What did the Post know and when did they know it?

While it's rather tough to defend Dave Weigel's unhinged rantings about Matt Drudge or his arrogant attitude in general, it has increasingly become apparent that something about the release of personal remarks that he had emailed to a private site just smelled funny.

My suspicion was that the Post -- for reasons unknown -- wanted to get rid of him. Yet none of the possible reasons made a whole lot of sense, so I was inclined to think that someone had been jealous of him, and leaked his incriminating remarks in the hope of getting him canned.

But now, via Glenn Reynolds, I see that Dave Weigel was apparently the only Post reporter to cover the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation scandal:

This is a scandal that, thanks to Rubin, von Spakovsky, and Adams, is now hiding in plain sight. The basic facts of the case were captured in real time on video (above). Yet other than a few posts by Dave Weigel regarding the Civil Rights Commission's hearings in the case on the Post site, I cannot find a trace of it in either the Washington Post or the New York Times. While justice has been politicized in a most disgusting manner in the Obama administration, the mainstream media have averted their eyes and moved on.
(Emphasis added.)

The dismissal of the case is a major scandal. Not only does the story not go away, but it just keeps getting bigger. And more sinister in its implications for democracy:

...the dismissal [of the case by Eric Holder and company] is part of a creeping lawlessness infusing our government institutions. Citizens would be shocked to learn about the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims. Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases.

Some of my co-workers argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. Less charitable individuals called it "payback time." Incredibly, after the case was dismissed, instructions were given that no more cases against racial minorities like the Black Panther case would be brought by the Voting Section.

Refusing to enforce the law equally means some citizens are protected by the law while others are left to be victimized, depending on their race. Core American principles of equality before the law and freedom from racial discrimination are at risk. Hopefully, equal enforcement of the law is still a point of bipartisan, if not universal, agreement. However, after my experience with the New Black Panther dismissal and the attitudes held by officials in the Civil Rights Division, I am beginning to fear the era of agreement over these core American principles has passed.

How convenient, now that the only guy who covered it for the Post is out of the way!

"Weigelgate" indeed.

UPDATE: Many thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link, and a warm welcome to all!

Comments invited, agree or disagree.

posted by Eric on 06.29.10 at 04:10 PM


This is pretty classic isn't it? The VP is calling Republicans Nazis while the DOJ has called men in fatigues brandishing batons at a voting booth just simple "pay back". And to think that it was only yesterday that 4 SCOTUS judges voted against the Second Amendment! We're heading down a scary road and government accountability is totally lacking. Where is this funny thing called "filibuster"? Is there not ONE Senator that thinks the government should pause while we look at this?

SenatorMark4   ·  June 30, 2010 11:32 PM

Eric, there is NOTHING to see HERE, move along...or you will be "moved"...

Rich Vail   ·  June 30, 2010 11:34 PM

Well, someone has to say the word: impeachment

Obama told Kyl he is holding border enforcement hostage for political reasons.

He has clearly suborned the Civil Rights Div. of DoJ.

He is in breach of his oath of office by refusing to execute the laws of the United States as passed under the Constitution, for purely selfish political reasons.

If incompetence were impeachable I would throw in the Gulf oils spill, but let's put that aside.

We have a constitutional crisis brewing, and it's only going to get worse.

Marty   ·  June 30, 2010 11:55 PM

I know this sounds utterly wimpy, but I'm actively paying my taxes as late as possible, and also shutting down all my businesses and draining their cash on hand as dividends.

I'm not inclined to actively engage this thugocracy. I just want to starve it until I can again vote against it.

Thing is, I'm kind of inclined to be a wage slave from here on in. It's kind of a pain in the ass to be an entrepreneur when the government that taxes you also declares you a persona non grata.

Sic transit gloria Roma, or some such.

Pity, that.

Patrick Carroll   ·  July 1, 2010 12:15 AM

What a spectacle! Maybe we'll see them eat each other next?

What I Think   ·  July 1, 2010 12:33 AM

Obama also told Alexander that he was bringing up the Gulf spill at a meeting about an energy bill for political reasons.

There are so many useful openings to push at the legitimacy of this administration, in the DOJ alone. If the GOP had any guts they could get Holder fired. Most Americans not only don't know about the Black Panther case, they don't know about Gerald Walpin, or the other voting rights cases....Even some Obama fans would be open to ditching Holder once all this stuff comes out.

Yehudit   ·  July 1, 2010 12:49 AM

interesting point about the Black Panther angle. But if true, it highlights how efforts at media control have become even more clumsy and inept recently. Can such thuggish behavior be successful here in the USA? I don't know, maybe. But it seems to me that any effort to suppress this story are as fruitless as sticking a finger in a broken dam.

Becky   ·  July 1, 2010 12:56 AM

But if true, it highlights how efforts at media control have become even more clumsy and inept recently. Can such thuggish behavior be successful here in the USA?

Becky, it is successful. Neither the NY Times nor the Washington Post have printed a word about Holder and the New Black Panthers scandal.

Maybe the National Enquirer can be persuaded to investigate? After all, they broke the stories on Al Gore and John Edwards. What a world, where the Enquirer is a more trustworthy news source than the WaPo!

Murgatroyd   ·  July 1, 2010 1:33 AM

Has anyone mentioned an Islamo-fascist fifth
column in this White House?

ptl   ·  July 1, 2010 11:27 PM

Impeachment, hell! Tar and feathers!

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