Do Reporters Get Paid a Bonus for Referring to U.S. Trade Deals as "Free Trade?"

January 12, 2020

Just wondering, since they do it so often in contexts where it is inappropriate, like this Washington Post piece on Bernie Sanders foreign policy. After noting how Trump has upended U.S. foreign policy in many areas, it adds:

“Sanders would deliver another jolt — echoing some of Trump’s criticisms of military actions and free trade but realigning the country’s priorities even more thoroughly.”

The piece could have far more accurately said “U.S. trade policy.” Of course patent and copyright proteections, which have been at the center of this policy, are 180 degrees at odds with free trade — even if people might like tthem.

 

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