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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51-75 of 262 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments
212 Mon Aug 27 13:36:58 EDT 2012 Paul Mendelsohn NY sent to NPR and local NPR station, WAMC.
211 Mon Aug 27 13:35:57 EDT 2012 Susan Kraus SC
210 Mon Aug 27 13:03:45 EDT 2012 Mark M Giese WI I tried to do the LA Times and the page did not work for sending my msg.
209 Mon Aug 27 11:50:49 EDT 2012 suzanne Pilzer NY Called my times... The said " they're very aware of it" :)
208 Mon Aug 27 11:40:25 EDT 2012 annette bailey NY NPR acting almost afraid to cover it. They are not sure that it's important to cover. Strange
207 Mon Aug 27 11:34:05 EDT 2012 annette bailey NY NYTimes snippy and annoyed. Got 3 dozen calls already , she said, AND
wanted to get rid of me as quick as possible.
Washington Post very nice and cordial, very interested, and said they would More....
206 Mon Aug 27 11:18:29 EDT 2012 Raymond Nash MD I ended up tweeting my concern that the TPP was just a power grab for corporations, but not so much about trade. I tweeted(I had to google each one)NYTimes, WashPost, and LATIMES, as well as NPR's More....
205 Mon Aug 27 11:06:09 EDT 2012 Anonymous MA
204 Mon Aug 27 11:04:27 EDT 2012 Aimee Arceo NY
203 Sun Aug 26 23:20:31 EDT 2012 Anonymous AZ
202 Sun Aug 26 21:02:11 EDT 2012 Myron Simms TX
201 Sun Aug 26 20:54:48 EDT 2012 Gerald Staack CA Our trade history with East Asians, especially recently with China, indicates that they do not negotiate in good faith and cannot be trusted to keep their agreements. Even our President cannot get the More....
200 Sun Aug 26 20:00:58 EDT 2012 Lisa D Hampton OR Hi,

As a very active reader of the New York Times, I called to speak to them about the TPP agreement. I was transferred the "Foreign Desk". The person I spoke to wanted me to call back tomorrow, More....
199 Sun Aug 26 19:25:52 EDT 2012 Mike Albar NJ
198 Sun Aug 26 18:46:05 EDT 2012 Helene Rosen PA
197 Sun Aug 26 16:15:38 EDT 2012 Steve JK West CA
196 Sun Aug 26 11:05:17 EDT 2012 john moon GA
195 Sun Aug 26 10:23:33 EDT 2012 Denise Cameron NY
194 Sun Aug 26 00:33:32 EDT 2012 Mike Laviolette Bc
193 Sat Aug 25 21:30:30 EDT 2012 Steven Burrows TN
192 Sat Aug 25 20:40:49 EDT 2012 Anonymous NY Left voicemail
191 Sat Aug 25 17:54:11 EDT 2012 matthew CA More on TPP and less on Justin Bieber.
190 Sat Aug 25 15:27:24 EDT 2012 B. Thomas Diener NM
189 Sat Aug 25 15:22:58 EDT 2012 Robert Fleming IL
188 Sat Aug 25 13:32:58 EDT 2012 Paul Haider IL
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