Ta-Nehisi Coates has a thoughtful post about WeigelGate that is marred by this:
It’s always a problem when you have to state your affection for someone you’re blogging about–but I have great affection for Jeff (Golberg). That’s the personal side–the side that makes this a very uncomfortable post. But professionally, I have great respect for him as a reporter.
I have read a lot of Jeff Goldberg articles in the New Yorker and the truth is, when he’s not writing about the Middle East, he’s fine. But he was also the Judy Miller of Iraq-Al Qaeda connections.
It’s disappointing to me that someone who generally shoots as straight as TNC would give Goldberg a pass on this. But that’s the way it is, people reach a certain level of status in the media and can’t keep themselves out of the great Atlantic/National Journal garden party in the sky, no matter how hard they try to avoid it. (To be perfectly frank, this is why I never liked the idea of Journolist in the first place, the idea that all these high-level bloggers/pundits might be coordinating their message somehow, or at least airing their grievances publicly rather than privately, is a bit sickening.)
Perhaps the defining characteristic of our age is how much time political and media elites spend giving each other hand jobs.
Update. I give TNC credit for admitting “[I]n this case, the rage is warranted”.