Entries Tagged as 'Michael Coleman'

How the Journal Played the Torture Report Story

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments · journalism, Washington

By Arthur Alpert We drown in facts even as we thirst for meaning. Meaning is born of context. Reporters and essayists provide it within their pieces by using history, comparisons and other explanatory material. (It’s not today’s subject but that required reportorial intervention is why “objectivity” doesn’t exist and why “just the facts, please” is […]

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The Journal’s Bad Habit of Politically Motivated Headlines

October 12th, 2014 · 3 Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert As I was musing the other day about my last post here, there came to mind, unbidden, a 1940s era radio show called “Can You Top This?” where comedians tried to out-funny each other. No matter how long I monitor the Albuquerque Journal, I’ll never find anything to top the arrogance, self-indulgence […]

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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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George Will’s Ethical Lapses Bespeak Allegiance to Oligarchy

September 12th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, Congress, inequality, journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal just published still another George Will column (9/11) in which he upends history, common sense and rationality to argue for the interests of the American oligarchy. That may not be coincidence. Will’s argument may be a quid pro quo for what his benefactors paid him. Recently, the Society of […]

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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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