Under fire for leaked emails from Journolist critical of conservative publications and activists, The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel has resigned as a blogger. The paper confirmed to Mediaite that he offered his resignation this morning and they accepted.
Weigel, who was on the conservative beat, issued a mea culpa yesterday after e-mails to Journolist surfaced on FishbowlDC. Today’s emails were leaked to the conservative Daily Caller which showed even more venting to the members of Journolist, which is a private listserv made up of some 400 liberal/libertarian journalists and activists.
The e-mails have conservative pundits around Washington giddy over the prospect of taking-down Weigel, who has become a lightening rod of criticism because of his prime real estate at the Washington Post covering conservative politics.
Summing up the growing controversy, an obviously annoyed Adam Serwer of the American Prospect tweeted: “Today I learned that a conservative scandal is when someone says mean things about them in private conversations with friends.”
Weigel, who is on the more liberal end of the hazy libertarian scale, has always been unpopular in D.C.’s conservative cocktail party and Twitter circuit but he became a marked-man in May after he called conservative opponents of same-sex marriage “bigots” on Twitter.
Things got worse in the last two weeks over comments he made about Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) dealings with a questioner. Those comments landed on Drudge and soon everything about Weigel–including a petty trivial post about his dancing ability–became fodder for snarks at the conservative Washington Examiner which is quickly becoming the clubhouse of D.C.’s conservative young pundit class.
In addition, FishbowlDC has become especially relentless in picking apart Weigel. The media gossip site run by Mediabistro is now running a poll about Weigel’s future in light of the latest leaked e-mails. FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic tweeted today: “If Washington Post has any integrity at all, they will fire Dave Weigel.”
Dornic is now reporting he got his wish.
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