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If I were to create a list of questions to ask potential managers of my money, one of them would be: “Do you read the WSJ OpEds?” If the answer were yes, I would not walk but run in the opposite direction.
—Barry Ritholtz[1]

The Wall Street Journal (abbr. WSJ) is an esteemed, respected newspaper (ha!) owned by the Dow Jones Corporation, which focuses on business and financial market news. The tone is dry and respectful, and they don't have a comics page (possibly because the op-eds are enough of a joke already).

Anyone interested in economics has pretty much given up on WSJ. They used to have a decent mix of free and paid content, but now even the real-time economics blog is paid.

General decline[edit]

Since Rupert Murdoch's purchase of the WSJ in 2007, many to the left of wingnut have noticed its declining editorial standards:

The pandering has (predictably) made the comments section hilariously wingnutty and should be avoided at all costs.

On the other hand, the journalism and opinion sides are known to have a strict firewall. Murdoch had invested $125 million in TheranosWikipedia, and an opinion writer had written a fawning portrayal of the founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes. When Holmes found out one of their reporters was doing the long-overdue reporting that would expose her and her company as a complete fraud which was endangering people's lives, she tried to pressure Murdoch into killing the story. Murdoch refused to do so, and the resulting stories definitively proved Theranos was an outright scam and made it clear Holmes was a massive con artist; she ultimately ended up convicted and sentenced to prison. So there's that.[4]

Noted writers[edit]

Former or current opinion contributors and journalists for the Wall Street Journal that stand out for some reason or another.

Racialist letter signatories[edit]

"Mainstream Science on Intelligence,Wikipedia" a public letter that defended The Bell Curve, received publication in the Wall Street Journal on December 13, 1994. It had 52 signatories. Some are listed below.

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External links[edit]


  1. Having a noted medical non-expert (in fact, a noted "expert" at promoting medical woo) like Suzanne Somers write (badly) about the economics of the Affordable Care Act was part of a blatant appeal to celebrity the WSJ was trying in the early-mid 2010s, in a clear sign of a decline in its rigor. Around this time period, the WSJ drafted many famous entertainers (such as Pat SajakWikipedia and Morgan FairchildWikipedia among others) to write on financial and political topics that they were way out of their depth on. Bizarrely, this was often done under the special report title "The Experts"[2]


  1. Art Laffer: Make Up Your Own Facts Here, Barry Ritholtz
  2. "A Celebrity Journal fiasco: Quack-loving Suzanne Somers, WSJ "expert" on health care by Ryan Chittum, Columbia Journalism Review, 2013 October 29
  3. Wall Street Journal Doubles Down on Global Warming Denial, Slate
  4. https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/11/30/elizabeth-holmes-went-to-rupert-murdoch-to-kill-wsj-theranos-story.html
  5. Mary Elizabeth Williams, "Dilbert creator's ever-worsening P.R. crisis", Salon
  6. "What Islamists and ‘Wokeists’ Have in Common". The Wall Street Journal.
  7. John Bolton (March 15, 2023). "Why Won’t the West Let Ukraine Win Against Russia?". The Wall Street Journal.
  8. "The Collapsing Obama Doctrine". The Wall Street Journal.
  9. "Why I Was Fired by Google". The Wall Street Journal.
  10. At the 'End of History' Still Stands Democracy Francis Fukuyama. Wall Street Journal. JUN.6.14
  11. Richard Gardner (February 21, 1993). "Modern Witch Hunt: Child Abuse Charges". The Wall Street Journal.
  12. "Big Dumb Lie". The Wall Street Journal.
  13. "Franklin Graham and the High Cost of the Lost Evangelical Witness" by David French, 2019 April 25, National Review
  14. Complaints against Brett Kavanaugh dismissed by federal judicial council. CNN. December 18, 2018.
  15. The Branding of a Heretic: Are religious scientists unwelcome at the Smithsonian? by David Klinghoffer (January 28, 2005) Opinion Journal from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page.
  16. WSJ: Selectively pro-science, ThinkProgress
  17. Real Climate: WSJ vs. the Consensus of the Scientific Community, Lindzen: Point-by-point, WSJ Editorial Board: Head Still Buried in Sand, Global warming delusions at the WSJ, etc.
  18. Claire Prentice (August 23, 2009). "Customers call for Whole Foods boycott". BBC News.
  19. "William McGurn". The Wall Street Journal.
  20. Dylan Byers (December 11, 2012). "William McGurn named New York Post editorial page editor". Politico.
  21. Nathaniel Frank (June 16, 2014). "The Wall Street Journal’s Ignorance on LGBTQ Issues Is Alarming". Slate.
  22. Rupert Murdoch (June 18, 2014). "Immigration Reform Can't Wait", The Wall Street Journal.
  23. Lee, Edmund (2020-07-24). "At Wall Street Journal, News Staff and Opinion Side Clash". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  24. New slew of climate delayer talking points in the WSJ
  25. "Karl Rove: I Was Wrong About Dick Cheney . . . ". The Wall Street Journal.
  26. "Donald Rumsfeld's Rules for Successful Meetings". The Wall Street Journal.
  27. "Why We Need the $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Package". The Wall Street Journal.
  28. "‘The Gender Gage Rap Is Real!’". The Wall Street Journal.
  29. "WSJ Op-Ed Denies Dangers Of U.S. Mercury Emissions". Media Matters for America.
  30. "The Campus Mob Came for Me—and You, Professor, Could Be Next ". The Wall Street Journal.
  31. "U.S. Taiwan Policy Threatens a Face-Off With China". The Wall Street Journal.