Entries Tagged as 'Thom Cole'

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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Staying Sane in the Fact-Checking Lane

November 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Fact Check, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier During the just-completed campaign cycle that seemed like it would never end, a nationally syndicated editorial cartoon appeared in the Albuquerque Journal depicting two googley-eyed fact-checkers, bound in straight-jackets, sitting in a padded cell. Even the most seasoned political reporters no doubt related to that cartoon image. For despite valiant effort, fact-checking […]

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Journal Finally Takes a Closer Look at Rio Grande Foundation

August 26th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal ran yet another Rio Grande Foundation column last Monday (Aug. 20), but this time Journal editors actually added something new to the conservative think tank’s description at the column’s close: The Rio Grande Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan, tax-exempt New Mexico research and educational organization. The Donors Capital Fund […]

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Attention Must Be Paid: Journal's Coverage of McCleskey Email Story Is Praiseworthy

June 19th, 2012 · No Comments · journalism, open government

By Arthur Alpert Stop the presses! The Journal is digging into a story that cuts against its editorial agenda. That’s the fact and (as Willy Loman’s wife insisted) attention must be paid. To be specific, Dan Boyd reported June 13 that the Public Education Department (PED) culled a list of non-union teachers for the Governor’s […]

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Richardson "Terror" Group Link: Readers Needed to Turn the Page to Get the Whole Story

March 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert As I hope you’ve noticed, I rarely critique the rank-and-file at the Albuquerque Journal. Their work is generally professional and sometimes excellent. Management, not staff, insists on carrying the editorial agenda into the news pages. But that management vs. staff distinction isn’t perfect. Look at the Saturday, March 10 Journal, specifically the […]

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A Call for Clarity

October 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Every so often, a word gets dropped from a story in the Albuquerque Journal. It makes the reader pause, but usually, one can surmise what the dropped word was and continue reading. Frankly, I’ve always marveled — even when I was working in the midst of it — at the way talented […]

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When the Local Daily Delivers National News

May 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Years ago, before we had quick access to in-depth national reports via the Internet, on more than one occasion I found myself defending the Albuquerque Journal for its so-called shortcomings in delivering national news. In one conversation in particular, an indignant local resident called the Journal “useless” and not worth buying because […]

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A Curmudgeon’s Prediction: Newspapers Coming Back

January 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier For years, I’ve enjoyed Dale Dauten’s “Corporate Curmudgeon,” a King Features Syndicate column run by the Albuquerque Journal’s Business Outlook. Monday’s (Jan. 10) installment — which, according to the column, is Dauten’s second-to-last after more than 20 years — included a string of paragraphs summarizing some of what Dauten says he’s learned […]

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Well Played, Sir

January 13th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann I always love to see an old hand shake it up a bit. I think that’s why I liked Thom Cole’s “UpFront” column so much yesterday (Jan. 12). Yep, you heard me right, I said I liked it. (I know I’ve not been his biggest fan.) Why? Because what Cole did was […]

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An Equal Opportunity Attack Dog?

January 10th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann When I think of the Albuquerque Journal, equal opportunity isn’t the first concept that pops into my head. But the phrase actually came to mind the other day when I encountered the second Thom Cole “UpFront” column to take new Gov. Susana Martinez to task for something she did. It was Cole’s […]

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