Entries Tagged as 'President Barack Obama'

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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‘Burying’ the Death Spiral of the American Dream

August 1st, 2013 · No Comments · economy, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier On a slower news day, this story might have been – should have been – on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal: Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and […]

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The Scandal of Casting Doubt on Climate Change

July 12th, 2013 · 3 Comments · energy policy, environment

By Denise Tessier When future generations look back on the scandals of our age, it’ll be the unchecked rise in global temperatures, not the Benghazi talking points, that infuriate them.– Ezra Klein, Washington Post Recently, I found a folder of articles I’d used as a troop leader to help my Junior Girl Scouts achieve their […]

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Churches Tempt Tax-Status Scrutiny (to No Avail)

November 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments · tax policy, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier In the run-up to the presidential election, on Oct. 28 and Nov. 1, full-page ads ran in the Albuquerque Journal featuring a message from Billy Graham. Both were adamant that readers should “vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman, protect the sanctity of life […]

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Endorsing the President a Risky Business

November 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier On Election Day, the Albuquerque Journal ran a column musing about newspapers that “remain defiantly out of step by persisting with their endorsements.” Some might say that certainly describes the Sunday Journal’s endorsement (“Mitt Romney Is Best To Fix U.S. Direction”). But that is not what this column – or that phrase […]

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Chasing the DREAM Act: News Judgment Trumps Partisanship

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier When a reader approaches the Albuquerque Journal expecting a conservative slant, one’s view is colored to the point it can be surprising when the paper appears to favor, or give top billing to a “liberal” idea – such as President Obama’s policy announcement regarding the partial implementation of the DREAM Act for […]

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So Unforgettable

December 8th, 2011 · No Comments · economy, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Unforgettable. That’s the title of the great song Dinah Washington performed so thrillingly, but it’s also an inescapable comment on the Albuquerque Journal’s latest achievement in faux journalism. For the second consecutive day, the Journal failed to mention the President’s major speech in Osawatomie, Kansas — a story which the Wall Street […]

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‘Polling Pulls Us Apart’

October 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier National columnist David Broder once told a group of editorial writers (myself included) that polling has reached the point it irritates people. Broder, who has covered every national campaign and convention since 1960 – traveling up to 100,000 miles a year to interview voters and report on candidates – made that comment […]

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Fear and Loathing in the Classroom

September 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier My disappointment in the Albuquerque Journal’s editorial page on Tuesday was great, not so much for what the editors weighed in on opinion-wise but rather for what they ignored. How could they not step up and criticize Albuquerque Public Schools’ lack of spine in once again allowing the characterization of the president’s […]

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Delivering News Via Editorial Is a Sticky, Messy Disservice

August 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Before this particular observation gets too old, I’d like to jump on the Journal for once again running an opinion/analysis piece instead of delivering straight news, and for putting it in a front-page news slot without an explanatory footnote or box labeling it as such. The Journal headlined the piece in question […]

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