It’s too early to write elegies for the Wall Street Journal, now that the news is in. It seems irrational for Rupert Murdoch to pay $5 billion simply for the right to throw away the Journal’s tradition of reporting excellence but, well, past is prologue, or so they say. We shall see soon enough, maybe in a matter of months.
(Of course, it’s extreme conservative editorial page, possibly the best-written in the world, is another matter altogether.)
Of the many readings of the true import of the sale, I find this appreciation by the Columbia Journalism Review of the Journal style—-something I’ve learned to recognize from years of daily reading—-the one that speaks to me best.
The Wall Street Journal leder. Has modern American newspapering produced anything better, or at least more elegant?
Go on. Read it and weep.