Why Is the NYT Such an Ardently Protectionist Newspaper?

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Sunday, 14 July 2013 20:29

Readers of the NYT must have been appalled to see that the only opinions presented in an article on a Brazilian plan to promote trade in physicians services were doctors who could expect to see lower pay as a result. This would be like reporting on a plan to reduce tariffs on imported textiles and only presenting the views of textile workers.

It would have been rather surprising if Brazil's doctors did not oppose a plan that would reduce their wages so it is not clear why the NYT apparently considers this fact big news. Usually when expanded trade is an agenda item the NYT presents the views of economists who explain how liberalized trade benefits the economy as a whole. For some reason that was not the case in this article.