The Guardians of the WSJ’s Ethics Get Paid $100,000 Each

By: Dino Grandoni | The Atlantic Wire

The Bancroft family agreed to sell Dow Jones, Inc., parent company of The Wall Street Journal, to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corps with a special stipulation: the formation of a special committee to protect the editorial integrity of The Journal and Dow Jones Newswires and in short, prevent it from becoming as politically polarized as many other News Corp. properties. Not much has been heard from the five-person committee since the 2007 sale until today’s release of the report on The Journal’s coverage of Murdoch and the phone-hacking scandal across the Atlantic. The findings are what you would expect–slap on the wrist for some of newspaper’s recent coverage, a pat on the back for its work as a whole–but what surprised us was the whopping $100,000 a year the committee members get paid for their part time gig.

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