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WSJ publishes news story contradicting opinion page

October 23, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal has published a news story that refutes claims made by its opinion page about presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, reports Gene Maddaus of Variety.

Maddaus reports, “The conflicting versions — the opinion columns hyping the story and the news pages playing it down — comes amid ongoing tension between the two sides of the paper.

“In July, more than 280 Journal and Dow Jones staffers signed on to a letter to the publisher attacking the opinion pages’ ‘lack of fact-checking and transparency, and its apparent disregard for evidence.’ They faulted the opinion page for running an editorial from Vice President Mike Pence, claiming there was no second wave of the coronavirus. They argued that the opinion page was hurting the paper’s brand, and called for a clearer separation between the two departments.

“In response, the editorial board vowed not to bow to ‘cancel culture pressure’ from the Journal newsroom.”

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