Jun 01 2015

To Washington Post, Downsides of TPP Are Someone Else’s Problem

Trans-Pacific Partnership protesters in Miami last month seemed to understand the issues. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Washington Post)

A Washington Post piece about the TPP is another round of the Barbie Doll “currency values are hard” story. As with every issue in the trade deal, there can be complications, but the basic story is pretty damn simple.

May 05 2015

Calling TPP Foes ‘Simplistic,’ USA Today Simply Gets the Numbers Wrong

USA Today: New Trade Deal Triggers Angry, Fact-Free Uproar

USA Today told readers that unions “who blame trade, and trade agreements, for the decline in manufacturing jobs” have a “simplistic view.” But it’s USA Today, not the unions, who are being simplistic here.

Apr 20 2015

The Washington Post’s Longstanding Contempt for People Who Work for a Living

As critics note, TPP has less to do with trade than it does  with strengthening protections for corporations like copyrights and patents.

The Washington Post has established itself over many decades as a major mouthpiece of elite opinion. Its editorial pages argue strongly for the interests of the wealthy, with scarcely concealed contempt for people who have to work for a living.

Nov 14 2014

Lori Wallach on TPP, Ari Berman on Voting Rights


This week on CounterSpin: Bipartisanship and free trade are two of corporate media’s favorite things, so when the Washington Post editorial expressed the post midterm media consensus–“Now that Republicans have gained control of Congress, no policy area is riper for bipartisan action than trade”–you can believe they were happy to do it. But should we be happy? And is it even true? We’ll hear from Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Also this week: Republicans have been hard at work for the past few years restricting the right to vote. Did their work pay off in the midterms? We’ll speak to reporter Ari Berman of The Nation, who recently wrote that “it’s become easier to buy an election and harder to vote in one.”

Mar 14 2014

No More Media Silence on TPP

Networks Skip Controversial Trade Deal


The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has drawn heavy criticism. Over 500 labor, environmental and farm groups oppose granting the White House “fast track” authority to speed the pact through Congress. The deal, still being negotiated in secret, has spawned protests around the world.

But there’s one thing that TPP hasn’t generated: news. Let’s try to change that.