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Gawker

3 entries, by: Nick Denton, Max Read, Tommy Craggs, J.K. Trotter, John Cook, Cord Jefferson, Tom Scocca, Adam Weinstein, Hamilton Nolan, Taylor Berman, Sam Biddle, A.J. Daulerio

Gawker, the flagship blog for Nick Denton's Gawker Media network, is a controversial celebrity gossip site founded in 2002. It drew heavy criticism for its dubious ethics and its practice of, in the words of former Gawker editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio, "traffic whoring" and "SEO bomb throws". In 2014, Gawker was sued over its publication of Hulk Hogan's sex tape, and the $140.1 million judgment bankrupted Gawker Media.

Gawker is currently for sale.

Tommy Craggs and Max Read Are Resigning from Gawker Multiocular o3 c1595c79f7cea4a0a070d81397d6f9f970a05ddb21e861dd8d32b5696d61a765

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:

jezebel.com/trans-woman-commits-suicide-amid-fear-of-outing-by-spor-1503902916

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.”

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