The Wall Street Journal Opinion/Editorial's media bias rating is featured on the AllSides Media Bias Chart™.
WSJ Opinion/Editorial Rated Lean Right in April 2022 Independent Review
The Wall Street Journal Opinion retained its Media Bias Rating of Lean Right following an April 2022 Independent Review by an AllSides staff member.
The reviewer noticed bias through story choice. Topics featured on the opinion home page included Hunter Biden's laptop and critiques of Democrat's economic policies. There was also sensationalism in some stories such as "Democrats threw kerosene on the kindling with another $1.9 trillion in March 2021."
Sept. 2018 Editorial Review: WSJ Opinion/Editorial Moved to Lean Right
In Sept. 2018, AllSides conducted an extensive editorial review of WSJ Opinion/Editorial and decided to move WSJ Opinion from a Right media bias rating to a Lean Right media bias rating.
AllSides found that WSJ Opinion does not outright ignore Left voices and perspectives, as many extremely biased outlets do. In fact, WSJ highlights them frequently — if only to combat them.
When it comes to economics, WSJ Opinion writers are clearly far Right. However, they take a traditionally Left view on some other issues, such as civil asset forfeiture and redistricting. One AllSides team member referred to WSJ Opinion as "Rockefeller Republicans — more moderate and even-handed, not supporting Trump consistently."
Previous WSJ - Opinion/Editorial Media Bias Rating
Prior to Sept. 2018, AllSides gave WSJ Opinion/Editorial a far Right media bias rating. As of August 2018, 2,917 AllSides readers agreed that the Wall Street Journal's editorial/opinion page had a Right media bias.
More About WSJ
The Wall Street Journal is an American English-language international daily newspaper. It is published in New York City by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corporation, along with the Asian and European editions of the Journal. The Journal is the largest newspaper in the United States, by circulation. Source: Wikipedia
According to Wikipedia, "The Journal's editorial pages and columns, run separately from the news pages, are highly influential in American conservative circles. As editors of the editorial page, Vermont C. Royster (served 1958–1971) and Robert L. Bartley (served 1972–2000) were especially influential in providing a conservative interpretation of the news on a daily basis. Some of the Journal's former reporters claim that the paper has adopted a more conservative tone since Rupert Murdoch's purchase."
Further, the paper's editorial board editorial board has argued for a pro-business immigration policy (in 1984, it advocated for open borders) and has critiqued Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act legislation. A 2015 study found The Wall Street Journal was the least likely newspaper to present the negative effects of global warming among several newspapers (Source).
Note from AllSides about the Wall Street Journal media bias rating:
This media bias rating refers to WSJ's opinion and editorial pages. Most AllSides media bias ratings refer specifically to the outlet's news coverage, but in this case, because WSJ's media bias differs so much between its news page and editorial page, we have split WSJ into two separate ratings. WSJ's news content — see The Wall Street Journal- News — has been blindly rated as Center. See our media bias survey results here.