By Arthur Alpert
It’s time to update our list of stories the Albuquerque Journal doesn’t publish. Here’s a handful, with minimal context.
- Late Monday, July 16, Senate Democrats promoted and Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Disclose Act, a bill that would require the names of contributors of $10,000 or more to nonprofits engaged in political activity.
The Washington Post reported it Tuesday, July 17, but the Journal did not pick it up. That’s hardly unusual; Journal editors routinely forego timely publication in favor of a second or third-day story.
- Under the headline, “Can Heather Wilson, a moderate Republican, win over New Mexico’s Latino voters?” the Post ran a long analysis of her race against Martin Heinrich for the Senate.
Reporter Krissah Thompson praised Wilson, calling her “one of the best Republican candidates.” She “faces long odds,” however, said Thompson, because “New Mexico is 47 percent Hispanic, and those voters tend to vote Democratic, particularly in presidential election years.”
The Journal didn’t publish it.
- Bloomberg, the N.Y. Times and Washington Post, among others, reported on a fundraiser for Gov. Romney at the Southampton, N.Y. mansion of David Koch. The $50,000 a person event July 8 drew protests from MoveOn.org, Occupy Wall Street and local, leftist activists.
The Journal ignored it.
- Speaking of the Koch brothers, they have been battling to regain control of CATO, the libertarian think tank they founded years ago. John Allison, a leader of the Ayn Rand movement, just succeeded to CATO’s presidency. What that means is unclear but Forbes Magazine and the New Yorker, among others, noticed.
Not the Journal, however, despite the fact CATO provided $50,000 in seed money to the Rio Grande Foundation of New Mexico, a favorite source of the daily’s Op Ed essays.
- The Santa Fe New Mexican’s Steve Terrell reported Monday, July 16, on the American Legislative Exchange Council in a piece headlined:
“ALEC struggles to retain members
N.M. lawmakers among those to cut ties with conservative group”
The Journal hasn’t noticed any of that. In fact, the Journal has never published an examination of ALEC, which focuses on state legislatures.
And which receives financial backing from the Koch family, among other sources.
There’s the list. I leave to you any conjectures about the editors’ thinking in rejecting the five.