Entries Tagged as 'Rio Grande Foundation'

Op Ed Page: Hiding Information Denies Needed Perspective

April 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment · energy policy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Last time out, I wrote about a host of economic stories and topics the Albuquerque Journal bans from the newspaper, presumably because they contradict its political agenda. I’d planned to continue, offering lots more news the Journal finds not fit to print, but I won’t. We interrupt that program to detour to […]

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On the ALEC Front: A Review – With an Eye Toward 2014

January 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment · campaign finance reform, Education, energy policy, environment, NM Legislature, regulation, tax policy, voting rights

By Denise Tessier In 2013, more light than previously before was shined on the secretive yet highly influential 40-year-old corporatist lobbying organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). That light came mostly from blogs, alternative media, journalist Bill Moyers and the British-owned Guardian newspaper, rather than by so-called “mainstream” news. The Albuquerque Journal […]

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What If Someone New Took the Journal Helm?

November 1st, 2013 · 7 Comments · economy, Education, energy policy, Fact Check, journalism

By Denise Tessier Here’s a thought: What if Alan Webber, who’s just announced he’s running for the Democratic nomination for governor, ran the Albuquerque Journal? Whether he was to take the helm of state administration or of the state’s leading newspaper, I submit the effect on New Mexico could be comparably profound. To be clear, […]

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Balancing Act

August 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, immigration, role of government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert How ridiculous is journalistic balance? Well, back in my TV days, we would conjure up a documentary on air pollution; the first half would explain scientifically how it poisons living things while the other 50 percent argued that dirty air is good for us. Hey, it was perfectly balanced. Balance has lots […]

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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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Jon Barela, Garrey Carruthers, Miss Emily Litella and the Journal’s Silver Linings (Economics) Playbook

May 21st, 2013 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Don’t tell me the Albuquerque Journal is not wonderful in its fashion. Not journalistically, of course, but in its tireless efforts skew the news to fit its agenda. Only the other day, you may remember, I was pointing out how the editors kinda, sorta downplayed a Dan Boyd story that – because […]

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The West, Texas Explosion: A Horrific Lesson on Lax Regulatory Oversight

April 29th, 2013 · No Comments · role of government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier At the risk of sounding insensitive about the bombings in Boston (which would not be true), I could not help but compare, from the outset, how that event was covered by both national media and the Albuquerque Journal to the way the West, Texas fertilizer explosion was played. Because the former was […]

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Island of Influence: Report Details Impact of Koch-funded Donors Trust in New Mexico

March 10th, 2013 · 2 Comments · environment, journalism, role of government, tax policy, voting rights

By Arthur Alpert Remember when Secretary of State John Foster Dulles refused to “recognize” China because he disapproved of its Communist government?  A wedding of stupidity and arrogance was sufficient to wipe a colossus from the world atlas. The Albuquerque Journal’s inability to recognize the existence of a continent of the wealthy – where cash […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Hanna Skandera

March 8th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Education, NM Legislature, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal finally ran a “For the Record” Friday (March 8) correcting two mistakes that were made in its editorial of a full week before (March 1). The editorial’s topic: support for confirmation of Hanna Skandera. The correction says the editorial,  “Skandera has earned New Mexico’s support,” was wrong in saying […]

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Keeping the Minimum Wage Pot Boiling at the (Albuquerque) Journal of Opinion

February 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, journalism, labor, role of government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert (Feb. 14, 2013) How can it be that the President wants to raise the federal minimum wage? Surely he’s aware that the Albuquerque Journal opposes it with every fiber of its being. I don’t mean editorially, although the paper has so editorialized. No, I mean the Journal is opposed in its (so-called) […]

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