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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 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.


Since Rupert Murdoch's purchase of the WSJ in 2007, however, 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.

Actually, it's about ethics in trolling minorities[edit]

When the paper accused PewDiePie of promoting or normalizing Nazi rhetoric, they received backlash from much of the YouTube community. This included reactionaries longing for a comeback of Gamergate and also dickholes like misogynist Maddox, Libertarian Phillip de Franco, and alt-right pandering Ethan Klein. PewDiePie lost his Disney sponsorship as a result.

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  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]