June 29, 2010

"The reactionaries won. Culture war won. The print guys won…"

From Rebooting the News #57, this is the discussion I had with Dave Winer about events that led to the resignation of the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, a reporter and blogger who was hired by the Post three months ago to cover the conservative movement.  Weigel resigned on June 25 after emails he had sent to a private list serve were made public. They expressed Weigel’s frustration and disdain for certain figures on the right. Some conservatives claimed that the disclosures showed Weigel was hostile to their movement and unfit to report on it for the Post. Other conservatives disagreed.

But the complaints seemed to sway the editors, who accepted his resignation; they certainly impressed the paper’s ombudsman. Many journalists and bloggers who knew Weigel’s work were outraged by this turn of events; they felt the Post made a mistake by accepting the resignation, and that the ombudsman had dug the paper into a deeper hole.  Weigel himself was apologetic in reflections after.

In the clip I have posted here, I give my own view of the episode. It emerges out my recent writing at PressThink, especially Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: On the Actual Ideology of the American Press and Fixing the Ideology Problem in Our Political Press, a Reply to the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder.  The clip is about 11 minutes.

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