WaPo conservative blogger Dave Weigel appeared to be having a rough day Monday because of grief he was getting for calling Rep. Bob Etheridge’s (D-N.C.) interaction with the college student a “hug.”
By the day’s end, Weigel sounded ready to disappear from the planet for awhile. But no, the day wasn’t over quite yet. “OK, this day needs to end. RT @NikkiSchwab Post blogger Weigel likes to waggle, sweat,” he tweeted.
Weigel was referring to this item that appears in the Washington Examiner today that makes fun of all things — his dancing. The headline reads: “Post’s Weigel likes to Waggle, Sweat.”
Could the Wapo scribe be vying for a future spot on “Dancing with the Stars?”
(Maybe Weigel’s Wednesday will improve.)
> Update: Weigel is upset by my characterization of his use of the word “hug.” He writes to FishbowlDC: “I demand a correction. I did not suggest that the interaction was a “hug.” I used the word “hug” to describe the action of Etheridge pulling the man into his arms after grabbing his camera and grabbing his wrist. This is a sizable error of omission.”
I stand by my use of Weigel’s use of the word hug and hope sincerely that he will never attempt to “hug” me or anyone I care about. According to the free online dictionary, “hug” means, “To clasp or hold closely, especially in the arms, as in affection, embrace.” Weigel wrote in his original post: “The second camera rolled as Etheridge, irritated, held the wrist of the first cameraman, then pulled the student to his side and grabbed him in a hug.”
> Update #2: The Examiner‘s Timothy Carney challenges the Examiner’s Yeas & Nay’s item on Weigel’s dancing. “Weigel is a friend,” he writes in an opinion column today. He outs himself as a source on the Weigel dancing item – he attended the wedding at which the Weigel dancing occurred and dished to Yeas & Nays. He wrote, “Seeing the distress this caused, I’ll never dish on friends to a gossip page again. And if you see Dave Weigel, give him a hug.” (We hope he doesn’t mean the apparent neck grabbing kind.)
> Update #3: Weigel is not pleased with Yeas & Nays’s Tara Palmeri. He tweeted this morning, “People-to-block Tuesday: @tarapalmeri”
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