Entries Tagged as 'Arthur Alpert'

When It Comes to Providing Guest Columnist Background Info, Journal Employs Double Standard

February 24th, 2015 · 1 Comment · energy policy, Fact Check, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I promised to write “next time” on how Albuquerque Journal editors are treating Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Rep. Steve Pearce of southern New Mexico, but I lied. Well, it wasn’t exactly a lie and I will do it, soon, but first a necessary postscript to Saturday’s piece about the Albuquerque […]

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Agenda-Driven Omissions: Journal Overlooks Four Major Pipeline Spills in January

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments · climate change, energy policy, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert It drives me crazy. After three years of reading the Albuquerque Journal closely, I know it’s not a daily newspaper (as we commonly understand the term) but a political tract in journalistic dress. Yet every time I chose to show how that works in practice, the editors provide a timelier, juicier, more […]

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Alice in Wonderland Coverage of Controversial Health Audit

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert At the Albuquerque Journal, as in Alice’s Wonderland, the “journalism” becomes “curiouser and curiouser.” I refer to the coverage of the saga involving the Governor’s ousting of 15 behavioral health contractors who were replaced by 12 Arizona companies. The Journal reported the latest chapter Jan. 29, when new Attorney General Hector Balderas […]

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Editorial Board Plays Canard Game; UpFront Columnist Commits Act of Journalism

February 1st, 2015 · No Comments · economy, Fact Check, financial coverage, journalism, labor, NM Legislature, regulation, role of government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert  I was poised to launch into another critique of the Albuquerque Journal’s continuing assault on truth and beauty when Winthrop Quigley intervened, committing what looks very much like journalism. Quigley wasn’t a spoiler, though; he just provided a sharp contrast between the Journal’s insistent political advocacy and what staffers like Quigley strive […]

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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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