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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101-125 of 262 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments
162 Fri Aug 24 19:34:26 EDT 2012 Joshuah Shields GA
161 Fri Aug 24 19:32:40 EDT 2012 edward KS
160 Fri Aug 24 19:28:56 EDT 2012 Gerald St.Germaine TX
159 Fri Aug 24 19:15:24 EDT 2012 Larry Walls TX
158 Fri Aug 24 18:59:47 EDT 2012 Anonymous CA
157 Fri Aug 24 18:49:49 EDT 2012 david flentge TX
156 Fri Aug 24 18:26:29 EDT 2012 Anonymous CA
155 Fri Aug 24 18:15:36 EDT 2012 Anonymous HI
154 Fri Aug 24 17:31:52 EDT 2012 Anonymous NJ was able to email Pexton at Washington Post and Brisbane at NY Times
153 Fri Aug 24 17:08:50 EDT 2012 Suzzane Artemieff MA For the NY Times, there is a message indicating the best way to reach Mr Brisbane is via email, so I emailed him. I called the Washington Post and was transferred to the Financial Desk. I left a message. More....
152 Fri Aug 24 16:53:28 EDT 2012 Timothy De Martin NY
151 Fri Aug 24 16:52:52 EDT 2012 alexandre doucet QC
150 Fri Aug 24 16:26:18 EDT 2012 Carolyn Barrett NJ I call Washington Post,Patrick B.Pexton mail box is full.
New York Times,Arthur Brisbane could not be reach at this time this is a recording.
149 Fri Aug 24 16:20:07 EDT 2012 Anonymous WI The response was:

OK. I will definitely pass that on!
148 Fri Aug 24 16:19:28 EDT 2012 Sagar Patel MA
147 Fri Aug 24 16:14:16 EDT 2012 Mike Seyfried NV Left on comment on NPR ombudsmen website, emailed LA Times and Wash Post ombudsmen.
146 Fri Aug 24 16:06:04 EDT 2012 Tracy Griswold NY
145 Fri Aug 24 15:55:47 EDT 2012 Anonymous IN
144 Fri Aug 24 15:49:50 EDT 2012 Karen Toyohara Toyohara CA
143 Fri Aug 24 15:48:38 EDT 2012 Patrick Clay Conley TN
142 Fri Aug 24 15:47:52 EDT 2012 Allan Richardson FL Could not get through to NPR. Phone line said to call a person whose number they did not give. Search for story found ONE reference last November, focusing only on the effect of the TPP on ONE manufacturer; More....
141 Fri Aug 24 15:47:27 EDT 2012 Franz Sigg NY
140 Fri Aug 24 15:47:24 EDT 2012 Kyle Chidester CA
139 Fri Aug 24 15:44:35 EDT 2012 James Rice TX will still be excluded
138 Fri Aug 24 15:39:48 EDT 2012 Lori Kegler CA
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