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Alternatives to the WSJ?

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by jimeez, May 14, 2012.

  1. jimeez

    jimeez Thread Killer

    I'm seeking opinions on good alternatives to The Wall Street Journal...or rather alternatives to The Wall Street Journal of days gone by. It's just not the same paper that it was when I first started receiving it and I find myself reading less and less of it as the months pass by. The quality of the op eds has severely declined and I have definitely noticed a shit shift in the political slant. They don't even try to cover it up with good writing anymore. *sigh*

    I like having an actual hard copy in my hands to rifle thorough, bend and fold, toss around, and more importantly start the wood stove with. But I'll take an on-line publication if that's all I can get. I'm not quite sure there's anything left in hard print that fits the bill.
  2. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    I plead complete ignorance to the quality of their op eds, but perhaps the Financial Times? Hard copy still exists but is expensive.

    If you want to judge some opinion pieces, here's a sample.
  3. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    First question that you never elaborate on is what were you reading WSJ for in the first place? What changed is the 2nd question?
  4. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    We, in the IB sector call FT Pravda Light. It's not Communist economy they slant towards but Socialist model. Business Insider is another to stay away from. Just MHO though, I could be wrong.
  5. jimeez

    jimeez Thread Killer

    Well, I think I only asked one question, but yours is a good question. Initially I was reading it simply to become better informed on what was going on in the world. It was as simple as that. And I'm pretty sure it was you, Leon that led me to the WSJ. I didn't really know what to expect when I first opened it up ...and it took me while to digest it all and figure out how to read it. But once I did, I then realized how it all has a potential impact on my financial future. I thought they did/do a great job of reporting the news of the world without using the AP. I love their science, technology, and medical & health reporting. I'd say overall it's one of the best well-rounded publications out there. My reason for reading it? Simply to be a better-informed individual.

    What's changed? Well it's in color now for one thing. :) Seriously though, the quality of the editorials and opinion pieces has severely declined IMO. And let's face it, it's the last four pages of the first section that we pay for. We can get the other stuff elsewhere. Their pendulum has swung so far to the right it's in danger of not coming back down. I used to appreciate their right-leaning approach. But it's gone too far IMO and is in danger of harming it's own reliability. Although, they do still give Peggy Noonan a lot of real estate.
  6. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Ok, so you love the paper but believe the OpEds are too far right? Why read the OpEds? I don't think I've read the OpEds on that paper (or any, for that matter) unless someone pointed me to it. The problem with OpEds is that they will have a firm opinion on something without much facts. It's someone's opinion. I still read NYT for their social issues, for example, I doubt I've read their OpEds in years.

    Realize that the process of writing an article is very different than OpEds and one doesn't encroach on another. Now if the lean of the ENTIRE paper is going that way, then yeah, I agree that it's time to bail.

    WSJ has always been pro corporations. If you understand that and read it with that in mind, you will enjoy the paper.

    To answer your question, and in my opinion, there's no alternative for WSJ, there's nothing even remotely close. Again, my opinion.
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  7. jimeez

    jimeez Thread Killer

    Well put. Thank you.

    But like I said above I felt (in the past) their op eds were one of the things that I was actually paying for. It was the meat that I couldn't get anywhere else. You can get most of their news stories anywhere. And of course they're pro corporations. I'd be concerned if they weren't. Corporations make the financial world go 'round, right? Or is that governments? Or both? Something like that.

    My concern is that there may be some undo pressure coming from above that may eventually (if it hasn't already) put the brakes on an important news story or parts of a story. But I guess you run that risk with any publication.
  8. Piobaireachd

    Piobaireachd Full Member

    I've always liked Barron's.
  9. Arc

    Arc Full Member

    The WSJ changed ownership in 2007. Prior to that all though editorial and news division were separate they generally speaking were on the same "page."

    The fallout of the change in ownership has led to an increasing split in philosophy between the editorial side and the news side with the editorial side having complete distain or contempt for the news side. What the news side feels about the editorial side I don't know but what can make an educated guess.

    There have been internal wars over the separation or independence of the two entities from each other with even at one time an oversight committee of some sort that hasn't as I recall worked out too well.
  10. jimeez

    jimeez Thread Killer

    Off-topic, but semi-related.......

    Does anyone have access to a print copy of today's WSJ? I left mine at the barber shop tonight and there was an ad on page 3 (I think) for a Gin my wife and I wanted to try. Help please.
  11. eakes

    eakes Registered User

    Page 3: Cock Russell and company - Boodles Proper British gin
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  12. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    I'm not a gin person, but I've heard of that gin before. The name always makes me smile.
  13. jimeez

    jimeez Thread Killer

    Many thanks!

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