Entries Tagged as 'Michael Coleman'

Homeland Security’s Threat Against Journal an Attempt at Intimidating the Press

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments · journalism, role of government, Washington

By Denise Tessier The federal government under the Obama administration has been aggressive about prosecuting leaks , and concurrent with it, New York Times reporter James Risen faces jail time for refusing to disclose a source – this despite the Shield Law that is supposed to protect reporters from such prosecution. Now, it appears the […]

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News in Itself: Backlash Against Heritage Foundation Report Makes Journal’s Front Page

May 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Fact Check, immigration, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier What, to a longtime reader, could have been more astonishing than finding in the Albuquerque Journal a news story containing criticism about the Heritage Foundation? Answer: Seeing that wire service story on the Journal’s front page – and then seeing the Journal follow it up with its own staff-generated report the next […]

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Media Complicit in Allowing 60-Vote Threshold To Become Routine

April 22nd, 2013 · 3 Comments · journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Senate Defeats Gun Proposals WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected broader background checks for gun buyers and limits on the capacity of firearm magazines – proposals that had the support of both of New Mexico’s senators. Let’s set aside one’s individual preferences on gun control measures (although polls show that […]

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Staying Sane in the Fact-Checking Lane

November 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Fact Check, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier During the just-completed campaign cycle that seemed like it would never end, a nationally syndicated editorial cartoon appeared in the Albuquerque Journal depicting two googley-eyed fact-checkers, bound in straight-jackets, sitting in a padded cell. Even the most seasoned political reporters no doubt related to that cartoon image. For despite valiant effort, fact-checking […]

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Beyond the Political Theater of Holder’s Contempt

July 12th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier As happens sometimes, Arthur Alpert and I were inspired by the same topic this week – in this case, the botched gun-trafficking operation known as “Operation Fast and Furious.” While Alpert’s column is quite different from what I had in mind, I considered moving on to something else until a bit of […]

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Going Beyond "He said, she said"

April 5th, 2012 · No Comments · energy policy, Fact Check, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert The Tuesday, April 3 Albuquerque Journal carried a story I found both praiseworthy and troubling. May I explain why? The piece, from Washington reporter Michael Coleman, was headlined: “‘Big Oil’ Distorts Obama’s Record, Ad in N.M. Says” The story, on C2, reported there’s a new TV ad from a pro-Obama superPAC (Priorities […]

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Widespread Misunderstanding: Round Two

March 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier As he did with his Senate clarifications on rising gas prices, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman last week found he needed to set the record straight on another energy misunderstanding, this time related to a $50 light bulb. Bingaman’s latest clarification took the form of a guest column that appeared in the Albuquerque […]

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Journal Contributes to ‘Widespread Misunderstanding’

March 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier George W. Bush thinks building the Keystone XL pipeline is a “no-brainer.” Apparently, the Albuquerque Journal’s editorial board agrees. The Journal once again editorialized in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline this past week (March 12), the sixth pro-pipeline editorial in four months.  Not to criticize consistency, but in doing do, it […]

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Ramping Up the Religious Rhetoric

February 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Rather than recount, from the beginning, this past month’s riot of male-only hearings and rhetorical backlash on the federal decision that coverage for women’s contraception should be part of a national health care policy, let’s jump right to the end result, reported via the Associated Press in the Albuquerque Journal Feb. 22: […]

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A Small Step Forward

November 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Yesterday l was astounded by the big story missing from the Monday edition of the Albuquerque Journal – the Supercommittee’s failure to agree. Still reeling from that inexplicable decision, I opened my Journal this morning (Tuesday) to find three treatments of what happened. Editors front-paged a follow up by Michael Coleman of […]

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