Entries Tagged as 'Wall Street Journal'

Best of FF: Downgrade the WSJ Ed-Page

David Frum December 29th, 2011 at 1:36 pm 14 Comments

As 2011 comes to a close, FrumForum plans to re-run some of our best featured pieces from the year. The following reprint is of a piece by David Frum discussing the shortcomings of the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page.

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So I’m well aware of the challenge faced by those assigned to compose these documents. The strict demands of the paper’s ideology do not always lie smoothly over the rocky outcroppings of reality. It can take considerable skill to match the two together.

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How Dare The WSJ Blame The House GOP?

David Frum December 21st, 2011 at 10:18 am Updated122 Comments

The Wall Street Journal this morning excoriates House Republicans for mishandling the payroll tax holiday:

The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play

True that. But if anyone is to scold on this score, it should not be the Journal – which is as responsible as any of the House members for the GOP’s payroll-tax predicament.

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Russell Kirk Would Not Recognize These `Conservatives’

December 2nd, 2011 at 9:58 am 242 Comments

The other day, I read a disturbing column by Bret Stephens, the Wall Street Journal’s deputy editorial page editor, entitled “The Great Global Warming Fizzle.” In the column, Stephens compares concern about global warming to religion and characterizes such concern as “…another system of doomsaying prophecy and faith in things unseen.”

He goes on to say:

As with religion, it is presided over by a caste of spectacularly unattractive people pretending to an obscure form of knowledge that promises to make the seas retreat and the winds abate.

Mr. Stephens, in one fell swoop, is equally dismissive of religion and science. What kind of hubris causes one to have no use for either the knowledge gained from empirical evidence or the faith that has pushed mankind to rise above his base instincts?

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Poland to Germany: We Need You to Act!

David Frum November 28th, 2011 at 7:50 pm 39 Comments

In an important speech in Berlin, Poland’s Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski expressed a thought maybe has never been heard before on German soil from a Polish leader:

What, as Poland’s foreign minister, do I regard as the biggest threat to the security and prosperity of Poland today, on 28th November 2011? It’s not terrorism, it’s not the Taliban, it’s certainly not German tanks. It’s not even Russian missiles which President Medvedev has just threatened to deploy on our border. The biggest threat to the security of Poland would be the collapse of the Eurozone.

And I demand of Germany that, for your own sake and for ours, you help it survive and prosper. You know full well that nobody else can do it. I will probably be first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is: I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity.

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The Agony of the Wall Street Journal

David Frum October 20th, 2011 at 10:12 am 46 Comments

The Wall Street Journal this morning publishes the latest in a line of editorials attacking Mitt Romney as candidate for president.

Mr. Romney has every right to cling to theories that were flawed in conception and have proven false in practice, though the rest of the GOP field has the responsibility to challenge his canned answers. The mental contortions that his health-care record requires need to be dissected—the way Mr. Obama will do if Mr. Romney is the nominee—to give GOP voters a chance to weigh the political liabilities that his candidacy might pose in 2012.

Republicans do not want to wake up in 2012 to discover that they have nominated someone who is unprepared, and maybe unwilling, to lead the reform of government that America needs.

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Why We Should Still be Sweating Global Warming

October 6th, 2011 at 12:30 pm 136 Comments

Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and writer about energy, has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal stating “Five Truths About Climate Change.” Some of his assertions are to the effect that there’s not that much that can be done to restrain carbon emissions. That’s a debatable stance, and I will address it. Then I will go on to his fifth “truth,” which has to do with the science of climate change.

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Nice Central Bank You Have Here

David Frum August 22nd, 2011 at 1:15 am 31 Comments

One of the highest forms of political jiu-jitsu is to accuse your opponents of exactly the same offense that you yourself then proceed to commit.

If executed properly, the audacious maneuver will stun critics into silence – and overwhelm spectators so impressed by the Parson’s sermon against Sabbath-breaking that they won’t believe their own eyes if they should glimpse him later in the day knocking back a Sunday afternoon bottle of whisky in the next town’s saloon.

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The Journal’s Memory Hole

David Frum August 20th, 2011 at 9:48 am 105 Comments

Yesterday, I started deconstructing the Wall Street Journal’s most recent Perry-praising and Fed-bashing editorial. But you have to give the editors credit at least for this: they write very economically. They pack a lot of misinformation into very few words. The job of correcting the record accordingly occupies more space than the original item. Can’t be helped. Below follows Part 2, as promised.

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Time to Downgrade the Journal’s Editorial Page

David Frum August 19th, 2011 at 2:48 pm 69 Comments

I’m uncomfortably aware that critiquing the Wall Street Journal’s editorial column is a job reserved for himself by The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait – and that Chait does not take kindly to interlopers on his territory. But it’s August, and Chait is taking a partial holiday, no doubt on Martha’s Vineyard with his fellow out-of-touch elitists.

And in Chait’s absence, the Journal has launched an attack on Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve that is not only remarkable in its brutal mishandling of fact – but also for its possibly lethal intellectual consequences within the conservative world.

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Erick Erickson’s Ridiculous Standard

August 18th, 2011 at 2:04 pm 15 Comments

Charles Dameron recently wrote an opinion piece at the Wall Street Journal in which he criticized some of the economic development initiatives that Governor Rick Perry has promoted in Texas.

This elicited a sharp response from Erick Erickson at Redstate.com, in which Erickson pointed out that Dameron used to be an intern in Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s office.  Erickson originally stated that Dameron worked for her campaign against Rick Perry for the Texas Governorship, but that was corrected. Erickson said the following about Dameron:

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