Study: Corporate Media Biased Heavily In Favor Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Like Washington DC’s corporate lobbyists, corporate news coverage of the pipeline between August 1 and December 31 heavily favored pipeline proponents. “Although the project would create few long-term employment opportunities, the pipeline was primarily portrayed as a jobs issue,” Media Matters finds. “Pro-pipeline voices were quoted more frequently than those opposed, and dubious industry estimates of job creation were uncritically repeated five 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.” Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News and Wall Street Journal were the most unbalanced cable and print outlets, respectively.