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Dave Weigel (Bloomberg, Slate, Washington Post, Washington Independent, Reason Magazine)

Dave Weigel is a supposed journalist who's lied, misled, just made things up, and shown little journalistic integrity. The phrase question authority is not in his vocabulary; where other reporters might be partisan hacks, Weigel is an establishment hack who always takes the side of those with money and power.

The only people Weigel is willing to discomfort are those with no political power: the Larry Sinclairs of the world, militia yahoo t-shirt sellers at tea parties events, and so on. Going after powerless fringe folks endears him to the Beltway establishment and others whose approval he seeks.

Weigel previously wrote a blog for the Washington Post but was banished to Slate after the WaPo discovered that he wasn't the unbiased reporter that they pretended they thought he was. In September 2014 he left Slate for a new Bloomberg news outlet headed by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

Before those two stops, he contributed to Reason Magazine, the Washington Independent, and other sites. The first is funded in part by the Koch family. The parent company of the second received funding from a Rockefeller foundation and from George Soros. For an example of his journalistic failings, he's repeatedly misled about the Obama citizenship issue. For an example of him lying about that issue, see this. In early April 2010 he was hired by the Washington Post to run their "Right Now" blog to cover conservatives. In June 2010 he offered to resign and the WaPo accepted after emails he'd sent to the "Journolist" mailing list came to light. Read about that here.

Part of the reason why he continues to mislead about the Obama certificate issue appears to be because he isn't intelligent enough to understand the difference between evidence and proof; part of it appears to be his strong support for Obama; and part of it appears to be that he knows that if he actually looks into the truth about that issue he'd be ostracized by other low-level members of the Beltway establishment.

For another example of his journalistic failings, in January he wrote a post about me on his personal blog. I attempted to respond by signing up and leaving a comment, but he never approved the comment. Here's what David Weigel doesn't want you to see. It's extremely unethical for journalists not to give the right of reply to someone they write about, but that's what David Wiegle did.

In the past, I repeatedly challenged him to simply pick up the phone, call Hawaii, and try to confirm his assumptions. I even provided the questions to ask and the phone number to call. He continually refused. He points out now that he did call Hawaii, but the point is that he didn't do it at the time, and even when he did call he didn't ask the questions - such as those at the link - designed to put them on the spot. Please ask yourself what sort of journalist would repeatedly refuse to do something as simple as picking up the phone, when simply getting an answer to those questions could put the whole matter to rest?

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What Koch defenders aren't telling you (Reddit, Reason, Glenn Reynolds, Powerline, Weigel) - 02/24/11

... so fond of the Koch agenda. 6. Dave Weigel offers his own fan post to the Koch brothers: slate.com/id/2286169 He fails to note that he used to work for the Kochtopus' own Reason Magazine, he pretends that concerns about Koch influence only started recently (rather than having existed for decades and involving both the brothers and their father), and, of course, he highlights only the liberal-...

Dave Weigel refers to "Paultards"; Drudge has "emotional problems", should "set himself on fire" - 06/24/10

... DC junior league has it in for Dave Weigel of the Washington Post, because someone on the private "Journolist" email list (started by Ezra Klein) has released some "interesting" emails that Weigel sent to the list. This is all very much disgustingly Inside The Beltway, but then again please take a look at his name's link, and note also that the post at his personal site where David Weigel wrote...

Lee Sherman of Mint cowardly gives in to illegal immigration supporters (Timothy Lee, Megan McArdle, Dave Weigel, Ezra Klein, Max Read) - 06/18/10

... His Washington Post colleague Dave Weigel's report (not as bad as the others, for what that's worth) is at [5]. I'd never heard of Mint before a couple days ago when I first saw their graphic (perhaps through Digg). I wasn't impressed for various reasons: it didn't cite who offered which statistic, some of the statistics seemed a bit off, and generally speaking arguing over immigration economics...

How Crash the Tea Party could be effective (Brendan Steinhauser of Freedomworks knows!) - 04/14/10

... secretly on their side). Even Dave Weigel can figure out that Levin is helping them (link). Another twist and turn in this disturbing tale is that FreedomWorks - one of the string-pullers for the partiers - knows how they're vulnerable. At the Washington Post article, their Brendan Steinhauser says: Steinhauser passed on a chance to critique the CrashtheParty strategy of discrediting tea...

Experts: how bogus is the Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll? (oversamples 60+, males, southerners?) - 02/02/10

... (unfortunately) best summarized by the Dave Weigel headline "Poll: Many Republicans Believe Obama is Racist Socialist Who Was Elected by ACORN" (link). The problem with DailyKos' attempt to make the GOP is that they appear to have oversampled those over 60 years of age, males, and southerners, skewing the results. I'm not a polling expert so I might be wrong, but here's the demographics and if...

Dave Weigel not fully honest about tea party, Kochtopus link ("Top Ten Conservatives of 2009") - 12/31/09

Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent offers "The Best and the Rightest/ The Top Ten Conservatives of 2009" (link). 1. His #1 choice is Ron Paul, about which Weigle says "at the close of 2009, Paul seems less like an outsider and more like a pioneer... [h]is rhetoric and some of his imagery (like Revolutionary War re-enactment) have been copied wholesale by the Tea Party movement". That fails...

Dave Weigel lies about Lou Dobbs - 11/24/09

... George Soros and Rockefeller), Dave Weigel offers "Citizen Lou" (washingtonindependent.com/68779/citizen-lou), in which he smears Lou Dobbs and lies about his positions: What reason is there to believe that Dobbs, a bottom-feeding broadcaster who struggled to draw 800,000 nightly viewers, has a ready pool of voters waiting for him? All I see is a 2006 Rasmussen Reports poll suggesting that a...

Judge David Carter makes false assumption, rules against Orly Taitz ("Birther" suit) - 10/29/09

... "Birther" lawsuit has failed; Dave Weigel crows about it here. Leaving aside all the many other factors of this story, judge David Carter of the Central District of California in his ruling (link) made a false assumption that shows either bias or inability to understand the fine points of this issue. He says (bolding added): More specifically, Plaintiffs allege that the President has not shown...

Census worker found hanged in Kentucky; see who's politicizing it - 09/24/09

... real. We'll see. * The sleazy Dave Weigel says (washingtonindependent.com/61037/ bachmann-in-st-louis-defund-the-left-beware-one-world-currency): After the speech [at the How to Take Back America Conference in St. Louis, Rep. Michelle Bachmann] had only a few minutes to sign autographs and collect a stack of CDs and books from fans who’d followed her into the lobby. I caught up to her as she...

Sources for DHS rightwing extremism report: ADL, SPLC, NYT, LAT, Dave Weigel... - 08/12/09

... Conservatives Panic About Obama" by Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent [2]. See his name's link for more. * Several pages at a "kooky" site I've never heard of before, including this page: whatdoesitmean . com/index1132.htm According to Quantcast (FWIW), that site gets just slightly more visitors per month than this site. * The WorldNetDaily article "Can you survive economic crisis?...

Dave Weigel lies about Obama certificate issue *again* (Rachel Maddow, "Birthers") - 07/23/09

Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent appeared on the Rachel Maddow show to discuss the "Birther" movement a couple days ago; the video is attached. If you trust Weigel's reporting, keep reading because, in addition to being disingenuous, he uttered two major lies. Weigel said reporters should call Hawaii and "get this thing verified", that "it's very straightforward". What Weigel didn't...

Dave Weigel misleads about Obama certificate issue, again (Janice Okubo) - 07/17/09

... the Obama citizenship issue, Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent offers "'Birther' Movement Dogs Republicans" [1]. I just got off the phone with one of his sources for the article, and she refused to verify the impression that Weigel's article is trying to make. Weigel is trying to mislead people into believing that the state of Hawaii has verified that the certification of live birth ("...

What Dave Weigel doesn't want you to see - 01/23/09

On January 8, Dave Weigel - formerly of Reason Magazine and now with the Washington Independent and The Economist - wrote a post at his site (link) mocking my efforts to bring to light the Obama citizenship issue. I replied with a comment showing how he's wrong (printed below), but the comment remains in moderation: Weigel is too afraid to approve it because it points out how much of a hack he is...

Senator David Vitter misleads about Obama certificate issue (and Dave Weigel helps) - 01/08/09

... Anti-Obama Activists" (link) in which Dave Weigel continues misleading about this issue. I've left several comments suggesting that he simply picks up the phone and calls Hawaii - and sent an email to his editor suggesting the same - without Weigel showing any interest in the basic journalistic task of verifying his assumptions. UPDATE: I had a rather unproductive conversation with Laura McCann...

Dave Weigel /Slate /Reason Magazine lies about Obama birth certificate issue - 12/04/08

Dave Weigel of Reason Magazine takes to the webpages of Slate to offer "Change They Can Litigate/The fringe movement to keep Barack Obama from becoming president" (link). It contains at least one lie and several misleading statements (I didn't read the whole thing, so there's probably more). The lie is his claim concerning the "state of Hawaii's official statement that the certificate was...

Immigrant assimilation study: low scores for Mexicans; other results mixed (N.C. Aizenman/WaPo, Yglesias, Drezner, Atrios, Weigel) - 05/13/08

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Ramos/Compean: who's on the Bush administration's side? - 02/08/07

I have a feeling that it won't be too very long before even more truth comes out about the case of the two Border Patrol agents (Ramos/Compean) who strongly appear to have been railroaded by their own government. So, let's take a look at the short, select list of some of those who've supported the Bush administration's side of things: * Andrew McCarthy at National Review, "The Border-Patrol Two...

The childlike Dave Weigel - 08/22/06

David Weigel of Reason is guest posting at Andrew Sullivan's blog and offers a discussion of Pat Buchanan's latest book that's even dumber than that that Sully would have provided. Can anyone point me to the border towns where democracy has collapsed, supplanted by Latin American-style caudillos? We can come close: "Mexican drug cartels take over U.S. cities", colonias, "Task force targets...

EFE admits Goldwater "concentration camps" smear - 06/28/06

... the small-time smearers: * Dave Weigel at Reason Magazine with "In Your Heart, You Know He's Batshit Insane": How much of this has been hyped by the "Mexican news service"? Apparently not much; Goldwater has said the same thing before. (reason.com/hitandrun/2006/06/in_your_heart_y_1.shtml) * "Joe in DC" at AmericaBlog: "GOPer proposes forced labor camps for illegal immigrants": Those right...