Entries Tagged as 'Winthrop Quigley'

More Flailing Against Obamacare, and Related Backdoor Attacks on the IRS

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, health care reform, tax policy

By Denise Tessier When the health care enrollment deadline of March 31 passed with more than 7 million people signed up nationwide – “beating expectations” as the Associated Press put it – the Albuquerque Journal put the news inside , deciding the front-page story should be “NM lags on health care sign-ups.” The latter, more […]

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Austerity Pitch: AP laces news with opinion… again

February 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, Fact Check, inequality, journalism, tax policy, Uncategorized, Washington

By Arthur Alpert This is a tale of two opinions. Winthrop Quigley of the Albuquerque Journal offered his in a recent UpFront column Thursday, Jan. 28, on inequality and higher minimum wages. I disagree with his conclusions, but so what? Quigley stated his premises and marshaled evidence (income inequality is real, extreme and bad for […]

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The Albuquerque Journal ‘Needs To Change Its Tune’

January 14th, 2014 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism

By Denise Tessier I read with interest this morning’s column “New Mexico Needs To Change Its Tune,” by Albuquerque Journal business writer Winthrop Quigley. This link-line from the Journal’s web front page pulled me into the article: If a culture is defined by the words used to describe it, we need to find new words. […]

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History-Making Aspect of ACA Takes Back Seat to Political Vitriol

September 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment · budget policy, health care reform, journalism, role of government

By Denise Tessier The story opened with “History will be made Tuesday.” But history was relegated to second string when it came to the headline. “Like it or not, OBAMACARE is here” is the headline that ran atop the front page of the Sunday Journal print-edition, on its central story about this week’s rollout of […]

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A Daily Disdain for Journalism

September 20th, 2013 · 2 Comments · energy policy, environment, health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert “Those were the days” is a great, sad Russian drinking song that’s all about me. At least it is when Mary Hopkin sings, “Oh, my friend, we’re older but no wiser.” That’s why the Albuquerque Journal editors’ daily disdain for journalism still shocks me. Despite my white hair, I’m sickened. How do […]

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Identity Problem

July 24th, 2013 · 4 Comments · economy, Education, environment, journalism

By Arthur Alpert A couple of weeks ago, business reporter Winthrop Quigley used his UpFront column in the Albuquerque Journal to remind us the state is mired in poverty, to suggest many leaders are losing heart and to wonder if we New Mexicans even know who we are. He concluded: “Until we understand who we […]

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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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The Right Fit: “News” Narrative Meets the Agenda

April 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert The pendulum never stops where it should. When I got into the news business, for example, the name of the game was “objectivity.” Of course that’s humanly impossible and you neuter yourself pursuing it. But the 1950s passion for “objectivity” was a swing of the pendulum back from the Front Page era […]

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Another Way To Block Health Care Reform: Nullification

October 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Micha Gisser’s columns in the Albuquerque Journal no longer carry the “Rio Grande Foundation fellow” tagline, but the RGF ideology is still there in the University of New Mexico economics professor’s writing, and the Journal is still giving him prominent play. In last week’s “Executive’s Desk” slot (Oct. 15) on A3 of […]

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Journal Bites Medicaid Expansion Bullet

October 3rd, 2012 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Taking its own advice – “It is time for New Mexico to bite the Medicaid expansion bullet” – the Albuquerque Journal has editorialized in favor of expanding Medicaid in the state (“N.M. Should Embrace Medicaid Expansion,” Sept. 30).  Filling a slot normally taken by two editorials, the single missive is heavy on […]

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