Wall Street Journal Editor Berates Reporters Over Trump Coverage

The Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief reportedly berated his reporters in an email over their coverage of President Trump.

The exchange between Gerard Baker and reporters was over a story draft on Trump's rally in Phoenix where he attacked the media and members of Congress.

The journalist's take on Trump's comments were too opinionated for Baker.

“Sorry. This is commentary dressed up as news reporting...Could we please just stick to reporting what he said rather than packaging it in exegesis and selective criticism?”

The New York Times obtained the emails and pointed out that several lines from the draft sent to Baker didn't make it into the final story.

The draft described Trump’s Phoenix speech as “an off-script return to campaign form,” in which the president “pivoted away from remarks a day earlier in which he had solemnly called for unity.” 

Those lines do not appear in the article’s final version.

When contacted about Baker's emails, a WSJ spokeswoman gave a statement;

“The Wall Street Journal has a clear separation between news and opinion. As always, the key priority is to focus reporting on facts and avoid opinion seeping into news coverage.”

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