August 20, 2007

Marketplace Ruined

I'm saddened by the recent minor tragedy on Wall Street.

I'm not talking about last Thursday's market turmoil. I'm talking about this morning's WSJ Marketplace headline. The wry wit and quirky observation of the WSJ Marketplace writing staff has been replaced by this:

"From Disturbed High Schooler to College Killer"

Today's Marketplace lead is a profound Daniel Golden article that reveals that the Virginia Tech student Cho Seung-Hui was classified as "emotionally disturbed" by high school educators, and that his classmates do not recall hearing him "say as much as a single word." After some analysis, the WSJ concludes that his problems were not taken seriously enough by his teachers. Mugshot-like crazy-face video shots taken from NBC news coverage are provided as additional evidence.

How insightful! I was wondering if that kid had emotional issues when I saw FOX News hyperventilating about his 32-victim shooting spree last April. Thank God the Journal has settled this burning issue with its typical incisive and subtle reporting style. Mister Golden is working on his next Pulitzer.

Dear Daniel Golden, please don't let Rupert write your headlines. You do not work for the Sun or the New York Post, and us WSJ readers are taking notice.

Signed, A Concerned Reader.


Posted by David at August 20, 2007 08:30 AM

Cho Seung-Hui was a student at Virginia Tech not UVA (University of Virginia).

Posted by: Scott at August 24, 2007 08:15 AM

Sorry, fixed.

Posted by: David at August 24, 2007 08:58 AM
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