March 18, 2021
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Unprecedented in a candidate interview, Donovan takes WSJ’s editorial board to task for enabling former President Trump, and their history of  promoting misinformation and racism under their opinion section. 

NEW YORK, NY — Yesterday, during a meeting with Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board, NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan began his remarks to the group by calling out the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board for their role in normalizing former President Donald Trump’s worst actions and instincts in their editorial section, and allowing their editorial page to be a platform for misinformation and racism.

“…I am deeply concerned about the both willful disregard for facts but also the willful turning a blind eye to the racist and un-American and [is] not consistent with our values as New Yorkers as a city of tolerance that occurred over the past few years,” said NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan. “As the son of an immigrant and an entrepreneur who came to this city…the willful disregard for [Trump’s] racist and hateful remarks about immigrants, about Asian Americans, calling this virus the ‘Kung Flu’, and the contribution that has to the hate crimes we have seen, even yesterday in Atlanta. But the unwillingness to call President Trump to account for Charlottesville…and even in the work that I did on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, for him to say that we were trying to destroy the suburbs by letting Black and Brown people choose wherever to live —  consistent with your values of freedom.

“I fundamentally believe that you have done damage to the critical institution that the Wall Street Journal is, in this democracy of ours, and I felt that I could not accept this invitation and come here without registering deep concern about those issues,” Donovan continued. “…even a week before the election in your editorial about the November presidential — ignoring all of those issues —  and saying that concerns about an anti-democratic coup were quote ‘absurd.’ And having witnessed what we did this January, I felt I needed to register as a former Cabinet member as a New Yorker, those deep concerns before we talk about the future of this city that we love.”

Donovan stressed his respect for The Wall Street Journal’s news reporters covering local and national stories with the utmost journalistic integrity. However, publication’s editorial pages during the Trump administration went far beyond policy disagreements. They frequently conferred a sense of legitimacy on some of the worst elements of his presidency, and did irreparable damage to this nation. 

Some examples underscored by Donovan included editorials such as The Woke Chinese Communist PartyThe Inauthenticity Behind Black Lives Matter, and Why They’ll Never Stop Targeting Kavanaugh. Furthermore, the editorial board has provided a platform for a number of pieces under their opinion banner  that were simply not grounded in reality, namely a piece authored by former VP Pence downplaying a virus that has killed over 500,000 Americans, including 30,000 New Yorkers. Other examples include The Often Distorted Reality of Hate Crime in America, and The Myth of Systemic Police Racism.

Video Clip of Shaun Donovan’s statement to The Wall Street Journal  

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