Wall Street Journal reporters clash as opinion section prints Trump letter to editor
Former Journal staff said the letter fell well below the publication’s standards. And some current staff members have expressed frustration on condition of anonymity.
The Journal’s opinion operation is separate from the newsroom – and sometimes squarely opposed to the news side. But both are part of Rupert Murdoch’s darling newspaper, which is a key part of News Corp’s portfolio.
Several Journalists complained about the letter after it came out on Wednesday, but none were surprised it was published, given the right-wing and contrarian leaning of the Opinion section.
“I think it is very disappointing that our opinion section continues to publish misinformation that our information team is trying to debunk,” said one of the reporters. “They should hold themselves to the same standards as us!”
But the Journal’s editorial board argued that it was well within its purview to publish Trump’s claims.
“We think it’s news when an ex-president who might run in 2024 wrote down what he did, even though (or maybe especially if) his claims are bananas,” the editors wrote. Thursday.
Of course, Trump makes baseless claims about last year’s election all the time, through emailed statements and right-wing TV interviews. The Journal’s editors conceded that, “Mr. Trump is making these claims elsewhere, so we have done him a little disservice by letting him respond to our editorial. We offer the same courtesy to others we criticize, even when they make claims that we believe are false. “