How the WSJ resisted being fed a false story by the Trump camp
Ben Smith of The New York Times writes about how The Wall Street Journal didn’t take the bait when people close to President Donald Trump about Hunter Biden that didn’t pass its reporting muster.
Smith reports, “As the debate ended, The Wall Street Journal published a brief item, just the stub of Mr. Areddy and Mr. Duehren’s reporting. The core of it was that Mr. Bobulinski had failed to prove the central claim. ‘Corporate records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden,’ The Journal reported.
“Asked about The Journal’s handling of the story, the editor in chief, Matt Murray, said the paper did not discuss its newsgathering. ‘Our rigorous and trusted journalism speaks for itself,’ Mr. Murray said in an emailed statement.
“And if you’d been watching the debate, but hadn’t been obsessively watching Fox News or reading Breitbart, you would have had no idea what Mr. Trump was talking about. The story the Trump team hoped would upend the campaign was fading fast.”
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