It’s always disheartening to see someone from your own camp take a bad hit as Dave Weigel has. The Washington Post blogger, who was hired to provide coverage “inside the conservative movement and the Republican Party,”resigned over recently leaked emails from the Journolist listserv, in which he used some less than flattering language in his personal commentary about many of the people he was covering.
While I’ve always been respectful of Weigel’s insights and his writing, I would be being less than honest however if I’d said there wasn’t something about his posts that I’d also found worrisome. The revelation of the Journolist emails only strengthened my gut feeling, especially when I saw how nasty the rhetoric was in the emails. Frankly, that part surprised even me.
It’s not that I wasn’t open-minded to the views that Weigel has always presented; I could appreciate that he has criticisms of the right. But as someone assigned to provide conservative insight, his commentary sometimes struck me as being penned more from a liberal viewpoint than that of a conservative or libertarian one. It almost seemed more targeted to pleasing Media Matters’ readers. And since I already follow a number of liberal journalists to balance out the material I read from conservative and libertarian leaning authors, Media Matters’ tone isn’t exactly what I’m usually looking for. But perhaps there was a reason his posts sometimes seemed that way to me. (more…)