Entries Tagged as 'UpFront'

‘Hotly Disputed,’ Outright Misleading: More on the Journal’s Anti-Planned Parenthood Campaign

March 24th, 2016 · 4 Comments · budget policy, civil rights, Congress, inequality, role of government, social safety net

By Denise Tessier After nearly a year’s hiatus from writing for ABQJournalWatch, I am compelled to add to the points my colleague Arthur Alpert made Tuesday in his post about the Journal’s anti-Planned Parenthood campaign. The impetus is Wednesday’s UpFront column – “100 years of fighting for reproductive rights”. At first, the front-page headline prompted […]

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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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Heritage Foundation’s New ‘Straight-Down-the-Middle Journalism’ Seems Headed Straight Toward the Far Right

May 16th, 2014 · No Comments · journalism

By Denise Tessier OK, dear reader, here’s a question: Do you think mainstream news slants too much to the left? That’s the premise the radically conservative and already influential Heritage Foundation is using to justify creation of a new digital news site, the Daily Signal, which will launch June 3. Heritage says its site will […]

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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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On the Anti-Abortion Front: A Review and Look Forward

January 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment · role of government

By Denise Tessier Valencia County Commissioners this week voted down a proposed ordinance that would have banned abortions in unincorporated parts of that county after 20 weeks of pregnancy. From Valencia County News-Bulletin reporter Julia M. Dendinger’s report that ran Thursday (Jan. 9) on the front page of its sister publication, the Albuquerque Journal: Chairman […]

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What Was He Thinking? A Cautionary Tale

December 15th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier I’ve never met Phil Parker, but I’ve read his stories in the Albuquerque Journal, most of which have appeared in the North edition because he’s based in Santa Fe. If, back in June, you read the Journal’s front-page coverage of the fires near Los Alamos, you’ve read Phil Parker. From what I’ve […]

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Quick Takes

November 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier An inward groan was my reaction to the opinion column headline, “’Bama’s Immigration Law Backfires in Fields” in the Albuquerque Journal (Oct. 26). Now accustomed to articles and headlines blaming President Obama for all sorts of things, it appeared at first glance this was another attack – and abbreviating the name as […]

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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 Sane Report on Health Care Policy

May 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · health care reform

By Denise Tessier Winthrop Quigley has done it again: He has managed to get a sensible health care piece in the Albuquerque Journal. Judging from the headline, “Health-Care Reform Act Assailed,” one initially might think the article at the top of the Business page (D6) on April 29 was yet another Journal attack on “Obamacare”. […]

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