Wall Street Journal reporters threw a fit when the editor, Gerard Baker, criticised their biased coverage of President Trump and urged them to stick to the facts.
It seems that WSJ reporters are unwilling to report news that is not clouded with their personal political biases.
Be careful of critiquing journalists on your team. Because they might just stick the knife in when you least expect it. Journalists from the Wall Street Journal went behind Editor Gerard Baker‘s back and leaked private emails to the New York Times.
They didn’t like critiques he made about their coverage of President Trump‘s rally in Phoenix in which Trump mercilessly bashed the media — an act he has done countless times before.
According to a piece by NYT‘s media writer Michael Grynbaum, restlessness and unease have been brewing against Baker for quite some time. But in this instance, Grynbaum writes, Baker unleashed a series of “blunt late-night” emails that got under their skin.
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In an email that arrived to staff just after midnight, Baker called their coverage “commentary dressed up as news reporting.”
He asked, “Could we please just stick to reporting what he said rather than packaging it in exegesis and selective criticism?”
“I admire my former fellow WSJ reporters, now more than ever,” NYT‘s reporter and WSJ alum Katie Rosman wrote on Twitter.
Former President Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer also had a dig for the WSJ editor: “Gerard Baker seems like someone who saw All The President’s Men and thought Woodward and Bernstein were the bad guys.”
New York Magazine Contributor Jesse Singal sympathized, writing, “Ugh, the WSJ has some really talented reporters and I’d be fairly furious if I were one of them.”
Grynbaum writes that some WSJ reporters feel that the coverage of Trump “lacks verve.” Baker addressed this touchy subject at a meeting with reporters in February in which he denied that stories about Trump were “too soft.”
The worst part of all this: Baker is losing his newsroom. When reporters leak your private emails it shows they don’t trust you and worse — they don’t like you. –The Daily Caller