June 25, 2010

"Journolist is done now," says Ezra Klein.

"I'll delete the group soon after this post goes live. That's not because Journolist was a bad idea, or anyone on it did anything wrong. It was a wonderful, chaotic, educational discussion. I'm proud of having started it, grateful to have participated in it, and I have no doubt that someone else will reform it, with many of the same members, and keep it going."

So it's not done. It just got too big. And it needs a new name.

166 comments:

Blue@9 said...

Wow, a list with 400 liberals and he thought they wouldn't sell each other out at the first opportunity? Ezra Klein = Dumbass.

Geoff Matthews said...

This is what happens when they can't trust everyone to keep the conversation off the record.

MadisonMan said...

He should just start and althouse-like blog. The list can be in the comments.

I say this never having seen journolist, so for all I know that's what it was already anyway.

David said...

Just trying to eliminate the leakers.

Good luck in that.

avwh said...

"So it's not done. It just got too big. And it needs a new name."

And the gaggle of snakes will crawl into a new hole, out of sight for at least awhile, until the club gets too big, and leaks again....

Roger J. said...

No--it blew up in their faces because journalists are scumbags and can't keep secrets--good riddance--poor babies--they forgot there is no honor among thieves.

Joe said...

OK, I'll be conspiratorial...I wonder what will take its place?

And will they meet att eh same time ats the Bildebergers?

YoungHegelian said...

"It just got too big."

No it didn't get too big, it just let a heretic slip in the door. They'll track down the offender and ideological rigor will be restored.

I mean, you can't have journalists "leaking", after all. That's like hogs slaughtering butchers

tooclass said...

good lord you people are angry. if only there were less journalists in the world and more midwestern law prof bloggers! the world has been so blind

traditionalguy said...

RIP, Child of Ezra. This seems to be a case of lips delighting the commentariat a little too much. First rule of verbal warfare: Give the enemy no ammunition that he did not have until you opened your mouth and handed it to him.

ricpic said...

Five Guys doesn't have a foie gras with truffle oil burger. Ray's H-Burger does. Redounds to Five Guys credit.

Blue@9 said...

good lord you people are angry. if only there were less journalists in the world and more midwestern law prof bloggers! the world has been so blind

Journalists themselves are no problem. It's when journalists collude behind the scenes to coordinate their messaging that people get upset. When you read the stuff about how Weigel tried to make sure everyone was on message when it came to Coakley's defeat, how can you not get peeved?

Blue@9 said...

Personally, I'd like to see a disclosure of every name on that listserv and then a breakdown of everyone who wrote about the Coakley defeat and how they framed it. If it pans out like I think it will, you'd have to conclude that these "journalists" are nothing more than a shadow PR wing of the Democratic Party.

Martha said...

from Ezra Klein's post announcing that Journolist is over:

It was ironic, in a way, that it would be the Daily Caller that published e-mails from Journolist. A few weeks ago, its editor, Tucker Carlson, asked if he could join the list. After asking other members, I said no, that the rules had worked so far to protect people, and the members weren't comfortable changing them. He tried to change my mind, and I offered, instead, to partner with Carlson to start a bipartisan list serv. That didn't interest him.

hmmmmmm.....

Quayle said...

Before: "I am the great the powerful Oz! Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

After: "We're getting rid of the curtain, but I am still the great and powerful Oz!"

EnigmatiCore said...

Just read his piece. He is pretty disingenuous. I'll give why I believe that, but first let me address something taking him at face value.

"The membership would range from nonpartisan to liberal, center to left... I thought it necessary: There would be no free conversation in a forum where people had clear incentives to embarrass each other. A bipartisan list would be a more formal debating society."

If one was to take him at face value, then he is really naive, to think that the center and liberals would not have incentives to embarrass each other. But just the fact that they are not the same implies that they would be in conflict in their overall goals.

Which is why I think he is disingenuous. He did not want centrists. He wanted liberals and liberals who could pass as centrists while still being liberals. And that is what makes him disingenuous.

Which was especially clear when he wrote "I didn't like that rule." Horsepucky. He gives it away here--

"I knew of military list servs, and health-care policy list servs, and feminist list servs. Most of these projects limited membership to facilitate a particular sort of conversation. It didn't strike me as a big deal to follow their example."

Military lists limit membership to foster a military sort of discussion.

Health-care lists limit membership to foster a health-care sort of discussion. Feminist lists limit membership to foster a feminist discussion.

Klein limited his list to liberals (and, ahem, 'centrists') to foster a liberal discussion, not to foster a discussion that "would encourage journalists, policy experts and assorted other observers to share their insights with one another".

If he wanted the latter, he would restrict the list to journalists and policy experts, not limited to his side of the aisle, and would have enforced a professional decorum to encourage the sharing of insights with each other.

He didn't do that, because it was not the goal, and he's fooling no one who isn't already a fool in claiming otherwise.

Joan said...

Anyone posting anything to any kind of listserve and expecting privacy is insane.

The Internet, kids: everything's public and permanent.

Pundit Joe said...

"good lord you people are angry"

Heh heh -
Compared to Weigel’s comments, the comments here are rather reserved and pleasant. :)

Scott said...

Over at The Atlantic, Marc Ambinder puts up an extremely self-serving post on Journolist and Weigel.

One of my responses (cross posted):

The main criticism of the Journolist listserv is that its secrecy created an incestuous relationship between journalists and their sources who, although they might not be members of government, were engaged in political advocacy -- and that could lead to reporters being co-opted.

But of course, you guys are way too intelligent and ethical to let that happen, aren't you? Either that, or it's an issue that doesn't matter to editors anymore. After all, the WaPo hired Klein. No big deal.

Mitch H. said...

"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public"

- Adam Smith.

Diamondhead said...

If Weigel was the name of a character in a novel, you'd immediately know the writer wanted you to think of him as fat.

MadisonMan said...

Anyone posting anything to any kind of listserve and expecting privacy is insane.

Ditto for emailing anything to anyone.

If you don't want to see it on the front page of your local paper, don't email it.

Roger J. said...

interesting to me that AFTER weigle blows up, journalist decides to pull the plug--how many other secrets are out there?

Ezra Klein is a schuck but at least smart enough to realize he has spawned a piece of shit. In a "profession" the lives by the leak, this piece of shit has died by the leak--anyone surprised?

c3 said...

Quotes from Ambinder's piece:
"He hates stupid people and stupid human tricks and stupid political consultants."

And does he get to decide who is "stupid"?

"Weigel was a GOOD journalist who wrote provocative, value-added pieces that allowed a lot of people to really understand the way the conservative movement worked."

I'm to reconcile "journalist" with "opinion pieces"

And how does it "really work"?

"he often angered his subjects, but they respected him "

But how could they, they're so stupid?

"Extremely smart people engaging in policy debates on the stories of the day."

so both Ambinder and Klein (and probably others) keep using that word "smart". That should be your first sign that you've lost perspective

Lincolntf said...

With reality like this, who needs conspiracy theories?

Thankfully, the actually informed populace is rapidly outgrowing the "correctly informed" populace.
Wiegel and the rest of them are just the tip of the sword. Let's expose the rest of the frauds and hucksters huddled under the MSM banner. They hide for a reason.

c3 said...

And I will come back to this Weigel quote:
I think pointing out Coakley’s awfulness is vital, because it’s 1) true and 2) unreasonable panic about it is doing more damage to the Democrats

THAT'S not a GOOD journalist,

that's not even a journalist

Trooper York said...

They can take up the list again when they are all burning in hell.

The only thing worse than a journalist is a lawyer.

Scott said...

Is Klein about to "resign" too?

c3 said...

Tooclass;
good lord you people are angry. if only there were less journalists in the world and more midwestern law prof bloggers! the world has been so blind

There was a time when liberals complained about The Man and The Establishment

surely you can see the irony. Granted there's no cigar-smoking going on but c'mon....

HDHouse said...

sp....

Original Mike said...

""good lord you people are angry"

You can't tell the difference between anger and laughter?

Shanna said...

Anyone posting anything to any kind of listserve and expecting privacy is insane.

Indeed. If you write it down in an email/listserve/blog, be prepared for other people to hear it. Especially if you are in the public eye even a little bit.

Moose said...

Tool.

Thats all I can use to describe these idiots. They feel that their little club (or not so little club)have somehow been violated by someone revealing their innermost thoughts and secret handshakes.

The sense of outrage over at Sully's is positively cloying. It appears that you cannot hold "journalists" to a higher standard than the people they report on. It's just not cricket!

Ok, I have another term to describe them: Twunts.

Original Mike said...

"Over at The Atlantic, Marc Ambinder puts up an extremely self-serving post on Journolist and Weigel."

I'm struck by the fact that all these guys seem to be, like, 30 years old. I was pretty clueless when I was 30. Of course, I didn't know that then.

Roger J. said...

Hey Harry-its tiresome not tiresum

still waiting--rjarango@gmail.com (wouldnt have posted it except it already available on my profile)saves you the trouble of having to look it up

got any cheese at all, ya betcha? I am thinking not.

Moose said...

Original Mike:

Remember that they say now that adolescence lasts until your 40's....

Trooper York said...

This whole thing is just like the episode of "Hookers at the Point" where one of the girls complained that another one was acting like a whore.

Everything you ever need to know you can learn from reality TV.

LonewackoDotCom said...

He'll probably just start a new list. But, this time he'll ask everyone to share their deepest fantasies in order to assure their silence. (Or, maybe that's some other group).

P.S. See my Dave Weigel posts for examples of him lying and showing low ethics (i.e., writing about me and then refusing to approve the comment I left in reply showing how he's wrong).

Franklin said...

You could always tell which of the Leftist pundits were on the JournoList because they'd all conspicuously write the same thing at the same time. I expect they'll do the same thing with JournoList 2.0, but now we'll get to see who's REALLY on the inside.

Seven Machos said...

"Extremely smart people engaging in policy debates on the stories of the day."

That is rich. Why, if they are so extremely smart, does shit keep exploding in their faces? Why, if they are so extremely smart, do they need a private list-serv to help themselves control the narrative? Why, if they are so extremely smart, can't they actually keep their list-serv private and actually control the narrative?

Finally, Why, if they are so extremely smart, are they living in one-bedroom apartments near DuPont Circle?

garage mahal said...

Why does it seem like a lot of people that dislike journolist are just mad they didn't get invited to join the list. Tucker Carlson asked to join the list, was denied, then publishes private emails from the list. What a douchebag.

AJ Lynch said...

Who is Ezra kidding? I bet the Post told him to think long and hard about shutting down Journolist [his little internet sleepover for wheeny liberals].

EnigmatiCore said...

"Tucker Carlson asked to join the list, was denied, then publishes private emails from the list."

Logic is not your strong suit, is it?

MadisonMan said...

Logic is not your strong suit, is it?

What, you don't think someone is capable of forwarding an email?

Seven Machos said...

Garage -- Why, if the left is so right and so popular, does it need a private list to keep its story straight?

Why, if the left is so right and so popular, would members of the left commiserate angrily about a guy who simply puts newspaper headlines on a website? Why, if the left is so right and so popular, do people read that guy instead of their stuff?

c3 said...

Finally, Why, if they are so extremely smart, are they living in one-bedroom apartments near DuPont Circle?

ding, ding, ding, ding

winner

Seven Machos said...

Madison -- But if Ezra Klein had any integrity, Carlson wouldn't need to have gotten the information clandestinely. What kind of "journalist" keeps people from reading stuff?

Come on, dude. You are better than the hacks on your side.

Trooper York said...

"Finally, Why, if they are so extremely smart, are they living in one-bedroom apartments near DuPont Circle?"

Because that's where they invented the circle-jerk.

It's the same reason why the Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown.

Jeez everybody knows that.

Seven Machos said...

What, you can't circle jerk in a three-story townhouse in Georgetown?

Trooper York said...

They wanted to go back to grasp their "roots" so to speak.

garage mahal said...

Logic is not your strong suit, is it?

So, in your mind, you think what Carlson did was "logical"? If you're a 8th grade vindictive little prick who just got turned down by a girl, yea. What about this list that the right just can't take is really weird. And blatantly petty. I could care less how many conservative email lists there are out there.

Seven Machos said...

What about this list that the right just can't take is really weird.

What kind of "journalist" keeps people from reading stuff?

What part about journalism involving fundamentally reporting information openly do you fail to get? Let me know, and I'll try to help you out.

c3 said...

Garage;

If you're a 8th grade vindictive little prick

I hate to say it but don't you think that probably describes a fair number of the folks on Jornolist (not to mention many pundits, in general)

Frankly, my assumption was that someone on the left side of the group leaked the letters out of a sense of "purity".

Or maybe, as someone suggested, someone just wanted his job.

mccullough said...

I thought the purpose of Journolist was that at least someone would read these writers.

dick said...

Maybe I am just thick but how do you equate this statement:

"The membership would range from nonpartisan to liberal, center to left... I thought it necessary: There would be no free conversation in a forum where people had clear incentives to embarrass each other. A bipartisan list would be a more formal debating society."

with the statement that he wanted to set up a bipartisan journolist with Tucker Carlson. He is saying here that he does not want a bipartisan list and with Tucker Carlson he does want a bipartisan list. Something does not ring true with this guy at all. Either he is lying about his conversation with Tucker Carlson or he is lying here.

Trooper York said...

"Something does not ring true with this guy at all."

No it rings true. He is a lying sack of shit like all journalists.
You can tell when he is lying when his lips are moving.

The only thing worse than a journalist is a lawyer.

Diamondhead said...

dick, the guy was 23 when he started journolist, and he's 26 now. I wouldn't spend too much time pondering his inconsistencies. I would worry that such a person has the microphone he has, but then, I'd bet that fewer than three in one hundred people have ever heard of him.

El Pollo Real said...

Trooper York wrote: You can tell when he is lying when his lips are moving.

Loose lips shake hips. Just ask Al Gore

err, Loose lips shake hippos

err, wrong thread--sorry.

GMay said...

garage said: "Tucker Carlson asked to join the list, was denied, then publishes private emails from the list. What a douchebag."

So he did something a journalist would do in a heartbeat. I'm guessing you think all journalists are douchebags?

Hell, Rolling Stone just published a whole bunch of off-the-record material and got a general fired. Guess those guys are definitely douchebags, eh?

Trooper York said...

Hey El Pollo you know better than that.....Hips don't lie!

Richard Dolan said...

Klein: "Private e-mails were twisted into a public story."

Gotta love that "twisted." LOL funny, especially coming from a partisan journalist in DC, where private emails are the proverbial field of dreams for partisan hacks a/k/a/ 'investigative' reporters.

Doesn't he read even the front page of the NYT? Ever heard of, oh, Climate-gate, or does he think the only story there was about hacking/leaking and not what was leaked? Ezra, are you so busy chasing the "expert community" that you don't have time to see what's about to smack you in the face any more?

PatCA said...

Who's the mole??

Freeman Hunt said...

From Klein's post:

Taking the conversation out of the public eye made us less defensive, less interested in scoring points. I learned about his position, and why he held it, in ways that I wouldn't have if our argument had remained in front of an audience.

The problem isn't that he and others need an email list. It's that they're making their public discussions more about ego than truth. Focus on scoring points for the truth instead of scoring points for yourself.

And there's this:

By not thinking of the right person to interview, or not asking the right question when I got them on the phone, or not intuiting that an economist would have a terrific take on the election, I was leaving insights on the table.

That was the theory behind Journolist: An insulated space where the lure of a smart, ongoing conversation would encourage journalists, policy experts and assorted other observers to share their insights with one another.


Coupled with this:

The membership would range from nonpartisan to liberal, center to left. I didn't like that rule, but I thought it necessary: There would be no free conversation in a forum where people had clear incentives to embarrass each other.

So you didn't want to leave insights on the table unless they were lean right to far right? You wanted to draw out intelligent ideas and then you cut off half of your possible intelligent minds to draw them from? That was stupid. Also, purposely myopic. You're a journalist, and you purposely set out to skew your understanding of any given issue? To throw out half your data points arbitrarily?

A private e-mail list is not public, but it is electronically archived text, and it is protected only by a password field and the good will of the members. It's easy to talk as if it's private without considering the possibility, unlikely as it is, that it will one day become public,

Naive to the point of absurdity. A list with hundreds of journalists on it is unlikely to go public? That possibility didn't seem "fully real" to the participants? Do the participants consist mainly of mental deficients? Sounds like there was an exceptional bit of group think going on if list members had convinced themselves of the list's privacy. It is probably safe to assume, given the limited nature of the list, that that group think spilled over into other issues.

But insofar as the current version of Journolist has seen its archives become a weapon, and insofar as people's careers are now at stake, it has to die.

The time to grow up is now. A large email list will never stay private. Believing that some new list will not succumb to the same issues is childish. You are adults. Your email list is not and never will be your super secret club house, no girls allowed, do you know the secret password hideaway.

Freeman Hunt said...

Tucker Carlson's behavior seems entirely normal. People wanted to know about this weird, incestuous, liberals-only, journalist club. Tucker tried to get into it to find out. They didn't let him in, so he found out some other way. The progression here seems obvious.

lucid said...

What a whiny, self-aggrandizing post by Ezra Klein. Weigel was undone by his own words.

But the essence of what was unethical about journolist is that it was a secret conversation to organize a public conversation. It is the antithesis of what journalism should be.

Instead, it was a secret society, an exclusive frat-boy and sorority-girl hang-out for those who are both fascinated by and unsure of their own standing and importance.

In other words, it was very much like a high school clique. But one that intruded on and corrupted the honesty of our public discourse.

lucid said...

I wonder if they have a secret handshake.

EnigmatiCore said...

"So, in your mind, you think what Carlson did was "logical""

I am thinking that, since Klein did not give him access, Carlson is not the leaker. He is not the one who betrayed a confidence.

That should be pretty obvious.

Which, naturally, explains why it went over your head.

garage mahal said...

So he did something a journalist would do in a heartbeat. I'm guessing you think all journalists are douchebags?

I bet some journalists asked to be in the group. I also bet some liberal journalists asked to be in a conservative group at one time or another. As far as I know, Carlson is the only douchebag that asked to join a group and was turned down, and then printed those emails from the group he was turned down by on his website. To me, that takes gall that would choke a fucking horse. Does everyone have to copy in Carlson to any email they send? Send an email to Carlson for his approval first? Conservative journalists don't send emails to each other? Seriously, what in the fuck.

c3 said...

Ok just to bring this full circle, this is from Ben Smith at Politico:

(WaPo) National editor Kevin Merida told me for my story on the subject in May that he never asked Weigel about his politics, and (Ezra) Klein said he presented him to the paper simply as the best reporter covering conservatives. (Weigel's blog is subtitled, "Inside the conservative movement.")

“The way I explained Dave is that he’s the best reporter on the conservative movement beat,” Klein said, describing Weigel as “hard to characterize politically.


And according to Klein here:
I set two rules for the membership. The first was the easy one: No one who worked for the government in any capacity could join. The second was the hard one: The membership would range from nonpartisan to liberal, center to left

So he had to know his politics to invite him, right?

And the final kicker for the honorable WaPo:
But there's no sign the Post really thought this through. ...One thing nobody argues is that publications should misrepresent and misidentify their own reporters. The Post set Weigel up for a fall, and themselves for embarrassment, and that's what they got today.

c3 said...

And Jeffrey Goldberg serves some snark for desert:

The sad truth is that the Washington Post, in its general desperation for page views, now hires people who came up in journalism without much adult supervision, and without the proper amount of toilet-training.

Old Dad said...

I'm a little surprised that anyone would join any club called "Journo" anything.

Can you imagine bragging to your friends, "Yeah, I'm a charter member of Pederastolist?"

EnigmatiCore said...

Garage, so you believe that someone should be bound to adhere to the groundrules of a group that did grant admittance?

I think you should adhere to the rules of the Fraternal Order of Mimes.

Don't worry. Their rules let you type, so you can still post here.

Original Mike said...

lucid said: "But the essence of what was unethical about journolist is that it was a secret conversation to organize a public conversation. It is the antithesis of what journalism should be."

Exactly!

garage mahal said...

I am thinking that, since Klein did not give him access, Carlson is not the leaker. He is not the one who betrayed a confidence.

That should be pretty obvious.

Which, naturally, explains why it went over your head.


It is obvious to me why Carlson did what he did, he is a sniveling little cunt. But that still doesn't make it "logical". As I said earlier, if Weigel had emailed glowing things about conservatives, conservatives wouldn't be mad, and Carlson wouldn't have printed them. Which makes him a partisan hack that he is, and also ironically what Weigel is getting accused of himself. C'mon man. Schadenfreude I can totally see, defending this totally different. I mean, does Carlson have to reveal and invite what groups he is part of to liberls? Disclose his emails? Pffft.

MadisonMan said...

Weigel was undone by his own words.

I suspect that most people in the world could be undone by their own words. I benefit from not putting my more inflammatory statements out there for people to see, read, and forward.

I was not so circumspect at age 26. Weigel is very young. Why, he could still be on his parents' health insurance!

edutcher said...

Now that people know it's a conspiracy all the roaches run for the dark again.

It must be Hell to be a Lefty these days.

Then again, I love it when the schaudenfreude comes together.

Seven Machos said...

Which makes him a partisan hack that he is

Garage -- Why are you leaving out the part about how being a partisan hack is required to be part of Klein's little club?

Face it, dude. You are just mad because the conservative partisan hacks scored a point against the leftist partisan hacks.

garage mahal said...

Weigel isn't a leftist.

Revenant said...

"Logic is not your strong suit, is it?"

So, in your mind, you think what Carlson did was "logical"?

No, it is that you are being illogical. If Carlson wasn't part of the list, but was able to read and pass on messages from the list, then the list wasn't private. Not that it makes much sense to call an opinion "private" when you share it with 400 strangers anyway...

But even if you want to call Journolist messages "private", Carlson had no obligation whatsoever to respect that privacy. In fact, as a journalist he had a professional obligation not to respect that privacy. Founding a secret club for journalists where members get to pass around secret messages about people outside the club is fine. But whining when journalists outside the club find out about them is childish.

holdfast said...

Lefties love it when the NYT and others publish secret government documents and thereby aid America's enemies and the ongoing lawfare campaign against America, but HOW DARE someone publish the emails of these supposed journalists as they coordinate their propaganda efforts on behalf of the chief executive of the United States! I mean seriously, where's the legitimate public interest in that - I mean sure, these "Jourlisters" were only working coordinate their shaping public perception on the vital topics of the day, but still, it was supposed to be PRIVATE. Someone TOLD.

holdfast said...

Weigel may not be a "leftist" by your definition, but by his own admission he is a Democrat booster and a conservative basher. Oh, and also a "man" who engages in death and torture fantasy. But not a leftist.

But definitely not a leftist.

Seven Machos said...

Holdfast -- The best part about all this is that all the coordination amounted to very little. Electing Obama over McCain? Big deal in the overall scheme of things. Both were destined to be one-termers.

I see parallels between all this and the group of young leftists and communists who emigrated to Washington around the Great Depression. Alger Hiss was, of course, the most famous. All that coordination and secret meeting and...for what exactly? Klein's ideas are already marginalized in all but a few pockets of the country.

Scott said...

Ezra Klein's JournoList presented the Washington Post an ethical problem that it failed to address until it was too late.

JournoList was composed both of journalists and of liberal policy wonks whose business was to influence government. Can you see how a secret forum like this coaxed journalists, even the ones who think they are sophisticated, into identifying with the causes of the wonks? This process is call "co-opting." It is a highly corrosive influence that leads reporters into having a personal investment in the outcome of public policy issues -- something a professional journalist should not have. It degrades the quality of the reporting into something that is dull and tendentious.

Ezra Klein is the real villain in this debacle. The Washington Post should have recognized the Journolist listserver for the threat to professional journalism that it was. If Klein has any respect for the Post, he should resign too.

(cross posted from the WaPo's Ombudsman Blog.)

GMay said...

Hey garage,

Instead of saying this:

"I bet some journalists asked to be in the group. I also bet some liberal journalists asked to be in a conservative group at one time or another. As far as I know, Carlson is the only douchebag that asked to join a group and was turned down, and then printed those emails from the group he was turned down by on his website. To me, that takes gall that would choke a fucking horse. Does everyone have to copy in Carlson to any email they send? Send an email to Carlson for his approval first? Conservative journalists don't send emails to each other? Seriously, what in the fuck."

You could have said this:

"I can't answer a simple fucking question."

c3 said...

Garage;
Weigel isn't a leftist.

OK I'll grant you he's not a firedoglake leftist. But clearly he's left of center.

But please, please, please let's not go through another discussion a la Andrew Sullivan of who's a conservative and who claims to be a conservative (not that Wiegel ever claimed he was a conservative). If this whole sordid affair has done anything it has demonstrated how many pundits on the left struggle to understand what a conservative is.

And what makes this worse is that Klein thought Weigel was "the best reporter on the conservative movement beat"

Note what Smith said in his piece
"Weigel, whose stuff I enjoy, and whom I link almost daily here, has been the leading chronicler of the right-wing fringe since his time at Reason"

So he's not a conservative but he's the "best reporter" on the conservative movement who's stock in trade was chronicling the "right-wing fringe"

Now if that's not a set up for Schadenfreude times ten, then I don't know what it.

It begs the question

Did he really think he was going to get away with it?

EnigmatiCore said...

"But that still doesn't make it "logical"."

What it?

Carlson printing things that would make his own venture more successful? Sounds really logical to me.

Especially since he's not betraying any agreement he made, unlike the mole who leaked what was on the supposed "Journo-list".

Apparently, you think it is wrong for someone to give an audience to whistle-blowers?

Too bad. It's an American way.

David said...

Dave Weigel, now a mature 28 years old, shows as a nasty mean spirited little prick (to use words he would use) in "private."

Weigel was EIC of the Northwestern Daily Chronicle, one of the best jobs in student journalism. If you read his stuff from even the college paper, you can see that he is an outstanding writer.

But as a reporter, he has a bad case of suckup syndrome and overblownitis. At age 28, he wants to be known for his opinions and analysis.

In 1973 Bob Woodward was just turning 30. Carl Bernstein was 29. They were working at low prestige jobs at WAPO when a story about a second rate burglary fell into their laps.

It turned out that they were reporters, and that they had great editors.

Weigel, for all his writing talent, isn't even close to being a reporter yet. And apparently no one at WAPO was in a position to teach him.

David said...

These stupid young geniuses should read a couple of books:

All the President's Men, Woodward and Bernstein.

Prince of Darkness, Robert Novak.

Real reporters, those three.

David said...

Actually, the story found Woodward and Bernstein in 1972, when they were 29 and 28.

David said...

Weigel isn't leftist.

Or rightist.

He's careerist.

garage mahal said...

Apparently, you think it is wrong for someone to give an audience to whistle-blowers?

Printing emails that revealed a blogger said some mean things that may have hurt the poor feelings of Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh isn't whistle blowing journalism. It's catty, and he has every right to generate traffic to his site with gossipy bullshit, but that hardly makes him a journalist.

EnigmatiCore said...

Garage,

I didn't say it was journalism. I said he did what was good for his own venture.

What is really clear is that the left does not like it being shown that supposed objective journalists are nothing of the sort.

Your anger is at Carlson, because you have no one else to be angry at (unless the whistle-blower's identity is revealed). Why you are angry, though, is apparently because you feel your ideology has suffered a setback.

Philip M said...

Watch it swirling, down the Memory Hole.

It isn't the list he is worried about getting rid of I imagine. It is the archive of it. Wonder how much of that someone managed to grab before it went.

I don't imagine the leaker will leak anything that he doesn't imagine will hurt the other side, but it would be fun and restore my faith in bipartisanship somewhere if it showed up on Wikileaks soon.

wv:rappili

SMGalbraith said...

The (very) odd aspect of this for me is that if you've read Weigel's columns covering the right for the Post, they've been as fair as any reporter I've read covering the movement. Yeah, his piece on the Etheridge matter was eye-opening especially since he clearly was more interested in promoting some sort of conservative conspiracy behind the event.

Politically, I think he's more of an anti-conservative than a liberal or leftist. And hostile, for good or bad, to social conservatives above all else.

But the Post simply can't have a reporter covering people that he's shown to be openly hostile to. This is more than saying "mean things" about Limbaugh or Drudge. This is about slamming the door on sources that you'll need to cover.

For the Post, a reporter who does that is worthless.

Irish Coffee said...

Just seems to me that these Journolist people take themselves a little too seriously. I mean what have these navel-gazers ever really done?

garage mahal said...

Why you are angry, though, is apparently because you feel your ideology has suffered a setback.

Weigel isn't a liberal, and it's just dumb to label him one. Therefore, I can't feel a loss because he wasn't out advocating ideologies that I deem liberal. To be a liberal, you need to be *for* a range of liberal views. Writing something critical of a conservative doesn't make you a liberal.

Anita said...

"if Weigel had emailed glowing things about conservatives"

Garage - these are journalists you're talking about. They would NOT be saying glowing things about conservatives unless those conservatives were agreeing with liberals about something.

Like Kathleen Parker.

And lo and behold, the leaked emails bear that out.

JournaList was where lib journalists (but I repeat myself) could go to bounce ideas off each other, and vent about how stupid, ignorant, and foolish conservatives and middle America are. Oh, and they could get their stories straight and decide on the best spin too. This is why they didn't want anyone right-of-center in the club.

And as an extra added dollop of whipped cream with a cherry on top, they'll tell you that their reporting is non-partisan.

And that's the reason this listserv is so dangerous and can not be compared to listservs for other groups such as military and health care policy - The MSM tell us their news reporting is unbiased.

Having a peak at what goes on in this little cesspool, along with the requirements for membership cause us knuckle-dragging conservatives to question the media's claim of neutrality just a teensy weeny bit.

SMGalbraith said...

But the Post simply can't have a reporter covering people that he's shown to be openly hostile to

Okay, privately hostile but made public.

After these revelations, conservatives, rightly or not, were simply not going to respond to his calls. Or at least be as open when doing so.

reader_iam said...

I'd be very curious to know if any WaPo editors are [were] also members of Journolist (or even if any of its print reporters were). Not only have I not seen that issue addressed, I've seen no evidence of that question being asked.

Meanwhile.

From the link:

“But we’re living in an era when maybe we need to add a level” of inquiry, he said. “It may be in our interests to ask potential reporters: ‘In private... have you expressed any opinions that would make it difficult for you to do your job.”

--

Judith said...

this story seems to revolve around Weigel's being outed by a leaker, but Weigel's attitude wasn't a secret. I've never met the guy and have no connection with his social circles, but I follow a bunch of journalists on twitter and he was one of them.

Anyone who followed him on twitter read his contemptuous opinions about the movement he was hired to write about. It's safe to assume that if he tweets like that, he talks like that to his friends in bars and at parties.

He didn't hide it. Apparently he didn't think he needed to maintain an appearance of fairness. Typical lack of professionalism from the Juicebox Mafia. Maybe now their smug insular world will begin to unravel and they'll have to grow up.

SMGalbraith said...

...have you expressed any opinions that would make it difficult for you to do your job.”

Yes, like hoping for the deaths of people you cover?

To his credit though, none of his hostility (if we can call it that) to the right came through in his coverage. At least to me.

Unfortunately, I don't think the people he needed to talk to and report on would be so charitable.

reader_iam said...

David Weigel started his gig at the Washington Post in April of this year (he announced it online at the Washington Independent on March 22, 2010). From what I can tell without seeing a clear, inclusive, concise timeline of e-mails with datestamps, it appears to me that at least a good chunk of the e-mails in question were posted prior, even well prior, to his starting the WaPo gig.

To me, this adds an interesting dimension to the whole story--which is partly why I'd very much like to know the answer to the question I posed in my previous comment here tonight.

garage mahal said...

Having a peak at what goes on in this little cesspool, along with the requirements for membership cause us knuckle-dragging conservatives to question the media's claim of neutrality just a teensy weeny bit.

Liberals have the same complaints. Afterall, the same Post has many conservatives on the payroll. Krauthammer, Kristol, Thiessen, etc.

Methadras said...

So it's not done. It just got too big. And it needs a new name.

Yeah, like Health Care Reform and Financial Reform. Isn't it all just quaint?

reader_iam said...

I should say that I have read Weigel's stuff for quite a long while, well before he joined WaPo, and when I was maintaining a twitter feed primarily political/media/etc. in focus in terms of whom I followed, he was among the varied mix of journalists/commenters/pundits/opinionators/reporters/etc. I followed from pretty early on.

SMGalbraith said...

Afterall, the same Post has many conservatives on the payroll. Krauthammer, Kristol, Thiessen, etc.

All published on the op-ed page.

C'mon...

reader_iam said...

And I find the idea that WaPo editors and reporters "thought" he was a Conservative, in the sense of the Right he was charged with covering, to be highly suspect at best and either disingenuous or dishonest (depending on circumstances) at worst. For the record, I also find the characterization of him as a lefty, lockstep or otherwise, pretty silly, but that's a secondary point to what I'm most interested in learning.

SMGalbraith said...

Given the nature of his beat, he should have been developing sources on the Right, not participating in an insular circle jerk on the Left.

Stole that.

Yeah, I suppose he could have done both.

Past tense.

garage mahal said...

All published on the op-ed page.

And Weigel was a blogger, not even in print. Anyways I enjoyed your take.

AJ Lynch said...

Like I said. If you are under 30 and majored in journalism, you are not very smart.

SMGalbraith said...

And Weigel was a blogger, not even in print

He was hired to be the Post's reporter - reporter - covering conservative issues and groups.

Not a columnist, not opinion. News.

It's always interesting how you have to be walked through these discussions.

AJ Lynch said...

"Like I said" is how an Eagles head coach used to begin every postgame press conference. Heh. He must have been a journalism major.

SMGalbraith said...

It's always interesting how you have to be walked through these discussions

Sorry for the snark.

Uncalled for.

And I hate (too much) snark on the internet; just too easy.

Revenant said...

Weigel isn't a liberal, and it's just dumb to label him one.

Good point. I mean, he voted for Ralph Nader, John Kerry, and Barack Obama, he supports Obamacare, ACORN, and the Democratic Party, and he loathes the Republican Party and most of its leadership. But we shouldn't call him left-wing, because that would be silly.

Eric said...

Weigel isn't a leftist.

The hell he isn't. That assertion is delusional. Are we in some kind of bizzaro Andrew Sullivan world where you're not a leftist as long as you pretend you're something else?

garage mahal said...

Good point. I mean, he voted for Ralph Nader, John Kerry, and Barack Obama

So did a lot of libertarian types, so what? All that means he is didn't vote for Bush/Cheney and McCain/Palin. Startling choices. Why don't you tell us what *you* think he is?

But we shouldn't call him left-wing, because that would be silly.

I didn't say we shouldn't.

Penny said...

"Are we in some kind of bizzaro Andrew Sullivan world where you're not a leftist as long as you pretend you're something else?"

Yes.

Eric said...

Garage, how do you explain Weigel's spin doctoring on Martha Coakley? Something a libertarian would do? You know, conspire with a bunch of leftists to control the public message?

damikesc said...

gm: "Why does it seem like a lot of people that dislike journolist are just mad they didn't get invited to join the list."

The main concern I'm seeing is that these dolts conspired to spin the news the way they wanted it reported.

That journalists aren't outraged is proof enough of what a useless profession that is nowadays.

To give you guys a hint --- you don't see NFL players coming out and PRAISING guys for using steroids. They don't try to justify it any longer. They recognize that it makes your entire profession sketchy.

They still try to cheat, mind you, but they are hardly gloating about it as morons like Ezra Klein do.

Which goes to show you that football players, clearly, are smarter than journalists.

And for smart people, I've yet to see anything that resembles intriguing thought in anything they've ever written.

gm: "So, in your mind, you think what Carlson did was "logical"?"

Hopefully, you'll eventually explain how he could leak something he was never a member of. If they gave access to anybody out there...than this shouldn't be a story at all and it makes Ezra Klein's post quite baffling.

gm: "As I said earlier, if Weigel had emailed glowing things about conservatives, conservatives wouldn't be mad, and Carlson wouldn't have printed them."

Given that his job was to cover conservatives...DUH! Just like Ezra's job was to cover liberals and him fellating the Left is expected.

If Al Gore sent emails defending global warming, it wouldn't be news. If sent emails admitting it's a fraud, it might be news.

You're really slow on the uptake here.

gm: "Printing emails that revealed a blogger said some mean things that may have hurt the poor feelings of Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh isn't whistle blowing journalism. It's catty, and he has every right to generate traffic to his site with gossipy bullshit, but that hardly makes him a journalist."

So, reporting on events that certain people don't want to be made public is no longer journalism?

Can you explain, then, what IS journalism?

You seem to forget that Carlson wasn't IN THE LIST. Either somebody gave it to him --- which, if you're a journalist, you run with...or he got in there himself --- which, if you're a journalist, you run with.

gm: "Weigel isn't a liberal, and it's just dumb to label him one."

Clearly, Klein thinks he's a liberal. That's why he was in his list in the first place.

Penny said...

"Facts" don't matter so much.

We're pumpin' up our instincts!

damikesc said...

gm: So did a lot of libertarian types, so what?

OK, garage, name a single Libertarian, besides Weigel, who voted for Nader, Kerry, and Obama.

I'm beyond interested to read this list.

You said lots did it, so it shouldn't be too hard.

garage mahal said...

The hell he isn't. That assertion is delusional.

Do you even know the definition of a leftist?

–noun
1.
a member of the political Left or a person sympathetic to its views.
–adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or advocated by the political Left.
collectivist, left-winger, left-of-center, left-wing
One who holds a left-wing viewpoint; someone who seeks radical social and economic change in the direction of greater equality

He was preaching this as managing editor at Reason Magazine? Ha!

GMay said...

garage mahal fantasized: "Liberals have the same complaints. Afterall, the same Post has many conservatives on the payroll. Krauthammer, Kristol, Thiessen, etc."

Bullshit. Let's not go back over their decades long endorsement of liberal candidates, let's just look at what they did to McDonnell in the last VA gubernatorial race.

Any so-called 'liberal' who complains about conservative media bias (especially in the Washington Freakin' Post) is one of those wingbatshit crazy lefties like Robert Cook.

You lefty loons co-opted the term liberal decades ago because you can't own up to your parasitic rot of a philosophy, so don't you think it's about time you man up and stop trying to co-opt libertarianism, the center, and center left?

damikesc said...

gm: "He was preaching this as managing editor at Reason Magazine? Ha!"

David Brock used to write for the American Spectator. Arianna Huffington used to admire Newt Gingrich and was the beard for a gay Republican Senatorial candidate.

I guess those two aren't Leftists.

GMay said...

"Are we in some kind of bizzaro Andrew Sullivan world where you're not a leftist as long as you pretend you're something else?

Sully world? Hell, that's the entire lefty world. None of 'em own up to it.

They're like fucking locusts that, after ravaging the land, migrate to greener lands and call themselves grasshoppers.

garage mahal said...

You lefty loons co-opted the term liberal decades ago because you can't own up to your parasitic rot of a philosophy, so don't you think it's about time you man up and stop trying to co-opt libertarianism, the center, and center left?

You're just the crazy reactionary right winger Weigel was talking about.

damikesc said...

gm: "You're just the crazy reactionary right winger Weigel was talking about."

You mean he's to the right of Mao?

Mark said...

"Are we in some kind of bizzaro Andrew Sullivan world where you're not a leftist as long as you pretend you're something else?"

Glenn Sockpuppet Greenwald's ears are burning.

Mian said...

Jourolist: a listserv of self-absorbed, smug wet-behind-the-ear pricks who think they're the new gods of journalism. Can such hubris go unpunished?
Weigel went down because he wasn't worthy of being a club member and was black-balled for being the pathetic wretch that quite simply didn't belong, you know, the chubby kid with the yarmulke.
Carlson leaked the emails? Really?? Why would he have to? The competition amongst the up-and-coming stars of the liberal blogoshere would do the job all by itself, and surely did. (Garage: one of the anointed ratted-out Weigel for flying too high, Icarus style)
Weigel will land on his feet at some red-soaked rag, and Journolist will evolve into some other snarky forum for the immortals. Ezra Klein will go on to be...twenty-seven.
A pox on all their houses.

GMay said...

garage buchanan said: "You're just the crazy reactionary right winger Weigel was talking about."

Crazy maybe, but you're pulling the reactionary thing out of your ass.

raf said...

...really smart people...

which is to say, people who agree with me.

wv: nocong. A condition highly to be desired in the late 60s, in some places.

garage mahal said...

Crazy maybe, but you're pulling the reactionary thing out of your ass.

Oh alright. heh.

Doug Wright said...

"Oh my, but they all meant to do good! What's wrong with that?"

./snarkyness on!

reader_iam said...

So much for questions.

reader_iam said...

What's the use of questions when memes can cover it all the way around?

Penny said...

Just PUMPIN' my instincts...

And I've concluded, Michelle Obama has better tone in her arms than Journolist, Ezra Klein or his whatshisname "bud who just resigned".

Oh...and Tucker?

You wouldn't mind if I called you "Fucker"?

Haha, thought not!

This is the internet...

One step away from Hollywood, with one foot still under that damned TROLL bridge.

Eric said...

Do you even know the definition of a leftist?

I think he fits the first definition quite nicely.

John Lynch said...

Purges are part of the life cycle of any ideological group. Nice to know that the internet doesn't change that.

Too many time-servers and careerists, comrades.

Paul Zrimsek said...

The first rule of Tyke Club is you don't talk about Tyke Club.

Penny said...

"GMay said...

"Crazy maybe, but you're pulling the reactionary thing out of your ass."

And in tomorrow's "Internet News at Eight", we quote
GMays as saying he may be CRAZY!

By eleven o'clock tomorrow night, we are talking about how he said "his reactionary 'thing'" was sadly rejected from someone's ass!

Then... We do as we always do...

We "LINE UP" for battle, while collectively assuring GMays that we have nothing against either crazy men or gay men, so he is not to take any of this "personally".

Poor GMays.

No federal laws to protect him. No attorney to take his case. No money to be made which might assuage his sad feelings.

Hm...

So now what, GMays?

CharlesVegas said...

Suggestion for replacement list: "Jerkolist"

Revenant said...

"Good point. I mean, he voted for Ralph Nader, John Kerry, and Barack Obama"

So did a lot of libertarian types, so what?

A few people who CALL themselves libertarians did, certainly. It made me giggle; it is like hearing people call themselves liberals when they keep voting for David Duke. :)

Revenant said...

Why don't you tell us what *you* think he is?

A Democrat.

lucid said...

ezra klein wrote: "fuck tim russert. fucl him with a spiky acid-tipped dick."

Just for the record--
This is the fantasy of a man with either a very small or a very soft dick that requires elaborate augmentation in order to be perceptible by his partner. He must be quite a wimp in bed.

shana said...

SMGalbraith said...
The (very) odd aspect of this for me is that if you've read Weigel's columns covering the right for the Post, they've been as fair as any reporter I've read covering the movement.

But they haven't really been fair or interesting, have they? They tell you nothing new. You learn nothing. Instead of actually covering conservatives, like he's supposed to do, all Dave offered up was lukewarm analysis of blogosphere memes and media cliches. The WaPo ought've fired him for the offense of being boring. I say good riddance.

EnigmatiCore said...

"You seem to forget that Carlson wasn't IN THE LIST."

He's also forgetting that Carlson wasn't the first to publish them.

No, I take that back. He's not forgetting. He's trying to turn the attack and make people defensive.

Just goes to show, though. Klein's stated belief that there would be no motive for conflict between liberals and centrists was either misguided or, more likely, just a way to continue to give cover to journalists pretending to be centrists when they are in fact nothing of the sort. You know, like Weigel.

John Richardson said...

I wonder if the new Journolist will be named "Better Than Ezra".

Sorry, I couldn't help myself on that - it was too obvious.

Severely Ltd. said...

If they need a name for the new Journo-list, I hear 'Acorn' is available.

docweasel said...

It's not that they have a private little bitch party that's infuriating. There are Yahoo groups for everything from politics to crocheting to wife-swapping. No one gives a ratfuck (to use Weigel's fav construction) about that.

What is infuriating is that "legitimate" reporters and "mainstream" media types used the list to coordinate talking points and construct narratives to push (i.e. that Martha Coakley was a bad candidate and that's why she lost, against the idea that it was Obamacare and far-left excesses of the Democrats that sunk her, even in the People's Republic of Mass).

Entities like the Post and NYT and other places which employ denizens of Journolist are what needs to die, not Journolist.

Why any conservative or libertarian subscribes to any newspaper is beyond me. If the Dems don't vote to bail them out before November, we're witnessing the last couple years we have to put up with crap like Klein and Weigel's shenanigans and the foisting of pantloads like Obama on the American Public.

jtb-in-texas said...

Like Blue@9 said...

GMay said...

"So now what, GMays?"

I register Democrat.

garage mahal said...

A few people who CALL themselves libertarians did, certainly.

According to CATO, Obama received 27% of the libertarian vote to McCain's 71%. Democrats received 38% of the libertarian vote in 2004, 20% in 2000, 29% in 1996, and 32% in 1992.

rdkraus said...

garage

I don't doubt those numbers. For us libertarians, this last election was an impossible choice. For most of us Obama, a big spending, a big gov't liberal, was a no-brainer NO. But McCain was a non-contrast. He's just not a good fit for libertarians and there was little/no reason to vote for him. I think a more small gov't, humble foreign policy conservative would have garnered more of our votes.

I voted for Ron Paul - a throw away. Did not see any point in voting for Obama or McCain.

Paco Wové said...

I find it fascinating and instructive that of all the sorry little turds in this whole sorry affair (Weigel, Ezra Klein, the Journolist leaker, every other member of Journolist, the higher-ups at the Post who hired/fired Weigel, did I mention Ezra "shortpants" Klein? Well, he deserves to be mentioned again) -- Garage's ideological blinders force him to vent all his rage on someone only tangentially involved, presumably because only that person isn't on Garage's "team".

knox said...

Printing emails that revealed a blogger said some mean things that may have hurt the poor feelings of Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh

No... Printing emails that revealed a blogger who is supposed to be relaying information about the conservative movement, in good faith, actually despises a good number of the people and the policy views of that movement. Rendering his reporting inadequate at best, slanted at worst.

See the difference?

Peg C. said...

"Needs a new name." Just like ACORN, and soon, DEMOCRAT.

Charlie Martin said...

Weigel isn't a leftist.

Ezra Klein clearly disagrees with you. Klein explicitly says being to the left was a requirement for being on JournoList.

JorgXMcKie said...

What we need is to separate and identify 'journalists' [i.e. those with superior writing skills who use those skills to push an ideological viewpoint] and 'reporters' [those who find and report facts without interjecting editorial content].

It would certainly make my life easier, as I could then skip all the 'journalistic' bullshit and read actual 'news'.

WV: crounts -- the number of people who belonged to journolist.

lucid said...

docweasel wrote:
"What is infuriating is that "legitimate" reporters and "mainstream" media types used the list to coordinate talking points and construct narratives to push (i.e. that Martha Coakley was a bad candidate and that's why she lost, against the idea that it was Obamacare and far-left excesses of the Democrats that sunk her, even in the People's Republic of Mass)."


Yes, that is the problem exactly. Why don't newspapers like the NYT's have a prohibition on their reporters participating on a "cook-the-books" website? It is unethical to do what they were doing.

But I guess if you're liberal then it is impossible for you to do anything unethical.

garage mahal said...

"What is infuriating is that "legitimate" reporters and "mainstream" media types used the list to coordinate talking points and construct narratives to push (i.e. that Martha Coakley was a bad candidate and that's why she lost, against the idea that it was Obamacare and far-left excesses of the Democrats that sunk her, even in the People's Republic of Mass)."

Almost like one of Frank Luntz Talking Points that gets distributed to every partisan conservative operative to drive the narrative in D.C. Gosh!

Trooper York said...

He takes a licking but he keeps on ticking.

NahnCee said...

"So it's not done. It just got too big. And it needs a new name."

Sort of like what Obama's trying to do with what's left of ACORN.

Trooper York said...

Oh wait a minute. That was Al Gore.

Nevermind.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld said...

Ezra Klein is the real villain in this debacle.

For all the time Klein spends proclaiming his and his companion's smartness, they all seem pretty dumb.

You'd think that they'd realize that a big mailing list isn't very secure right off the bat. Then, just to demonstrate things for the theory-impaired, it blows up in their faces with the Townhouse list. Since they're both weak on theory and not very good at empirical results, it blows up in their faces the second time with the Journolist and Mickey Kaus. Then it blows up yet again with the same list and Wiegel.

And now it's obvious they're going to try yet another sooper-sekrit list of like-minded lefties aiming to control the message. This time for sure!

Not that the WaPo editors are much better on the learning from empirical results front. How many more times are they going to put their trust in the judgement of Ezra?

Eric said...

For all the time Klein spends proclaiming his and his companion's smartness, they all seem pretty dumb.

When I think about the people with whom I went to college that decided on J-school this doesn't come as a huge surprise.

Revenant said...

According to CATO, Obama received 27% of the libertarian vote to McCain's 71%. Democrats received 38% of the libertarian vote in 2004, 20% in 2000

But Weigel didn't vote for the Democratic candidate in 2000. He voted for a left-wing extremist, Ralph Nader -- not only voted for, but served as a campaign worker for.

The survey you linked doesn't say what percentage of libertarians voted for Nader in 2000, but the total for all third-party candidates was 8% -- split between Nader, Buchanan, Harry Browne (a.k.a. the Libertarian Party candidate) and all other fringe candidates. In short, it is mathematically impossible for more than a few percent of so-called "libertarians" to have Weigel's voting history. His voting history would place him well on the left of the Democratic Party, in fact.

So, to sum up -- I'm right again. Only a few people who call themselves libertarians voted the way Weigel did.