Study: News coverage of Keystone XL slanted toward pipeline proponents
During the debate so far over Keystone XL, the media have favored pipeline proponents, according to a new study from Media Matters. Broadcast, cable, and print news stories all featured more people who supported the pipeline than who opposed it. Of guests on broadcast outlets, 79 percent supported Keystone XL; only 7 percent opposed it.
Media outlets also lapped up the industry’s claims that the pipeline would create jobs. Media Matters found that “dubious industry estimates of job creation were uncritically repeated 5 times more often than they were questioned.” News outlets also skipped over the specific environmental questions the pipeline project raised.
Darn that liberal media! Oh, wait …
Study: The Press and the Pipeline,