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Amid Criticism, Conservative Blogger Resigns From 'The Washington Post'

Insult this man at your own risk; or, a portrait of Matt Drudge, circa 2003. Evan Agostini/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Dave Weigel, a blogger for The Washington Post, whose job is — or was, rather — to take readers "inside the conservative movement and the Republican Party," tendered his resignation today, Fishbowl DC, a Washington media blog, reports, and Politico confirms.

Yesterday, he offered an apology for a series of comments he made on "an off-the-record list-serv called 'Journolist.'"

Weigel said he assumed emails to Journolist were off-the-record, and he considered it "a place to talk bluntly to friends."

In several emails, he insulted Matt Drudge, criticized the Washington Examiner, and called Ron Paul supporters "Paultard Tea Party people."  Since those comments came to light on The Daily Caller, Weigel has been criticized by hundreds of conservatives.

"I apologize for much of what I wrote, and I apologize to readers," he said.

Previously, Weigel covered the American conservative movement for The Washington Independent.  Earlier this year, he talked to NPR's Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

UPDATE on 06/29/2010, at 11:53 a.m. ET: According to TVNewser, Weigel has joined MSNBC as a paid contributor, to appear regularly on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.