Love and Links in the Time of Linkins and Weigel

When The Daily Caller broke its widely-known “exclusive” that President Obama borrowed the title of his book “Audacity of Hope” from a sermon given by Reverend Jeremiah Wright in 1990, HuffPost media critic Jason Linkins was among the first to knock them for it.

He also cited Slate‘s Dave Weigel who earlier pointed out a post on that rehashed the story of Bill Ayers hosting a dinner for Obama in the ’90s: “Hey, Dave Weigel, what else is going on this morning?” Linkins wrote in his story. A little odd. But maybe not considering the relentless man crush he seems to have on Weigel.

Over the years, we’ve noticed a lot of cross referencing in stories and blog posts by Linkins and Weigel. We mean, a lot. Though Weigel tells us he doesn’t recall he and Linkins hanging out “one on one, ” they met through DCist and ever since, they come off like a team in their work. Like Sonny and Cher. Captain and Tennille. Laverne and Shirley. The Odd Couple.

Since 2009, Linkins has referenced Weigel by name in his media news stories no less than nine times. And that’s just on HuffPost. On his personal blog, we found two references, in one he gushed about Weigel, calling him “a really great person.” In an interview with Washingtonian, he named Weigel as one of D.C’s “especially” great reporters.

He must be. Maybe even perfect. Not one of the references to Weigel in Linkins’ reporting was negative. Media critic? “Maybe he’s just reading me on even days,” Weigel joked to FishbowlDC.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the fierce, almost boyfriend-like defense Linkins offered up for Weigel over the JournoList scandal that resulted in Weigel’s resignation from WaPo. (He said FBDC should die in a fire for breaking the story.)

Weigel has returned the back rub, though to a much lesser extent. He has dropped Linkins’ name on Slate at least five times in the last two years.