The Wall Road Journal fired again at Rachel Maddow on Thursday, after the MSNBC host mentioned that newspaper “tried to bury” a narrative detailing President Trump’s rationale for his choice to revoke the safety clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.
“Rachel herself credited WSJ for ‘a heck of a scoop,'” the Journal mentioned in a press release. “We respect the credit score, however we might additionally respect accuracy and equity.”
The story, initially printed Wednesday, was based mostly on Trump’s interview with Wall Road Journal reporter Peter Nicholas. In it, the president tied his choice to revoke Brennan’s safety clearance to the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling within the 2016 election.
On her program Thursday evening, Maddow expressed bewilderment that the Journal hadn’t performed up its unique.
“In a narrative that, curiously, the Wall Road Journal has type of tried to bury on-line at the moment ever since they first printed,” Maddow mentioned. “It is a heck of a scoop the Wall Road Journal has, however they’ve already taken it off their entrance web page. I do not know why.”
Inside hours of the present airing, the paper issued a rebuke. In an in depth assertion, the Journal mentioned the “unique ran on the prime of WSJ.com on Wednesday evening and led the positioning for a lot of the day on Thursday,” and that it “ran on the entrance web page because the lead story of the print Journal Thursday morning.”
The assertion additionally famous that the story was highlighted within the “Most Widespread Articles” part of the Journal’s web site as Maddow’s present was airing Thursday, and that Nicholas appeared on MSNBC earlier within the day to debate the article.
“That’s not burying a narrative,” the Journal’s assertion mentioned.
MSNBC didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark.
The Journal, owned by the conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has drawn scrutiny over its Trump protection previously — each internally and all through the information media business at massive.
Former Editor-In-Chief Gerard Baker, who stepped down from the highest publish earlier this yr to turn into editor at massive, pissed off some workers members along with his objections over the best way the newspaper’s reporters lined the Trump administration. In emails that leaked final yr, Baker urged editors to tone down a narrative a couple of Trump speech, calling the piece “commentary dressed up as reporting.”
CNNMoney (New York) First printed August 17, 2018: 10:52 AM ET