Saturday, June 26, 2010

On the death of Journalism

Dave Weigel resigned from WaPo today. I am an unabashed fan of Weigel's reporting, so it should come as no surprise that I find this whole episode asinine. Weigel made some unguarded and inflammatory (literally, he said Matt Drudge should light himself on fire) comments in a private setting. Those comments were made public and he had to resign.

Marc Ambinder wrote a persuasive piece on why Weigel deserves to keep his job. Honestly, if WaPo doesn't realize the talent they just fired, they deserve to lose him. As many others have said, including Dave himself, there's no need to worry for him. He'll land on his feet. He reports his beat better than anyone else, and someone will realize what WaPo just left on the table. Another organization will be better for this episode, and WaPo will be worse for it. But hey, what is the old media juggernaut for, if not to squander their chances at being relevant?

ETA: Ben Boychuk (via Conor Friedersdorf) sums up the whole situation in 140 characters: "I find you insufferable, but indispensable. Sorry you resigned. I'll read you wherever you land, you magnificent bastard."

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