There’s reaching for a headline and there’s … whatever the Wall Street Journal was trying to do with this gem of an opinion piece: “What Donald Trump and Sam Bankman-Fried Have in Common.”
The column, by WSJ editorial board member Allysia Finley, attempts to connect former President Donald Trump to the disgraced former crypto king with thin gruel and a Hemingway quote.
If you haven’t been following the SBF/FTX saga, you can check out The Maine Wire’s extensive coverage. The short version is: SBF pretended to be a good liberal, donated $50 million to Democrats, and talked about how awesome ESG rules were, so he was able to escape scrutiny for running a fraudulent crypto empire that is now responsible for losing billions in client money. Even after the revelations about the stunning depth of his duplicity and incompetence, the New York Times is still pushing puff pieces on him.
When WSJ tweeted out the column, Twitter helpfully appended a devastating fact-check to the story. Before Elon came along, these kind of fact-checks were reserved for true stories about Hunter Biden’s crack smoking escapades, but now they’re actually applying them to factually incorrect information. Progress!