WSJ refuses to cave to cancel culture

Unlike The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal is not cowering to a cabal of its own staffers complaining about the content of its opinion section.

When NYT staffers complained that its own opinion section ran an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton that they felt needed “editing,” an opinion editor was forced to resign.

When 280 non-opinion page staffers of the WSJ and owner Dow Jones penned a letter to the publisher complaining about alleged inaccuracies in recent opinion pieces, the WSJ insisted penned a note to readers saying, “These pages won’t wilt under cancel-culture pressure.”

One graf of the letter stated:

So inform the readers of the differences. Also several of the alleged inaccuracies were matters of interpretation.

One of the complaints involved the failure to “fact-check” an op-ed by Vice President Mike Pence that was headlined, “There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave.’” The paper later ran a story correcting an overstatement of the amount of medical equipment distributed by the Trump administration.

The letter also faulted a column by Heather Mac Donald challenging the assumption of systemic police bias against minorities, saying the article drew an erroneous conclusion.

The WSJ note to readers declares:

As long as our proprietors allow us the privilege to do so, the opinion pages will continue to publish contributors who speak their minds within the tradition of vigorous, reasoned discourse. And these columns will continue to promote the principles of free people and free markets, which are more important than ever in what is a culture of growing progressive conformity and intolerance.

Good. Let loose the opinions and let the debate continue unabated, not gagged by the timid hand-wringers.


9 comments on “WSJ refuses to cave to cancel culture

  1. Anonymous says:

    Cancel culture?

    Correct me if I’m wrong here but what those masses of WSJ folks did was pretty much express their opinion which was that the lies that published shouldn’t have been published. Horrible right? Shame on them one and all.

    Cancel culture.

    It’s like republicans learn one new word to chant every month or so. Weaponized. Snowflake. Fake…something.


  2. Steve says:

    Meanwhile the ability tell the difference between opinion and news appears to have become a lost skill, making it all that much more difficult to hold outlet feet to the fire when they mix the two and call it news.

    Give me ,, Snopes, Reuters direct, AP direct and several others not linked or mentioned due to limits placed by WordPress.

  3. I suggested to those self entitled oafs that if they didn’t like the folks they worked for, they should start their own damned newspaper.

  4. Rincon says:

    “Opinion’s lack of fact-checking and transparency, and its apparent disregard for evidence, undermine our readers’ trust and our ability to gain credibility with sources”

    I have found this statement to agree with my previous experiences with the WSJ editorial page, but
    Gee whiz, why would good journalists worry about these things, and since when have journalists been concerned with accuracy? They’re trying to change a proud tradition of prevarication and bias. Send ’em to bed without supper, and next time, tell ’em to just write down what Uncle Rupert says. Besides, Mediabiasfactcheck says that the WSJ is “mostly factual”, their third highest rating (admittedly out of a possible six). What more do they want? Honesty? This is America, by God, and we won’t stand for anyone insisting on an honest media!

  5. Athos says:

    So speaks the Great god Soros! What cancel culture? Wha’ chu talk in’ ‘bout man? Bad conservatives! Delusional Christians!

    Orange Man Baaaaad!

  6. Anonymous says:


    Is trying to cancel the cancel culture more cancel culture?

    And is there a limit on how many cancels may be included in one right wing chant/sentence?

    Asking for a friend.

  7. Athos says:

    You need to find a kinder friend. May I suggest a local church service?

  8. Anonymous says:

    So it seems a couple “good people” decided to sport some Nazi flags at their local Walmart. Supposedly to “cancel” out the Biden for president movement that is sweeping the country lately.

    They were oddly contending that if Biden were elected, that people would be forced to wear Nazi masks everywhere.

    The question is have is, we’re they part of the cancel culture, or were the Jewish citizens that objected to the Nazi flag, or were the Wlamart folks that banned these two nitwits?

    It’s all so confusing when you try to use some dumb bumper sticker philosophy to describe something that’s really complicated.

    “were seen over the weekend wearing Nazi flags as face coverings at a Walmart in Marshall, Minn., are temporarily banned from visiting Walmart facilities, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to local media.

    The representative told local NBC station KARE 11 on Saturday that the ban will apply for one year at least after the two customers were reportedly issued trespass notices from the local police department over the Saturday incident. ”

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