Washington Post hides industry sponsorship of energy debateThe Washington Post had a two-page spread in its September 11 edition devoted to a “debate” on energy policy. But industry critics were missing from the picture. Why? Perhaps because the oil industry, undisclosed to Post readers, was sponsoring the discussion.
“Ahead of 2012 Vote, Energy Generates a Lively Debate,” read the headline on page 14. Washington Post Live editor Mary Jordan explained, “Huge natural gas and oil finds…have drastically changed America’s energy outlook.” She went on to note, “Gas burns cleaner than coal,” before admitting that “there are environmental concerns with ‘fracking.’”
The two-page spread that followed was presented as an election-year discussion of U.S. energy policy. As Jordan explained, the debate grew out of discussions held at both the Republican and Democratic conventions. Those forums were sponsored by the Post and the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank.
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