Entries Tagged as 'Social Security'

National vs. Local

February 15th, 2016 · 1 Comment · budget policy, Congress, Fact Check, journalism, Washington

By Arthur Alpert About a week go I bumped into a former Albuquerque Journal reporter who said – I paraphrase – we’re essentially on target in our critiques of the daily but I write too often on national and global stories, not enough about the daily’s local coverage. My reaction to the “on target” was […]

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Austerity Pitch: AP laces news with opinion… again

February 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, Fact Check, inequality, journalism, tax policy, Uncategorized, Washington

By Arthur Alpert This is a tale of two opinions. Winthrop Quigley of the Albuquerque Journal offered his in a recent UpFront column Thursday, Jan. 28, on inequality and higher minimum wages. I disagree with his conclusions, but so what? Quigley stated his premises and marshaled evidence (income inequality is real, extreme and bad for […]

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Behind the Curve

August 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment · budget policy, economy, regulation, role of government

By Arthur Alpert I run as fast as I can but cannot keep up. Let me explain my routine. After spending a few hours shaping a piece on Albuquerque Journal management’s malfeasance, I save it and go about some other business. Tomorrow, I figure, I’ll double-check, proof and give it a final rewrite. But tomorrow […]

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The Journal Can’t Get Enough of Robert Samuelson’s War Against Geezers

August 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment · budget policy, economy, health care reform, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I read lots of humdrum stuff, but what psychologist Jonathan Haidt told the N.Y. Times a couple of weeks ago was a jolt. “The fervor and passion of partisans is clearly rewarding; and if it’s rewarding, it involves dopamine; and if it involves dopamine, then it is potentially addictive.” Extreme partisans, he […]

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Not So Hidden Agenda

March 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert You gotta give the Albuquerque Journal a hand – it doesn’t hide its agenda. Not well, anyway. As if publishing Robert Samuelson’s deceptive (if predictable) attack on Social Security as “welfare” last Monday wasn’t sufficient, management launched another missile Saturday, March 12. Two in one week! Of course, in a demonstration of […]

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Correction Pending? I Doubt It

February 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert “The Journal’s policy,” says that little graph on the bottom of page two, “is to correct errors of fact in a timely manner.” Today, Monday, Feb. 14, the newspaper published a long “news story” by Martin Crutsinger of the Associated Press Washington bureau (link not available) headlined: “ $3 Trillion Budget Heads […]

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Journal-AP Tag Team Bury the Facts in Social Security Story

August 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Life offers great pairings. I’m thinking of Heloise and Abelard, Romeo and Juliet, Fred and Ginger and – eternally entwined – Albuquerque Journal management and Associated Press Washington Bureau. That last duo – they go everywhere holding (right) hands – has produced another cute offspring. Wearing a bold headline – “Outlook For […]

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