The Washington Post’s phony house conservative has resigned under fire. Good bloody riddance.The New Ledger story is a good summary. Key passages:
David Weigel was hired by the Washington Post to cover the conservative movement, but amid a firestorm over leaked emails, Weigel has resigned. Late yesterday, Fish Bowl DC published emails that Weigel sent to JournoList, a listserv for liberal journalists and muckity-mucks. The messages trashed many of the conservative folks Weigel was covering for the Post.
Here are some excerpts from some of the emails sent to Fish Bowl DC:
“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.”
“Follow-up to one hell of a day: Apparently, the Washington Examiner thought it would be fun to write up an item about my dancing at the wedding of Megan McArdle and Peter Suderman. Said item included the name and job of my girlfriend, who was not even there — nor in DC at all.”
“I’d politely encourage everyone to think twice about rewarding the Examiner with any traffic or links for a while. I know the temptation is high to follow up hot hot Byron York scoops, but please resist it.”
“It’s all very amusing to me. Two hundred screaming Ron Paul fanatics couldn’t get their man into the Fox News New Hampshire GOP debate, but Fox News is pumping around the clock to get Paultard Tea Party people on TV.”
Other exposed emails wished for the death of conservative talk show host extraordinaire Rush Limbaugh. . . .
Weigel also told his fellow liberals on the listserv that conservatives were racists who used the media to, “violently, angrily divide America,” and protect what he called “white privilege.” He specifically harped on Glenn Beck saying his exposure of “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones’ radical views on 9/11 was “transparently racial.” . . .
As Ben Smith notes, “The Post appears to have hired Weigel, a liberal blogger, under the false impression that he’s a conservative. The new controversy over the revelation that he’s liberal is primarily the Post’s fault, not his, except to the degree that he allowed the paper’s brass to put him in an unsustainable position.”
And here’s a very good observation by National Review’s Jay Nordlinger:
Conservatives sometimes imagine that the news is shaped by the mainstream media to benefit Democrats. These conservatives, of course, are crazy—kooks. . . .
[In light of this story, c]an we forgive conservatives, every once in a while, for their paranoia about how the mainstream media operate? About what the prevailing attitude is? Can we forgive them just a smidge?
Full post here. H/t to Ben Domenech.