Entries Tagged as 'tea party'

Government Shutdown Coverage: A Discordant and Disqualifying Performance

October 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism, Uncategorized, Washington

By Arthur Alpert You have noticed, surely, how the Albuquerque Journal’s song changes from time to time, as if an unseen fiddler was calling variations on the tune. Now, for example, the editors are segueing from the shutdown/debt ceiling crisis to promote austerity, even as they maintain the underlying theme. One day soon I’ll document […]

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History-Making Aspect of ACA Takes Back Seat to Political Vitriol

September 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment · budget policy, health care reform, journalism, role of government

By Denise Tessier The story opened with “History will be made Tuesday.” But history was relegated to second string when it came to the headline. “Like it or not, OBAMACARE is here” is the headline that ran atop the front page of the Sunday Journal print-edition, on its central story about this week’s rollout of […]

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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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Benghazi! Benghazi!

May 19th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Like a perfect storm, three stories piled upon one another day after day this past week, wrenching national media attention from bombings, sensational crime and gun laws — taking space that should be used to cover pressing issues, like student loan debt and the continuing paucity of jobs.  I’m sticking with my […]

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Fear and Loathing of ‘Agenda 21’

February 27th, 2013 · No Comments · environment, NM Legislature, role of government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier A non-binding resolution, passed at a United Nations conference more than 20 years ago, is suddenly a “threat to homes (and the) property of our middle-class” in New Mexico. That’s according to the column, “Agenda 21 threat to homes, property of our middle-class,” which got the top spot on the Sunday Journal’s […]

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Resurrecting St. Pete: The Journal’s Domenici Story Decoded

December 20th, 2012 · No Comments · budget policy, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert A publisher coined the phrase “without fear or favor.” When Adolph Ochs acquired The New York Times in 1896, he promised readers it would be his “earnest aim to … give the news impartially, without fear or favor, regardless of party, sect, or interest involved.” Obviously, the Albuquerque Journal takes a different […]

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The Curious Tweet by Marita K. Noon

May 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier “Interesting that Marita Noon would tweet this story exposing what her ilk are up to,” a colleague wrote in an email. Interesting – and curious — indeed. In her usual simplistic style, extractive industry booster and Albuquerque Journal column contributor Marita K. Noon (who uses the Twitter handle “energyrabbit”), tweeted just a […]

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Otherwise Occupied

October 24th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier When the now-global “Occupy Wall Street” movement began spreading outside New York City at the start of this month, I was otherwise occupied. I was writing about the Albuquerque Journal’s lack of reporting on another national movement gone local, complaining that the Journal’s coverage of local protestors taking part in the national […]

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The Debt Ceiling Fiasco

August 9th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Now that the “crisis” has passed, a few words on the debt ceiling debacle and how the media – including the Journal – covered it. I think it’s hard for journalists these days. Afraid of being attacked as too conservative or too liberal, of being pigeonholed or lumped in with the likes […]

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Deficit Switcheroo

December 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Maybe it’s because I’m still doing my bit in that holiday fable, “White Christmas” at ALT, or maybe it’s the season. But I continue to feel kindly toward my fellow humans – including the top editors at the Albuquerque Journal. What a hard road they travel daily! Most newspaper editors look at […]

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