That this column even ran says much about the decay at the Wall Street Journal:
Jill Biden should think about dropping the honorific, which feels fraudulent, even comic.
Apparently the utterly brilliant and intellectually superior Joseph Epstein had never once heard of Dr. Henry Kissinger?
If there had been an adult present in the editorial group at the WSJ, this would never have been published. This speaks to the rot that has apparently taken over the WSJ, once a highly respected business news source.
Some tried to support this by saying one should not use a Dr. title unless it is relevant to domain specific context (e.g. teaching at a college). Yet, in Los Angeles, the director of public health is labeled by the media as Dr. Barbara Ferrer, even though her doctorate is in … social welfare.
The AP has a style guide that says you only get to use the “Dr” title if you have a medical degree. What do they do for British “doctors” who earn a BS in Medicine and then receive an honorary doctorate degree, after which they may be called “Doctors”?
Heh: Will the WSJ run an editorial objecting to reference to “Dr. Seuss” and request his books be re-authored as Mr. Seuss. And what about “Doctor Who” – “Mr. Who”?
Prediction: The WSJ opinion page editor should be fired during the coming week.
Update: The WSJ ran essentially this same opinion column in 2018, saying that Dr. Christine Ford is a fake doctor. I have not realized what a sleazing piece of garbage the WSJ had become. I’ve now written them off as a reliable news source.