Entries Tagged as 'Koch brothers'

Diversion

August 21st, 2016 · 3 Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert A thousand years ago when I was young, the Arts and Entertainment editor at my Big Apple newspaper sent me to review a Lenny Bruce show in Greenwich Village. Bruce wasn’t funny at all. What I didn’t know at the time was that he was on his last legs, succumbing to drugs […]

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Koch Brothers Watch: The Journal did it again and then ran a puzzling correction

July 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment · climate change, journalism, Koch brothers, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Sometimes I just don’t understand. Perhaps you can explain what just happened. My editor had hardly finished posting my last essay, with its reference to the Albuquerque Journal’s refusal to identify the Koch brothers’ essays it regularly publishes as Koch brothers’ essays, when the daily’s editors did it again! They obfuscated the […]

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A Self-Made Trap: Pity for the Commissars, Part Two

May 8th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert As I write Thursday, May 6, Albuquerque Journal editors ask a good question at the top of the front page, “Is the GOP ready to follow Trump? I have a better question –is the Albuquerque Journal ready to follow Trump? The Journal has spent the entire primary season, after all, clobbering Mr. […]

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Kochtopus Tentacle in [INSERT STATE NAME HERE]

January 19th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert As an avid follower of politics, it’s my impression the political Left makes too much of the Koch brothers’ efforts to shape the nation. They’re not the only billionaires out to conform the nation to their private interests. As an avid reader of the Albuquerque Journal for purposes of journalistic criticism, I’m […]

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Economic Mobility and Poverty: Journal’s political agenda overrides the facts

November 30th, 2015 · 3 Comments · economy, Fact Check, inequality, journalism, Koch brothers, social safety net

By Arthur Alpert It is Monday, Nov. 30 and having just finished reading the Albuquerque Journal, I’m shaking my head. It’s more of the same. Political advocacy I mean, disguised as journalism. Sorry Donald Trump, the daily’s editors don’t want you to be the GOP nominee. Sorry, Hillary Clinton, judging from today’s double-barreled assault (yet […]

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Daily Politicization of the News

September 18th, 2015 · 2 Comments · climate change, economy, financial coverage, health care reform, journalism, Koch brothers, role of government

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s daily politicization of news isn’t always dramatic. The editors don’t slip political material into Associated Press stories every day. Nor do they edit those AP accounts to remove “objectionable” content every day. Sometimes Journal commissars are content to employ relatively pedestrian tools. Today, for example, Friday, Sept. 18, there’s […]

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Tools of Misapprehension

July 30th, 2015 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism, role of government, social safety net, war and peace

By Arthur Alpert That the Albuquerque Journal makes most news decisions politically is so obvious it’s become (borderline) boring. Yet the skill with which the editors wield their tools to produce the paper’s daily misapprehension of reality still fascinates me, as does the relentlessness of the effort. By tools, I mean headlines, where stories run, […]

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Watching The Journal Cover The Presidential Campaign

July 21st, 2015 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert As an independent voter, I am watching the burgeoning 2016 presidential campaign without great enthusiasm. When the major parties name their standard-bearers, I’ll have to choose the lesser corporate evil. It’s great fun, though, watching the Albuquerque Journal – political machine in newspaper costume – cover the campaign. And the best part […]

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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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Siding With the Rich and Powerful: The Journal’s Lack of Support for the Voice of the Citizenry

September 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment · campaign finance reform, Congress, inequality, tax policy, voting rights

By Denise Tessier Unlike the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Telegraph blogger Matt Reichbach saw the importance of one particular news story from Thursday. The first entry on his “Morning Word” list of stories from around the state today was this: • As expected, a Republican filibuster blocked the passage of a constitutional amendment to reverse […]

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