Bill Clinton: Wall Street Journal Editorials Even More 'Irrational' Than Fox News Pundits

While Hillary Clinton was assuring the union crowd last night that she knows how to battle the "right-wing machine," Huffington Post blogger Blake Fleetwood reports that Bill Clinton is still taking on the Clinton-challenging media machine. At a fundraiser closed to reporters (but not to bloggers?), the former president asserted "the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is even more right wing and irrational than most of the commentators on Fox News." He also asserted that a major American corporation was attacked by the Journal editorial board because it supported Clinton, and didn't care about whether its attacks were factual. Once the company's CEO "sent a check to Bob Dole, and announced it in the newspapers, and the WSJ never said one bad word about his company again." Here's the rundown of Clinton's media claims as the paper is being acquired by Rupert Murdoch:

"With regard to media consolidation, the rules were relaxed too much," Clinton said during his Million Dollar Hamptons fundraising marathon this last weekend. "Anti-trust law should apply. I think we shouldn't have abandoned the fairness law; if a media outlet were pushing a particular political point of view...then you had a right to demand the opposite point of view. The airwaves belong to the public, not to anybody, particularly not to Fox News."But having said all that, the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal is even more right wing and irrational than most of the commentators on Fox News. "And completely predictable...it's like Pavlov's dogs. "The WSJ editorial board began attacking a major American corporation in the US every day in the editorial page. "The representative of the corporation set up a meeting with the editorial board."And he said, 'I have brought my books here...I have never done this for anybody...I am going to show you why what you are saying is wrong.'"He got about two minutes into his presentation and the whole editorial board said, 'wait a minute...we don't care...we attacked you because you are supporting Bill Clinton. We don't believe that a big American corporation should support Bill Clinton.'"He said, 'if I stop supporting him, will you quit attacking me?'"Absolutely," they replied. "The guy called me and...I said...send a check to Bob Dole!"He sent a check to Bob Dole, and announced it in the newspapers, and the WSJ never said one bad word about his company again."This is the pre-Murdoch Wall Street Journal."On the other hand, to the best of my knowledge, they never once compromised the journalistic integrity of its reporters. It was, in other words, an old-fashioned newspaper with honest reporters and honest research."I never gave a rip what their editorial page said, because I knew what they were going to say. But I read their news articles diligently."

In other words, as long as a writer's not a conservative who challenges the Clintons, they have "journalistic integrity." Anyone who questions their actions must be unethical and "irrational."

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis