The Wall Street Journal is feeling a little insecure lately. Like a boy who just got rejected by a girl he asked to the prom, the paper needs to be told that it’s just fine and people still like it.
According to The New York Times, the paper has taken to surveys to make that happen. It has started sending out questionnaires that gauge what people think of the phone hacking scandal, and if they think the Journal is still a nice paper, despite all the messiness:
What impact, if any, do the illegal acts by News of the World journalists have on their impression of The Wall Street Journal?
Subscribers to The Journal are being given that and other questions in a survey that tries to gauge whether News Corporation’s problems in Britain have become a serious issue in the United States.
Mr. Murdoch’s stewardship of the paper is also put to the test. The questionnaire asks readers to weigh in on whether they feel the paper has improved since he bought it in 2008.
If you’re a subscriber, why don’t you do the paper a favor and fill out the survey? And if you’re going to say something negative, maybe add “It’s not you, it’s me” at the bottom, just to be nice.