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August 24, 2017

Wall Street Journal Editor In Chief Admonishes (Liberal) Reporters for "Commentary Dressed Up as Reportage" In Trump Coverage;
NYT Criticizes, Claiming WSJ Lacks the "Verve" of Full-On Leftist Bias

Link to the New York Times. As Ari Fleischer remarked: It's amazing that an editor is being fired at for telling his reporters to report, not opine; David Martoska responded: But look at who it is doing the firing.

Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, has faced unease and frustration in his newsroom over his stewardship of the newspaper’s coverage of President Trump, which some journalists there say has lacked toughness and verve.

Probably the "journalists" leaking this story to the Times. Also note how they think that avoiding descending to the MSNBC/NYT level indicates a lack of "toughness and verve."

Some staff members expressed similar concerns on Wednesday after Mr. Baker, in a series of blunt late-night emails, criticized his staff over their coverage of Mr. Trump’s Tuesday rally in Phoenix, describing their reporting as overly opinionated. “Sorry. This is commentary dressed up as news reporting,” Mr. Baker wrote at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday morning to a group of Journal reporters and editors, in response to a draft of the rally article that was intended for the newspaper’s final edition.

He added in a follow-up, “Could we please just stick to reporting what he said rather than packaging it in exegesis and selective criticism?”

...

Contacted about the emails on Wednesday, a Wall Street Journal spokeswoman wrote in a statement: “The Wall Street Journal has a clear separation between news and opinion. As always, the key priority is to focus reporting on facts and avoid opinion seeping into news coverage.”

In other words: We lack toughness and verve.

In February, Mr. Baker fielded tough questions at an all-hands staff meeting about whether the newspaper’s reporting on Mr. Trump was too soft. Mr. Baker denied that notion, and he suggested that other newspapers had abandoned their objectivity about the president; he also encouraged journalists unhappy with the Journal’s coverage to seek employment elsewhere.

Toughness and verve rating on that one: Elevated.






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