Over the past week, a minor drama has been unfolding over the exposure of the MSM engaging in a behind-the-scenes effort to push a (take your pick)
liberal/progressive/democrat/far-left agenda in its reporting while maintaining a guise of neutrality. Recent events have proven, clearly and
convincingly, that the mask has slipped, with the unethical, sometimes far-left, bias of purportedly neutral “reporting” by the mainstream media
laid bare by its own conspirators.
I say “minor drama” only because this is being revealed almost without exception in the blogosphere. The few “mainstream” exceptions (laid
out herein) have been ignored by other members of “the legitimate press.” But, tellingly, even the liberal bloggers have been forced to admit the
validity of the underlying ethical violations of ostensibly neutral reporters who are no longer able to disguise an underlying liberal agenda that
drives not only the subject and focus of their reportage, but its tenor as well.
Thus, we have the recent exposure, and resignation, of a far-left liberal blogger assigned (or, more honestly, posed) by that venerable anchor of D.
C. reporting, the Washington Post
, as its “Conservative Embed Reporter.”
An Apology to My Readers
David Weigel, who reported under the WaPo “Right Now” banner with the byline: “Inside the conservative movement and the Republican Party
with David Weigel
,” resigned last week when a fellow reporter leaked his “off-the-record” but shared in the liberal blogosphere rants
and tirades against everything and anyone conservative to another MSM favorite, Tucker Carlson, and his Daily Caller
Weigel had been a long-standing member of the “non partisan to liberal, center to left” members-only “JournoList
run by fellow WaPo resident editor, Ezra Klein. Immediately upon the Weigel revelations, Klein shut down JList.
(Andrew Breitbart, of BigGovernment
, has offered a $100,000 bounty to any other disloyal or disillusioned JList member who will provide him a
copy their archives. This could get REALLY interesting!)
While posing as a neutral reporter covering American conservatives for the Post, Weigel privately shared with his JList brethren, among other things,
the revealing nickname of “ratf**k” he assigned his subjects and their activities; his wish that Matt Drudge set himself on fire; the psychic pain
of having to report on the growing numbers of tea party activists and popularity of their agenda; his perception that conservatives use the media to
“violently, angrily divide America;” with such motives as “racism” and “protecting white privilege;” and “a nihilistic thirst for
He repeated his beliefs that “Newt Gingrich is an amoral blowhard … and Pat Buchanan is an anti-Semite …[jointly] polluting my inbox and TV with
their bellowing and minority-bashing;” while lamenting that, “They’re never going to go away or be deprived of their soapboxes.”
Weigel privately complained on JList that the problem with the mainstream media is “this need to give equal/extra time to ‘real American’
, no matter how f**king moronic.”
After the Huffington Post
reported that many Americans believed Sarah Palin’s claim that Obamacare “death panels” would ration health
care was true, Weigel suggested that reporting on the subject might be counter-productive to liberal policy aims. Weigel pointed out that as long as
liberal-leaning news talked about it, the number of her believers would never go down.
“Let’s move the f**k on already,” Weigel urged his comrades.
Republicans? “Ratf**king [Obama] on every bill.” Palin? Tried to “ratf**k” a moderate Republican in a contentious primary in New York.
Limbaugh? Used “ratf**king tactics” in urging Republican activists to vote for Hillary Clinton in open primaries after Obama had all but beat her
for the Democratic nomination.
All this is from a man who, while reporting for The Washington Independent
, referred to his future subjects as “Christian fascist
eliminationists,” and in the JList as “Paultards.” Even back then, after noting Weigel’s move from the purportedly libertarian Reason
, to the hard-left Independent, one reporter warned of his left-libertarian, anti-conservative, tendencies: “Folks need to be careful
about their allegiances.”
Name calling of, and even opposition to, a reporter’s assigned coverage or “beat” may not be indicia in and of themselves of ethical violations.
But, James Tarranto of the Wall Street Journal
“One quote from the Caller piece, however, went too far even for an opinion journalist:
After Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate seat, threatening to kill the health care legislation by his presence, Weigel stressed how important it
was for reporters to highlight what a terrible candidate his opponent Martha Coakley had been.
"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
Remember, Weigel's supposedly off-the-record audience consisted of hundreds of journalists, both left-wing and purportedly objective. What it
appears he was doing was not merely expressing an opinion but engaging in partisan politics--i.e., advising other journalists on how they should
tailor their coverage so as to avoid "doing more damage to the Democrats."
We surmise that this was not an isolated occurrence--that a lot of the discussion on Journolist consisted of this sort of blatantly partisan
Thus exposed as a fraud pretending to be objective, and presented by WaPo as a neutral reporter on conservatism, while surreptitiously doing his best
to push an opposing viewpoint, you know that the MSM will “do the right thing.” Right?
As of this week, Weigel works for Keith Olbermann at MSNBC.
Dave Weigel joins MSNBC
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The Collusion of Media