Entries Tagged as 'Cal Thomas'

If Only It Was That Simple

April 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Fact Check, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Back in the 1990s, when I co-owned and edited Prime Time, a monthly for New Mexican seniors, I regularly spoke to civic and senior organizations on “How the News Get Shaped.” Having worked in print and broadcast news (network, local and cable) I saw how the journalism differed depending on technology, how […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Hanna Skandera

March 8th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Education, NM Legislature, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal finally ran a “For the Record” Friday (March 8) correcting two mistakes that were made in its editorial of a full week before (March 1). The editorial’s topic: support for confirmation of Hanna Skandera. The correction says the editorial,  “Skandera has earned New Mexico’s support,” was wrong in saying […]

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Noticing Bright Teeth While Brushing Over Policy Gaps

November 26th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Fact Check, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier After the vice presidential candidate debate, there was much ado in the press about Joe Biden’s rolling eyes and white teeth: Joe Biden did absolutely roll his eyes, snort, laugh derisively and throw his hands up in the air whenever (Paul) Ryan trotted out his little beady-eyed BS-isms. But he should have! […]

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Chasing the DREAM Act: News Judgment Trumps Partisanship

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier When a reader approaches the Albuquerque Journal expecting a conservative slant, one’s view is colored to the point it can be surprising when the paper appears to favor, or give top billing to a “liberal” idea – such as President Obama’s policy announcement regarding the partial implementation of the DREAM Act for […]

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The Debt Ceiling Fiasco

August 9th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Now that the “crisis” has passed, a few words on the debt ceiling debacle and how the media – including the Journal – covered it. I think it’s hard for journalists these days. Afraid of being attacked as too conservative or too liberal, of being pigeonholed or lumped in with the likes […]

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A Sane Report on Health Care Policy

May 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · health care reform

By Denise Tessier Winthrop Quigley has done it again: He has managed to get a sensible health care piece in the Albuquerque Journal. Judging from the headline, “Health-Care Reform Act Assailed,” one initially might think the article at the top of the Business page (D6) on April 29 was yet another Journal attack on “Obamacare”. […]

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Better To Be a Plagiarist Than a Reader of The New York Times

February 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier It appears we can now add “plagiarist” to the list of labels already ascribed to that conservative columnist of evangelical fervor, Cal Thomas. Media Matters for America is reporting that a newspaper in Temple, Texas decided not to run Thomas’ syndicated column this past week after an editor noticed suspicious similarity between it […]

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Journalistic Inquiry vs Religious Certainty

February 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Vive la difference! I refer to two columns inspired by the ongoing uprising in Egypt – Ross Douthat’s in the New York Times on Sunday, Jan. 30 and Cal Thomas’s in the Albuquerque Journal, Tuesday, Feb. 1. Because they seemed to originate from different planets, I found myself digging into both to […]

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A Curmudgeon’s Prediction: Newspapers Coming Back

January 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier For years, I’ve enjoyed Dale Dauten’s “Corporate Curmudgeon,” a King Features Syndicate column run by the Albuquerque Journal’s Business Outlook. Monday’s (Jan. 10) installment — which, according to the column, is Dauten’s second-to-last after more than 20 years — included a string of paragraphs summarizing some of what Dauten says he’s learned […]

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Not Gonna Hold My Breath

September 15th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Months ago, the Albuquerque Journal ran a column by Cal Thomas – evangelical Christian, Fox News commentator, former VP of the Moral Majority – that gave a political platform to a kindred spirit, Newt Gingrich. (I’m sorry I cannot link you to it; Thomas has provided Gingrich with a megaphone and praised […]

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