Feb
01
1998

Fast Track: Media Misperceptions

Soon after Congress refused to give President Bill Clinton "fast-track" authority to negotiate new trade agreements, the New York Times (11/16/97) responded with a news analysis headlined "Trade Fight Was Battle of Perception Against Analysis." That is to say, the "perception" that trade pacts like NAFTA are bad for workers won out over "analysis" showing the societal benefits of corporations being able to move across borders as they please. The New York Times' assumption, that opposition to fast track was not rational but somehow delusional, was widespread in mainstream media. This point of view freed journalists from the obligation to […]