Take the RailRunner to White Sands?

I stumbled across this story from some online publication called Examiner.com and was shocked by how much ignorance is contained in one short post about the Duke City and New Mexico.

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Tags: 51, Area, Mexico?, New, in

Comment by slamwagon on March 30, 2009 at 11:15am
Wow. Gotta love those Texans.

Area 51... not in New Mexico.
Comment by Lucky on March 30, 2009 at 5:15pm
Well, he says over and over again it's like another world. Maybe in his world trains don't need rails to take you to magical places.

I like the part where he's referring to the drive between ABQ & Santa Fe and goes on about long stretches between cities with no gas stations. Um. . .one, there are gas stations, and two, I didn't even have to fill up round-trip this weekend.
Comment by cathyray on March 30, 2009 at 7:08pm
crazy
Comment by Kelly on March 31, 2009 at 7:58am
The Examiner pays its writers, if it all, based on the number of hits a post gets. Maybe this story was a ploy by the writer to get more hits?
Comment by Emily on March 31, 2009 at 8:01am
Ditto Kelly--I looked at a job posting for them on one of the journalism boards, just out of curiosity because, well, I live here and have worked as a journalist for a few decades and had never heard of them. Any organization that pays its writers by the post is searching for quantity not quality.
Comment by Megan on March 31, 2009 at 10:20am
They're making a movie of Atlas Shrugged? (Pause for barfing) -- why won't Ayn Rand go away? The Simpsons did the best send-up of her -- The Ayn Rand School for Tots. "What is a baby saying when it's reaching for a bottle? I am a leech!"

Anyway - thanks for all the responses on my post! I left a long comment on the original article, which some of you may have seen. BTW -- please don't diss Texans as a whole just bc of this one idiot. I lived in Texas for five years and have many good, intelligent, progressive friends there. Don't write off 25 million people just because you have certain stereotypes of them. Plus, they make damn fine music.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on March 31, 2009 at 11:36am
That writer writes at about a 5th grade level.
Comment by Andy on March 31, 2009 at 12:11pm
Wow, that was just so, so, so awful.
Comment by Mary Schmidt on March 31, 2009 at 5:14pm
Well, I'll cut the girl a little slack but not much - particularly given the wealth of accurate info that's only a google away, including Abq's own itsatrip.org. I have, after all, talked to people who assumed Phoenix is like right next to Albuquerque...and that Spanish is the primary language. Even the New York Times "lost" us one time, showing Texas smack up next to Arizona.

And - didn't they film those Area 51 scenes in the last Indie movie in NM? Maybe that's the confusion...;-)
Comment by Heather Shore on March 31, 2009 at 5:49pm
I'm the New Mexico Sports Examiner and although I agree that the article by the Dallas Travel Examiner is way off, I'd also have to say that a lot of these posts are lumping all Examiner writers into one category. The owner of the Examiner.com sites is a well know media figure and regardless of her personal religious beliefs (which are completely opposite of mine), he does know media. What www.Examiner.com/Albuquerque is trying to do is use local knowledge to write on various topics. As one of four Sports Examiners from New Mexico, I know that the only place to find our stories is on this site. My goal is not to just bring attention to the Examiner site, but also to bring more attention to sports throughout New Mexico. To give fans a place they can go to read stories and find links to their favorite sports teams. I hope all the people that post here will visit the Albuquerque site and learn more about. Thanks.

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