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.



Filed under Readings in Media

2 responses to “Sold

  1. Does Murdoch own Fox news?

    I think more than what may be a perceived decline in WSJ’s credibility, what is even sadder is all these media conglomerates swallowing independent players into one giant information-producing machine. I feel sorry for Americans…having to be told by fewer and fewer media outlets not only what to think about, but how to think.

  2. Sparks – So true and so sad. I usually learn more about this country I now live in either by leaving it or getting information outside traditional US news sources. I find that somewhere in the middle generally lies what’s really going on. It’s like what happened when Clear Channel started gobbling up radio stations and giving us only commercial-laden options: almost everything now sounds the same, and the indies who don’t are usually struggling to stay afloat.

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