Entries Tagged as 'Medicare'

National vs. Local

February 15th, 2016 · 1 Comment · budget policy, Congress, Fact Check, journalism, Washington

By Arthur Alpert About a week go I bumped into a former Albuquerque Journal reporter who said – I paraphrase – we’re essentially on target in our critiques of the daily but I write too often on national and global stories, not enough about the daily’s local coverage. My reaction to the “on target” was […]

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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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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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More Journalistic Offenses of Commission and Omission

September 17th, 2014 · No Comments · economy, financial coverage, health care reform, inequality, journalism, polling

By Arthur Alpert Some days this gig is frustrating. No, that’s incorrect; it’s frustrating most days because I cannot decide if I should alert you to Albuquerque Journal management’s daily journalistic offenses of commission or its offenses of omission. Should I say the headline on Winthrop Quigley’s Sept. 14 UpFront column on commercial insurance rates […]

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Austerity Pitch: AP laces news with opinion… again

February 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, Fact Check, inequality, journalism, tax policy, Uncategorized, Washington

By Arthur Alpert This is a tale of two opinions. Winthrop Quigley of the Albuquerque Journal offered his in a recent UpFront column Thursday, Jan. 28, on inequality and higher minimum wages. I disagree with his conclusions, but so what? Quigley stated his premises and marshaled evidence (income inequality is real, extreme and bad for […]

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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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Return to Form

November 4th, 2011 · No Comments · health care reform

By Arthur Alpert Well, it certainly didn’t take long for the Albuquerque Journal to return to form. Last week I applauded the newspaper’s October 27 issue, which lacked twisted headlines and contained the kind of information its editors usually ignore. It was like reading a Journal from another dimension. But only a day later, the […]

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A Tale of Two Medicare Stories

August 19th, 2010 · No Comments · health care reform

By Arthur Alpert Eons ago, I taught journalism at the undergraduate and graduate levels. If I were doing so today, I would embrace the Albuquerque Journal. How can the instructor go wrong with a class based, for example, on page A7 in the Sunday, Aug. 15 edition? The page included two stories on health reform, […]

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