‘Free Trade’ Doesn’t Need a Debate in the Washington Post


The Washington Post editorializes in favor of secretive corporate-friendly trade arrangements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But news coverage can put its thumb on the scales in favor of the pro-TPP side too.


Barack Obama’s Keystone Media Criticism

Keystone pipeline pumping station, Nebraska (cc photo: Shannon Ramos)

In a recent New York Times interview, Barack Obama pointed out that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline probably won’t create many jobs–something we’ve been pointing out here on the FAIR Blog for a long time now,


Keystone Pipeline: When Industry Ads and Industry-Friendly Coverage Collide

This is the sort of awkward juxtaposition that newspapers usually try to avoid. In today’s Washington Post (7/9/12), a story about the Keystone pipeline appears above a Chevron ad: Awkward. Then again, maybe not. Juliet Eilperin‘s article is all about what supporters of the pipeline project in the state of Montana are saying. Politicians, academics and labor leaders are all behind the project. One critic–a farmer–is heard from (“Not everyone in Montana has embraced the pipeline…”), but she says she’d support the pipeline if it was exclusively for the benefit of a local oil field. Is Keystone really the kind […]


Pipeline Protesters Are Noise to the Washington Post

Opponents of the Keystone tar sands pipeline project–10,000 of them, by some reports–surrounded the White House on Sunday to call on Barack Obama to reject the deal. That generated a short Metro section story in the Washington Post on Monday. More revealing than that was the Post‘s preview story in Sunday’s paper, which presented the issue as one where protesters are “noise” and proponents talk about facts. Here’s how Juliet Eilperin‘s story begins: Canadian ambassador Gary Doer has a straightforward analysis of whether TransCanada will win the Obama administration’s approval to build and operate an enormous pipeline to transport oil […]


Passing Gas at the Washington Post

Calling for more drilling for domestic oil to do something about rising gas prices makes little sense. This should be a simple matter of economics or math–there’s not enough oil to recover from U.S. territory to affect global supply, and since oil is a commodity traded on a global market, only an increase in the global supply can affect the price. Nonetheless, one major political party in this country holds out more drilling as the solution to high prices, and thus that point of view is treated with respect. Take the Washington Post piece today (5/4/11) by Juliet Eilperin, headlined […]