I'm so sick and tired of the issue of whether Ruppert Murdoch/News Corp is going to keep the journalistic integrity of The Wall Street Journal now that he has purchased it. Please, this is just sickening. Here are some links to articles where The Journal had to point out that it will maintain its journalistic integrity that you've come to enjoy.
- Reader's Hopes and Fears....
- Dow Jones Deal Faq with an explanation of the independent editorial committee
- The Bancroft Family Statement
- A New Owner
- And, not to be out down, The New York Times weighs in
I love The Wall Street Journal and read it every day. I never felt that the news articles were slanted, although the editorial pages slanted to the political right. However, if you watch enough news, read enough blogs, or read enough newspapers, one thing is clear.
Every writer, editor, news reporter has their own slant to the story. They have their own reasons for writing what they write. Sure some writers, reporters, and bloggers are way over the top and you can recognize what their motivation is, other it is not so easy.
For me I always keep in mind that all main stream news channels are in it to make money. They are not there to serve the public good, unless the public is a shareholder. I stopped subscribing to The New York Times because I couldn't stand their National, International, and Editorial pages; I just thought the news perspective was slanted too much left and even anti-Israel. I do miss the Sports, Business, and Entertainment, but thankfully I can pick up free RSS feeds.
I'm reading a book right now called The White Tecumseh which is a biography of General Sherman. One of the things inside the book is the abuse General Sherman and General Grant took from newspaper reporters. In fact, Sherman had reporters banned from his army and when one of subordinates allowed one to follow that subordinate around he had that general brought up on court-martial charges. The news reporter even admitted to publishing incorrect statements but didn't care. Why? He was in the business of selling newspapers and knew what his public wanted to read.
Even back then your news was slanted. Surprised? You shouldn't be. The best way to get your news is via the internet where you can quickly get different viewpoints and hopefully you can form your own conclusions. Figure out what that person's Blogging Storey is, that way you know what their frame of reference is; I've even noticed a difference between political bloggers versus bloggers with the political bloggers definitely having their own political motives. Me, I set up Google News Feeds on my favorite political subjects (John McCain) and see both sides of the political spectrum. That's the only way to get a better picture.
I hate to say it, but family owned newspapers are a thing of the past. If journalistic integrity is important to you, stick to reading just the associated press or spend more time online where you can now get a better view. The story of The Wall Street Journal standing up to News Corp because of integrity just seemed to me to be a little self-serving as they tried to hold out for better terms or more money. I still love them though!!