Wall Street Journal - Opinion/Editorial media bias rating is Lean Right.

Wall Street Journal Opinion/Editorial has a Lean Right media bias. Note: AllSides rates WSJ's Opinion section separately from its news content. The Wall Street Journal- News has a Center media bias.

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."

AllSides noted WSJ Opinion writers are comfortable with delineating from the dominant Republican view on any given issue, refusing to parrot popular talking points, bucking groupthink and truly thinking for themselves. WSJ Opinion is Lean Right biased, but independent in thought.

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. SourceWikipedia 

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.[50]"

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.

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The AllSides Media Bias Rating reflects the average judgment of the American people.

The AllSides Media Bias RatingTM reflects the average judgment of the American people. We don't use a convoluted mathematical or artificial intelligence model, but instead have regular people representing the broad spectrum of Americans blindly rate the bias of articles. That produces a fair, verifiable bias rating.

This media bias rating was determined using the following levels of bias verification.

Basis of Rating:

Blind Survey
Third Party Data
1
Community Feedback
0
Editorial Review
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Secondary Research

Confidence Level:

High

Unless otherwise noted, this bias rating refers only to news articles on their web site, not from opinion pieces or what is broadcasted on TV or radio. The opinion writers from the same media source may have different bias ratings, so individual writers often are rated separately.