AMERICAN NOTES: The Journal's Reform

The Journal's Reform

All through the '60s, the word reform bore, for many liberals at least, a talismanic quality; in reform lay progress, amelioration. Such may still be the case, but the editors of the Wall Street Journal are adopting a more jaundiced view of human affairs. In a memo to the paper's copy desk and all its bureaus, William Kreger, national news editor, has banned the word in all headlines and copy "when there is any doubt whether it applies."

The order rests on an interesting philosophical assumption, a rejection of the liberal 19th century view that any change going...

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