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article imageThe New York Times endorses secret agreement

By Michael Krebs     Nov 9, 2013 in World
In a highly unusual move, the editorial board of The New York Times has endorsed a secret trade treaty among the U.S. and Pacific rim nations that cannot be read by the public or by the NYT editors.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization that acts to protect the electronic rights of consumers, issued an unusual alert on Thursday — expressing its concerns with The New York Times' editorial board on a very questionable decision to endorse a secret broad-spanning trade agreement.
"The New York Times' editorial board has made a disappointing endorsement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even as the actual text of the agreement remains secret," EFF's Maira Sutton reported. "That raises two distressing possibilities: either in an act of extraordinary subservience, the Times has endorsed an agreement that neither the public nor its editors have the ability to read. Or, in an act of extraordinary cowardice, it has obtained a copy of the secret text and hasn't yet fulfilled its duty to the public interest to publish it."
The matter was reported more widely by the Washington Post on Friday, and it raises considerable questions of the Times' service to the public trust.
The New York Times endorsement amounts to a blind trust of the Obama administration's word that the deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in line with the interests of American consumers and businesses.
"If the Times has gotten a leaked copy of the report, it should publish it so the public can make up its own mind. If it hasn't seen the treaty, perhaps it should reserve judgment until it's learned what's actually in it," Andrea Peterson of the Washington Post reported.
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