Entries Tagged as 'Associated Press'

Shame on the Journal for ‘Lame’ Editorial That Tried To Shame the IRS

June 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · journalism, tax policy

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal’s editorial board used ridicule to try to shame the Internal Revenue Service with Saturday’s shallow editorial, “Lame IRS excuse should be good for all taxpayers” (June 21). But sadly, in doing so, the Journal should be ashamed of itself. The springboard for the editorial was the June 14 Associated […]

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More Flailing Against Obamacare, and Related Backdoor Attacks on the IRS

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, health care reform, tax policy

By Denise Tessier When the health care enrollment deadline of March 31 passed with more than 7 million people signed up nationwide – “beating expectations” as the Associated Press put it – the Albuquerque Journal put the news inside , deciding the front-page story should be “NM lags on health care sign-ups.” The latter, more […]

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Off Track Coverage and ‘Grandstanding’

February 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments · environment, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Gov. Susana Martinez and the state helicopter were in the Albuquerque Journal last week (Feb. 21), but not Amtrak trains. Missing from the state’s leading newspaper was a story about what New Mexico plans to do about a proposed partnership with Colorado, Kansas, Amtrak and track owner Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway […]

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Varying the Usual Recipe in Obamacare Coverage

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Fact Check, health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert If you visit this site often, you know the Albuquerque Journal is less a newspaper than a restaurant where cooks follow several recipes in a daily effort to feed readers a diet of rightist advocacy. One favorite recipe begins with a ”news story,” often from the Associated Press Washington Bureau, that leans […]

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A Quick Example of Bias Infecting ACA News

February 12th, 2014 · 3 Comments · health care reform, journalism

By Denise Tessier Part of the blame for the Albuquerque Journal’s perceived overall conservative bias comes from the mixing of opinion with news. This is a not problem that lies in the work of its staff reporters, but in its use of national Associated Press stories that increasingly seem infected with opinion. The problem, too, […]

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Was Christie Headline Due to Inexperience?

February 9th, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert An individual with inside knowledge of the Albuquerque Journal told me over lunch the other day that I was making a serious mistake in these posts. Too often, this authority said, I attributed the daily’s journalistic failures to the editors’ political skullduggery; in truth, they are more likely the result of inexperienced […]

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Austerity Pitch: AP laces news with opinion… again

February 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, Fact Check, inequality, journalism, tax policy, Uncategorized, Washington

By Arthur Alpert This is a tale of two opinions. Winthrop Quigley of the Albuquerque Journal offered his in a recent UpFront column Thursday, Jan. 28, on inequality and higher minimum wages. I disagree with his conclusions, but so what? Quigley stated his premises and marshaled evidence (income inequality is real, extreme and bad for […]

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The Albuquerque Journal ‘Needs To Change Its Tune’

January 14th, 2014 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism

By Denise Tessier I read with interest this morning’s column “New Mexico Needs To Change Its Tune,” by Albuquerque Journal business writer Winthrop Quigley. This link-line from the Journal’s web front page pulled me into the article: If a culture is defined by the words used to describe it, we need to find new words. […]

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Government Shutdown Coverage: A Discordant and Disqualifying Performance

October 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism, Uncategorized, Washington

By Arthur Alpert You have noticed, surely, how the Albuquerque Journal’s song changes from time to time, as if an unseen fiddler was calling variations on the tune. Now, for example, the editors are segueing from the shutdown/debt ceiling crisis to promote austerity, even as they maintain the underlying theme. One day soon I’ll document […]

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False Equivalency Shifts Into High Gear

October 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, health care reform, journalism, role of government, tax policy, Washington

By Arthur Alpert I must break the habit of understatement. In that last post, I mean, where I wrote the Albuquerque Journal was guilty of false equivalence and worse, in playing the shutdown story as a partisan divide where the parties are almost equally to blame and solutions lie in negotiations aimed at meeting in […]

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