Friday, June 25, 2010
Pop Goes The Weigel
Per MediaBistro, Dave Weigel has resigned from the Washington Post.
Like Glenn, at first I thought this was an overreaction. I still don't think Weigel's obnoxious JournoList rants were a firing offense, although failing to disclose his membership in Ezra Klein's invitation-only Leftie club was a much more serious offense against Weigel's readership.
That said, I can understand why Weigel would leave at this point, and why the Post wouldn't argue with him. Prior to yesterday, Weigel could claim to be something other than just another hostile Leftie journalist thanks to his previous stint at Reason. Once the mask was ripped off, though, the odds that anybody to the right of David Gergen would take Weigel's calls dropped to somewhere around absolute zero. It'd be tough to maintain a blog ostensibly about the conservative movement when actual conservatives were liable to treat Weigel about the same way military officers will be treating Michael Hastings for the rest of his career--with cold silence.
Now, I don't think for a second the Post was ever remotely serious about honestly covering the Right in Weigel's blog or anywhere else, but maintaining the myth of Olympian objectivity is a sufficiently-potent cultural totem among "journalists" that they probably couldn't keep running Weigel with a straight face after today. Certainly no right-of-center blogger will ever link to or even reference Weigel without mentioning his JournoList scarlet letter. That'd make him quite popular among the Lefties, but for everybody else, he'd become an ignorable nonentity.
As for Weigel himself, while I still don't think he ought to have lost his job over this whole thing, I strongly suspect that his JournoList buddies (after conducting a vicious inquisition to find the identity of the heretic who leaked Weigel's rant) will find him a nice George-Soros-funded sinecure in very short order. From there, he can pick up right where he left off.
UPDATE: Weigel spotted at Huffington Post D.C. office. That sure didn't take long... the big news to me, though, is that the HuffPuff actually has an office.
Thanks to reader Patm for the heads-up.