Last week the Washington Post fired conservative-beat reporter and blogger David Weigel following the leak of his incendiary emails on a liberal listserv JournoList. Weigel had been hired by the Post after working at the left-wing Washington Independent. Does his departure bode ill for reporters at left-wing publications hoping to make the jump to prestigious mainstream publications? Probably not. Though Weigel is gone, there are at least eight Washington Post staffers with backgrounds at left-wing publications who have done reporting--as opposed to only editorializing--for the Post in recent years.

On its print staff, N.C. Aizenman reports on health care, Walter Pincus reports on national security, and Charles Lane reported on the Supreme Court until 2007. All three staffers have been editors at The New Republic. (Lane was at the helm of the magazine when writer Stephen Glass was busted for fabricating his stories.)

Greg Sargent, whose reporting often serves as grist for the Democratic National Committee's mill, was tapped to write a reported blog for the Post in 2009, after working for both The American Prospect and Talking Points Memo.

Garance Franke-Ruta was a senior editor at The American Prospect before becoming the Post’s Web Politics Editor in 2007. In April 2009, Franke-Ruta appeared to blame Sarah Palin for the conspiracy theory that Palin was not the real mother of her son Trig. It was Palin's "reticence" about the "circumstances surrounding [Trig's] birth" that "prompted wild, Internet-fueled allegations about Trig's parentage," Franke-Ruta wrote.

Rachel Weiner jumped from Talking Points Memo to Huffington Post before landing her gig as a Washington Post blogger and editor. Weiner wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post in 2009 titled "Right-Wing Neocons Rooting For Ahmadinejad Win." Michael Rubin, one of the "neocons" supposedly rooting for Ahmadinejad to win disputed Weiner's post, calling it "fiction."

Juliet Eilperin, who was a contributor to the Huffington Post in 2006, reports on the environment for the Washington Post.

Ezra Klein was hired by the Post in 2009 to write a blog, which is simply described as a blog on "Economic and Domestic Policy, and Lots of It." Examples of his bias are too numerous to count. Klein was described recently by one of his Post colleagues as "just an absolute partisan."