Accuracy in Media

Blogger Dave Weigel who was fired from the Washington Post after his comments blasting conservatives were leaked from a left-wing list serve has re-emerged at the Post Co, owned Slate online magazine.

From the New York Observer

Here’s a curious coda to l’affair Journolist: though David Weigel was squeezed out at The Washington Post for appearing overly liberal in his posts to the off-the-record listserv, the Washington Post Company apparently has no problem with him writing for their online magazine Slate.

His story today, “Bouncers for the Tea Party,” is not at all left-leaning — in it, Tea Party officials come off as somewhat shrewd — but one would think that Weigel’s break with the company would be a little more final. After all, Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli said, at the time of Weigel’s resignation, “We can’t have any tolerance for the perception that people are conflicted or bring a bias to their work.” Maybe it’s just assumed that because most Slate readers are 50-year-old suburban liberals they won’t be offended by Weigel’s biases.

Just after leaving at the Post, Weigel secured another gig at MSNBC, where he serves as a “contributor,” and has written about the experience for Esquire.

Weigel is of course free to ply his trade any where he pleases but if the Post was so worried about its integrity when they fired him why is he working at one of their other publications?

Maybe the MSNBC gig made the Post jealous and they thought they needed to lure him back into the fold no matter how hypocritical it is.



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