Ben Smith at Politico just posted this:
Washington Post Communications Director Kris Coratti emails: “Dave offered his resignation and we accepted it.”
That’s following yesterday’s drama where Weigel apparently aired some frustrations regarding some right wing media types on a mailing list:
FishbowlDC has obtained e-mails written by WaPo‘s conservative-beat blogger Dave Weigel, that the scribe sent to JournoList, a listserv for liberal journalists. (Read up on JournoList with Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone‘s 2009 story that he wrote for Politico).
Seems Weigel doesn’t like (and that would be putting it mildly) at least some of the conservatives he covers. Poor Drudge – Weigel wants him to light himself on fire.
Weigel posted an apology for his comments yesterday, but it seems that the damage had already been done.
This highlights an interesting double standard in our media today. You can call a Supreme Court Justice a “goat fucker” or even urge people to pull guns on census workers. What happens with that? You go on to become a contributor at one of the nation’s biggest cable news outlets. However, if you blast someone like Matt Drudge, you will find yourself on the unemployment line.
Apparently Drudge is a childish little brat who can’t handle having his feelings hurt. Catch himself on fire? Nah – I think that’s a waste of valuable oxygen. Perhaps Drudge should just hold his breath until the end. That would be better. And no – I won’t apologize to anyone for that comment.
Also, the person who leaked private emails can die in a fire. And spare me the “nothing on the internet is private” nonsense. Of course it isn’t- because you have scumbags like this. I remained on a number of conservative email lists after my party switch, read all sorts of stuff that many would find horribly offensive, and it never ONCE occurred to me to publish them with people’s names attached in an attempt to destroy them. Whoever did that has no honor or shame.
I also got a feeling that a lot of people who rally behind Weigel being out are the same ones who thought McChrystal should have kept his job. You know, being a reporter and trashing some conservative media types on a private mail list. Well that is much worse than being a commanding general in a war and publicly trashing the Commander in Chief.