Entries Tagged as 'Robert Samuelson'

Blaming the Poor

June 27th, 2016 · 4 Comments · economy, inequality, journalism, labor

By Arthur Alpert Reading the Albuquerque Journal’s editorials is unpleasant but educational. The most obvious, daily lesson is the firm connection between the editorials and the news (and opinion) pages of the newspaper, a direct line from management’s political agenda to what the editors choose to print (or ignore) as “news.” Put another way, there’s […]

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Marketing Plutocracy

February 1st, 2016 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, Fact Check, financial coverage, journalism, social safety net, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert It may not be much of a newspaper but – credit where credit is due – in its marketing of plutocracy, the Albuquerque Journal is single-minded. Today, Monday, Feb. 1, there’s Page One box headlined “Bad news for NM permanent funds”. It refers readers to a story in the Business Outlook section, […]

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The ExxonMobil Global Warming Cover-Up Story: Its first Journal appearance portrays the oil giant as a victim

November 12th, 2015 · 2 Comments · climate change, energy policy, environment, journalism, regulation

By Arthur Alpert Darn that Albuquerque Journal. I was working on an essay aimed at giving you insight into the editors’ sad assumptions that underlie the daily’s journalistic failures. And what happens? The very same editors execute a simple but characteristic political maneuver that screams for my immediate attention and yours. They did so via […]

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The Stories That Cannot Exist

January 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment · campaign finance reform, Congress, economy, financial coverage, health care reform, journalism, regulation

By Arthur Alpert All hail Nick Estes’ Op Ed column in the January 9 issue of the Albuquerque Journal. We won’t see its like for a long time. Under the rubric, “Yes, we DO know how to fix the economy”, Estes took syndicated columnist Robert Samuelson to task for writing the reverse. Estes explained: “The […]

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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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Samuelson and Piketty: It’s the “political” economy, stupid!

June 21st, 2014 · No Comments · economy, labor, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I’m lucky to have fallen, years ago, into journalism, where they paid me to learn how the world works. The cherry on the cake was a crash course in financial markets and economics courtesy of Financial News Network, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal Business Report for TV, tuition-free again with paychecks. […]

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Klein, Kliff, Pincus and Sloan

June 16th, 2014 · 2 Comments · economy, journalism, role of government, tax policy, Washington

By Arthur Alpert It’s a great offer. The Albuquerque Journal announced Wednesday, June 11 that its subscribers can get the Washington Post online at no additional cost. I have been reading the WP on my iMac for years now, with particular appreciation for the contrast between it and the daily that hits my Albuquerque driveway […]

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News From The Aerie Dwellers

December 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, financial coverage, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Journalism is superficial, of course. With some praiseworthy exceptions, it’s basically a gloss on politics. Politics is superficial, too, relative to what it revolves around, power. Power, however, is fundamental. So is its distribution along the vertical axis we call hierarchy. “It’s good to be the king,” said Mel Brooks, reminding us […]

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False Equivalency in the Government Shutdown Story, Journal Style

October 7th, 2013 · 3 Comments · budget policy, economy, health care reform, journalism, role of government, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Editors must work around the staff to distort local reality so it fits the Albuquerque Journal’s agenda. It’s a snap, however, when the issue is national. Witness the current campaign to persuade readers the federal government shutdown represents a split between Democrats and Republicans, the parties are almost equally to blame and […]

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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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