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Dave Weigel Takes MSNBC Job Like A Common Liberal

Official Wonkette Dave Weigel And His Brolly(tm) pictureOnce upon a time there was a young man with a dream: to subvert the dying “main-stream print media” from within by covering the fringes of the conservative movement while giving off the vague impression that he too was a conservative, even though he loves gays so much. Then, with a series of strategically placed emails to a secret mailing list for cool kids, he became such a focus of controversy that he was forced to resign from Kaplan Test Prep And Washington-Area Journalism LLC, which catapulted him to the destination he was aiming at all along: a job at MSNBC, the pinko teevee networks for communists.

Weigel’s hiring was actually announced by arch-Marxist and bloated anger bag Keith Olbermann right in the middle of his show last night, while Dave was trying to explain Rick Barber’s latest 19th century cosplay lunacy to TV audiences. The fact that Weigel was criticized so angrily by the leaders of American conservatism (i.e., the commenters on Andrew Breitbart’s website) pretty much guaranteed him a fat television paycheck from MSNBC, because there are only two “teams” in American politics and journalism, and they are both run by children.

Anyway, now this story has a “happy ending” and we know Weigel won’t be crawling back here for a job, so we can pretty much stop paying attention to it. Congratulations, Dave! Try not to let on over there how much you hate taxes. And watch out for Chris Matthews in the break room, we hear he’s handsy. [Mediaite]

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35 comments

  1. norbizness

    Please to tell me what Dave Weigel will be having for lunch and perhaps his credit score.

  2. norbizness

    I changed my mind, I would rather hear what commenters on a site nobody in their right mind should be directing traffic towards think about his lunch plans.

  3. Potater

    “Fits in perfectly on Must See Nobodys Bashing Conservatives network.”

    This is bad? If nobody’s bashing conservatives, what’s their problem with it?

  4. JMP

    Funny how a network having two shows hosted by center-left types (soon to be three) makes everyone call them the far-left hippie commie network, even when it still employs the likes of Scarborough and Buchanan. Of course, that’s the same logic that leads to calling a libertarian who’s willing to call out conservatives for lying when they do so an extreme lefty.

  5. FMA

    Are we all going to back here in a couple of days when he does something to piss off Olbermann?

  6. TGY

    Is this a double cross or a triple cross of the conservatives? So confused. Bah, make mine a double. Agent.

  7. ManchuCandidate

    Somewhere a WaPo old bitty just shit their Depends.

    “We stabbed him in the back and he ends up on TV!!! It’s not fair! IT’S NOT FAIR!!!!”

  8. hoosiermama

    Thanks for the trip through the archives — I missed the Weigel era, going from AMC -> lost year -> Ken Layne. There was a lot of stuff in between! Wish I had been conscious. BUTTERSTICK NEVAR FORGET!!!!

  9. Golfing OJ

    Meh, see him on Olbermann? Blink blink blink. The kid was blinkin’ like a blinkin’ beacon of blinkin’. He must have been stoned out of his mind. Made me wanna get stoned. Materr o’ fact I did.

  10. JMP

    [re=608276]hoosiermama[/re]: The saddest thing about the archives? Every post, “No comments”; they were all eaten on the move from Gawker.

  11. Cape Clod

    When is MSNBC going to start trying to really compete with Fox? They seem absolutely dead set against hiring hot, blond, smirking airheads, and god knows, Matthews doesn’t count.

  12. Aflac Shrugged

    It just proves that if you use the word “Paultard” in your correspondence enough, good things will happen to you.

  13. germansteel

    Is Olbermann still whining about how somebody didn’t give enough of a shit about how much he loves his sainted dad? How about, is he still crowing about that one time his ratings were better than some douchebag on Fox? Does he still pivot around like a demented dervish to face a different camera angle, or look away from the camera as he exaggeratedly stacks his papers on his desk? Thow his notes at the camera? Make Rachel blush when he says how great she is (she is, but not because he thinks so)? What about his awful voice impressions of Limbaugh, O’Reilly or any other right wing kook he happens to be attempting to lampoon?

    I can’t bear to watch anymore, so I don’t know if he still is as excruciating as all that.

  14. slappypaddy

    the news of weigel’s hiring has rocked the stock market, knocking 200 points off the dow at opening. who says the mainstream media no longer has impact?

  15. Gorillionaire

    Just when I think I just don’t really like Olbermann anymore, he will have Monty Python or the MST 3000 guys on the show and he will be funny and gently fan worshipping and then I like him all over again.
    Good luck Weigel. Try to stop blinking on TV tho, and get a lighting tech who knows what he is doing. Then all will be fine.

  16. SayItWithWookies

    Remember when the Washington Post was a place people wanted to work instead of just a stepping stone to other things? Just don’t utter that previous sentence around Richard Cohen or you’ll get an earful about how the Kindle has ruined his pension fund.

  17. Troubledog

    I guess everybody gotta pay the rent. Dave, this time, stay in kayfabe. Also, don’t resign next time. It fucks with your eligibility for unemployment and COBRA.

  18. Mr Blifil

    Will Dave Weigel, whoever the fuck he is, be to Rachel what he cameraman/gaffer/whoeverthefuckhewas was to Anne Heche? I’m guessing nuh-uh.

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  20. Long Form Def Certificate

    [re=608383]Mr Blifil[/re]: Female sexuality is much more fluid than the male variety, so while it would be ludicrous to say Brooke Anderson could turn Perez Hilton (if, say, Perez were to be picked up as a correspondent-at-large for Showbiz Tonite), it isn’t that far-fetched to think Weigel’s dweebiness might turn Maddow’s slightly cooler dweebiness.

  21. GtownMarla

    [re=608315]Gorillionaire[/re]: New ‘lighting tech’? Yeah, he also probably needs a new ‘best boy’, also.

  22. Maus

    [re=608265]Potater[/re]: “This is bad? If nobody’s bashing conservatives, what’s their problem with it?”

    Not being fellated on a regular basis drives them into hysterics. They’d all die of heart attacks if they were *really* bashed.

  23. GOPCrusher

    [re=608315]Gorillionaire[/re]: Maybe it’s not random blinking. Maybe it’s code to his Faux Noise overlords to let them know that his infiltration into “The evil librul media” is going as planned.

  24. mustardman

    Is it just me or is Olbermann starting to look like Elan Kagan. At the rate he is going he will look like an ompa lompa pretty soon. Either way, it’s all douche all the time as far as I’m concerned. This coming from a recently huge fan of his. How far he has fallen. Right down there with Jon Stewart now.

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