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Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel has resigned amid controversy over comments he made regarding the conservatives he covers.

The resignation stemmed from remarks Weigel made on an off-the-record list-serv called "JournoList," founded by Weigel's friend and colleague Ezra Klein. This is essentially an exclusive forum for liberal reporters and bloggers to share tips and compare notes. (Not surprisingly, the question over who leaked Weigel's comments has become a hot topic among Washington journalists).

The rumpus started on Thursday, when FishbowlDC disclosed some of Weigel's e-mails, in which he made derogatory remarks about a number of conservatives, including Matt Drudge. Weigel also mocked The DC Examiner -- and went after the Examiner's highly respected reporter Byron York, writing: "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."

Weigel, who was hired by the Post three months ago after blogging for the Washington Independent, promptly issued a semi-apology on his Post blog, noting (among other things): "I stand by that reaction but apologize for belittling Byron York." Apparently, it was not enough -- though there's no indication that Weigel was fired. Washington Post Communications Director Kris Coratti e-mailed Politico's Ben Smith on Friday, saying, "Dave offered his resignation and we accepted it."

Weigel's apology was the second he had issued on his Post blog in less than two months. The first came when he expressed regret for referring to people who oppose gay marriage as "bigots." Apparently, that mea culpa was a tactical move -- betraying the fact that he hadn't really mended his ways. On Friday morning, Weigel awoke to a Daily Caller headline reading: "Suspicions confirmed: E-Mails reveal Post reporter savaging conservatives, rooting for Democrats."

Examining the Fishbowl DC and Daily Caller columns, it is clear that Weigel is frequently and harshly critical of the conservative movement he is paid to cover. When Rush Limbaugh, who had annoyed liberals by saying that he hoped the Obama presidency "fails," was rushed to the hospital with chest pains, Weigel e-mailed his liberal pals: "I hope he fails." Weigel also referred to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as "an amoral blowhard," called Pat Buchanan "an anti-Semite," and characterized Ron Paul supporters as "Paultard Tea Party People."

Weigel also accused Drudge of "gay-baiting, lying, and flubbing facts" and said, "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."

Upon learning that James O'Keefe had been arrested in a caper involving Sen. Mary Landrieu's office, Weigel responded:

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The art of journalism died between 1972 and 1974, with Watergate scandal. Since then, journalist have become hit-men assigned to down public figures. Particularly those that have political disagreements with.

July 27 2010 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll use Weigel's own words to express my reaction to his "resignation": HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

June 25 2010 at 9:05 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

No surprise here, the media treats conservatives like a joke even when they pretend not to.

June 25 2010 at 7:18 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mclistener's comment

And your point would be? They are jokes, at least the current versions.

June 25 2010 at 7:53 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

This is my kind of reporter! lol

June 25 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Good, i believe that any Bigot who refuses to at least look at both sides of a given issue, before making it's mind up about that issue, should NOT be a Reporter. Upon closer inspection I have have realized that the best thing for America is most often right down the center of the debate, Take the best that both sides have to offer and throw away the pork that's left over.

June 25 2010 at 6:01 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Many of the political truths we cling to, greatly depend on our own point of view. We are willing to accept, justify, and defend the faults, failings, mistakes, and shortcomings of those who we like and support. On the other hand, for those we do not like, nor support we are more than willing to hold the very same things against them. We tend to want to think, that our view, and those who hold similar views are always right, and anyone who dares disagree with us is therefore wrong. It is far easier to with those we like, and it is to disagree. It is harder still to admit we agree with someone we not like, or normally disagree with. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but keep in mind that most of the time our opinions are solely based on our own perception of the so called facts. Before pointing out the faults of the other side, look at your own side, and see the very same faults. Granted, there is a double standard, but is because we allow it, and fail to see the other's side view point with open objectivity. So before you go and find fault with someone else's view point, be sure to look at the faults with your own.

June 25 2010 at 5:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to KMCCLA's comment

A journalist is not supposed to be bias nor push an agenda.

June 25 2010 at 6:09 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

To Shelby106 -- quite correct, they are not supposed too, but a lot of the time they do, whether we like to admit it or not. My point being, that if someone agrees with a certain point of view, they are less likely to see the out right biasness in what is being written. How many people here, find nothing wrong with what was written about conservatives, yet if the very same thing was said about liberals, they would be crying foul (and vice the versa, if it was the other way around).

June 25 2010 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Too bad. Guess what one sends around comes back.

June 25 2010 at 5:45 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

This is as it should be. With the current trend in politics, there is no way that a newspaper can stay in business with only a liberal appeal. At one time, this might have been an excellent ploy, but with the current division that the administration is causing, the number of conservatives and moderates are really outnumbering the liberals. There is an expectation that more and more liberals will face the same conclusion and resign their posts. This also supports the need for a more civil approach and end of the name calling as supported by Politics Daily.

June 25 2010 at 4:21 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply

If this is the standard all the talking heads on Fox News should resign immediately. Fox News repeatly tells lies about Obama and the Democrats.

June 25 2010 at 4:03 PM Report abuse -31 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to msgusarmyret77's comment

and your proof is!!!

June 25 2010 at 4:37 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply

could you please list a couple of the lies (without making any up)?

June 25 2010 at 5:41 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply
Ray and Carmen

These are really pathetic hateful remarks to come from either side. In this case it was a Liberal in disguise, but either way this behavior is really bringing done the trust & credibility of the media. I really think it is high time that all the major Journalistic & Media outlets hault the presses for a couple of hours and do an inhouse clean-up. You can have your beliefs, but when you take a pen to paper to write a story that a wide variety of people are going to read, it is time to try and be objective. When the press fails to do this, then the people as a whole fail to do this because they are getting their opinions from the various writers in this country. This all results in the extinction of public discourse and the ability to hear another point of view. Walter Cronkite was an avowed liberal but for the most part (besides his egregious declartion that the Vietnam War was lost)he maintained a balanced objective reporter. This simply does not exist anymore, and this is dangerous to the future of our country

June 25 2010 at 3:15 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ray and Carmen's comment

We won Vietnam?

June 25 2010 at 6:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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