The Wall Street Journal opinion web page spent a lot of Thursday speaking up a recent allegation involving Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and the son’s alleged enterprise dealings in China.
“Joe Biden has an issue, and his identify is Hunter,” wrote Kimberley Strassel, a member of the paper’s editorial board. James Freeman, assistant editor of the editorial web page, wrote his personal column on the topic, asking “How lengthy can the media blackout proceed?”
However on Thursday night, Journal information reporters Andrew Duehren and James T. Areddy revealed a extra skeptical take. The information article reported on the allegations of Anthony Bobulinski, who claims that Joe Biden was concerned in a gathering concerning his son’s Chinese language enterprise enterprise.
However the story additionally reported that no deal ever got here collectively and that, “Company data reviewed by The Wall Street Journal present no position for Joe Biden.” The Journal additionally quoted one other companion within the enterprise, James Gilliar, saying he was “unaware of any involvement at anytime of the previous Vice President.”
The conflicting variations — the opinion columns hyping the story and the information pages taking part in it down — comes amid ongoing pressure between the 2 sides of the paper.
In July, greater than 280 Journal and Dow Jones staffers signed on to a letter to the writer attacking the opinion pages’ “lack of fact-checking and transparency, and its obvious disregard for proof.” They faulted the opinion web page for operating an editorial from Vice President Mike Pence, claiming there was no second wave of the coronavirus. They argued that the opinion web page was hurting the paper’s model, and known as for a clearer separation between the 2 departments.
In response, the editorial board vowed to not bow to “cancel tradition stress” from the Journal newsroom.
“Our opinion pages provide an alternative choice to the uniform progressive views that dominate almost all of in the present day’s media,” the board wrote.
The Bobulinski story was first reported by one other Rupert Murdoch-owned property, the New York Submit. That story, by Submit opinion author Michael Goodwin, touted Bobulinski’s “dynamite assertion” as “plausible as a result of it aligns with earlier data we all know to be true.”
The Trump marketing campaign has additionally touted Bobulinski’s claims, holding a information convention to advertise his allegation and inviting him to Thursday’s debate in Nashville, Tenn.
The competing takes on the Journal was catnip for media Twitter, which lives for newsroom drama.
WHOA. Wall Street Journal’s information aspect simply launched a debunking of WSJ opinion aspect. https://t.co/6HnehUtMHR
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) October 23, 2020
There has ceaselessly been little love misplaced between the WSJ information and opinion pages. However tonight’s dueling tales are an actual embarrassment to the latter, and an incredible quick course on the distinction between reporting and stenography.
— Richard Tofel (@dicktofel) October 23, 2020
Torn on whether or not the truth that WSJ’s information aspect (which does excellent work) and opinion aspect (which routinely ignores it) seem to inhabit completely completely different planets is a laudable signal of journalistic independence or only a weird supply of whiplash for readers.
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) October 23, 2020
Trump was proper about WSJ piece. There’s a bombshell right here: “Textual content messages and emails associated to the enterprise that have been offered to the Journal by Mr. Bobulinski…don’t present both Hunter Biden or James Biden discussing a task for Joe Biden within the enterprise.” https://t.co/jQv58V3go7
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) October 23, 2020