This isn't the first time Dave Weigel, one of the Washington Post wunderkinds, has
managed to irritate the conservatives he was hired to cover. Last time
the anger was over Weigel calling "anti-gay marriage" advocates "bigots." This time, Weigel's chosen an even bigger target: Sarah Palin.
- 'Sarah Palin's Strange, Unprofessional and Paranoid Grudge' reads Weigel's
blog post headline over at The Washington Post. He takes exception to a
Facebook post of hers complaining about investigative reporter Joe
McGinniss, whom Palin claims is "overlooking [her] children's play
area." Weigel calls Palin's targeting of the reporter "despicable." (Read Atlantic Wire coverage of responses to Palin here.)
Has McGinniss gone to an extreme to get a story? Well, we don't have his side yet--not that this has prevented every other media outlet from typing up Palin's Facebook post like some lost Gospel. But assuming he's rented the house near the Palins for some period of time, assuming the Palins know he's there and that he's writing a book, then what, exactly, is wrong with this?Politicians don't have veto power over who gets to write about them, or how they research their stories, as long as they're within the bounds of the law. It's incredibly irresponsible for them to sic their fans on journalists they don't like.
- Dave Weigel's Odd Conservative Coverage Acknowledging that Weigel "seems like an affable
enough guy," and saying they "trade emails," RedState's Erick Erickson
compares his inside-the-conservative-movement coverage to the Post
"put[ting] Weigel in a gorilla costume to infiltrate some gorillas in
the mist." The problem, he says, is that "he stumbled into the wrong
camp and is now reporting on activity completely unrelated to what
actually matters. Never mind that the Washington Post's online coverage
of conservatives reflects a view that gorillas are more civilized than
conservatives. And never mind that Weigel's reporting is clouded with
the groupthink." He thinks Weigel's post on Palin is ridiculous given
the "rather stalkerish vibe of this reporter [McGinniss]." Finally, he
points out that since Weigel "has admitted he voted for Gore, Kerry,
and Obama," his "but I'm a registered Republican" protest is "roughly equivalent to an atheist quoting the Sermon on the Mount to get passable clearance into a revival."