A little thought experiment: What if a reporter made a wildly inappropriate video suggesting that the secretary of state, who happens to be a woman, should drink Mad Bitch beer? Surely that reporter would be forced to apologize to Hillary Rodham Clinton before walking the plank. Yet when this happened, Dana Milbank, the longtime Washington Post star who made the video, remained a prized political writer at the paper. (The “Mouthpiece Theater” video segments, mercifully, have been canceled.)
It’s simple: Mibank and Cillizza are part of the Kaplan fraternity, Weigel was not (and neither was Dan Froomkin). That’s all there is to it. If the blogger/reporters at Kaplan stick around long enough, do some beer funneling with Fred Hiatt, allow themselves to be paddled by Sally Quinn, and so on, they’ll be able to write mean personal emails to their friends without getting shit-canned. But until then….