It appears that Ezra Klein is folding the off-the-record progressive listserve Journolist today, after someone maliciously leaked emails from the very talented Washington Post reporter David Weigel. I don’t know who did this or why. This leak was a particularly lousy thing to do.
Ezra made the right decision to close up shop once someone proved intent on going through the archives to embarrass or to hurt people. I hope that he saves the archives somewhere under lock and key, because some fine writing and conversation were posted there concerning large and small matters of American culture and social policy.
Like many others, I have personal and intellectual reasons to be grateful for the chance to participate. It’s disappointing, though unsurprising, that professional jealousy or some other motive led someone to abuse this opportunity. As often happens in life, it’s hard to build something valuable, but it’s easy to damage it.