Turmoil over coverage of Trump/Russian inquiry at Wall Street Journal and Fox News

Wall Street Journal reporters are complaining about opinion page coverage of the Mueller investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Reporters are concerned that columns and editorials failed to grasp basic realities. Particularly irking was an editorial that called for Robert Mueller to resign saying he “lacks the critical distance to conduct a credible probe.” (Vanity Fair, November 1, 2017, by Joe Pompeo)

Employees at Fox News are also chagrined about the coverage of the Russia probe as the network questioned Mueller’s credibility in the face of Monday’s indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. Fox commentator Sean Hannity called Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt.” One anonymous employee questioned the decision to back Trump “at all costs” in the light of the work of its own reporters. (CNN, October 31, 2017, by Oliver Darcy)

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