Yesterday, Gawker reported that Mark Penn is using his column to drum up business for his company, Burson-Marsteller.
Today, the WSJ stated that they don’t care and Penn can keep his column, because they have investigated thoroughly:
Today, WSJ spokesman Robert Christie explained the results of the paper’s thorough investigation like so:
“Mark has assured us that through our conversations that he’s complied with his conflict of interest policy. He does not have any glamping clients nor did they target them before the column appeared.”
That’s right: The WSJ’s investigation consisted of calling Mark Penn and asking him, “Hey, did you comply with that conflict of interest policy?” The world-famous investigative skills of the WSJ in action, ladies and gentlemen.
I’m not sure what else you would expect from a paper that routinely lets serial liars like Betsy McCaughey and Karl Rove publish complete nonsense on a daily basis.