Rob Copeland’s Wall Street Journal article, “Second Top Female Executive at Bridgewater Says Firm Paid Her Less Than Men,” was inaccurate because Copeland intentionally distorted the facts. We will share the facts of this case with you so that you can judge them for yourself.
Copeland set out to write a story about gender discrimination at Bridgewater by asserting that our director of investment research, Karen Karniol-Tambour, had complained about gender bias. His story was completely inaccurate and he wouldn’t allow Karen to make that clear. Here is what happened.
Copeland contacted Bridgewater and we told him that there was no basis for his story. He wrote it anyway. After the Wall Street Journal published Copeland’s story online but before it went to print, Karen, who for personal reasons had wanted to remain private and not comment, was shocked at the story’s inaccuracy so she contacted Copeland. She told him that his reporting was inaccurate and asked him to revise the story to include a statement making clear that she had not made a claim of gender bias against Bridgewater.
Here is their text exchange:
In summary, the statement from Karen would have corrected the article’s inaccuracies, but Copeland and the Wall Street Journal refused to run her full quote correcting the intentional inaccuracies.
Karen, who very much prefers to remain private, was compelled to write the following message to her colleagues, which she agreed to publish on Bridgewater’s website so readers understand the true picture of her story and the way Copeland distorted the truth.
Copeland has regularly produced this kind of intentionally distorted reporting, and the Wall Street Journal has continued to allow it. Those are the facts.