Entries Tagged as 'Dean Baker'

The Rules for Covering Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid: Bad news gets page one, good news gets buried, and Big Pharma gets ignored entirely

November 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert “Premiums to rise for Medicare drug plan” was the headline Journal editors ran over an Associated Press story they front-paged today, Monday, Nov. 23. Of course, they ran it on the front page. There must be a rule at the Journal – anything negative, even potentially negative about Obamacare, Medicare or Medicaid […]

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Politics Driving News Coverage: The TPP Story

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments · economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Halfway through “The Underpants”, the Carl Sternheim/Steve Martin farce at the Vortex (in which I have a small role), Versati, a poet, says to the government clerk, “I can’t believe that you believe what you believe!” I feel that way about the Albuquerque Journal, but must concede that management is deeply invested […]

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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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Distorting the Dialogue on Debt

July 24th, 2014 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal editorial on U.S. debt in the Wednesday, July 23, edition provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how management distorts the political dialogue. It was yet another Journal warning that unless we cut the debt soon and the US learns to “live within its means,” there’s an “impending fiscal calamity” […]

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Samuelson and Piketty: It’s the “political” economy, stupid!

June 21st, 2014 · No Comments · economy, labor, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I’m lucky to have fallen, years ago, into journalism, where they paid me to learn how the world works. The cherry on the cake was a crash course in financial markets and economics courtesy of Financial News Network, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal Business Report for TV, tuition-free again with paychecks. […]

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The Journal Can’t Get Enough of Robert Samuelson’s War Against Geezers

August 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment · budget policy, economy, health care reform, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I read lots of humdrum stuff, but what psychologist Jonathan Haidt told the N.Y. Times a couple of weeks ago was a jolt. “The fervor and passion of partisans is clearly rewarding; and if it’s rewarding, it involves dopamine; and if it involves dopamine, then it is potentially addictive.” Extreme partisans, he […]

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I May Not Be A Whiz in Economics, But This is Ridiculous

February 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert My memory isn’t what it was, but I’ve never forgotten the day Professor White, who taught introductory economics, suggested I major in it. Flattering, yes. But he didn’t know numbers and graphs frightened me. Or, that I was intellectually lazy. I passed on economics, but reading what the Albuquerque Journal retails as […]

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