Entries Tagged as 'E.J. Dionne'

The Journal-Koch Brothers Relationship: How tight is it?

April 29th, 2015 · 4 Comments · campaign finance reform, journalism, Koch brothers, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I have become Pavlov’s dog and I don’t like it. You may remember how Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) conditioned a dog to salivate at the ring of a bell. Well, editors at the Albuquerque Journal (Pavlov) have trained me (pooch) to rush from the breakfast table to the iMac. There’s no […]

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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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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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How Race for the Cure Coverage Led to Myth About the Cause

February 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who criticized President Obama for his handling of contraception coverage, nonetheless in a column that ran in Saturday’s Albuquerque Journal took up for the president in terms of the continuing personal attacks the controversy has spawned. As Dionne points out, when Obama isn’t a Muslim, as some opponents claim, […]

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Fig Leaf

January 11th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Why does Albuquerque Journal management run E.J. Dionne Jr.’s syndicated essays? Surely, the editors don’t believe that publishing the soft-spoken liberal fools anybody into thinking the Journal is fair. Not when there are umpteen columns by Cal Thomas and Jonah Goldberg and Charles Krauthammer and George Will to every Dionne piece. And […]

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The Journal's Anti-Labor Narrative

September 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I promised to consider the Albuquerque Journal’s major narratives. On the heels of Labor Day, the newspaper’s eternal crusade against organized labor seems an appropriate choice. That position seems sharper recently, as management downplays the thinking of traditional conservatives like Sen. Domenici in favor of the laissez-faire religion preached at the Rio […]

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And Yo Mama’s Ugly, Too!

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Back in Ye Olden Tymes when I was in journalism school at the University of Wisconsin, I had a notoriously tough and feared professor who had worked at the New York Times. The class was called something like “Advanced Editorial Writing,” and I loved it. One of many things I remember about […]

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Conspiracy Thesis

March 11th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert What’s the difference between crazy conspiracy theorists and the sane variety? Easy, the nuts know how everything fits into one elaborate plot, while reasonable folks harbor a few doubts. Which means I’m borderline loco, because I find the evidence more persuasive every day that the Albuquerque Journal pushes a political agenda in […]

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The Unselected Works of E.J. Dionne

February 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I’ve often written about the Journal’s habit of publishing mild “liberal” opinions from national commentators (e.g., E. J. Dionne Jr., Eugene Robinson) on its Op Ed pages. Stronger pro-middle class statements rarely make the paper. And I’ve pointed to Journal editors’ proclivity for topping those liberal Op Ed columns with dull, senseless, […]

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The Giffords Shooting: Both Sides Now

January 11th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert In general, balanced journalism is second-rate stuff. Balance, after all, is neither truth nor fairness. And it imposes an either-or straitjacket on messy reality. Today’s Albuquerque Journal Op Ed page, however, deserves applause for attempting to be even-handed. The page provides contrasting perspectives on the Gabby Giffords story. In a soft but […]

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