Entries Tagged as 'Gov. Susana Martinez'

Covering New Mexico’s Second ‘Scathing’ Report of the Month

April 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment · state government

By Denise Tessier By now, most know that the U.S. Department of Justice wasn’t the only group issuing a scathing report related to New Mexico this month. Mother Jones’ article about Gov. Susana Martinez  was a hot story on national media sites Wednesday and made same-day news on all the local television stations (although KRQE […]

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Off Track Coverage and ‘Grandstanding’

February 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments · environment, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Gov. Susana Martinez and the state helicopter were in the Albuquerque Journal last week (Feb. 21), but not Amtrak trains. Missing from the state’s leading newspaper was a story about what New Mexico plans to do about a proposed partnership with Colorado, Kansas, Amtrak and track owner Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway […]

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On the Education Front: Moving Front and Center, But Wounded From the Fight

February 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Education, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Education policy got the play it deserved in the Sunday morning Journal, at the top of the front page. “Education policy in focus at Roundhouse” no doubt was pushed over the top in terms of placement by the newsworthy coming together outside the Capitol Roundhouse of several hundred teachers and parents demonstrating […]

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Public Journal Bashing…and Other Bad News

January 16th, 2014 · 5 Comments · environment, journalism, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Albuquerque attorney and former city councilor Michael Cadigan took to facebook last week to announce that he has “finally taken the plunge” and dropped his subscription to the Albuquerque Journal. From his post: . . . As a news junkie, it was tough, but I finally cancelled my subscription to the Albuquerque […]

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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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On the ALEC Front: A Review – With an Eye Toward 2014

January 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment · campaign finance reform, Education, energy policy, environment, NM Legislature, regulation, tax policy, voting rights

By Denise Tessier In 2013, more light than previously before was shined on the secretive yet highly influential 40-year-old corporatist lobbying organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). That light came mostly from blogs, alternative media, journalist Bill Moyers and the British-owned Guardian newspaper, rather than by so-called “mainstream” news. The Albuquerque Journal […]

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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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What If Someone New Took the Journal Helm?

November 1st, 2013 · 7 Comments · economy, Education, energy policy, Fact Check, journalism

By Denise Tessier Here’s a thought: What if Alan Webber, who’s just announced he’s running for the Democratic nomination for governor, ran the Albuquerque Journal? Whether he was to take the helm of state administration or of the state’s leading newspaper, I submit the effect on New Mexico could be comparably profound. To be clear, […]

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‘Found’ Coverage Play Pales Against National Alerts About ‘Lost’ Ranch Teens

October 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Denise Tessier The Journal’s just-launched ABQpaperboy feature got it right, even if the print edition of the paper didn’t, when it came to the play given to the “found” story about the teens from Tierra Blanca Ranch. Today’s top story on the new online service called “paperboy” — the emailing of top story headlines […]

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Megaphones Ask No Questions

September 24th, 2013 · 3 Comments · journalism

 By Arthur Alpert  I fight technological progress but lose a lot. In fact, I just shelled out big bucks to transfer a couple of cherished souvenirs of my TV years from videotape to DVD. One, a quasi-documentary I produced for National Educational Television in the late 1960s, explored the idea of journalistic objectivity and found […]

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