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Published: 03/9/11

David Broder: Instant Reactions to the Legendary Journalist's Death

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
David Broder: Instant Reactions to the Legendary Journalist's Death

David Broder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was known as "the dean of the Washington press corps," has died at the age of 81. The Washington Post, which published his twice-weekly column, reports that the cause of death was complications from diabetes. Broder won a Pulitzer in 1973 for his coverage of the Watergate scandal. We'll have more on this story, but for now, some first reactions to Broder's passing. From journalist Dave Weigel, via Twitter: .bbpBox45544602832343040 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/a/1299177371/images/themes/theme1/bg.png) #C0DEED;padding:20px;}...

Published: 02/9/11

CPAC: Are Only 'Loser People and Loser Organizations' Boycotting It?

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
CPAC: Are Only 'Loser People and Loser Organizations' Boycotting It?

The conservative schism surrounding CPAC 2011 continues to intensify, with a bitter war of words being waged on the eve of the largest conservative conference in America. Why the controversy? Some conservatives are skipping the conference because of the involvement of a gay conservative group called GOProud. Others worry about the business practices of CPAC boss David Keene, and still others are concerned about the supposed infiltration of the conference by The Muslim Brotherhood. As is often the case, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist is very much at the center of this...

Published: 01/7/11

Theresa Cao: 5 Facts About the Obama Birther Protester

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Theresa Cao: 5 Facts About the Obama Birther Protester

Call it citizen participation in government gone overboard. A woman was arrested Thursday morning after calling out anti-Obama shouts during the House of Representatives' ceremonial reading of the Constitution. The heckler, identified by MSNBC as Theresa Cao, was heard chanting, "Except Obama, except Obama, help us, Jesus!" during Rep. Frank Pallone's reading of the "natural-born citizen" clause of the Constitution, which stipulates that "no person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the...

Published: 08/11/10

Rand Paul 'Kidnapping' Charge Clarified: A Big Nothingburger?

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Rand Paul 'Kidnapping' Charge Clarified: A Big Nothingburger?

The Washington Post's Greg Sargent got a big exclusive today regarding the latest controversy surrounding Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul. As Sargent blogged, The woman who sparked a national firestorm by recounting Rand Paul's youthful indiscretions to GQ magazine is now clarifying her account: She says she was not kidnapped nor forced to do drugs by Paul. ... The woman -- who was made available to me for an interview by GQ reporter Jason Zengerle in response to the Paul campaign's denunciations of his article -- said she didn't mean to imply that she was kidnapped "in a legal...

Published: 07/20/10

Daily Caller Exposes 'Journolist' Attempts to Kill Stories About Rev. Jeremiah Wright

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Daily Caller Exposes 'Journolist' Attempts to Kill Stories About Rev. Jeremiah Wright

The Daily Caller is out today with another big story, highlighting the Journolist -- a now defunct listserv where hundreds of liberal journalists and academics would collaborate and share information. Today's column reveals that in 2008, several liberal journalists on the list were overtly discouraging others from covering the Rev. Jeremiah Wright story -- his incendiary remarks were an embarrassment for the Obama presidential campaign -- and, in at least one case, plotting to undermine the reputation of conservative journalists. Arguably, this is the most disturbing section from the...

Published: 07/1/10

Podcast: Mike Riggs of The Daily Caller Discusses Libertarian-Leaning Conservatism

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Podcast: Mike Riggs of The Daily Caller Discusses Libertarian-Leaning Conservatism

On today's podcast, Mike Riggs from The Daily Caller joins us. Riggs discusses his irreverent Twitter feed, as well as what it's like to be a young anti-establishment, libertarian-leaning conservative in Washington, DC. Riggs tells me that being a liberal is, "the least rebellious, least cool thing ever." Riggs wasn't involved in reporting the Daily Caller story, that helped bring down Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel. In fact, he was out of town. But he told me, "I came back to some hostile emails and some hostile Tweets and some direct messages -- and even a hostile voice mail." Riggs...

Published: 06/28/10

Dave Weigel, Former Washington Post Reporter, Tells Story of His Exit

By  David Sessions - Politics Daily
Dave Weigel, Former Washington Post Reporter, Tells Story of His Exit

Former Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel, who left the paper last week after several media outlets reported leaked e-mails in which he attacked conservatives, wrote on the conservative media blog Big Journalism that his rants were "hubris" and explained how he came to express himself so openly on a liberal listserv known as JournoList. "I treated [JournoList] like a dive bar, swaggering in and popping off about what was 'really' happening out there, and snarking at conservatives," he wrote. "Why did I want these people to like me so much? Why did I assume that I needed to crack wise and...

Published: 06/26/10

Blogger's Fall: The Lesson in David Weigel's Demise

By  Jeffrey Weiss - Politics Daily
Blogger's Fall: The Lesson in David Weigel's Demise

The political punditry are all a-twitter about the crash and burn of the Washington Post's Dave Weigel. For many, the deep details may be as murky and uninteresting as figuring out the offsides rule in World Cup soccer. But there's at least one important lesson at the core of this episode, even for people who do not aspire to public political opining. In case you missed it: Weigel was hired by the Post as a blogger tasked to focus on the "conservative movement," even though his political sympathies seemed to lean in another direction. In the last couple of days, word leaked out that he'd...

Published: 06/25/10

Dave Weigel's Resignation From Washington Post Divides Conservatives

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Dave Weigel's Resignation From Washington Post Divides Conservatives

Friday's news that Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel had resigned amid controversy over his remarks about conservatives he covers caused sharp divisions among commentators on the right. Some describe Weigel as a talented and hard-working reporter and say the flap is overblown. Others, like Dan Gainor of The Media Research Center, saw liberal bias in Weigel's coverage: "The Post brought in someone who tried to tear down conservatives and look at the right as if he were visiting a zoo." The resignation stemmed from e-mail comments Weigel made on an off-the-record list-serv called...

Published: 06/25/10

The Death of JournoList: Does Privacy End at the Edge of Your Thoughts?

By  Walter Shapiro - Politics Daily
The Death of JournoList: Does Privacy End at the Edge of Your Thoughts?

The life and death of a 3-year-old members-only online liberal bulletin board is a story that normally would offer all the searing drama of a public television pledge drive. But the sudden collapse of JournoList Friday afternoon -- after the private e-mails of Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel were maliciously leaked -- offers a cautionary tale about the dangers of candor in an age when everybody (and not just Big Brother) is watching. Founded in early 2007 by the youthful Ezra Klein, now a columnist for The Washington Post, JournoList was a private bull session which brought together...

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