Missing From LAT Report on Romney’s Energy Plan: Journalism

“Mitt Romney Sees Path to Energy Independence,” an L.A. Times piece by Seema Mehta (8/22/12), doesn’t mention climate change at all.

It also doesn’t mention tar sands, the Canadian oil deposits whose extraction would devastate the environment, even though that’s what Romney’s talking about when he says that approving the Keystone pipeline will be one of the keys to energy independence for “North America.”

Nor does it mention the ongoing ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, even though that’s surely relevant to Romney touting offshore drilling as the other major piece of his energy plan.

The story also leads with the lie that increasing domestic production (or production in “North America”) will significantly affect the price of oil, a global commodity:

Mitt Romney will unveil an energy plan Thursday that he says will allow North America to be energy independent by 2020 and decrease costs to consumers by increasing domestic production.

This easily debunked assertion is never questioned.

Other than that, it’s a great piece: It successfully translates a Mitt Romney press release into the format of an L.A. Times news article.

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.