The Wall St Journal Seriously Misquotes Me

August 1st, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I did not say the first part of the quote attributed to me in this article.  I did say the second part, about the plan not being balanced.

I did not say that the President got rolled.

Apparently, the author, Stephen Moore, conflated the comments of a “senior Senate Democratic aide” and me.  See end of this WaPo piece.

This is especially annoying and ironic since I’ve been trying to add some nuanced analysis of the President’s position in all of this.

I’ve asked for an immediate correction but please let the editors at the WSJ know that this is unacceptably sloppy journalism.

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9 comments in reply to "The Wall St Journal Seriously Misquotes Me"

  1. David R says:

    Think again about retracting that quote. Even if you did not say it, maybe you should have.

    You are correct in that it is not the President’s negotiating skills at issue here. It is his fundamental belief that he can “change the tone in Washington” by negotiating in good faith with people who do not want to change the tone or negotiate at all.

    So they are able to wear him down, to take his concessions and give nothing in return because they are willing to see the collapse of the economy and federal government if that is what it takes.

    Sooner or later Mr. Obama is going to have to stand for something. The fact that he has given in on the level and composition of the stimulus, on aspects of his health care reform, on extending Bush era tax cuts, on the 2011 budget and now on the debt ceiling just makes it that much harder and more difficult for him to take that stand.

    October 1 is coming up, and the federal government does not have spending authority for the new fiscal year. Do you really think Conservatives will stop threatening a shutdown if they do not get cuts for FY 2012? Do you really think they would not shut down the government to get what they want for FY 2012? Do you really think Mr. Obama will not “compromise” again?

    Do you? Maybe you do, but no one else does.

  2. Sherman Dorn says:

    WSJ is owned by someone who would at all be moved by allegations of sloppy journalism?? Remember, before “hack” and “Murdoch” referred to phone tapping, it referred to his journalistic standards.

  3. Ken Houghton says:

    Sorry to hear we shouldn’t be crediting you with telling the whole truth. Then again, “the President got rolled” is a touch too colloquial for your style, and “not balanced” for something that is 0/100 is, at the least, credibly subtle.

  4. Linkmeister says:

    C’mon, it’s Stephen Moore, former chairman of the Club for Growth and noted misrepresenter of facts. Moreover, it’s Murdoch’s WSJ these days.

    I trust you’re not holding your breath waiting for an apology and/or correction.

  5. Carol says:

    I can attest to the fact that you have been annoyingly even handed.

  6. Ellie says:

    Sorry that happened to you. WSJ sometimes doesn’t get thing always right.

  7. Aidan says:

    I’ve never known Stephen Moore to practice journalism.