Don’t know if you have been following the Gawker shitshow like I have, but today, two editors, Tommy Craggs and Max Read, both stepped down, and we are now officially in the pity party zone:
To the partnership group:
On Friday a post was deleted from Gawker over the strenuous objections of Tommy and myself, as well as the entire staff of executive editors. That this post was deleted at all is an absolute surrender of Gawker’s claim to “radical transparency”; that non-editorial business executives were given a vote in the decision to remove it is an unacceptable and unprecedented breach of the editorial firewall, and turns Gawker’s claim to be the world’s largest independent media company into, essentially, a joke.
I am able to do this job to the extent that I can believe that the people in charge are able, when faced with difficult decisions, to back up their stated commitments to transparency, fearlessness, and editorial independence. In the wake of Friday’s decision and Tommy’s resignation I can no longer sustain that belief. I find myself forced to resign, effective immediately.
This was not an easy decision. I hope the partnership group recognizes the degree to which it has betrayed the trust of editorial, and takes steps to materially reinforce its independence.
The sociopaths still don’t understand that they should have been fired and that a company will only afford you editorial judgment when you show some. To recap, the post they are demanding stay up so they retain their editorial freedom was leaked text messages detailing an attempted tryst between a gay escort and a married accountant at Conde Nast. The escort leaked them because the accountant refused to use his personal influence and connections with powerful men to help him settle a score regarding his luxury apartment. The editors in question thought this was rlevant and newsworthy- the rest of the world did not.
Shorter- they willingly outed a married man by taking part in a blackmail plot because a.) they could, b.) it would get clicks, c.) He works for a competitor. That’s the fucking hill these sociopaths are willing to die on.
And apparently, there is a Jonestown like cult behind these two, because lots of staffers are rushing to their defense and saying shit like this:
Gawker staffers I spoke to continue to defend the post. “This is gossip and a bizarre story to boot. We fucked up the packaging,” one told me. “The facts of the story are newsworthy, bottom to top.”
Sweet jeebus. It was just the packaging that was wrong…