Entries Tagged as 'Colleen Heild'

‘Hotly Disputed,’ Outright Misleading: More on the Journal’s Anti-Planned Parenthood Campaign

March 24th, 2016 · 4 Comments · budget policy, civil rights, Congress, inequality, role of government, social safety net

By Denise Tessier After nearly a year’s hiatus from writing for ABQJournalWatch, I am compelled to add to the points my colleague Arthur Alpert made Tuesday in his post about the Journal’s anti-Planned Parenthood campaign. The impetus is Wednesday’s UpFront column – “100 years of fighting for reproductive rights”. At first, the front-page headline prompted […]

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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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The West, Texas Explosion: A Horrific Lesson on Lax Regulatory Oversight

April 29th, 2013 · No Comments · role of government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier At the risk of sounding insensitive about the bombings in Boston (which would not be true), I could not help but compare, from the outset, how that event was covered by both national media and the Albuquerque Journal to the way the West, Texas fertilizer explosion was played. Because the former was […]

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The Right Fit: “News” Narrative Meets the Agenda

April 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert The pendulum never stops where it should. When I got into the news business, for example, the name of the game was “objectivity.” Of course that’s humanly impossible and you neuter yourself pursuing it. But the 1950s passion for “objectivity” was a swing of the pendulum back from the Front Page era […]

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Occasionally Serving The Public Interest

October 18th, 2012 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Every once in a while, the Albuquerque Journal becomes a useful organ of information, hinting at what it might be were management to abandon the practice of advocating its editorial agenda in the so-called news columns. I refer to Dana Priest’s long takeout on the B61 bomb, “the oldest weapon in America’s […]

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Attention Must Be Paid: Journal's Coverage of McCleskey Email Story Is Praiseworthy

June 19th, 2012 · No Comments · journalism, open government

By Arthur Alpert Stop the presses! The Journal is digging into a story that cuts against its editorial agenda. That’s the fact and (as Willy Loman’s wife insisted) attention must be paid. To be specific, Dan Boyd reported June 13 that the Public Education Department (PED) culled a list of non-union teachers for the Governor’s […]

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Resignation Editorial a Rush to Judgment

October 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier I’m not sure which is more problematic: that the Journal in its Sunday lead editorial called for Third Judicial District Judge Michael Murphy to resign, or that the editorial began with a quote from N.M. Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels as some sort of justification for the editorial position. Just because you […]

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Memo To The Journal: Direct Your Firepower At Business, For Once

June 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert What a splendid lead editorial in the Albuquerque Journal today, Tuesday, June 8!  (“Another Day, Another D.C. Day As Usual.”) There was no pretense of deliberation, sobriety or fairness. It was partisanship, plain and simple, a strong brew of half-truths and untruths, seasoned with gall and served with anger. Great, I thought. […]

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