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Recalling Dave Weigel’s Privacy Standard

John on June 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Today, Weigel resigned his job at the Post. Fellow post blogger and JournoList founder Ezra Klein has a piece up defending the list serv and expressing pride in its contents. He also promises to destroy said contents post haste. No doubt there are many more intemperate statements in the archives which will forever be lost to history.

Klein tells his readers that this incident is a good example of the blurry line between public and private on the web. That may be true, but it’s worth noting that just last month Dave Weigel expressed a very concrete idea of the private/public divide when he wrote this piece about Sarah Palin:

Sarah Palin took to her Facebook account today to inform her readers that Joe McGinniss, an award-winning reporter and author, had rented the house next door Can somebody explain to me how this isn’t a despicable thing for Palin to do?

Palin had complained bitterly about the intrusion into her privacy. Far from taking her side, Weigel attempted to school Sarah in how this works. Politicians, he wrote, “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.” Okay, Dave, if you say so.

Were any laws broken in publishing your comments from JournoList? None that I’ve seen. Then I suppose Mr. Weigel has nothing to complain about. Not unless he wants to suggest the rules are different for investigating journalists, like himself, than for ex-Governor’s like Sarah Palin.

Enjoy your summer off, Dave. You earned it.

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