Right Wing Curmudgeon new WSJ Editor

Oh Mr. Murdoch… How you continue to NOT surprise us…

Baker named WSJ’s deputy editor-in-chief

Gerard Baker, most recently at The Times of London, has been named The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor-in-chief, according to a staff memo obtained by Politico.

During a June masthead shake-up, Baker was rumored to be in the running as a possible replacement for D.C. bureau chief John Bussey, who ended up remaining in the position.

Previously, Baker had worked for Journal editor Robert Thomson at the London paper, and when I asked at the time about going to the Journal, he called the rumors “completely false.”

It would be one thing for Baker to move to the conservative editorial page, but the self-described “right-wing curmudgeon” will have a role overseeing news coverage, a move that surprised some staffers because of his strong right-wing political views.

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