Entries Tagged as 'Wall Street Journal'

Cognitive Dissonance

April 4th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism, war and peace

By Arthur Alpert I was listening to KUNM Radio several Friday mornings ago when Philip Connors, who wrote the highly praised “Fire Season”, recalled for interviewer Stephen Spitz his days as a Wall Street Journal reporter. When terrorists hit the World Trade Center, Connors said, he read his own newspaper and suffered “cognitive dissonance.” What […]

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More Journalistic Offenses of Commission and Omission

September 17th, 2014 · No Comments · economy, financial coverage, health care reform, inequality, journalism, polling

By Arthur Alpert Some days this gig is frustrating. No, that’s incorrect; it’s frustrating most days because I cannot decide if I should alert you to Albuquerque Journal management’s daily journalistic offenses of commission or its offenses of omission. Should I say the headline on Winthrop Quigley’s Sept. 14 UpFront column on commercial insurance rates […]

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‘Burying’ the Death Spiral of the American Dream

August 1st, 2013 · No Comments · economy, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier On a slower news day, this story might have been – should have been – on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal: Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and […]

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The Tactics of Offense and Defense: How the Journal Reshapes Healthcare News

May 15th, 2013 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert What’s a saving grace? Well, an online dictionary says it’s “a quality that makes up for other generally negative characteristics; redeeming feature.” I was grappling with the question, you see, of whether – where healthcare reporting is concerned – Winthrop Quigley is the Albuquerque Journal’s saving grace. The answer is no, but […]

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Credibility of Austerity Economics in Freefall Everywhere Except at the Journal

May 1st, 2013 · 5 Comments · budget policy, economy, financial coverage, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Pity the poor politicians who edit the Albuquerque Journal. It won’t be easy adjusting the narrative to fit the oligarchy’s new strategy, but soon they’ll do just that. The newspaper’s narrative (or line or editorial agenda) matters because at the Journal, it dictates what gets published – syndicated opinion, Op Ed opinion […]

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Plundering Employee Pensions and Promoting Plutocracy

December 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment · economy, financial coverage, journalism, labor

By Arthur Alpert Boomers, I have read, feel nostalgic about Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and other Hostess company snacks. Me, I’m too old to partake of either the food or sentiment. So I’m perpetrating this third post on the Albuquerque Journal’s misreporting of Hostess’ dissolution only because there’s a new development that teaches us more about […]

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Calling for the Bludgeons: Union-bashing Corporate Lobbyist Finds Easy Access to Journal OpEd Page

December 6th, 2012 · 1 Comment · journalism, labor

By Arthur Alpert How wrong can I be? I figured my post on the Hostess bankruptcy (Nov. 27) would be a one-shot, but that underestimated the story’s shelf life. Also, I failed to realize how ardently the Albuquerque Journal would use Hostess to promote its political agenda. Therefore, here’s an update on Twinkies and journalistic […]

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There’s No Excuse for Journal’s One-sided Account of Hostess Liquidation

November 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment · economy, Fact Check, financial coverage, journalism, labor, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert This post begins as a tale of two headlines. It will end with an unfunny joke. The Albuquerque Journal headline on the Business Page Saturday, November 17, told us: “Workers’ Strike Proves Fatal to Hostess” The Wall Street Journal headline on the front page that same day read: “Twinkie Maker Hostess To […]

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Another Case of Selective Scrutiny

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments · economy, financial coverage, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert I get lots of information from the Albuquerque Journal’s daily business page and Business Outlook, as well as an occasional smile. Mostly, I learn from the beat reporters what Albuquerque and New Mexico businesses are doing and how businessmen view the economy and their markets. There are also items on job moves, […]

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More Skewing the News by Omission

March 22nd, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Welcome to another installment in our series, “Skewing the News by Omission” (link, link), wherein we add a few new stories to the list of those the Albuquerque Journal finds unprintable. Let’s do that through the eyes of a hypothetical reader who trusts the editors. We’ll call him or her the Poor […]

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