Craggs, the executive editor of Gawker Media, and Read, the editor-in-chief of Gawker.com, resigned from the company in protest of the Gawker board's decision to remove a post that outed the CFO of a competitor as gay.
Before Read resigned, he emailed staffers in a bid to retain Craggs by winning "editorial protections in a union contract, or some other kind of ironclad guarantee that his power will not be diminished", and wrote that "Jordan [Sargent] reported out a true and interesting story that stands well within the site’s long tradition of aggressively reporting on the sex and personal lives of powerful media figures, and I—and Tommy—still stand behind that story, and Jordan’s reporting, absolutely. It was always going to land poorly with the army of Gamergaters and Redditors, and with the Twitter squad of smarmy media enemies we’ve made over the last 10 years, both groups of which are desperate for our collapse."
An update to the post includes a 2014 email from Nick Denton:
If the author believes this, she’s working at the wrong place. And should be guided to a more congenial work environment. We’re truth absolutists. Or rather, I am. And I choose to work with fellow spirits.
[Quote from post linked above] “Issue two is the reporting on the trans status of the subject. This is much clearer: Don’t out someone who doesn’t want to be out. The end. Everyone has a right to privacy when it comes to their gender identity or sexual orientation, and beyond this, the trans status is not relevant.”