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Thursday, December 21, 2017

In a short period of time, five staffers have departed The Wall Street Journal editorial page. The general cause of their departures, willing and otherwise, is known: the Journal editorial line has increasingly conformed with the pro-Trump dictates of the rest of the Murdoch media empire. (Most recently, Journal editorials, which once presented Ken Starr as the last hope to preserve the rule of law, have fomented various right-wing conspiracy theories about Robert Mueller and called for his firing.) Sam Tanenhaus, deep into his excellent story on the dwindling band of anti-Trump conservative intellectuals, reports more specifically on the circumstances surrounding their departure. As Trump's chances of winning the nomination grew, the paper buried an editorial highlighting his underworld connections:

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Several sources pointed to the editorials by one writer, James Freeman. "All-in for Ted Cruz" during the primaries, Freeman wrote a strong attack on Trump's Mob dealings, and had a second ready to go. But as Trump got closer to clinching the nomination, Paul Gigot kept delaying publication, saying "it needed work." Once Trump became the likely Republican nominee, Freeman executed a neat volte-face. "The facts suggest that Mrs. Clinton is more likely to abuse liberties than Mr. Trump," he wrote. "America managed to survive Mr. Clinton's two terms, so it can stand the far less vulgar Mr. Trump."

To be sure, the Journal has continued to voice occasional criticisms of the president. But the chidings have been gentle, and reserved for the sources of frustration shared by Trump's own staff and legislative allies: He tweets too much, he expresses his racism a little too bluntly. On the subject of the president's authoritarianism and contempt for governing norms, the Journal now runs interference with the same gusto as Fox News.

The Journal editorial page is famously close to Paul Ryan, and generally reflects the priorities and interests of the Republican Party's ruling money wing. Its complete submission to Trump is perfectly emblematic of the choice the party has made.

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#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-21 04:26 AM | Reply

If Murdoch touches it then it turns into s**t. His demise will be celebrated by many. He has seriously harmed the world, people are poorer, children are sicker and hungrier because of that piece of filth.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-21 08:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Most amazing thing about him too is that even those who agree with him can't actually defend him, his own children can't defend him. I have to say that if there is anyone I actually hate, he is at the top of the list.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-21 08:21 AM | Reply

But the MSM is anti-Trump! I hear it constantly on here!

#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-21 11:55 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#4

But I thought you all were convinced that the WSJ, like Murdoch's other media outlets, was merely a mouthpiece for the plutocrats bent on feeding the deplorables what they wanted to hear...

Good to know that the WSJ is now acceptable in your eyes, I have refrained from posting articles from there but will start since it is now part of the MSM and "acceptable" to the DR Left.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 12:06 PM | Reply

All I see is that the WSJ finally became ethical and decided not to post a story that had no evidence and just a bunch of accusations. I'm surprised they would ever do that but it's about time a media outlet actually reported news and not conjecture. Unfortunately, they only decided to do that with one story and we still have to read all of their baseless and boring rhetoric that always amounts to "We don't agree with someone so we are going to attack him/her".

#6 | Posted by humtake at 2017-12-21 12:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

But the MSM is anti-Trump! I hear it constantly on here!
#4 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2017-12-21 11:55 AM | FLAG:

#4
But I thought you all were convinced that the WSJ, like Murdoch's other media outlets, was merely a mouthpiece for the plutocrats bent on feeding the deplorables what they wanted to hear...
Good to know that the WSJ is now acceptable in your eyes, I have refrained from posting articles from there but will start since it is now part of the MSM and "acceptable" to the DR Left.
#5 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Did you not read the story? The WSJ did not run articles that linked Trump to the Mob in order to protect him.

What part of that and my post leads you to believe I accept the WSJ?

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-21 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

All I see is that the WSJ finally became ethical and decided not to post a story that had no evidence and just a bunch of accusations. I'm surprised they would ever do that but it's about time a media outlet actually reported news and not conjecture. Unfortunately, they only decided to do that with one story and we still have to read all of their baseless and boring rhetoric that always amounts to "We don't agree with someone so we are going to attack him/her".

#6 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

The WSJ is a seriously Conservative paper that had serious evidence it decided not to publish in order to protect the Republican brand.

But Party over Country, right Traitor?

#8 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-21 12:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

"All I see is that the WSJ finally became ethical and decided not to post a story that had no evidence and just a bunch of accusations."

Just because the WSJ elected not to run the story does not mean it isn't true.

The media has been reporting Demented Donnie Dumpster's connections to the mob for decades.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-21 01:38 PM | Reply

WSJ = FOX

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-21 01:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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But the MSM is anti-Trump! I hear it constantly on here!

What part of that and my post leads you to believe I accept the WSJ?

So the WSJ is not part of the MSM?

Get your narrative straight.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 02:07 PM | Reply

Did you not read the story?

Gal posted the entire story, so of course I read it.

The WSJ did not run articles that linked Trump to the Mob in order to protect him.

So says Jonathan Chait, one of the most liberal writers in the US who happens to openly hate Trump, in an opinion piece that is very thinly sourced.

The WSJ is a seriously Conservative paper that had serious evidence it decided not to publish in order to protect the Republican brand.

Show us that "serious evidence" then, Jon Chait certainly couldn't. Don't you think if that "serious evidence" was readily available then the NYT, LAT, New Yorker, Atlantic, etc. (not to mention DailyHuffMediaMoveTalkingKosPoMattersOnPointsMemo) wouldn't have been screaming about it as well?

Just because the WSJ elected not to run the story does not mean it isn't true.

Just because the WSJ elected not to run the story does not mean it is true.

Funny how that works.

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 02:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So the WSJ is not part of the MSM?

Get your narrative straight.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter

The WSJ is rupert murdoch therefore the WSJ is donald trump.

Whether of not you consider that MSM is up to you.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-21 02:19 PM | Reply

But the MSM is anti-Trump! I hear it constantly on here!
What part of that and my post leads you to believe I accept the WSJ?

So the WSJ is not part of the MSM?
Get your narrative straight.

#11 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

You are so caught up in the assumption that the MSM has a liberal bias that if I say the WSJ is part of the MSM, you assume I mean it has a liberal bias... Seriously you are messed up.

The WSJ is a part of the MSM. It has a hard right bias. The MSM does not have a liberal bias. SOME of the MSM leans Left. SOME of the MSM leans right. SOME of the MSM is fairly factually based and middle of the road or with a slight left lean.

Get over yourself.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-21 02:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Just because the WSJ elected not to run the story does not mean it isn't true.

Just because the WSJ elected not to run the story does not mean it is true.

Funny how that works.

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter

funny how your brain works (or doesn't)

The media (there is a whole book dedicated to the subject) has been reporting Trump's proven connections to the mob for decades.

#15 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-21 02:22 PM | Reply

-Get over yourself.

A mountain too high, lmao.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-21 02:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#14

Last time I went down this road the entire thread got deleted, so you will have to just Google the Pew Center Study on Media Bias and the Columbia Journalism Review see if your conclusions match theirs.

#17 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 02:36 PM | Reply

#9 | Posted by donnerboy

I think humtake is a Russian plant - one of their early experiments into manipulating the population. I mean I only see this level of commitment coming from the Russian Trolls.

#18 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-21 02:36 PM | Reply

I think humtake is a Russian plant...

#18 | Posted by GalaxiePete

If not a Russian plant then surely a Russian tool.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-21 02:41 PM | Reply

#14
Last time I went down this road the entire thread got deleted, so you will have to just Google the Pew Center Study on Media Bias and the Columbia Journalism Review see if your conclusions match theirs.

#17 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

You mean this one from the Pew Center that says Conservatives basically find a fake news source and refuse to look elsewhere?
www.journalism.org

#20 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-21 04:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#20

I was thinking of a more recent Pew report but this chart from your article pretty much makes my point, since as Pew recognizes in your article "media sources tend to report on stories that appeal to their target audiences."

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 05:14 PM | Reply

Just because the WSJ elected not to run the story does not mean it is true.

Trump's mob ties are real, and many outlets touched on them:

Yes, Donald Trump has been linked to the mob www.politifact.com

A scary list of Donald Trump's mob ties in Atlantic City and New York www.rawstory.com

Donald Trump and the mob www.cnn.com

Donald Trump walks out over questions about his mafia connections during BBC Panorama interview www.independent.co.uk

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 12:08 AM | Reply

Will Donald Trump's ties to a criminal hurt his campaign? www.washingtonexaminer.com

Trump swam in mob-infested waters in early years as an NYC developer www.washingtonpost.com

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 12:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"since it is now part of the MSM"

Use of that term is a good indicator that one is a right wing crackpot. Ironic coming from a side of the American political spectrum whose approach to appearing dangerous and counter-cultural involves reversion to literal Nazism...

#24 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-12-22 12:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Show me a NY real estate developer, ever, who hasn't had to deal with the mob and you will have found a unicorn.

Sorry that kills your narrative.

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-22 01:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Show me a NY real estate developer, ever, who hasn't had to deal with the mob and you will have found a unicorn.
Sorry that kills your narrative.

#25 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2017-12-22 01:00 AM | FLAG:

Yeah, how does that kill anyone's narrative again? Or is "everyone's doing it!" a valid defense in your world?

#26 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-12-22 02:14 AM | Reply

#25

The Mob thanks you for understanding that the way for you to get rich is to make them rich.

#27 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-22 06:42 AM | Reply

Organized crime has deep roots in NY and NJ in construction and waste management. Roy Cohn, Trump's first mentor, was a mob attorney. It is inconceivable that Trump developed real estate from NY to Atlantic City, without making deals with the mob. There is a series of court cases consistent with this conjecture.

It is standard practice for the MSM to squash stories that reflect poorly on the USA. No better example of this than the truths revealed in the "Dark Alliance" and printed in the San Jose Mercury News to the chagrin of those newspapers that consider themselves big boys on the block. Those papers and the CIA immediately launched an attack on the Mercury and its author Gary Webb, which ended his career and led to his death. Turns out the story was carefully documented and absolutely true in every way. But that's not as important to the deep State that runs our Government as keeping the general public in the dark about their evil behaviors. The attacks get front page coverage and the admission of guilt is printed in a small paragraph on the back pages. This helps to maintain our stellar reputation domestically.

#28 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-22 07:07 AM | Reply

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 12:06 PM;

A long time ago, when I was in college, I received a complimentary subscription to the WSJ, but I realized it was a conservative rag, and soon began reading the cut-and-paste news items, and skipped the rest of it. When USA Today came out, I never read the WSJ again. Same content, but a less harsh reportage. Sometimes people forget the "deep state" government employees include honorable civil servants who keep things running by showing up and doing their jobs every day.

In the meanwhile, be sure to spray some vinegar over your head to keep the chemtrails away!

#29 | Posted by john47 at 2017-12-22 11:58 AM | Reply

#29

Glad you have an "open" mind about news sources...

I'm sure the Palmer Report enjoys your continued patronage.

Here's a cute beanie for you to wear over the holidays:

The Atlantic: How the Left Lost Its Mind

#30 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-22 02:52 PM | Reply

"Sorry that kills your narrative."

Nope, you know Donnie's always got to be special:

Former Mafia-linked figure describes association with Trump www.washingtonpost.com

Donald Trump, Felix Sater and the Mob: Lawyers Push to Unseal Court Documents They Say Could Show Fraud by President www.newsweek.com

Trump, Russia and a Shadowy Business Partnership
An insider describes the Bayrock Group, its links to the Trump family and its mysterious access to funds. It isn't pretty. www.bloomberg.com

Why Robert Mueller Has Trump SoHo in His Sights
The Russian money trail leads right through the president's troubled project in downtown Manhattan. A series of e-mails reveals new details. www.vanityfair.com

#31 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 03:08 PM | Reply

#25 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I don't understand why you think that justifies it.

#32 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-12-22 04:12 PM | Reply

I didn't say it justified it, was legal or ethical, but if you have spent any time in the Tri-state area, the Mob has its tentacles everywhere.

Homeowners throughout the area, on a weekly basis, deal with the Mob when they get their trash picked up in NJ, for example, or when they purchase something that was unloaded by a longshoreman in NY or CT, or when they go to a NJ Casino, have a house built by the Carpenters Union, drive on the bridges built by the Concrete Union, etc. Even the Mob was involved in building the Freedom Tower.

It's an unfortunate fact of life and persists to this day.

21st Century Mob: How the Mafia learned to adapt for the future

#33 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-22 04:35 PM | Reply

#33 Still doesn't explain Trump's business associations with Felix Sater.

#34 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 05:11 PM | Reply

I'm, sure that 'worthy' paper, the NY Times will get to the bottom of this with all their stalwart journalists.

#35 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-12-22 05:14 PM | Reply

"Homeowners throughout the area, on a weekly basis, deal with the Mob"

There is a difference between dealing with the mob and going into business with them. It seems Trump has done both.

#36 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 05:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm, sure that 'worthy' paper, the NY Times will get to the bottom of this with all their stalwart journalists.

#35 | Posted by MSgt

You mean the *"failing" NY Times?

*(that had $407 million in revenue in the second quarter of 2017, 9% higher than in the second quarter of 2016 and well above Wall Street expectations.)

#37 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-22 05:33 PM | Reply

There is a difference between dealing with the mob and going into business with them. It seems Trump has done both.

So has every other developer in NYC, including the City and State:

Records show mob-linked companies have been subcontractors on most of the major projects of the last few years, including highway repair, the midtown office tower boom, the massive water treatment plant in the Bronx, even the rebuilding of the World Trade Center.
Like I said, show me a NY developer who hasn't done business with the mob and you have discovered a unicorn.

#38 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-22 06:22 PM | Reply

"Like I said, show me a NY developer who hasn't done business with the mob and you have discovered a unicorn."

Again, there is a difference between "doing business" and "going into business" with the mob. Trump is thought to have been laundering money for the mob. If true, that is not the same as someone hiring mob-related subcontractors.

#39 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 06:28 PM | Reply

"Freeman wrote a strong attack on Trump's Mob dealings, and had a second ready to go."

Here's the first WSJ editorial that didn't get followed up on:

Trump and the Goodfellas

The presidential candidate says he didn't know he was doing business with the mob.

www.wsj.com

#40 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 09:08 PM | Reply

Oh the horrors! Break out the fainting couch and the smelling salts. Come on, any one in the tri-state area who buys cement, gets trash removed or deals with a labor union deals with the mob, whether they want to or not.

#41 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-23 05:17 AM | Reply

Sorry DOCNJO, no normal people do not vote for people who are connected with the mob. That the WSJ suppressed this story makes the WSJ FAKE NEWS. I've never been a fan and much less of one since Murdoch bought it, now I will regard the WSG as nothing more than Right wing Propaganda. Which is clearly is.

#42 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-23 05:33 AM | Reply

#42 | Posted by danni, You mean like the entire Kennedy clan? Old Joe sure made a lot of money supplying the mob with high grade booze during prohibition. Dealing with the mob in NYC is unavoidable. Everyone pays some tribute to those thugs one way or another. In rent,(trash collection) union dues,(especially the building trades) or tolls on the highway(the cost of cement).

#43 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-23 12:21 PM | Reply

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