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Thomas Jefferson said, “Nothing can now be believed that is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” Multiply the truth in this statement a million times in terms of the validity of it today.

The Wall Street Journal is perhaps overall one of the least polluted mainstream newspapers in America today. A friend shares his WSJ with me, and I read it regularly. But every issue of it is shamelessly and insultingly polluted somewhere. An example is a recent article concerning Twitter’s suspension of the account of a Florida University student we’ll refer to as Mr. S. who created an algorithm disclosing, on a 24/7 basis, the exact latitude/ longitude locations of private jets belonging to Elon Musk and other public figures.

The WSJ offered the following slur: “The move represented an about-face for Mr. Musk, a self-proclaimed free speech absolutist ... ” (Here’s another example of the victimizer being made the victim). Mr. S., according the WSJ said that he thinks “the suspension will result in bad publicity for Mr. Musk given his views on free speech.” “They are going to say he’s a hypocrite,” said Mr. S.

Uh, how about this WSJ: Maybe free speech, in the minds of sane people, doesn’t sanction making a 24/7 target of the jets of people like Elon Musk for any terrorist or other loon with access to a handheld surface to air missile launcher. According to WSJreasoning, anyone has a perfect right to scream “fire” in a crowded theater whenever they feel like it, or, anyone with access to WSJ’s subscription list has the free speech right to publish it on social media, sell it, etc.

And there’s something young, dumb-as-a-stump Mr. S. might consider. Sane people aren’t going to think or say Mr. Musk is a hypocrite for cancelling out your ability to endanger his life or the lives of others. Probably they are more likely and more correctly thinking and saying that you are a self-entitled, narcissist idiot. The WSJ might want to think about getting rid of some of the pollution in its writing staff.


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