Entries Tagged as 'New York Times'

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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Not Newsworthy at The Journal: Climate Change Protests, Departure of Google and Facebook from ALEC

September 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment · energy policy, environment, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Across the globe, demonstrators marched and chanted and some did civil disobedience to wake the rest of us to the ill effects of climate change. That was Sunday, Sept. 21. The New York Times’ story the next day, prominently displayed, was headlined “Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets”. The […]

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Unflattering Comparison: The Journal’s Treatment of Immigration Story vs. That of Real Newspapers

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Congress, Fact Check, immigration, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Remember that old Albuquerque Journal hand who told me I was too quick to finger management’s political commissars for what was wrong at the daily. My informant advised that a lot of mistakes could be laid at the door of young, inexperienced staffers. I’ve not forgotten and sometimes the Old Hand is […]

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False Equivalency Shifts Into High Gear

October 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, health care reform, journalism, role of government, tax policy, Washington

By Arthur Alpert I must break the habit of understatement. In that last post, I mean, where I wrote the Albuquerque Journal was guilty of false equivalence and worse, in playing the shutdown story as a partisan divide where the parties are almost equally to blame and solutions lie in negotiations aimed at meeting in […]

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Resurrecting St. Pete: The Journal’s Domenici Story Decoded

December 20th, 2012 · No Comments · budget policy, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert A publisher coined the phrase “without fear or favor.” When Adolph Ochs acquired The New York Times in 1896, he promised readers it would be his “earnest aim to … give the news impartially, without fear or favor, regardless of party, sect, or interest involved.” Obviously, the Albuquerque Journal takes a different […]

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There’s No Excuse for Journal’s One-sided Account of Hostess Liquidation

November 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment · economy, Fact Check, financial coverage, journalism, labor, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert This post begins as a tale of two headlines. It will end with an unfunny joke. The Albuquerque Journal headline on the Business Page Saturday, November 17, told us: “Workers’ Strike Proves Fatal to Hostess” The Wall Street Journal headline on the front page that same day read: “Twinkie Maker Hostess To […]

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Samuelson’s Confused Commentary about Government Jobs

October 30th, 2012 · No Comments · economy, role of government

By Arthur Alpert I’m on top of the world, swingin’ on a rainbow… On the heels of my musings on the Albuquerque Journal’s low intellectual level, the editors printed another of Robert Samuelson’s syndicated columns. The timing of this vacuous essay is the frosting on my cake, the cherry on my sundae, the exclamation point […]

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And Yo Mama’s Ugly, Too!

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Back in Ye Olden Tymes when I was in journalism school at the University of Wisconsin, I had a notoriously tough and feared professor who had worked at the New York Times. The class was called something like “Advanced Editorial Writing,” and I loved it. One of many things I remember about […]

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Paul The Octopus Trumps Pharma Fraud

October 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert News judgment is famously subjective, but that doesn’t mean you cannot question it. Often there’s a pattern involved, so it’s easy to show how the Albuquerque Journal’s agenda warps its news coverage. Even, that is, with stories that aren’t there. Take, for example, the New York Times lead story Wednesday, Oct. 27 […]

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