STUDY: The Press And The Pipeline
Do these numbers seem right to you?
Affectionately called “Captain Planet” around the office, Media Matters’ environmental team analyzed news coverage of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline between August 1 and December 31, 2011, and compiled some troubling findings about the media’s mishandling of this issue.
For starters, the media disproportionately slanted the debate in favor of those advocating for this pipeline, as this graph illustrates…
But this just scratches the surface. Among other things, our researchers also found that the media not only repeated the inflated (and widely discredited) industry jobs numbers, they also downplayed environmental concerns about the pipeline.
And there’s even more. Click here to take a look at the full report.
We expect our news outlets to act responsibly, tell the truth and tell the whole story. It’s essential. People rely on this information to make decisions. A well-packaged piece of misinformation or inadequate reporting can have consequences for us all, especially if amplified by the media at large. That’s why our efforts to identify and correct misinformation and your participation in actions or spreading the word matters.
Our latest report about the Keystone XL Pipeline coverage underscores this point all the more.
Read the full report here: http://mediamatters.org/research/201201260005
President and CEO
Media Matters for America