Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Front Page

Get into the mindset of the Editor of the Albuquerque Journal.  Look at today's front page and see the right wing Editor at work.

Top of the fold, a peculiar headline about Wise Pies being 10K behind in state taxes.  Was this newsworthy?  How many companies are behind 10k in taxes in NM?  Yes, they got naming rights for UNM's Pit. Is this placement just because editor Kent Walz wants to embarrass  the leadership of UNM, whom the Governor doesn't care for?

Top of the fold.  Teacher effectiveness drops.  The editor sees it as another opportunity to make teachers unions look bad by insisting they defend themselves against questionable test results.  In his right wing freakishness he wants to make the Unions squirm.

Top of the fold.  An unreachable bond amount for the murderous mom is raised from $1 million to $1.5 million.  A reason to bury the story on APD's alleged failure to clean up its act?

We have to depend on this daily newspaper and we are being let down.  It must be very hard to work there.


Bubba Muntzer said...

Conservatives don't really like public education. Besides the taxes and the fact that it's helping someone else out, it doesn't help conservative politics when people can read things, like the newspaper. In other words Ken Walz hasn't thought this thing trough the whole way but give him time.

Bubba Muntzer said...

Another thing, if you only read the Journal you'd have no idea that Attorney General Hector Balderas, a potential opponent of another Journal favorite Marion Barry in a forthcoming governor's race, wants everyone who's been screwed over by private for profit ITT Tech to come to a meeting he's hosting in Albuquerque on Monday so he can get them help with getting their government loans forgiven, find some place where their credits might transfer to, etc.

You'd know about that meeting if you read the Albuquerque Free Press.

We should all be supporting New Mexico alternative media like the Free Press, The NM Political Report, New Mexico In Depth, NM and well informed blogs like Jim's and New Mexico Politics With Joe Monahan. The founders didn't really intend for us to have to rely on the Albuquerque Journal for news. There were a lot of newspapers back then and they were all partisan. The idea behind freedom of the press was to let them have at it and the people would sort out the truth. The literate, educated people we'd have because of public schools, that is.

The internet, if we can keep it free and open, might be a solution to this predicament, but we have to change the political culture and stop electing Democrats who are little more than handmaids for corporations like this current crop and Bill Clinton and Al Gore who, although the problems we face today were already occurring, instead of doing something about them pushed through the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that greatly accelerated the monopolization of the media among a host of other ills like allowing foreign ownership of media which led to Rupert Murdoch and Fox News and the rest of it.