Guardianistas: The Wall Street Journal’s Trump problem

Dozens have left the paper in the past year and interviews with current and ex-staffers show outrage over pressure from management to normalize Trump

On Monday 13 February, just over three weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief Gerry Baker held a town-hall style meeting in the paper’s midtown Manhattan newsroom amid mounting concern about the WSJ’s coverage of the new president, which many staffers felt was too soft and too quick to downplay controversies.

Poor morale underscored by two rounds of buyouts since September had been exacerbated by the recent departure of one of the paper’s number-two editors for the arch-rival New York Times. But the meeting meant to reassure the newsroom only heightened tensions.

“Instead of clearing the air about the legitimate concerns of editors and reporters about balanced coverage of Trump, Baker led off with a 20-minute scolding about how we were indeed covering Trump correctly, and anybody who disputed that was wrong and wrong-headed,” a recently departed Journal staffer told the Guardian. “That pretty much took the air out of the room. I and most of my colleagues were disgusted by his performance.”

  • glasnost

    Let the lefties migrate to the NYTimes.
    I’m quite satisfied with the “polarizing” effect that Trump has had. At this juncture in politics there’s no point in trying to win the hearts and minds of the opposition OR the people who can’t seem to make up their minds. It’s time to FORCE everyone to pick a side and may the best team win.

  • barryjr

    I read about 2/3 of the article and it was about what I would expect from the guardian. Total smear using anonymous sources that probably don’t exist to give a fake point of origin for more fake news.

  • Millie_Woods

    The Guardian is accusing another paper of bias!! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black

  • DaninVan

    Mgmt. hired the journalists, nurtured them, even payed them . Now they’re upset as they discover their employees always were lefty zombies???
    Well, it is New York.

    • terrence22

      that should be ZOO York

  • canminuteman

    They are “outraged” at the thought of having to act like sane, rational people? And they wonder why no one pays attention to them any more.

  • moraywatson

    Short version. The Guardian doesn’t like that Trump speaks honestly about things. And they like even less those who report honestly about what Trump says.

    • To my view the Independent seems even more deranged by Trump.

  • SDMatt

    . . . the recent departure of one of the paper’s number-two editors for the arch-rival New York Times.

    Talk about jumping onto a rat-infested sinking ship!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It’s been so long since we had a president who isn’t an ideologue that the media have become completely disoriented and keep making fools of themselves.