The Wall Street Journal published an editorial yesterday called “Funny Business in Minnesota” which is so full of inaccurate innuendo and fallacious factoids that when I read it I thought I was reading a piece of junk mail from Ann Coulter.

Well, the honorable web site Five Thirty Eight has torn the WSJ a new one with a brutally accurate deconstruction of the editorial. There really is virtually nothing in this editorial that can be salvaged from the bright light of actual truth. Shame on the Wall Street Journal.

Read the commentary from Five Thirty Eight here.

Thanks Mike for the tip.


  1. #1 Ana
    January 6, 2009

    Judge Cleary writes a letter:

    “As a subscriber of your newspaper for almost three decades, I don’t expect to always agree with your editorial viewpoint. Yet I am nevertheless very disappointed when I read an editorial long on partisan tone and short on accurate reporting.”

    “One can only assume, based on the tone of the editorial, the numerous inaccuracies, and the over-the-top slam at Al Franken (“tainted and undeserving”?) that had Norm Coleman come out on top in this recount, the members of the Board would have been praised as “strong-willed, intelligent, and perceptive.” We won’t hold our breath waiting for that editorial to appear.”

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    January 6, 2009

    Thank you, Ana, for pointing that out. You don’t see a Judge slam a major newspaper every day.

  3. #3 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    January 6, 2009

    I can’t help but think that the WSJ writers are a bit biased. Thanks to a sports statistician for straightening this all out.