NEW YORK, NY--With their banner headline, "CHAVEZ DEAD; DOW HITS NEW HIGH", the Wall Street Journal seemed to be implying that the death of Venezuela's controversial president and the stock market index's milestone high were connected events, readers of the paper reported today.
"On Tuesday, almost as if the markets could feel the absence of one less socialist demon in their midst, the Dow Jones reached a record high of 14, 253," the opening lines of the top story read. "Also, in probably-related news, noted leftist and enemy of America Hugo Chavez died after a battle with cancer yesterday. No word was received from the White House, which inside sources say is currently in mourning over one or more of these developments.
In addition, the paper also chose to juxtapose a picture of celebrating traders with one of the deceased ruler, reminiscent of the paper's actions following the death of Gore Vidal.