Entries Tagged as 'Thom Cole'

Linthicum’s Leaving Not Reason Enough for Readers to Follow

August 25th, 2014 · 4 Comments · journalism

By Denise Tessier Recently, when talking about the Albuquerque Journal, an acquaintance said, “The only reason I read the Journal is Leslie Linthicum.” When pressed, this person acknowledged other excellent writers who work at the Journal – Win Quigley and Joline Gutierrez Krueger came up for mention. My acquaintance couldn’t argue with the journalistic value […]

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‘Leading News Source’ Lags, Misleads With Its Column Placement

May 8th, 2014 · 3 Comments · journalism

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal recently unveiled a new design for its front pages that not only changed its appearance, but changed its long-time tag line — from the “State’s Leading Newspaper” to “New Mexico’s Leading News Source.” A daily review of headlines from at least one other newspaper, the Santa Fe New Mexican, […]

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Journal Isn’t Telling Whole Story About IRS “Scandal”

March 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments · campaign finance reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert You’ve probably noticed I shy away from writing about the major political parties. There are several reasons. One is my working premise that both parties respond to their corporate underwriters.  And there’s a practical concern – were I to condemn Albuquerque Journal editors for tilting toward Party A, it might read as […]

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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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The Amazing Congruence

November 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Education, energy policy, environment, journalism, labor, regulation

By Arthur Alpert I hope you read the latest post from my colleague, Denise Tessier. Focusing on an Americans for Prosperity essay targeting subsidies for wind power and a rebuttal letter to the Editor from a Las Cruces reader, she decried an unsavory Journal practice: “As we’ve often pointed out here at ABQJournalWatch,” Denise wrote, […]

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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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The Secret Tamaya Meeting: A National Story in the Making?

August 9th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier As mentioned in a previous post, Susana Martinez meeting secretly with two of the GOP’s top national leaders was a story that warranted Page One, but was buried in the Albuquerque Journal. The Tamaya Resort secret meeting story was worthy of A1 not only because of the two prominent GOP names, including […]

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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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You Can’t Buy This Kind of Publicity – and Credibility

January 21st, 2013 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, Education, energy policy, environment, NM Legislature, regulation, tax policy

By Denise Tessier You can’t pay for advertising this good, and thanks to the Albuquerque Journal, the conservative, roll back-regulation-thumping Rio Grande Foundation doesn’t have to take out ads. On Saturday, RGF hit pay dirt with a full-blown news story on the Business page about its “unique, 21-day report on the state’s regulatory environment and […]

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Two Journals

January 14th, 2013 · 3 Comments · campaign finance reform, energy policy, environment, journalism, NM Legislature, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert (January 10) Here we are, 10, 11 days into 2013 and I haven’t written a word about the Albuquerque Journals. Yes, Journals. Plural. If all this Journal-watching has clarified anything, it’s that there exist two newspapers in one body, a variation on the old Steve Martin movie. The local staff does professional […]

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