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The Post Gets Reporting on a "Free-Trade" Agreement Right

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Thursday, 03 February 2011 05:18
The Washington Post had a piece on Montana Senator Max Baucus's efforts to obstruct the approval of Korea trade pact unless the rules of exporting beef are changed. While the agreement is called a "free-trade" agreement, the article rightly avoids using this description. It simply uses the more neutral and concise term "trade" pact. It can be done.
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Also the NYT Lead Editorial
written by Ron Alley, February 03, 2011 7:00
I noticed that the NYT lead editorial also referred only to trade agreements. Can this be the start of a trend?
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written by izzatzo, February 03, 2011 8:12
Not to worry. The Obama-Immelt Competition Team has issued an alert to the Stenographic Media Sector to correct the error.

Since "free trade" sounds more like "competition" than just "trade", it's more consistent with the propaganda to advance "competition" as a supply-side solution to a demand-side problem.
Sr Systems Analyst
written by pgahern, February 03, 2011 8:59
Once a republican is back in the presidency they'll start calling it free trade.
Dean is diligent
written by cemmcs, February 03, 2011 11:51
It's not easy to find an instance where the WaPo is right.
they are most likely to get something right if
written by Floccina, February 03, 2011 2:25
The Post Gets Reporting on a "Free-Trade" Agreement Right


They got something right, that must have been a mistake.

Joking aside they are most likely to get something right if they no way of attracting more eyes by getting it wrong.

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Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, his latest being The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive. Read more about Dean.

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