This week, we were gratified by the issue of support from readers after about 280 of our colleagues in the Wall Street Journal signed (and some leaked) a letter to our editor criticizing the pages of the opinions. But the support has often been mixed with the concern that perhaps the letter will make us change our principles and content. On that point, reassurance is in order.
In the spirit of collegiality, we will not respond in kind to the signatories of the letter. Their anxieties are not our responsibility in any case. The petitioners report to news publishers or other parts of the company and the news and opinion departments work with separate staff and editors. Both report to the publisher Almar Latour. This separation allows us to pursue stories and inform readers with an independent judgment.
Probably it was inevitable that the wave of the progressive culture of cancellation would come to the Journal, as in almost all other cultural, commercial, academic and journalistic institutions. But we are not the New York Times. Most journalists in the Journal try to cover the news fairly and averagely, and our opinion pages offer an alternative to the uniform progressive views that dominate most media today.
As long as our owners grant us the privilege to do so, the opinion pages will continue to publish collaborators who express their opinion within the tradition of a vigorous and reasoned speech. And these columns will continue to promote the principles of free people and free markets, which are more important than ever in what is a culture of growing compliance and progressive intolerance.