Wall Street Journal editor endorses boycott of Trump White House over media censorship

On CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, Bret Stephens, the deputy editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal, suggested that the media should boycott the Trump White House in retaliation for Trump’s censoring of the media.

Stephens also added that what Trump was doing was worse than Nixon.

Stephens’ comments came during a discussion of Trump’s decision to ban the NYT, CNN, Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed and Politico from a press “gaggle,” or informal briefing, at the White House on Friday.

It is thought that Trump’s censorship of these outlets was in response to their reports a day earlier on the White House’s growing efforts to obstruct the Russia investigation.

It was particularly surprising to hear the notion of a boycott come from the editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal, a conservative publication. Here’s Stephens:

I would call it “Nixonian,” except I think that would be unfair to the memory of President Nixon. This is an attempt to bully the press by using access as a weapon to manipulate coverage. The Wall Street Journal put out a statement that I thought was very clear, if we had known what was happening we wouldn’t have participated in that meeting with Mr. Spicer. And I think that’s the right attitude for the rest of the press to take. That if the administration is going to boycott certain news outlets, then perhaps we should as news organizations return the favor to this administration.

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12 Responses to “Wall Street Journal editor endorses boycott of Trump White House over media censorship”

  1. woodroad34 says:

    Wall St Journal should also investigate Trump’s 2020 campaign donations received immediately after his election, which Trump earmarked for debt payoff–pretty much doing a runaround fundraising laws: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/02/team-trump-took-illegal-cash-watchdogs-say.html

  2. Jim Pickens says:

    Boycott Wall Street Journal. I had a subscription for the financial section and actually read the editorial articles and choked on them last October.

  3. TheAngryFag says:

    Let’s return to the days of real investigative journalism instead of this sensationalist, click-bait shit that we have now. Put him and his sycophants under Obsidian Order-level observation (No one can sit down to a meal without the contents being duly noted by the Order) and publish every thing you got on them.

  4. URstandingwhere says:

    The first idea that makes any sense. They cover every brain fart, tweet, and other misdirection with zeal. Let just cover his actions, and ignore Hair Twitler BS.

  5. MoonDragon says:

    Channeling spousal unit, by all means, cover what the administration does, but when it comes to presentations, don’t report speeches or pressers in real time. Run them later with pauses for fact checking. Same with any responses. Make full, unedited transcripts of the talk fests available on line, along with links to the audio/video.

  6. goulo says:

    On Trump and the media and manipulation of the internet to influence the public, the following Guardian story is a disturbing and worthwhile read, covering a subject I’d not seen covered before:

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage

    Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

    With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the
    rightwing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar
    propaganda network

  7. The Oscar says:

    Some conservatives have a little integrity. Good for him.

  8. ORAXX says:

    They should boycott Trump, and make the boycott the story, then let the seventy year old man-child in the White House go into a mindless Twitter melt down.

  9. woodroad34 says:

    I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand…The White house just regurgitates what everyone already knows and/or they lie directly to the press. Spicer won’t take any questions and those that he does are fraught with impatience and petulance. The only reporters at those press conferences will be the Podunk Tribune and every major newspaper will re-quote the smaller newspapers.

    On the other hand, Spicer (or his successor…once he’s suffered the probable stroke) can give clues to Cheeto King’s thinking and probable course of actions to the observant reporter.

    Still and all, it’s probably best for reporters to not be hand-fed information that’s more than likely tainted by Spicer the Spinner. They should really dig for their information and not rely on second-hand reportage and tweeting.

  10. rmthunter says:

    The White House has used access as a means to manipulate coverage for a long time — probably before Nixon. It’s just usually been a lot more subtle about it.

    And I, for one, would be delighted if the press would boycott the White House. I’m sick of hearing about Trump and his shenanigans.

  11. Demosthenes says:

    Don the Con seeks positive media coverage. He’d shrivel up and blow away if he and his cabal of lying flacks were ignored.

  12. Nicholas A Kocal says:

    Is this the same Wall Street Journal whose chief editor said that they would not call out any of Trump’s lies?

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