In the course of encountering the world people draw conclusions and form views, and a good journalist encounters more of the world than most folks. What’s happening now is that the fiction that those convictions don’t, or shouldn’t, shape the tasks of journalism is disappearing. That doesn’t mean that anything goes; it means we have an opportunity to establish a new set of journalistic values—one that valorizes fair-mindedness, intellectual honesty, and proving your point with serious reporting, and that accepts a variety of ways to achieve these goals. Weigel is not blameless here, but as a colleague said to me over the weekend, “If you’re the Post, you have to find a way for somebody like Dave to work.” The rest of journalism already is.

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Greg Marx is a CJR staff writer. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.