WSJ brass takes a stand, refuses to cave to ‘progressive cancel culture’ demands pushed by internal SJWs

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The Wall Street Journal editorial board made it clear this week that it will not cave to the “progressive cancel culture” looking to shut down alternative points of view.

Responding to a letter signed by 280 WSJ reporters sent to the publisher criticizing the opinion pages for spreading misinformation, the board offered a reassurance in print that the letter will not prompt changes to “our principles and content.”

The reassurance, which took care to point out that “someone” leaked the letter to the media, stressing that the Journal is “not the New York Times.”

The response proclaimed: “A Note to Readers — These pages won’t wilt under cancel-culture pressure.”

“In the spirit of collegiality, we won’t respond in kind to the letter signers. Their anxieties aren’t our responsibility in any case. The signers report to the News editors or other parts of the business, and the News and Opinion departments operate with separate staffs and editors. Both report to Publisher Almar Latour. This separation allows us to pursue stories and inform readers with independent judgment.

“It was probably inevitable that the wave of progressive cancel culture would arrive at the Journal, as it has at nearly every other cultural, business, academic and journalistic institution. But we are not the New York Times. Most Journal reporters attempt to cover the news fairly and down the middle, and our opinion pages offer an alternative to the uniform progressive views that dominate nearly all of today’s media.”

 

While the Journal is still considered to be a right-leaning publication, with college campuses/liberal indoctrination centers churning out an entire generation of woke progressives, true conservatives are a rare breed among the Gen Z crowd.

The letter reportedly called for better fact-checking, more transparency, and a clear divide between news and opinion. It cited a June 16 op-ed from Vice President Mike Pence that said there would be no “second wave” of coronavirus.

Another example cited was a column by conservative Heather Mac Donald, titled “The Myth of Systemic Police Racism.”

“Employees of color publicly spoke out about the pain this Opinion piece caused them during company-held discussions surrounding diversity initiatives,” the letter said. “If the company is serious about better supporting its employees of color, at a bare minimum it should raise Opinion’s standards so that misinformation about racism isn’t published.”

WSJ columnist Kimberley Strassel was quick to echo the stance taken by the board in a tweet:

Megyn Kelly also responded, tweeting: “This is what it looks like to have a spine, bosses of America.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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