Post Blogger Resigns After Matt Drudge Flap

David Weigel steps down after leak of off-the-record remarks
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2010 10:19 AM CDT
Updated Jun 25, 2010 12:53 PM CDT
Internet reporter Matt Drudge arrives at a party after attending the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, April 28, 2001 in Washington DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) Washington Post blogger David Weigel resigned today after some too-candid off-the-record comments he made about conservatives showed up on the FishbowlDC blog, reports Politico. He had issued an apology to readers earlier. It all began when Weigel, frustrated with the hate mail he was getting after an unflattering link posted on the Drudge Report, unloaded on “JournoList,” a supposedly private listserv for journalists.

“This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly and set himself on fire,” he wrote. He had also referred to Ron Paul supporters as "Paultards." Weigel, whose Right Now blog covered the conservative beat, apologized to Drudge, saying, “If he wants to link to this post with some headline accusing me of wishing death on him, I suppose he can do so. But I don’t wish that.” It wasn't enough for the Post, which accepted his resignation.

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