The Wall Street Enquirer

The Past Is Prologue.

~William Shakespeare/The Tempest

For those with very short-term memory issues, let me remind you of the three key elements in the conspiracy between Donald Trump and America Media, Inc. publisher David Pecker for which Trump was convicted on 34 felony charges.

  • Publish good stories about Trump.
  • Kill bad stories about Trump.
  • Make up stories about Trump’s opponents.

After such a decisive verdict from 12 of Mr. Trump’s peers, one would think “main stream media” outlets would understand the difference between journalism and propaganda.  Based on the June 6, 2024 front-page article about President Joe Biden’s mental acuity in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), it is obvious publisher Almar Latour and editor-in-chief Emma Tucker did not get that message.

The article titled “Behind Closed Doors, Biden Shows Signs of Slipping,” according to the WSJ, is based on “accounts from both Republicans and Democrats.” It did not take long for real investigative journalists to provide evidence that the only thing happening behind closed doors is that MAGA interviewees were telling the WSJ the exact opposite what THEY were saying in private.  The best example involves former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. He told the WSJ that “[Biden] would ramble.  He always had cards.  He couldn’t negotiate another way.”

Kevin, it was a frigging budget/debt ceiling negotiation.  Could you reel off revenue, expense and interest numbers from memory?  And there are innumerable photographs with you speaking from cards.  Then you complained that he seemed to rely on staff.  If it was so important that the president be the only spokesman for the administration, was not the same true for you?  Yet you delegated further negotiations to representatives Garret Graves (LA) and Patrick McHenry (NC).  But don’t take my word for it.  Immediately following the debt agreement, McCarthy told Capitol Hill reporters that Biden had been “…very professional, very smart.  Very tough at the same time.”

And look at the results. Biden got a two-year debt ceiling deal the House Democratic caucus would support, and Kevin McCarthy lost his job.  How ironic is it the Wall Street Enquirer questioned Michael Cohen’s veracity in order to exact revenge against Trump because the latter did not offer him a White House job?  Yet, never considered McCarthy’s motive for changing his tune to bolster the WSJ’s hit job might be the fact Biden ate his lunch and cost him the third most powerful position in America.  Is this not just one degree of separation from the National Enquirer’s making up stories about Trump’s opponents?

To recap, Rupert Murdoch and the WSJ have grabbed the baton from David Pecker and the actual Enquirer.  In fact you can make the case based solely on one edition (June 14, 2024).

  • Print good stories about Trump.  “Virginia Hasn’t Backed a Republican for President in Two Decades. Is It About to Flip?”
  • Kill bad stories about Trump. No mention of Trump’s calling Milwaukee, the site of the Republican National Convention, a “horrible city.”
  • Print bad stories about Trump opponents. “Merrick Garland Earned Congress’s Contempt.”

The only difference is we do not know (yet) if the similarity is based on a unilateral decision by Murdoch and the WSJ to boost their preferred candidate or a meeting between WSJ operatives and the Trump campaign.  For all we know it might have been hosted by Harlan Crow at Bohemian Grove.


Georgia O'Keeffe on the Art of Seeing – The MarginalianI find it hard to pass up a great joke just because it is politically incorrect.  This morning I crossed that red line when I learned that Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, a one-hour drive on I-94. west of Milwaukee.  My first thought?  Instead of the actual headline in yesterday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Donald Trump calls Milwaukee ‘a  horrible city’ weeks before RNC comes to town,” would a more appropriate headline be, “Trump Grabs Milwaukee by the O’Keeffe.”

For what it’s worth.

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