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Homer Stirs

A Trump favorite is out at The Wall Street Journal

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Ever since John Dryden turned the Roman poet Horace back on himself with a gentle aside, “Even Homer nods” has been a useful way of observing that the most accomplished story-teller occasionally loses the thread of the narrative. The old saw came to mind last week when Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. replaced the editor of The Wall Street Journal. The WSJ, for most of a hundred years, and especially after World War II, served as Homer to the Republican party – in particular the paper’s editorial page. Such was the deliberate and reassuring voice of Vermont Royster, chief editorial writer