Karl, at Hot Air, brings up a different angle to the David Weigel affair -- Weigel was hired by WaPo to report on conservatives, ostensibly as a conservative, or a new libertarian type of conservative, or something like that -- I don't really care about this part of it -- then he was fired because emails from a private site of moderate-to-liberal journalists were leaked by one of the members. The emails revealed Weigel exoriating conservatives and discussing strategy for the Democrat Party to overcome the Scott Brown win in Massachusetts.
It appears WaPo fired Weigel because of the inappropiateness of the content of the emails. It also appears that a group of writers, Conor Friedersdorf, Andrew Sullivan and Julian Sanchez, to name few identified by Karl in the above link, have come to the defense of Weigel.
I have named this group of writers The Eclectic Gang because they're all over the place politically, but mostly in the center and left of center, although some claim kinship to a type of conservative thought -- the good, intelligent conservative thought, not the wacky rightwing extremist thought.
I hope the Eclectic Gang learned a lesson and follow their own advice. Too often, they've taken opinionated comments from Limbaugh, Palin, Beck and others to make mountains out of molehills. The Eclectic Gang will likely claim there's a difference between private email groups and public commentary, but their big opposition to the firing is that journalists ought to have opinons and passionately express these opinions unless all journalists become overly-cautious, homogenized, boring drones. So the heated rhetoric argument is now used against one of the Eclectic Gang members and they don't like the suppresion -- good for them -- I just hope they remember that when Beck gets carried away with passion.