Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wall Street Journal: Moving toward the left

By: Shelby Dermer

Last week, the Wall Street Journal did not report much about the health of Hillary Clinton. Something that I was encouraged by because many outlets were giving it too much attention.

Throughout the past four days, WSJ's agenda seems to have shifted towards Clinton and the Democratic Party.

What I though was interesting, the Wall Street Journal seemed to have a strong interest in articles about polls. This is a new strategy that I haven't seen over the last three weeks.

On Wednesday night and into this morning, two articles were published on the politics page that were centered around polls. The first was a piece about a WSJ/NBC poll that revealed Clinton has a six-point lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump.
A poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News shows
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump
by six points heading into the first debate. (

The second article focused around Clinton maintaining her lead over Trump among Hispanic voters. The poll concluded that Clinton has an enormous 48-percent lead on Trump in that category.

In my first blog, I talked about my concerns over the accuracy of polls because there are so many out there. Although I would completely buy that Clinton's lead on Trump among Hispanic voters is staggering, I've seen so many different results from other polls that show different results in other categories.

NBC News concurs with the Wall Street Journal after teaming up for the aforementioned poll. But Fox News, a conservative outlet, published a story late Wednesday night that polls show Trump leading in key swing states like North Carolina, Ohio, and Nevada.

WSJ and NBC collaborated on another poll that was the focal point of an article. The piece explained that Trump is under performing Mitt Romney, who lost the election in 2012 to President Barack Obama, across the board.

I mentioned in my last blog that third party presidential nominee Gary Johnson finally received some coverage by the Wall Street Journal. I was pleased to see that trend continue.

Bryon Tau wrote a feel-good piece about both third party candidates, Johnson and Jill Stein. Tau explained, "voter interest in alternatives to the Republican and Democratic tickets hits a level unseen in more than two decades."

Tau went on to describe Johnson's "nine percent backing," a 4-percent increase from two months ago.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Libertarian nominee
Gary Johnson has seen increased support in the last few months.

I liked how Tau went into a brief history lesson about the impact a third party candidate may have on the election. He explained how independent campaigns by Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 helped Hillary's husband, Bill, win the Presidency both times. The article explained how the growing support of Johnson and Stein should be in people's mind as election day looms closer.

It seems support for the third party is growing and I've noticed this in more than just the Wall Street Journal's coverage. I've seen more of Johnson and Stein on television, both in interviews and in commercials.

Moving forward, I hope WSJ continues to report for the people. If the third party can have an impact on this election, they deserve coverage, too.

However, I'm not sure if the coverage of Johnson and Stein will be steady or decrease because of the first presidential debate scheduled for Monday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

A debate that is set to break viewing records could dominate mainstream media in the days that follow.

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