Nick Denton takes down outing post, expresses regret, and says a changing media environment and personal change were factors in the decision — Taking a post down — Yesterday evening, Gawker.com published a story about the CFO of Conde Nast texting an escort.
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Jordan Sargent / Gawker: Condé Nast's CFO Tried To Pay $2,500 for a Night With a Gay Porn Star
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney: Gawker retreats and deletes controversial story
Lucia Moses / Digiday: Advertisers shrugged: When Gawker crosses an ethical line, business won't take a hit
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer: Gawker Publisher Nick Denton ‘Regrets’ Gay Escort Piece, Takes It Down
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Gawker Deletes Post That Outed Married Man
Joe Otterson / The Wrap: Gawker Removes Controversial Post About Conde Nast CFO
Gabriel Arana / The Huffington Post: Gawker's Outing Of Condé Nast's CFO Is Gay-Shaming, Not Journalism
Kelsey Miller / Refinery29: Does Gawker's Gaffe Herald The End Of Clickbait?
John Ruch / @johnruchatlanta: Good to know ‘the media environment has changed’ from some legendary era when joining in pointless blackmail was ok. http://twitter.com/...
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo: Gawker Removes ‘Gay-Shaming’ Post That Set The Internet Aflame
Olivia Nuzzi / @olivianuzzi: At least now we know how badly you need to f**k up to unite Lena Dunham, Erick Erickson, Glenn Greenwald and Chuck Johnson.
Matthew Keys / @matthewkeyslive: Gawker's statement on their post's removal has 55,000 pageviews, which they will almost certainly monetize.
Jeff Roberts / @jeffjohnroberts: Wow, now Drudge piles on .. ( @nicknotned explains decision to take down post: http://nick.kinja.com/... ) pic.twitter.com/MUeCgIYTka
Brad Greenberg / @bradagreenberg: So Gawker pulls the Geithner story. Journalistically, that was the right decision. But legally...it has little effect. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ ...
Max Read / @max_read: fantastico
Sarah McLaughlin / @sarahemclaugh: If half your apology is devoted to explaining that what you did was acceptable at one time, it's not a good apology http://nick.kinja.com/...
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable: Gawker takes down post on media executive after outrage
Andrew Kaczynski / @buzzfeedandrew: What was the point, though? http://nick.kinja.com/... http://twitter.com/...
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: Con: Waited too long to pub my Gawker #hottake and now it's too late. Pro: Don't have dumb #hottake under my byline.* *In this instance.
Kashmir Hill / @kashhill: Nick Denton: “[There's] a growing recognition that we all have secrets, & they're not all equally worthy of exposure” http://nick.kinja.com/...
Ron Kampeas / @kampeas: I'm sorry, Nick Denton, I don't recall when it was ever ok to humiliate the unknown for doing the unremarkable http://nick.kinja.com/...
Dustin Slaughter / @dustinslaughter: Denton is just now figuring this out...? http://nick.kinja.com/... pic.twitter.com/NKOT0b9Ijf
Josh Zembik / @jzembik: Denton should've borrowed Hillary's time machine. You can't just take the post down and undo the harm. http://nick.kinja.com/...
Katie Rosman / @katierosman: Nick Denton: “I can't defend yesterday's story.” http://nick.kinja.com/...
Jim Kleckner / @slippy: The Day that Gawker Died http://nick.kinja.com/...
Nate Swanner / @nateswanner: This is how you publicly beg for a white knight to doxx you in retaliation: http://nick.kinja.com/...
Ilya Marritz / @ilyamarritz: “we all have secrets, and they are not all equally worthy of exposure” - @nicknotned takes down That Article http://nick.kinja.com/...
Max Fisher / @max_fisher: Surely one of the most non-apologetic non-apology-apologies of our time http://bit.ly/1e5dRQe pic.twitter.com/UrVpkZAI8q
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: There's going to be endless armchair quarterbacking of this, but I respect @nicknotned for changing his mind: http://nick.kinja.com/...
Patrick Klepek / @patrickklepek: That Gawker post is coming down, and it's the right move. It doesn't erase what happened, though. http://nick.kinja.com/...
Farhad Manjoo / @fmanjoo: It's just nuts that “simply true” and not meaningful was ever the standard http://nick.kinja.com/... pic.twitter.com/D666SOlXgz
Jim Roberts / @nycjim: “I have changed.” @nicknotned explains why he unpublished horrific Gawker post that outed a private figure. http://nick.kinja.com/...
Milo Yiannopoulos / @nero: Gawker blinks: Nick Denton says he is taking the Geithner post down, admits it was a mistake. http://nick.kinja.com/...
Farhad Manjoo / @fmanjoo: This is bogus. This story wouldn't have been justified years ago. Nothing “changed.” http://nick.kinja.com/... pic.twitter.com/QkfTUggB8d
Yael Grauer / @yaelwrites: in which @nicknoted writes a statement re:removing a post while identifying subject & describing content of said post http://nick.kinja.com/...
Joe Pompeo / @joepompeo: “first time we have removed a significant news story for any reason other than factual error or legal settlement” http://bit.ly/1e5dRQe
Downtown Josh Brown / @reformedbroker: This reads like a corporate suicide note http://nick.kinja.com/...
Martin Bryant / @martinsfp: Hmm, was there really ever a time when secrets were “all equally worthy of exposure”? > http://nick.kinja.com/...
Craig Calcaterra / @craigcalcaterra: This whole “the line has moved” thing from Denton is b.s. It hasn't moved. That story would've sucked in 2003. http://nick.kinja.com/...
Andrew Seaman / Code Words: We Expect Better, Gawker
Tim Baysinger / Adweek: Gawker Removes Gossip Item That Outed Condé Nast CFO
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter: Gawker removes post that exposed Condé Nast executive
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Gawker's management team, including biz execs, chief legal counsel, voted 6-1 to remove post; exec editor Tommy Craggs voted no, editorial leadership unhappy — Gawker Is Removing Story About Condé Nast CFO — Yesterday, Gawker published a post about the CFO of Condé Nast attempting …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post: Gawker Removes Controversial Post After Huge Backlash
John Cook / @johnjcook: I and a lot of my colleagues argued as strenuously against it as we could, and we lost.
John Cook / @johnjcook: Jordan's post was solidly in line with what Gawker has asked its writers and editors to do for years.
Ryan Tate / @ryantate: As far as I'm aware, this is the first time ad execs and others on biz side joined to veto Gawker editors. https://twitter.com/...
Peter Sterne / @petersterne: Gawker's editors objected to the removal of the post. They were overruled/outvoted by Gawker corporate: http://gawker.com/...
Greg Wyshynski / @wyshynski: That said, if Gawker wants to maintain its indie cred, give Craggs the floor to defend the piece - http://gawker.com/...
Lich King Demarco / @clarknova1: Short version: “The adults came in the room and said ‘take that s**t down immediately, you dummies.’” http://gawker.com/...
Adam Weinstein / Bad Journalist:
Gawker is “short of grownups in the room”, and has an editing problem, not a writing problem, says recently fired staffer Adam Weinstein — Goodbye to All That Gawking — To steal a tired line from an old dead writer: Gawker in 2013 was a very special time and place to be a part of.
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Yezmin Villarreal / Advocate:
Gawker Blasted for Posting a Lurid Story That Outs Executive — Major names in media are appalled by a Gawker story they're calling ‘gay shaming.’ — Media figures say Gawker, owned by a gay man himself, has gone too far in outing a magazine executive in a lurid story involving a gay porn star and money for sex.
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Max Read / @max_read: given the chance gawker will always report on married c-suite executives of major media companies f**king around on their wives
Adam Weinstein / @adamweinstein: I had no part in this. I would not have chosen to run it as is. http://gawker.com/...
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller: EXCLUSIVE: Interview With The Gay Porn Star Behind That Terrible Gawker Article
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer: Media Reactions: What Everyone Thinks of Gawker's Gay Escort Story
Kelly McBride / Poynter: Commentary: Gawker crosses line with story on magazine exec
Kara Swisher / @karaswisher: An appalling act of gay shaming disguised as a story — thought we were way past this crap #ughnick: http://gawker.com/...
Glenn Greenwald / @ggreenwald: I'm a fan of Gawker & several of its journalists, but that article is reprehensible beyond belief: it's deranged to publish that.
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM: Here Are All the People Who Should Sue Gawker Media
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller: Gawker Staff Left Seething After Own Reporter Writes Gay Blackmail Piece
Alex Griswold / Mediaite: Lena Dunham Bashes Gawker for ‘Cruel and Unnecessary Stories’
@bgrueskin: I've never seen more opprobrium heaped on a reporter than what @jordansarge @gawker is getting. And I've never seen anyone deserve it more
Mary Elizabeth Williams / Salon: Gawker drags media coverage to a new low, outing an executive just because they can
Nu Wexler / @wexler: Gawker/Jezebel on the ethics of outing people (January 2014) http://jezebel.com/... pic.twitter.com/L6sTMhVwGs
Jeet Heer / @heerjeet: The full David Carr article on Gawker & the outing of private citizens: http://www.nytimes.com/... (via @annaleighclark)
Staci D Kramer / @sdkstl: I get the @nicknotned rationale for Hulk Hogan. Doesn't work for this latest @Gawker post. On any level.
Glenn Greenwald / @ggreenwald: Doubling down, posturing as the morality police for other people's marriages https://twitter.com/...
Jeff Roberts / @jeffjohnroberts: Is there public interest s.o. is gay? No. But a relative of public figure hiring hooker & being compromised - maybe https://twitter.com/...
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
BuzzFeed UK hires Guardian special projects editor James Ball to focus on investigations — Buzzfeed hires The Guardian's special projects editor — Buzzfeed U.K. has hired James Ball, currently special projects editor for The Guardian, as a special correspondent with an emphasis on investigations, Capital has learned.
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Miriam Elder / @miriamelder: Hellllll yesssss, @jamesrbuk to BuzzFeed! http://www.capitalnewyork.com/ ...
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
In its response to defamation suit by associate dean Nicole Eramo, Rolling Stone claims that UVA vouched for alleged rape victim “Jackie” — Rolling Stone Argues University of Virginia Vouched for Discredited Rape Story — The publication responds to a $7.5 million lawsuit …
Cory Bergman / Inside BreakingNews:
Breaking News app adds emerging stories alerts one to three times a day, in addition to its existing big story and proximity alerts — Know faster with emerging story alerts — We believe in news alerts that are faster, smarter and more relevant to your life and work.
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Nate Swanner / The Next Web: Breaking News app now has alerts for emerging stories
Viacom Looks at Thrillist for Possible Acquisition — Viacom has been in talks to buy Thrillist Media Group, the e-commerce and media company that targets millennial men. — Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer has been looking to sell the company or raise money for some time, and has had repeated conversations …
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Hulu exploring an ad-free option for about $12-$14/month, launching as early as fall — Hulu Explores Adding Ad-Free Option to Its Service — Option could launch as early as this fall and be priced at around $12 to $14 a month — Hulu is exploring plans to add an advertising-free option …
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Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News: Hulu Eyes Ad-Free Play: Report
Jason Lynch / Adweek: Hulu Is Suddenly Considering an Ad-Free Option
Brent Dirks / App Advice: Hulu is planning a big shakeup with an ad-free option
Karl Bode / DSLreports: Hulu Exploring Ad-Free Internet Video Service
Daniel Cooper / Engadget: WSJ: Hulu's working on a premium tier with no ads
Steven Loeb / VatorNews: Hulu considers going ad-free, for a hefty price
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety: Hulu May Offer Ad-Free Subscription Option: Report
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
YouTube's growth rate in watch time is up over 60% year over year; average mobile watch time now over 40 minutes — Google claims ‘significant growth in YouTube revenues’ — Google's latest financial results have impressed Wall Street, with the company reporting revenues of $17.7bn …
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UK High Court quashes laws letting people lawfully copy CDs, DVDs or MP3s for personal use — High court quashes regulations allowing people to lawfully copy CDs — Move follows judge's recent ruling that government went wrong in law when it decided not to introduce compensation scheme for musicians who faced losses
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Huffington Post is going to cover Trump as entertainment, not politics — The Huffington Post won't give Donald Trump's campaign for president coverage in its political section, Ryan Grim and Danny Shea wrote in a brief on Friday. … Earlier this month, Politico's Dylan Byers wrote “Donald Trump, clickbait.”
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Jordan Chariton / The Wrap: Donald Trump's ‘Sideshow’ Presidential Campaign Demoted to Huffington Post's Entertainment Section
Dylan Byers / Politico: The art of the grandstand
Jim Newell / Salon: The latest Donald Trump stunt: When politics becomes a sideshow, is the circus still politics?
Alex Griswold / Mediaite: Huffington Post Banishes Donald Trump from Its Politics Page
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Hit & Run: Does Donald Trump News Belong in the Entertainment Section?
Hunter Walker / Business Insider: Huffington Post refuses to cover the Donald Trump ‘clownshow’ in its politics section
Tom McGeveran / @tmcgev: What any one news org should do with Trump is their business and needs to respond to the specific relationship that org has with an audience
Daniel Kreiss / @kreissdaniel: Totally disagree with this. The @realDonaldTrump is a sideshow, but the performer is leading in the primary polls. https://twitter.com/...
David Uberti / @daviduberti: Props to HuffPo for honesty re: its Trump coverage. But I think it's folly to treat him as a sideshow at this point: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ ...
Philip Bump / Washington Post: Donald Trump is now essentially guaranteed a spot on the debate stage
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu: If this is the best the old guard can do in disputing Huffington Post's Trump coverage plan.... http://www.poynter.org/... Thin.
Kristen Hare / @kristenhare: HuffPo on where to find Trump news: “...you'll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette.” http://www.poynter.org/...