Entries Tagged as 'Paul Krugman'

Let No Journalistic Malfeasance Go Unremarked

August 8th, 2016 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert So where do I start? That’s the question whenever I sit down at the iMac because every issue of the Albuquerque Journal begs for corrective action and ideally we should let no journalistic malfeasance go unremarked. Where do I start and (given that my time and energy are finite), which issues do […]

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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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Politics Driving News Coverage: The TPP Story

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments · economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Halfway through “The Underpants”, the Carl Sternheim/Steve Martin farce at the Vortex (in which I have a small role), Versati, a poet, says to the government clerk, “I can’t believe that you believe what you believe!” I feel that way about the Albuquerque Journal, but must concede that management is deeply invested […]

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“Plutocrats Against Democracy”: The news deemed not fit to print by the Journal

October 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · climate change, economy, health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert I had no idea Paul Krugman read the Albuquerque Journal, did you? Hard to believe, I know, but his Oct. 23 NY Times column contains big hints that he follows our local daily closely. It’s headlined, “Plutocrats Against Democracy”. Krugman argues first that plutocrats (that is, persons whose power derives from their […]

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Journal Still Promoting Voodoo Economics

October 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments · budget policy, Congress, economy, journalism, tax policy

By Denise Tessier Based on the latest figures from the U.S. Labor Department, USA Today (and other news outlets) reported over the weekend that September’s unemployment rate had dropped below 6 percent for the first time since 2008, when George W. Bush left in his wake a destroyed economy that saw losses of a million […]

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Heritage Foundation Op Eds Are Flunking Fact Checks, but the Journal Looks the Other Way

August 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment · economy, Fact Check, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert This morning (Friday, Aug. 8) I was enjoying the Albuquerque Journal’s editorial on making food stamp recipients shape up (subtext, it’s entirely their fault) until they used one Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation as an expert witness. That’s when my amusement at the Ebenezer Scrooge performance gave way to – I […]

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Distorting the Dialogue on Debt

July 24th, 2014 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal editorial on U.S. debt in the Wednesday, July 23, edition provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how management distorts the political dialogue. It was yet another Journal warning that unless we cut the debt soon and the US learns to “live within its means,” there’s an “impending fiscal calamity” […]

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Samuelson’s Fables

August 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, financial coverage, journalism, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Henny Penny, hit by a stray acorn, assumed the sky was falling and raced around spreading hysteria in the barnyard. It’s a folktale about a deluded fowl scaring the bejeebers out of the community. The obvious moral is, watch out for idiots flapping wings. Or jaws. The Albuquerque Journal’s favorite economics reporter, […]

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Credibility of Austerity Economics in Freefall Everywhere Except at the Journal

May 1st, 2013 · 5 Comments · budget policy, economy, financial coverage, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Pity the poor politicians who edit the Albuquerque Journal. It won’t be easy adjusting the narrative to fit the oligarchy’s new strategy, but soon they’ll do just that. The newspaper’s narrative (or line or editorial agenda) matters because at the Journal, it dictates what gets published – syndicated opinion, Op Ed opinion […]

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A Revealing Prism

March 4th, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, financial coverage, journalism, labor, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s editorials on national issues are educational. • They reveal management’s political stance. • They identify the prism through which management views news. • They augur which stories, opinions and ideas the newspaper will publish and which will earn token appearances or none at all. Case in point – the […]

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