Mach-3 Hype From the Wall Street Journal
What's that cyber-breach story doing at the top of Page One?
Again, the Journal's cyber-story appears to be a well-reported work, and nothing in the Times and Post accounts really diminishes the facts it presents. But the computer spy story isn't is a Page One must-read, and the editors' attempt to make the story look big only makes the Journal look small.
While we're on the subject of the Journal and its packaging, please read Scott Sherman's dissection of the paper in the new Nation. He writes, Rupert "Murdoch has not corrupted the Journal. Instead, he has smothered it and made it ordinary." Meanwhile, I await the attempts by Chinese spies and Journal editors to probe my Twitter or goose my e-mail, which is firstname.lastname@example.org. (E-mail may be quoted by name in "The Fray," Slate's readers' forum; in a future article; or elsewhere unless the writer stipulates otherwise. Permanent disclosure: Slate is owned by the Washington Post Co.)
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