STUDY: The Press And The Pipeline

A Media Matters analysis shows that as a whole, news coverage  of the Keystone XL pipeline between August 1 and December 31 favored  pipeline proponents. Although the project would create few long-term  employment opportunities, the pipeline was primarily portrayed as a jobs  issue. Pro-pipeline voices were quoted more frequently than those  opposed, and dubious industry estimates of job creation were  uncritically repeated 5 times more often than they were questioned.  Meanwhile, concerns about the State Department’s review process and  potential environmental consequences were often overlooked, particularly  by television outlets.

STUDY: The Press And The Pipeline

A Media Matters analysis shows that as a whole, news coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline between August 1 and December 31 favored pipeline proponents. Although the project would create few long-term employment opportunities, the pipeline was primarily portrayed as a jobs issue. Pro-pipeline voices were quoted more frequently than those opposed, and dubious industry estimates of job creation were uncritically repeated 5 times more often than they were questioned. Meanwhile, concerns about the State Department’s review process and potential environmental consequences were often overlooked, particularly by television outlets.

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