Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wall Street Journal: New name finds coverage, Trump works on image

Shelby Dermer

It was a saucy week in the politics world with plenty of stories involving Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

However, the Wall Street Journal may have caught up with other media outlets, giving some coverage to a third-party candidate.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, who has built up some support from voters undecided between Trump and Clinton, was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article revealing how he will be on the ballot in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

Johnson will become the first third-party nominee to qualify for all 50 states since Ross Perot snagged 8.4 percent of the popular vote in the 1996 election.

This was the first article Wall Street Journal has published on the Libertarian nominee since September 8th, when he made his, "what is Aleppo?" comment.
Libertarian nominee has qualified to be on the ballot
in all 50 states. (Photo:

What I felt was lacking from the Wall Street Journal coverage this week was on Hillary Clinton and her dizzy spell after leaving the 9/11 memorial due to overheating.

That changed soon enough, however, when WSJ published a piece late Wednesday night, confirming that a doctor has assured the public that Clinton is "fit to serve."

While the health of both major nominees remains a main concern moving forward, the Wall Street Journal had little to no mention of Trump's health in the last few days.

The Washington Post, a more liberal publication, went after Trump's health, calling it his "shell game" to hide his health records.

The Wall Street Journal decided to focus on how Trump's third different leadership team wanted to change his image. Monica Langley wrote that at a low point in Trump's campaign in mid-August, it was decided that he would go to Louisiana and visit residents suffering from floods.

The strategy must have worked for Trump and his campaign. Giovani Russonello of the New York Times reported early Thursday morning that the race between Clinton and Trump is very tight, based on the results from a poll from CBS News and the New York Times.

One of the biggest stories in this election season has been the Clinton email scandal. Recently, leaked emails reveal the thoughts of Colin Powell, who served as Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005.

As I reported last week in my blog, the unbiased agenda of the Wall Street Journal is very impressive. That kept true this week, when an article was published about Powell criticized both Clinton and Trump.

In the leaked messages, Powell called Trump, "a national disgrace and an international pariah," his thoughts should not come as a surprise. Powell also mentioned of Clinton, saying, "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect."

While I respect the Journal's approach to the scandal where neither candidate is pinpointed in a negative light, it will be interesting to see any corresponding articles that result from this. Mostly because when messages like these are leaked, it takes out the ability for a politician to lie about what exactly he or she said. After all, the proof is in the pudding.

Going forward, I would love to see The Wall Street Journal give more coverage to Gary Johnson as he pushes onward in hopes of being added to the debate stage.

As far as Clinton and Trump are concerned, I think the health of both main nominees is an issue, but the Wall Street Journal's approach to focus on more important issues like Trump's immigration policies and Clinton's email scandal is a solid agenda.

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