Entries Tagged as 'Deborah Baker'

Chalk This One Up to Incompetence

January 20th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert Regular readers will remember my references to the veteran New Mexico journalist who cautioned me against finding political motives for all the Albuquerque Journal’s missteps. It’s often youth and inexperience, he said, or amateurism. I think about that advice often, but sadly, political decisions by the editors are the rule and incompetence, […]

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Journal Gives Susana Martinez a Pass After Stealing Tribal Spotlight

February 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Education, journalism, NM Legislature, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Sometimes an editorial opinion topic practically writes itself; it’s there for an editorial writer’s taking. Gov. Susana Martinez’s decision to appear as the sole speaker during the New Mexico Legislature’s American Indian Day session last Friday (Feb. 6) was just such a topic. In serving as sole speaker, she took the spotlight […]

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New Mexico Legislature Coverage Holds Promise To Be Really Good This Year

January 11th, 2015 · 1 Comment · journalism, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Washington Post political blogger Chris Cillizza more than once has written that a serious casualty of the shrinking of mainstream news organizations this past decade is “the disappearance of really good state capitol coverage.” With that in mind, he praised as “very smart” the Associated Press’ announcement last month that it would […]

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When Unacceptable Becomes Predictable

December 10th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Gov. Susana Martinez took Albuquerque Journal columnist Leslie Linthicum’s advice. Or maybe it just looks that way. According to this morning’s Journal (Dec. 10), the governor finally commented on a now-fired State Policeman’s use of deadly force against a woman and her five children during an October traffic stop near Taos. Linthicum’s […]

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Minimalism Meets Journalism: HSD Audit Alteration Story

December 1st, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, state government

By Arthur Alpert Last time, I dealt with the macrocosm, the amazing congruence of the Albuquerque Journal’s narrative with the Koch brothers’ political agenda. Today, let’s zoom in on a microcosm. I refer to the Journal’s coverage of the ongoing drama sparked by the State Human Services Department’s decision to stop funding 15 mental health […]

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Journal “Making Do” Without an Environment Writer

June 14th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier In this case, it was better late than never. And admittedly, once it ran, it was a good story, given full play at the top of the front page on the week’s highest circulation day, spilling over onto a near-full page inside. But the Journal was behind other local media in running […]

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Minimum Wage Update: Comforting the Comfortable

February 25th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, journalism, labor, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert How do I love thee, oh minimum wage debate? Let me count the ways. Well, no, let me enumerate, instead, just two reasons for my passion. First, minimum wage disputes are, at bottom, about distribution of power in the hierarchy. And understanding that the world is vertical (authoritarian), not horizontal (democratic) underlies […]

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