Since I live so close to the echochamber that is Washington DC, I had myself sorta convinced that the Washington Post "Journolist" scandal was something only folks in these parts were following. My recent web-meanderings leave me convinced otherwise.
To review: last year, the Post hired a young man named "Dave Weigel" as a blogger/reporter to "cover" the conservative movement in the United States. Many conservatives treated this development with concern, as there is an almost reflexive tendency among the right today to believe in mainstream bias against the them. Note please--Weigel was not hired to provide "commentary"--he was hired as a reporter.
Last week, it seems a bunch of emails Weigel wrote on a 400 person list-server called "Journolist" run by WaPost "Commentator" Ezra Klein were leaked--in them, Weigel displayed open animosity to the right, the Tea Party movement, basically anything having to do with the things he was supposed to be neutrally covering. This situation led to Weigel being fired by the Post on Friday.
Conservatives are up in arms all over the interwebs, and with justification. The sense that the MSM is biased against the right is pervasive, and it seems that sometimes even the paranoid have something to be worried about. That there would be this shadow network of reporters sharing their thoughts and biases with each other--and in Weigel's case---openly trying to impact the coverage of stories by other reporters, strikes many as simply emblematic of the problem with the MSM. So far, the reactions I've seen from the left, Klein and others consist mainly of bemoaning the leaking of private emails. No insightful look into the dark heart of journalism, no real sense that what they were doing--or at least what Weigel was doing--was wrong.
Ann Althouse's blog is covering this things pretty well in and among a lot of other pretty funny and interesting things.