Entries Tagged as 'Santa Fe New Mexican'

Off Track Coverage and ‘Grandstanding’

February 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments · environment, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Gov. Susana Martinez and the state helicopter were in the Albuquerque Journal last week (Feb. 21), but not Amtrak trains. Missing from the state’s leading newspaper was a story about what New Mexico plans to do about a proposed partnership with Colorado, Kansas, Amtrak and track owner Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway […]

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Public Journal Bashing…and Other Bad News

January 16th, 2014 · 5 Comments · environment, journalism, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Albuquerque attorney and former city councilor Michael Cadigan took to facebook last week to announce that he has “finally taken the plunge” and dropped his subscription to the Albuquerque Journal. From his post: . . . As a news junkie, it was tough, but I finally cancelled my subscription to the Albuquerque […]

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Minimalism Meets Journalism: HSD Audit Alteration Story

December 1st, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, state government

By Arthur Alpert Last time, I dealt with the macrocosm, the amazing congruence of the Albuquerque Journal’s narrative with the Koch brothers’ political agenda. Today, let’s zoom in on a microcosm. I refer to the Journal’s coverage of the ongoing drama sparked by the State Human Services Department’s decision to stop funding 15 mental health […]

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Governor Has Upper Hand in Media Coverage of HSD Controversy

September 16th, 2013 · 2 Comments · health care reform, open government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier “Piecemeal” best describes coverage the Albuquerque Journal has given to what is turning out to be the biggest story of the year in New Mexico – the decimation of the state’s medical providers in behavioral health. With every story that runs, questions remain, including the most important: how all this turmoil affects […]

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Fair Warning: Obamacare ‘PR Wars’ Commence

August 8th, 2013 · 2 Comments · health care reform

By Denise Tessier At least Albuquerque Journal readers were warned. “Obamacare duel erupts into intense public-relations war,” was the headline on a small story at the page bottom in the Sunday Dimension section; its sub-head: “Pro and con groups prepare to launch major campaigns.” The very next day (Aug. 5) readers were hit with part […]

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Controversial Photos, Art and Other Loose Ends

July 25th, 2013 · No Comments · journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Saying it was responding to reader criticism, the Albuquerque Journal provided a service in running prominently (on A2, July 16) a “recent” photo of Trayvon Martin, which it placed side by side with the “younger” portrayal generally used by news media in depicting the teenager killed in February 2012 by George Zimmerman. […]

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Journal “Making Do” Without an Environment Writer

June 14th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier In this case, it was better late than never. And admittedly, once it ran, it was a good story, given full play at the top of the front page on the week’s highest circulation day, spilling over onto a near-full page inside. But the Journal was behind other local media in running […]

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The Martinez Administration’s Multi-Million Dollar Mistake and the Journal’s Curious Absence of Outrage

May 17th, 2013 · 2 Comments · NM Legislature, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s capacity for outrage is huge, almost as great as its passion for transparency. So where’s the outrage? Where’s the transparency? Where are they, I mean, now that we know the 2013 Legislature passed a budget based on oral testimony at the 11th hour from the Governor’s Finance Secretary that […]

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In Absence of Senate Action, Hannah Skandera Confirms Herself; Media Chooses Not to Go Along

April 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Education, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Because the Senate has failed to get around to confirming her as secretary, New Mexico Public Education Secretary-designate Hannah Skandera has decided to just make it so, with the blessing of the governor. The Las Cruces Sun-News was apparently first to notice that Skandera had made herself secretary by stating as such […]

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The Associated Press Gets the Point

April 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments · immigration, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Just yesterday (April 2), I saw this  message (in three different languages) on the T-shirt of a young woman in Albuquerque: There’s no such thing as an illegal human. What she wore was making an excellent point. Today’s Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Associated Press has issued a directive to […]

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