Hell Freezes Over

A leading mainstream media journalist has asked his newspaper to cut out the anti Trump bias and excessive commentary.

You read that right.

Gerard Baker of the Wall St. Journal did not like what he read on Wednesday after President Trump’s speech in Phoenix. He felt it was an opinion piece rather than straight reporting. Imagine!

The New York Times wrote:

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?”

A copy of Mr. Baker’s emails was reviewed by The New York Times.

Several phrases about Mr. Trump that appeared in the draft of the article reviewed by Mr. Baker were not included in the final version published on The Journal’s website.

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 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.

And then there was the Journal’s interview with President Trump:

Unusually for an editor in chief, Mr. Baker took a leading role in the interview and made small talk with Mr. Trump about travel and playing golf.

Well. Do you think he reads the writing on the (economic) wall? Has he had a moral metamorphosis? Will other media follow suit?

Don’t hold your breath.

But it is a welcome change.

Now if Gannett, who runs the CA, would do so…. Nah. Won’t happen here.

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