Alert the Media About the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “Free Trade” Agreement

Help Drag the TPP “Free Trade” Agreement into the Media Spotlight

As the fourteenth round of the TPP negotiations resume in Leesburg, VA, we need to alert the major news outlets and put TPP in the headlines. Follow the steps below and help to drag TPP into the spotlight before it’s too late.

Here’s how:

1. Call or leave a comment for one or all of the major news outlets listed below.

  • New York Times: (212) 556- 7652 Arthur Brisbane, Public Editor (Represents NYT reader concerns)
  • Washington Post: (202) 334-7300 Patrick B. Pexton, Ombudsman
  • Los Angeles Times: Leave a comment about TPP for the reader’s representative of the LA Times here.
  • National Public Radio: (202) 513-3232 (comment hotline) or leave a comment for NPR ombudsman, Edward Schumacher-Matos on NPR’s open forum for listeners. (Note: You will have to log in and create an account to leave a comment)

2. Let major media outlets know that they are not covering a story that could affect our everyday lives — from food safety to offshoring jobs. Feel free to use the script below.

Hi this is __________, and I am a reader/listener of the (name of news outlet). I am really upset that there has been no coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I rely on your reporters to get me the news that is important. I do not understand how you could be missing this story. The TPP is an international agreement that has been under negotiation for three years with the US and 11 other countries. It could be finished this year. It threatens to offshore millions of U.S. jobs, increase medicine prices, flood us with unsafe food imports, and empower corporations to challenge our environmental and consumer safety laws in international tribunals. There have been 600 official corporate advisors who have access to the draft text of this massive deal, but the public and Congress have been locked out. This thing is like “NAFTA on steroids” with a bunch of Asian countries. The next round of negotiations will take place from September 6th-September 15 in Leesburg, VA. Please send a reporter to these negotiations, this agreement is too important to not be covered!

3. Let us know how your call went.

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Number Date Name Location Comments
262 Tue Sep 25 15:05:32 EDT 2012 Gloria Foster NY
261 Sun Sep 16 20:23:51 EDT 2012 Anonymous CA NYT: Number's no good, voice directory impossible to navigate; unsuccessful.
WP: Connected to ombudsman, and politely asked about the lack of TPP coverage. He said "I can't help you there" and More....
260 Fri Sep 07 17:02:46 EDT 2012 Patricia Panitz WA I called the NYTimes and left a message with the new Public Editor (Brisbane has left the company); also left a message with NPR. It seems no one wants to talk about this. Gives you the impression More....
259 Fri Sep 07 17:02:14 EDT 2012 Patricia Panitz WA I called the NYTimes and left a message with the new Public Editor (Brisbane has left the company); also left a message with NPR. It seems no one wants to talk about this. Gives you the impression More....
258 Fri Sep 07 12:47:36 EDT 2012 Harriet Mullaney CO I called NPR and was told that I should submit my request on their website. I chose "Morning Edition" but included a P.S. to cover these negotiations on all news programs. I just received a perfunctory More....
257 Tue Sep 04 22:52:27 EDT 2012 William Griffin MI
256 Tue Sep 04 15:54:32 EDT 2012 Scott Ryskamp MI
255 Tue Sep 04 13:47:57 EDT 2012 Mary Espinosa CT Left a message for Ed S. She indicated that she would tell him yet another call came about this.
254 Mon Sep 03 16:54:21 EDT 2012 Alan McClain CA Aug 31 - The New York Times has received "about 3 dozen calls" and is well aware of the next TPP meeting. Obtained the fax number and e-mail address at the Washington Post; to send message on 9/3/12. More....
253 Mon Sep 03 16:42:48 EDT 2012 Phyllis Lepniakovas NE
252 Mon Sep 03 16:39:41 EDT 2012 Alan McClain CA
251 Mon Sep 03 16:02:46 EDT 2012 Douglas Hagens CA
250 Sun Sep 02 22:39:04 EDT 2012 Jerry Bolick NC
249 Sun Sep 02 22:23:00 EDT 2012 Dennis Wright OH
248 Sun Sep 02 17:15:34 EDT 2012 Peter Pagan NY
247 Sun Sep 02 05:08:59 EDT 2012 Rodney Nelson ID What is the reason there aren't reporters at the negotiations? We have the right to know.
246 Sat Sep 01 16:05:28 EDT 2012 Carla Monroe NC
245 Fri Aug 31 15:37:51 EDT 2012 Ted Neumann NY
244 Fri Aug 31 08:00:00 EDT 2012 Timothy Lank VA
243 Fri Aug 31 03:53:08 EDT 2012 Ronald Montano NY
242 Fri Aug 31 01:04:55 EDT 2012 Danielle Gaskin NJ
241 Thu Aug 30 18:07:21 EDT 2012 phyllis vedder NY
240 Thu Aug 30 16:55:37 EDT 2012 Bruce Barry NY
239 Thu Aug 30 12:06:00 EDT 2012 Carla Tevelow MD called and left comment on morning edition line. I then spoke with Patrick Pexton and he said he heard from 25 people and will:
write a blog about it
spoke with several editors.and
is making More....
238 Wed Aug 29 23:59:03 EDT 2012 Alexis Nixon GA
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