"...a mouthpiece for conservative fiscal leaders who have no interest in their behavior being risked by whistleblowers."
Of course you have a handle on the situation. Keep repeating that to yourself and I am sure you will feel better soon.
It would be the WSJ that attempts to catch companies who fudge the numbers from one quarter (or period) to the next, for some short term gain. Ultimately, the numbers will bear out the real truth, regardless of your misguided, progressive interpretation of reality, and only a person or media outlet that tracks the performance of companies will catch and publish such actions. To suggest that all activities are illegal only shows your ignorance.
The stock market is gambling in its purest sense. Everyone bluffs, holds back, and pounces when they deem it more advantageous. To hide your strategy is just as important as to make your stated goals, either of which are NOT illegal in their own right.