WSJ tells anti-Trump reporters to find other employment
Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker told his reporters on Monday to quit the newspaper if they don't agree with his coverage of President Donald Trump.
Published: February 14, 2017, 10:22 am
He said if they want to adopt a more oppositional attitude, they could find other employment. Baker, a veteran British editor and columnist became editor in chief of the Journal in late 2012, and is a conservative.
“It’s a little irritating when I read that we have been soft on Donald Trump,” he told his reporters and editors, a source at the newsroom meeting told The New York Times. Baker discussed the editorial direction of the paper during the meeting after rumours that the newsroom is in turmoil over the Trump coverage.
Lefist reporters at the newspaper are unhappy about a memo to staff instructing reporters and editors to stop the use of “loaded” language in coverage of Trump’s Muslim immigration ban. The Trump coverage is clearly not leftwing enough for some.
Baker defended his paper’s coverage as objective in the meeting, and suggested it is other outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post that have abandoned fair reporting standards and objectivity — not The Wall Street Journal. Baker said that anyone who claims the Journal has been soft on Trump is peddling “fake news”.
“We can’t allow ourselves to be dragged into the political process, to be a protagonist in the political fight,” Baker said. He said that Americans already distrusted the news media, and that if The Journal covered Trump in an overly confrontational way, that distrust might increase.
But New York Times columnist Jim Rutenberg defended Trump-bashing a the new “norm” of objectivity.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump’s Twitter now drives huge market reactions and because they come without warning, companies across the country are being forced to draft plans for “war rooms” to address a surprise presidential tweet.
Moreover, other companies are actively exploring strategically placing ads on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” CNN and “The O’Reilly Factor”, all programs and networks from which Trump has often appeared to draw inspiration for his tweets.
“Every business and association in Washington is thinking about how they would respond to a tweet from Donald Trump,” Alex Conant, a partner at the communications firm Firehouse Strategies and a longtime Republican strategist, told the WSJ.
“Just 32 percent of Americans say they trust the media . It’s an all-time low,” Ben Werdmuller, a director at Matter Venture’s in San Francisco says, outlining the changing publishing and media landscape in which both established outlets and social media compete.
The boss of Apple, Tim Cook, is meanwhile calling for governments to launch a public information campaign to fight the scourge of “fake news”, which is “killing people’s minds”.
He told the British Telegraph on Monday that news that do not support a corporate agenda “is a big problem in a lot of the world” and necessitates a crackdown by the authorities and technology firms. News reports promoting a nationalist angle gained huge traction on social media in the US during the election, something Cook has vowed to fight.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
US President Donald Trump signed a declaration earlier this week officially announcing his intention to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. But his choice is not popular with Americans.
Refugee admissions to the United States were down 83 percent in the first two months of the fiscal year for 2018 - October and November - compared to the first two months of of the previous fiscal year 2017.
Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Donna Brazile has charged the Clinton campaign of essentially rigging the 2016 primaries as well as being responsible for a staffer's murder before the election.
President Donald Trump's personal Twitter account was shut down on Thursday after a disgruntled Twitter employee had deactivated the account the company said. But does Twitter's explanation make sense?
The US Air Force at Barksdale Air Fore Base, near Bossier City, Louisiana — is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.
Mainstream media news content does no longer contain anything relevant beyond the screaming headlines designed to generate clicks.
Hollywood's top globalist propagandist Harvey Weinstein, has been exposed not only as a serial sexual predator, but also as someone with a deceitful and duplicitous media in tow.
The evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins tweeted his contempt for white Americans and the Second Amendment of the US Constitution after learning about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
WashingtonThree Democrats from the House of Representatives have sent a letter to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) demanding an investigation into Sputnik Radio, "used as part of the Kremlin’s effort to influence the 2016 presidential election".
WashingtonFox News host Tucker Carlson warned on Thursday night that the Trump-DACA deal with Democrats will be the "biggest amnesty in American history". Worse still, president Trump will get nothing in return, Carlson said.