Entries Tagged as 'Rio Grande Foundation'

Gessing Kills Two Birds With One Stone in Letter Criticizing Gisser

August 27th, 2014 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, financial coverage, journalism, labor, tax policy

By Denise Tessier It’s safe to expect that when a column by economist Micha Gisser appears in the Albuquerque Journal, a letter of rebuttal or critique soon will follow. Gisser’s latest, in Business Outlook on Aug. 18, actually prompted two refutations. What was unexpected was that one of the two critiques Monday (Aug. 25) came […]

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Casual Insult Elicits Defense From Reporter’s Colleagues, Apology from Director of Think Tank

July 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism, state government, tax policy

By Denise Tessier Paid libertarian Paul Gessing set off a Twitter run of comments last week when he tweeted the question: What’s worse, the economic return on NM film industry or reporting on new study? The point of the tweet was to direct Twitter followers to Gessing’s essay “New Study confirms film subsidies are a […]

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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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Cogs in the Koch Astroturf Machine

April 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · energy policy, Fact Check, journalism

By Arthur Alpert It was a small item, really, a few slim paragraphs, on the Albuquerque Journal’s Business page Friday, April 25. Yet it spoke or rather shouted volumes about the newspaper. The headline read, “Libertarian author to talk at luncheon”. “The Rio Grande Foundation”, it read, “is hosting a luncheon talk with Matt Kibbe […]

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Op Ed Page: Hiding Information Denies Needed Perspective

April 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments · 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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