The Corporate Lobbyists Who Attacked Reporter: David Weigel

Matt Dornic: Quinn Gillespie's Own James O'Keefe?

As of late the beltway insider media storm has been over the public humiliation of reporter on Teabaggers and birthers, David Weigel.
It’s a petty, moronic tale; Weigel belonged to a private listerv for fellow journalists which was maintained by Washington Post reporter Ezra Klein.
The purpose of the list was to be the smoky “reporter bar” we see in the old black and white movies, where reporters can let their hair down and shoot the shit over smokes and bourbons.

David Weigel; Who Has Never Tried to Hide His Opinions of Political Extremism


There was a code of ethics for those on the list that everything posted on the list stays within the list, keeping it a free speech zone for blowing off steam.
Well, not everything is 100% safe on the internet– someone leaked a few of the e-mails that Weigel posted onto the list complaining about the right wing extremists he had been reporting on.

The statements he made were not flattering, but they are not uncommon statements made by journalists to make off record after dealing with their everyday reporting. Not unlike when people meet up at a bar after work and bitch about the the details of their work day.

It is not clear who leaked these e-mails, but what is clear is that the e-mails were exposed by Washington DC lobby/PR firm Quinn Gillespie’s media director : Matt Dornic. All of this was done via Dornic’s cheesy blog called FishbowlDC.
It is such a crappy blog we won’t bother linking to it, but you can Google it for yourself if you wish.

The result of this moronic situation is that Weigel was forced to resign as a reporter for the Washington Post as a journalistic source of the state of the right wing.

Weigel, a socially liberal Libertarian, might have made too many enemies from the crazies he reported on and he was an obvious threat for the facts he was exposing.

Much of what we have stated so far has been printed and talked about over and over, but very little has been said about Dornic’s boss, Quinn Gillespie.

On their site, Quinn Gillespie and Associates claim to be a bi-partisan lobby and public relations firm, yet specific political clients they have worked with are not posted on the site.
What is posted on the site a list of their corporate clients, and an interesting, yet vague babble about their “results” which sound almost like a T-Bagger bullet point list: Healthcare Industry, International Corporatism, pro-Coal Industry, Taxes

According to Think Progress Dornic often used his throw away blog FishBowlDC as a way to plug issues and events connected to Quinn Gillespie and Associates.

With that fact, why was Dornic not fired from Quinn Gillespie and Associates for the unethical action of posting private e-mails on a blog to cause harm and embarrassment to a reporter while that blog is also used to promote the firm?

Arguments can be made that Dornic’s shitty blog is not affiliated with the firm, but Weigel’s private statements on a listserv were not affiliated with the Washington Post either.

Fair questions we are asking:

Why did Dornic ( and possibly, Quinn Gillespie and Asscoiates) target David Weigel?

Was Dornic working “on the clock” for Quinn Gillespie and Associates when he pulled this dubious stunt?

Was this stunt done at the behest of the firm?

Most respectable public relations firms would distance themselves a sleazy move like this, but they remain silent and with Dornic still in their employment.

How far is this from the amateur media hack and dress up pimp daddy James O’Keefe breaking into federal senate offices while on Breitbart’s payroll?

Andrew Breitbart


And speaking of Mr. psycho Big Government, crazy Andrew Breitbart is going by the way of America’s king of porn Larry Flynt and offering $100K for anyone to give him the entire archive of the journalist listserv Weigel was exposed on so he too can continue the hackery.

Lest we digress from the point of this article, which asks the question: how much did this corporate lobbying/public relations firm have to do with a reporter losing his job for reporting on events that might have shed their own interests in a bad light?

How much of this kind of manipulation of our media by these corporate interests are we supposed to allow as a country that is supposed to value the first amendment of the Constitution?

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6 responses to “The Corporate Lobbyists Who Attacked Reporter: David Weigel

  1. (required)

    Ahh the good ole’ Knights of Kolumbus, a nasty little group of rabid white racist christian pro-life nuts who are represented by Quinn Gillespie. They are anti gay, anti woman and extremely fascist. In fact they gave the most too fund Prop-h8 in Kalifornia and where the driving force behind making the stupid ass pledge of jingoism even worse by including “under god”.

    This Quinn Gillespie sounds like a real great bunch. They help corporate scum and white trash all at the same time.

    However I am curious what they were doing representing the commies at the AARP don’t they know that their little guy Dornic is trying to stop the swell of commies!

    • ladylibertyslamp

      They are nothing more than another corporate elitist attack dog outfit who takes money from all sides to play sleazy politics.

      But, in the meantime, our freedom of the media has fallen under their manipulation.

      Fuck them! Any progressive group who plays with this kind of scum deserves to wind up with the political syphilis QGA is infested with, and should be shunned.

  2. Tyrone mixon

    I can’t understand this game these people play. It’s like “who will fall on sword this time guys?”.

    I say ignore the insiders and their play and let’s keep our focus. Fuck em’ I got better shit to do.

    • ladylibertyslamp

      Normally we do. But, Weigel was a good source of info and for shedding a light on the extremism within the T-Baggers, Birthers and other such crazies.

      Weigel had the platform to get the kind of stuff that needs to be reported out to the public in via a major paper.

      Corporatists didn’t like it, so they had the power to nix him and they used it.

      Liberal media my ass!

      • Tyrone mixon

        Liberal media is a myth. Media is corp. more than anything and that’s why I ignore it.

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