggestion by my colleague, Denise Tessier and, well, […]

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“Plutocrats Against Democracy”: The news deemed not fit to print by the Journal

October 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · climate change, economy, health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert I had no idea Paul Krugman read the Albuquerque Journal, did you? Hard to believe, I know, but his Oct. 23 NY Times column contains big hints that he follows our local daily closely. It’s headlined, “Plutocrats Against Democracy”. Krugman argues first that plutocrats (that is, persons whose power derives from their […]

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The Journal’s Bad Habit of Politically Motivated Headlines

October 12th, 2014 · 3 Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert As I was musing the other day about my last post here, there came to mind, unbidden, a 1940s era radio show called “Can You Top This?” where comedians tried to out-funny each other. No matter how long I monitor the Albuquerque Journal, I’ll never find anything to top the arrogance, self-indulgence […]

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It’s Simply Moralizing, You See

October 3rd, 2014 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday, Sept. 28, that New Mexico press associations recognized excellence in covering breaking news, photography, sports, features, editorial cartoon and mobile apps. It was good to be reminded there are many talented hardworking staffers doing professional work at the daily. What’s lacking though is recognition of those in […]

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