The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Dec 31, 2012

The Journal is a Political Propaganda Machine Intended to Poison Your Mind

In the absence of any competition, a single monopolistic media outlet wields tremendous power. Here in New Mexico’s largest city, the Albuquerque Journal is the state’s largest print based newspaper and is the only one serving the greater Albuquerque area. With a reported circulation of over 96,000 daily copies, the Journal’s influence is without competition in its ability to “inform” readers with its stories and it ability to reinforce lies.

To be sure, the Journal is a for-profit enterprise. Selling papers and ad-space are their primary missions. But given the amount of influence they have on their reader’s knowledge base are they not subject to higher standards and have a duty to be objective in their reporting of all that is newsworthy? Or are they merely a device for government propaganda? William Randolph Hearst, a legend in the newspaper business, once remarked, “News is something somebody doesn't want printed; all else is advertising.” It seems the Journal prints nothing but corporate and government advertising because it rarely reports anything but news consistent with the Schultz/Berry agenda.

We proved a few days ago, the Journal is far from being unbiased and objective in its endless criticism of APD officers and endless praise of Ray Schultz. Likewise, it never finds error in Albuquerque’s mayor, RJ Berry, and always holds individual employees accountable even though Berry has led the city into a “death spiral” as Forbes Magazine reported last month. This is a dangerous position to hold, because while those who are truly informed know, Ray Schultz is THE PROBLEM with APD; not individual officers. But it seems the public readily agrees with the paper. But why is it that something so obvious is overlooked by so many?

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre, pundits once again began talking about the influence the media has over the general population. Theories abound (and support exists for many) where violence sensationalized on TV and in the paper simply invite copy-cat actions. But for the tragedy in Aurora earlier this summer they argue, would Newtown have occurred?

“Reinforcement theory” asserts this very principle. In general, the theory holds that people seek out information/stimuli that support their pre-existing attitudes and beliefs. If they know a given action will result in tremendous media exposure and they desire that exposure, regardless how heinous the act, they will act in a manner they know the media will cover. Their beliefs gratified even if it means they kill themselves and are no longer witness to the coverage. If the killer in Newtown was so bent on self-destruction, why not just end it by yourself without affecting so many families and people with your own personal horror?

We have our own example of reinforcement theory here in Albuquerque. Because little to nothing is reported to the general population about how poorly officers are treated by Schultz, how individual misconduct is sensationalized to the point where it has tainted the entire pool of police officers in New Mexico, how Schultz evades and denies responsibility for ANY department issue, and how deficient management personnel are in APD, the Journal has trained the general population that APD leaders are generally infallible because individual officers are where the problem lies.

Even though the reality is APD supervisors, commanders, deputy chiefs, and even Schultz himself have been held liable for crimes, violations of law, personal misconduct, and acts of atrocity, the general public is resistant to such reports because it is in conflict with what the Journal has reinforced upon them. Even though the knowledge of Schultz and his staff’s misconduct is widely known and taken as fact for APD employees, it is largely unknown to the general population.

For example

• When a patrol officer was found to have sent inappropriate texts to a citizen, the Journal had a front page story and a week ending editorial almost immediately. Yet when deputy-chiefs text images of a deceased civil rights lawyer, there is nothing reported in the paper.

•When SWAT lieutenant, and defendant, Tim Lopez committed battery upon two of his own subordinate officers there was nothing in the media reporting the incident, even though it has been widely known since last summer.

•When Schultz states there’s a promotional system involving total transparency and a third party vendor he omits commanders and deputy chiefs are NOT INCLUDED in that process—yet another lie. 

•When Schultz states he hasn’t received any notice about officers retiring and stating morale is at an all-time low—and the letters are publicly presented here or in the paper, Schultz lies again.

Thanks to the Journal’s suppression of such reports, the public remains largely uninformed. Additionally, even as stories break out there is general resistance because they are challenged by something called “cognitive dissonance.” Cognitive dissonance simply holds that people do not like to have previously-held beliefs challenged and will look elsewhere to find information more in line with their beliefs—regardless of how preposterous they are. Thanks to the Journal the public’s perception is that DOJ is here because of the actions by individual officers when in reality it is because of Schultz and his minion’s mismanagement of APD.

After three years of endless praise by the Albuquerque Journal it is clear now with the DOJ investigating Schultz and his tenure as chief of APD something is wrong with the paper’s editor, Kent Walz. Perhaps his cognitive dissonance is so strong he simply cannot see the truth for matter at hand: he has supported an incompetent person as chief of APD and an incompetent person as mayor of Albuquerque.

Over 2012 we have revealed in brutal detail the lies Schultz's position as APD’s chief is built on. Thanks to our posters, those stories get even more detailed with the cold, hard, and often profane, reality of what it’s like to operate under the Schultz regime. 2013 will no doubt bring more brutal details, and it is up to all of us to let the general public know and break the Journal’s reinforcement of Schultz and Berry’s lies…

To our loyal readers and regular commenters (posters)…Thank You! 2013 we will bring you much more. Thanks to our patrons; you will always be rewarded with the truth. Our readership has increased two fold this past year and we intend on continuing with this movement.


Anonymous said...

For those who are transplants to the ABQ is a link to enlighten you on the integrity of the APD over the course of the years.

Anonymous said...

As another poster said:

"So Albuquerque, you have a police shooting grand jury system without the power to indict, a district attorney who backs that, a mayor that locks himself in his office, a chief of police that is a convicted civil rights violator, a civilian police oversight commission that does not want civilian input and is chaired by a woman who is a registered agent to a police support group that diametrically opposes Civilian Police Oversight, and a city council that ignores your warnings to act before they cause another taxpayer funded lawsuit."

Course little of this is reported to of course it just reinforces Schultzie to keep doin the horrible job he does.

Anonymous said...

Since Shultz doesn't even understand what his job is, doesn't get it that he is responsible for his officers behavior, I doubt that he has the IQ to make the necessary changes to the APD even if he wanted to.
The only way to make these changes to the APD is by sending Shultz on his way and replacing him with an individual that has both the desire and intelligence to get the job done.

Anonymous said...

The Eye noted that the Journal has a circulation of 96,000. Keep in mind this circulation is state wide in a State of 2 million people. Not that many years ago, it had a circulation of 125,000 to 130,000. The Albuquerque Journal is dying and very few people, especially the young, read it in Albuquerque. The Journal is so far right it has become the print version of FOX news. At one time, it prided itself on being the paper of record. It is only a shell of its former self and will be gone in 10 years. The problem is that in municipal elections, only 85,000 to 90,000 people vote, giving the Albuquerque Journal more influence than it deserves because those whe read it tend to vote more than others.

Anonymous said...

It's gonna be a rough 2013 for the 5th floor!
13 is not their lucky number.

Anonymous said...

Shultz needs to see comments on the APOA study to figure out what the problem is. Since he lacks in common sense I think it is safe to say that everyone is fed up with special treatment of his boys. Sgt's going tdy from other teams to get a good spot so they dont have to work. What happened to the "fair" testing procedure that was present 15 years ago. Same with opening, someone has to go tdy and kiss ass. That person rides on coat tails of his buddies and work doesn't get done.

HotShot said...

I saw the city's Inspector General resigned because even he cdnt swallow all the bullshit spewed by Berry/Perry. That stroke waiting to happen, Rob Perry, of course went on the attack to defame the IG. Not that I was ever a fan of him after he white washed Darren White's conduct, last time I checked while the IG has subpoena power he does not have independent authority to initiate investigations....of course the A Urinal didn't repoRt that either.

Anonymous said...

I would much rather have the Journal a right wing paper then the far left of Obama. I for one have not been drinking the coolaid. Any smart citizen will read this blog, the journal, and compare it to what is the truth and make their own sound decisions.

Irregardless Shultz needs to go and we need to get new management at APD. Dont complain if you dont get out and vote.

Fear God, not Man

Anonymous said...

I thought I'd seen it all. But when I saw Darren White get verbally bitch slapped at Vintage bar on Paseo last night and then slump away like the loser we all know he is, I have to say my year was complete. Bravo to the dude with dark hair and resembles John Cusack, u punked that fool out hard!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Why is it that the clique boys all look puffy, bloated, unkempt and sleazy? Perry looks like he's about to stroke out in front of the city council when he speaks ...he's frumpy and looks like an alcoholic ..they all have bags under their eyes but Berry must have a make up person because he's got so much white goop under his eyes hoping to cover the circles & bags ..RJ's not working...cut back on the Cover Girl...Schultz looks like the Pillsbury Dough Boy ..poppin fresh ...out of excuses but plenty of lies . All of them are overweight and sad. RJ 's not fat but he has a look of vapid stupidity and a nervousness about his demeanor that makes him look like he's guilty of something. His eyes dart around like a pin ball machine. All he knows is construction. Shysters is what they are playing their shell game with our money.

Anonymous said...

Awwww come on man! Do tell!
A play by play please.
Give EVERYONE that same satisfaction.
Inquiring minds want to know!

Anonymous said...

The city keeps more checks than balances on ANYTHING that can blow the whistle on their illegal corrupt conduct and that included the IG. Hopefully the ex-IG spills everything to the DOJ. As far as Perry, he's a gutless punk who would piss himself if he couldn't hide behind a political position. It's going to be interesting to see what these sissies do when they become citizens and those they've screwed are still around. They are going to be like chum in a school of sharks. These idiots never learn. The same ol M.O. Attack and slander everyone who exposes them. It's a small world assholes, and it's getting smaller and smaller every day.

Anonymous said...

From the Editorial in today's paper: "and releasing cherry picked segments at press conferences for political gain....." oh did Walz just call out Schultz? Like when Schultz said ALL promotions are done via a third party facilitator?!! Oh stupid me, no of course not. Walz was talking about respondents to the survey. Once again the Journal shows its bias.....good job Eye!!!

Anonymous said...

Let's just say you never know who you're sitting next to do you Darren and Peaches!!?

Anonymous said...

I was in Austin this last few days.
Several things jump out. Chief of Police is talking about their shortcomings and how to do better.
Murders were down...crime was down...police take reports on taggers and follow up!
All comes together with an upbeat attitude for growth and welfare for a lot folks.
Diversity of the city is much greater than ABQ, (black, brown and gringo as well as asian)
The point for all of this is that paper is a real paper discussing many issues across the region, state and city.
We have a thrifty nickel posing as a daily paper.