Wall Street Journal caught in front-page lie

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    Looks like they, like the NYT, are also letting their editorial policy steer their journalism.

    Seems the Journal's cyberstaff has pulled this story already and trying to pretend it never existed.

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    The only thing good about the Wall Street Journal is that you get a lot of pages for the price of the paper and it's good to wrap fish in.
     
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    Apparently, the NY Times, ABC News, CNN, Washington Post, and a slew of others, including Fox News reported the same thing. Below is the snippet from the NYT:


    AARP Is Open to Cuts for Social Security Benefits
    By ERIC LICHTBLAU
    Published: June 17, 2011
    WASHINGTON — AARP, the powerful lobby for older Americans that has been seen as one of the leading opponents of Social Security benefit cuts, said on Friday that it was open to modest reductions in benefits for future recipients.
    The group’s stance, which generated quick reaction from all sides because of its powerful voice on the issue, could provide added ammunition to fiscal conservatives who have sought unsuccessfully to restructure Social Security and chip away at the benefits it promises older Americans.
    “Our goal is to limit any changes in benefits,” John Rother, AARP’s policy chief, said in a telephone interview, “but we also want to see the system made solvent.”
    Mr. Rother said the group’s stance on possible cuts, which was first reported in The Wall Street Journal in Friday’s editions, should be seen less as a major change in position than as a reflection of the political and financial realities facing the Social Security system and the country as a whole.
    “You have to look at all the tradeoffs,” Mr. Rother said, “and what we’re trying to do is engage the American public in that debate.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/us/18aarp.html
     
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    The leftwing sources made an honest mistake. The rightwing sources deliberately told a dirty, vicious lie.


    Right, Wonky?
     
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    When I see the WSJ's retraction I'll believe it was an honest mistake.
     
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    It wasn't a mistake. The AARP is upset at the backlash and is doing spin control.

    And you've fallen for it.
     
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    The WSJ has a rightwing editorial policy; the NYT has a leftwing one. Neither publication makes any bones about it, and I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with (and the Times has been guilty of it a lot recently) is letting bits of editorialization seep into the news articles. It would be naive to think that the Journal honchos don't want to influence the debt ceiling "debate."

    That article doesn't prove your point: it's the one I referenced in the OP. :lol:
     
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    The AARP is the backlash. As they have a right to be, if they believe that information the press writes about them is in error.
     
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    Then I was right: The leftwing sources made an honest mistake. The rightwing sources deliberately told a dirty, vicious lie.
    So, you start a thread bitching about the WSJ, and as proof, you link to a story by NPR.


    What are you, new? :lol:
     

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