Pictured from Left to Right: Nick Denton via Flickr [edited], J.K. Trotter via Kinja, Tommy Craggs via NYU, Max Read via Kinja.
#GawkerGate continues after a heated (and heavily self-publicized) battle between Gawker’s editorial staff and their business sector. For those who haven’t been following, the trouble started last Thursday when Gawker published a story about Condé Nast’s CFO hiring a male escort, but then backing out of the assignation when said escort tried to extort him.
The nonsense excuse for journalism was quickly criticized throughout the Internet, and in an effort to protect their “integrity” (read: business interests) the management team of Gawker removed the story, against the editorial staff’s wishes. Now, Editor-in-Chief Max Read and Executive Editor Tommy Craggs have announced their resignation.
In a statement released today on Gawker, J.K. Trotter writes [all SIC],
Tommy Craggs, the executive editor of Gawker Media, and Max Read, the editor-in-chief of Gawker.com, are resigning from the company. In letters sent today, Craggs and Read informed staff members that the managing partnership’s vote to remove a controversial post about the CFO of Condé Nast—a unprecedented act endorsed by zero editorial employees—represented an indefensible breach of the notoriously strong firewall between Gawker’s business interests and the independence of its editorial staff. Under those conditions, Craggs and Read wrote, they could not possibly guarantee Gawker’s editorial integrity.
Can you roll your eyes hard enough at that last line?
So, is this a great loss for Gawker? Well, their patented brand of homophobia and psychopathic vitriol came to fruition in no small part from Max Read’s editorial direction. Going through the Gawker archives shows some reprehensible reporting and journalism of dubious quality:
1. Bad Hitler Joke
2. Bad Hitler Joke #2
3. Bad Hitler Joke #3
4. Misguided Comment on Police Brutality that Basically Encourages Violence
5. Reporting on a Spam Email, With a Hint of Misogyny
6. Adolescent Fascination With James Franco’s Sexuality
For whatever financial interest Gawker’s business team had in removing the story, they made the moral decision. The story should never have been published and it’s too transparent that Gawker’s editorial team are hiding behind some faux sense of journalistic integrity when outing someone for no reason other than getting clickthroughs is one of the scummiest things you can do on the Internet. Read and Craggs’s resignation is the final nail in the coffin reflecting an immature set of journalists.
J.K. Trotter, who reported on the resignations of Craggs and Read, also has his own history of execrable “journalism”, most notoriously the botched outing of Shepard Smith. They really like outing people, don’t they?