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Washington Post Blogger Resigns After Telling Drudge to Die in a Fire

Dave Wiegel is--or was--a blogger for the Washington Post assigned to cover conservative issues. He recently was involved in a dispute with Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report and that dispute went public. On a liberal mailing list called Journolist, Wiegel posted the following:

This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire.
Reaction has been swift. Yesterday Wiegel published an apology. It would appear that today Wiegel has resigned from his position at the Post (via the Corner).

Ann Althouse has some thoughts on how and why Wiegel has destroyed his journalistic integrity, if not his career.

Update: Ezra Klein, the reporter at the Post who created the Journolist mailing list has announced that he is deleting the mailing list.

In any case, Journolist is done now. I'll delete the group soon after this post goes live. That's not because Journolist was a bad idea, or anyone on it did anything wrong. It was a wonderful, chaotic, educational discussion. I'm proud of having started it, grateful to have participated in it, and I have no doubt that someone else will reform it, with many of the same members, and keep it going.
This deletion sounds very much like ACORN shutting down--just so they can change their name and continue doing the exact same thing. Or, as Althouse puts it: "So it's not done. It just got too big. And it needs a new name."


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Comments (26)

maybe I should send my resu... (Below threshold)
James H:

maybe I should send my resume.

I make Drudge my home page ... (Below threshold)

I make Drudge my home page just to thumb the eye of the MSM. That, and the fact that you can actually divine the news from Drudge!

How do you resign from blog... (Below threshold)

How do you resign from blogging?? Just become null and void like steve green?

He was a columnist that rep... (Below threshold)

He was a columnist that reported on conservative blogs.
He was a writer for the paper, not a conservative who wrote about conservative blogs.

Somewhat repetitive in that he always had the leftist meme of the day when it came to making a comment or writing a story on the right.

His last comment about Drudge was inflamatory, to say the least.

The Washington Post still i... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

The Washington Post still is being published somewhere??

Dave Weigel is as 'conserva... (Below threshold)

Dave Weigel is as 'conservative' as Nancy Pelosi. All Weigel wrote were hit pieces disguised as 'journalism'. Karma is a bitch!

If Erick Erickson can conti... (Below threshold)

If Erick Erickson can continue to find work, this guy should be fine.

Garand:I don't thi... (Below threshold)
James H:


I don't think he ever claimed to be conservative. As I understand it, the point was for somebody not conservative to write about the movement for the benefit of nonconservatives.

I think I should have that job, honestly.

More importantly, who among... (Below threshold)

More importantly, who among his lib friends on "journolist" ratted him out and leaked the email? Looks like a bunch of backstabbers to me.

Since Dave no longer has an... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Since Dave no longer has any tie to the Washington Post, and perhaps no girl friend after being outed in the Times, let me make a suggestion to him.

Dave, go west young man, go west. Specifically, go north and west. There is even a fine young lady, Peggy West, in Milwaukee with whom I'm confident you have much in common.

That's the way of the world... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

That's the way of the world in DC "journalism" circles, Oyster. Especially up-and-coming lefties - they are worse than competing starlets in Hollywood, they will stab each other in the back at every opportunity, dust themselves off, straighten their ties, and step over the body on the way up.

That Weigel was even on the "Journolist" email list - it's an almost secret mail group of leftist writers who use it to get their memes straight before deciding which way to slant stories - proves he was one of them, not one of us.

Stacy McCain knew the kid, so now he is crying about what a good boy he was at heart and how it took WaPo four years to "replace" Ben Domenech with Weigel and now no one will replace Weigel ever ever ever. I say, "So what?" Weigel was the ENEMY - in my mind wishing a prominent conservative dead pretty much tells where you are coming from - and I don't give a rat's rear end whether WaPo replaces him or not. It's a leftist rag that will be out of business soon enough anyway.

James,You're right... (Below threshold)


You're right, you'd make an equal replacement for Dave Weigel writing on conservatives.

when writing here about conservatives we have no heart, you misrepresent our views on illegal immigrants as our views on legal immigrants, and you've smeared Sarah Palin on issues that have been debunked.

Yep, submit your resume NOW to the Washington Post!

Didn't you say you were a journalist? You should be a shoe-in for that job.

Oh, Kenny, you say such swe... (Below threshold)
James H:

Oh, Kenny, you say such sweet things. If I became a WaPo blogger, you'd be my own personal Lee Ward, wouldn't you?

Shutting down Journalist? ... (Below threshold)

Shutting down Journalist? How will all of the lib reporters get together now so they can plan their daily 'news' broadcasts?

Oh, Kenny, you say such ... (Below threshold)

Oh, Kenny, you say such sweet things. If I became a WaPo blogger, you'd be my own personal Lee Ward, wouldn't you?

Ahem. I have "dibs" on that one.


Ahem. I have "dibs... (Below threshold)
James H:
Ahem. I have "dibs" on that one.

Now, now, Jay Tea. You can't both be my personal trolls. There's only one of me to go around.

"you'd be my own personal L... (Below threshold)

"you'd be my own personal Lee Ward, wouldn't you?"

No, Lee is a bigot, Kenny? Not so much. Nice try though...

"Or, as Althouse puts i... (Below threshold)

"Or, as Althouse puts it: "So it's not done. It just got too big. And it needs a new name."

Sounds like Too Big Too Fail to me.

JamesH: "Garand:I don't thi... (Below threshold)

JamesH: "Garand:I don't think he ever claimed to be conservative. As I understand it, the point was for somebody not conservative to write about the movement for the benefit of nonconservatives. "

Not true.

He was touted as a smart conservative. Sent to cover conservatives. cuz he was one of them. But he was smart. Which the left found "interesting", cuz he was a conservative. Which the left found amusing. So Wapo hired this "smart (perhaps uniquely) conservative".

And he did nothing but trash conservatives and (surprise!!) his writings were somehow, "oddly", "unexpectedly" right in line with standard liberal memes.


Which was strange. cuz why would a conservative, even a "smart" one, be writing similarly to every lefty writer who hated conservatives.

Oh, thats right.

He was never a conservative.

In fact, quite the opposite.

Who thinks Wapo didn't really know that?

(show of hands)

Of course they did.

And only now, when this farce "fake conservative covering conservative" was exposed, Wapo could not continue.

The jig was up.

Of course, no apology, or even public admission of the this standard legacy media "journalistic" practice of only lefties can cover lefties and only lefties can cover righties.

Nope. Move on lads. down the memory hole.

Never happened.

And there is no bias in the legacy media. Bias only exists on "faux news"!!!!

Actually, I found a little ... (Below threshold)
James H:

Actually, I found a little bit more about the guy. According to what I read, before WaPo, the guy had blogged as left of center, but somebody recommended him at the Post and sold him as a conservative.

I stand corrected.

He certainly was no conserv... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

He certainly was no conservative, no matter how he was advertised - should we expect WaPo's self-promotions to be any more honest than their news "reporting" is?

AFAIK, he was more of a cultural anthropologist, sent by the liberal legacy media establishment into darkest Appalachia to observe on the Slack-jawed, Toothless, Barefoot American Conservative in its native environment, and report back on how it may have developed its curious practices.

He trashed every conservative he every wrote about for WaPo EXCEPT for defending Rand Paul when he fell into the trap of revisiting the 1964 Civil Rights Act (as all Libertine idiots know, a major issue in the 2010 campaign). I view even that with suspicion: he was worried the controversy could cause Paul to withdraw, when he knew the guy could be depended upon for another 2-3 howlers before the campaign is done.

Once again, JamesH demonstr... (Below threshold)

Once again, JamesH demonstrates the ability to say "oops, I got something wrong" when confronted with the evidence he got something wrong.

A good example for us all to follow.

#23Yes, I like Jam... (Below threshold)


Yes, I like James H. He is very open minded, intelligent and fair.

Wish the prez was.

Thanks drago, 914. You guy... (Below threshold)
James H:

Thanks drago, 914. You guys are nice for a couple of fascists who deserve to die in a fire ....


And for the record, I've al... (Below threshold)
James H:

And for the record, I've always thought that if something tragic happened to Matt Drudge, it would involve a haberdashery.

Tough time for Weigel to fi... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Tough time for Weigel to find another job. Maybe TASS is hiring.

Keep a good thought.






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