The heat is on WaPo‘s Dave Weigel.
Weigel, who writes the conservative blog, “Right Now,” faces another uphill battle today with The Daily Caller‘s story fresh out this morning about Weigel’s “savaging conservatives” and “rooting for Democrats.” In it, Daily Caller writer Jonathan Strong unearths more e-mails that Weigel wrote that blast conservatives. The Daily Caller asserts that these e-mails reveal a “personal animus” from Weigel toward conservatives. In one reported e-mail, he calls Matt Drudge an “amoral shut-in.” Read the story here. (FishbowlDC got word of the story around midnight Thursday from a key GOP operative that such a story was in the works.)
The Daily Caller story comes on the heels of FishbowlDC’s Thursday piece that Weigel had unleashed scathing thoughts on conservatives on a liberal listserv called JournoList. For example, he wanted Drudge to set himself on Fire — which Drudge then posted on his site.
Since then, Weigel has apologized (a mea culpa that also landed Weigel on Drudge). Note to readers: When I sought comment from Weigel for FishbowlDC’s story Thursday, Weigel said he’d be “happy to comment.” Instead, he delayed and delayed, saying, “One sec, I’m on the phone.” Within 15 minutes he wrote to say that in lieu of a response he had published his own apology and ran the quotes that FishbowlDC had sent him for confirmation. FishbowlDC’s item had previously published.
Mediaite also weighed in late yesterday afternoon, publishing a story Thursday about a so-called feud between me and the duo gossip columnists at the Washington Examiner, Tara Palmeri and Nikki Schwab and Weigel. (Note to readers: There’s no feud. I reported a story on a member of the political media – one that was contentious, no doubt. Reporting on the political media is the purpose of FishbowlDC.)
So far, WaPo is backing Weigel. In this Politico story published Thursday, WaPo‘s Managing Editor Raju Narisetti said it’s “time to move on.”
Narisetti told Politico: “Dave’s apology to readers reflects he understands, in calmer hindsight, the need to exercise good judgment at all times and of not throwing stones, especially when operating from inside an echo-filled glass house that is modern-day digital journalism,” said Raju Narisetti, the architect of the Post’s latest moves into the blogging space. “Time to move on.”