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Robert Leroy Bartley (October 12, 1937 – December 10, 2003) was the editor of the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
for more than 30 years. He won a Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for opinion writing and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
from the Bush administration in 2003. Bartley was famed for providing a conservative interpretation of the news every day, especially regarding economic issues.[1] The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states:

Editor Bartley's influence stems largely from his intelligent, fearless editorship of the Journal's editorial and op-ed pages.[2]

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1 Personal 2 Professional 3 References 4 External links

Personal[edit] Bartley was the son of a professor of veterinary medicine. He was born in Marshall, Minnesota
Marshall, Minnesota
and grew up in Ames, Iowa.[3] Bartley received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Iowa State University
Iowa State University
and a master's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His wife Edith had three daughters with him. Professional[edit] Bartley started at the Journal in 1962. After working as a staff reporter in the Chicago and Philadelphia bureaus, he became part of the editorial page staff in 1964. In 1972, he became editor of the editorial page, and in 1979 the editor of the Journal. In 1980, he won the Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for editorial writing.[4] In 1982, John Tebbel, professor emeritus of journalism at New York University, called Bartley "the most influential editorial writer of my time."[5] In 1983, Bartley was named a vice president of the Dow Jones & Company, the company that owned the Journal. Bartley was the author of "The Seven Fat Years: And How to Do It Again," published in 1992, a book on the economic policy of the Reagan administration.[6] In December 2002, Bartley stepped down as editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page. In December 2003, a week before Bartley died of cancer, President
President
George W. Bush
George W. Bush
announced that Bartley was being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.[7] On the free market, he said "In general, 'the market' is smarter than the smartest of its individual participants." A supporter of NAFTA, Bartley is said to have observed to a former colleague, Peter Brimelow, "I think the nation-state is finished." Alongside his support for the free flow of goods, Bartley supported the free flow of labour across borders. He controversially wrote in favor of open borders and high rates of immigration to the United States. After then Mexican President, Vicente Fox, declared in a speech in 2001 that " NAFTA
NAFTA
should evolve into something like the European Union, with open borders for not only goods and investment but also people", Bartley wrote in support of having open borders between Mexico
Mexico
and the United States.[8] Indeed, in that July 2, 2001 Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
editorial, Bartley reminded readers that "during the immigration debate of 1984 we suggested an ultimate goal to guide passing policies--a constitutional amendment: 'There shall be open borders.'"[9] References[edit]

^ Richard Vetter, "Wall Street Journal," in Bruce Frohnen, ed. American Conservatism (2006) pp 898-99 ^ Terry Eastland, ed. Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994: A Critical Review of the Media (1994) p 276 ^ "Robert L. Bartley: The Wall Street Journal's editor emeritus dies at 66", Wall Street Journal, December 10, 2003 ^ Jack Shafer, "Robert L. Bartley (1937-2003)", Slate magazine, December 12, 2003 ^ Robert D. Novak, "Who Is Robert Bartley?", Weekly Standard, January 13, 2003 ^ Robert L. Barkeley, Wall Street Journal, accessed August 9, 2007 ^ "Statement on Robert L. Bartley", White House press release, December 3, 2003 ^ [1] ^ [2]

External links[edit]

Appearances on C-SPAN

Booknotes interview with Bartley on The Seven Fat Years and How to Do It Again, May 17, 1992.

A film clip "The Open Mind - Americans' Appetite for Pessimism - Any Reason Will Do (1990)" is available at the Internet Archive Robert Bartley at Find a Grave

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 28127963 LCCN: n80131406 ISNI: 0000 0001 1048 2451 GND: 128615001 SUDOC: 076027

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