Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal sent an e-mail to the staff of the Journal on their coverage of President Trump. Mr. Baker described the coverage of the president’s trip to Phoenix as overly opinionated, “Sorry. This is commentary dressed up as news reporting.” He then added, “Could we please just stick to reporting what he said rather than packaging it in exegesis and selective criticism?”
Robert Bartley, the former editor in chief, would be proud. He took great care to separate the news reporting staff from the opinion staff. Just the facts. Just the facts. We can do our own takes on all things Trump.
Three cheers for Mr. Baker for a stand of journalistic integrity. Feelings about Trump aside, the press is too close to the line of losing credibility because commentary masquerading as reporting have crept in on a daily basis. Now, if he could just convince his colleagues to do the same introspection.