Top Newspapers Bury Strong 62-36 Senate Vote For Keystone Pipeline

Posted on Sat 01/31/2015 by


TimGrahampicture-13-1409699701By Tim Graham ~

The nation’s leading newspapers buried the Senate’s strong 62-36 vote for the Keystone XL pipeline inside Friday’s newspapers. Nine Democrats joined unanimous Republicans in setting up an Obama veto. Other stories seemed more interesting to the papers.

pro-KeystoneUSA Today put the story on A-3 — under a large color photograph of leftists protesting the pipeline proposal in front of the White House on January 10. Reporter Paul Singer began: “The Senate voted Thursday to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, despite a long-standing veto threat from the White House.” But getting 62 votes suggests it’s not as “controversial” as the left-wing green activists wanted.

The Washington story on the front page? “Obama wants 7% spending hike.”

The Washington Post buried it on A-6. Reporter Paul Kane began: “The Senate approved legislation Thursday mandating construction of the controversial Keystone pipeline, setting the stage for a veto showdown with President Obama.”

Like USA Today, the Post put Obama’s budget up front: “Obama budget sets stage for spending fight: plan flouts mandated caps.”

The New York Times put the story on page A-14, under the headline “Testing Obama, Senate Approves Keystone Bill.” Reporter Coral Davenport did not use the C-word, but wrote the pipeline fight “has become a proxy for far broader fights over climate change, energy, and the economy.”

The Washington story on the front page? “Drones Hover Above, Seen But Not Halted.” There was also a story on “Medicate Bills Rise for Stents Put Into Limbs.”

The Wall Street Journal story was placed on page A-5. They featured on Washington-oriented stories on their front page.

On Saturday, January 10, the morning after the House voted 266-153 for the Keystone project, it made the front page of The New York Times, but The Washington Post buried that on A-10, and USA Today doesn’t publish on Saturday. (On the networks, only CBS noticed the House vote with one sentence of morning news…the morning before the vote.)

Tim Graham contributes at NewsBusters. He is Director of  Media Analysis at the Media Research Center and is the author of the book “Pattern Of Deception: The Media’s Role In The Clinton Presidency”.

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