A two-part Media Matters examinantion of the largest newspapers in CO, NH, NV, OH, PA and VA from July 1-August 15 and from August 16-October 31, 2012 revealed a variety of shortcomings in the way clean energy and regulatory issues are covered by those publications.
Natural gas can help the U.S. transition away from reliance on coal in the near-term if it is produced responsibly. But conservative media have dismissed the risks involved with the rapid spread of natural gas extraction to push for deregulation, attack the Obama administration, and ignore the need for a comprehensive energy policy to transition to renewable energy.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act being signed into law, and the Columbus Dispatch is noting the occasion by turning over part of its opinion page to a series of articles from the right-wing Heritage Foundation attacking the law. The paper has provided no opinion pieces that support the law in the past week, according to a Nexis search.
In addition to providing no space for supporters of the legislation, the Dispatch is passing along a number of falsehoods about the law.
In reporting that the re-election campaign of Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) had agreed -- in return for "millions of dollars" from the Republican National Committee -- to air "much tougher" ads against DeWine's opponent, Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), including "a brand-new commercial" that "assail[s] Brown on taxes," The Columbus Dispatch made no mention of the fact that the ad's attack on Brown for not paying "an outstanding tax bill for 12 years" is "false," according to a state official.