Second Thoughts on Dave Weigel

By Jeffrey Goldberg

A couple of people I know and respect have told me that my criticism of Dave Weigel is misplaced; that he tries harder than I thought to be a fair reporter; that he makes mistakes, but everyone makes mistakes. And they've provided me with examples of his good reporting. So maybe I've made a mistake myself by blogging too fast and too thoughtlessly on this issue. On the other hand, I was repulsed -- really repulsed -- by his invitation to Matt Drudge to kill himself. I despise violent keyboard-cowboyism, and not only because I've received various invitations over the years to kill myself, or let myself be killed, because I'm a supporter of Israel, or because I support the Kurds in their struggle against Saddam, or because I supported the invasion of Iraq (mainly because I'm a supporter of Israel, actually).

In any case, I wanted to say this now, and with any luck I'll return to this subject later. 

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