The world’s tiniest violin plays the world’s saddest song tonight for Nick Denton and Gawker.
Well, you know, if your company wasn’t in the habit of illegal and trashy journalism, maybe you wouldn’t owe $140 million.
Right. Because I want to be lectured about morals from someone who would videotape a person getting ready to get hit by a truck instead of yelling “get out of the road” because the video might go viral.
Can you provide some context? I have no idea what you’re talking about.
People suck, and Gawker didn’t make that a truth. But people suck, and we don’t need Gawker to point it out.
Gawker was Liveleaks before places like Liveleaks and /r/Watchpeopledie were a thing.
I thought LiveLeaks was originally Ogrish? Ogrish was around for a while; certainly before Gawker.
Thiel decided that Gawker didn’t deserve to exist, gave it a thumbs down and paid the Hulkster’s lawyer so they could side step Gawker’s insurance company entirely, forcing Gawker to pay the entire bill themselves.
And it’s fucking glorious.
Anything that contributes to Patricia Hernandez becoming unemployed is alright in my book.
Lol I like how he brings up the sob story of a journalist who can no longer find work because of the law suit. Maybe a bigger reason is that other employers don’t consider posting sex tapes without consent to be journalism?
Didn;t read it, but theres no way he could have been referring to any of gawkers employees as journalists?
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
“Is your goal to bankrupt, buy, or wound Gawker Media?” Mr. Denton wrote. “If you were to own the company after a final judgment in the Hogan case, what would your editorial strategy be?”
If it were me, if someone had publicly exposed my private life to further their agenda, my answer would be “burn it to the ground”.
Or maybe I’d do something poetic and turn it into a watchdog for journalistic abuses. Call them out when they step across the line. He’s a billionaire. He wouldn’t particularly need it to make money. It could even run at a modest loss if need be.
But my first answer would probably be, “burn it to the ground”.
Even now Denton doesn’t get it. Thiel would probably just liquidate the company.
Oh, I’m sure he doesn’t get it. He’s arrogant enough to think he knows better than Thiel how Thiel should live his life. He’s arrogant enough to think that in a sense he should be able to control Thiel’s choices.
The man posited that Thiel was in the closet because it could hurt his livelihood. Then he went ahead and exposed him anyway in the name of “the cause”. That’s not just arrogance.
If you choose to sacrifice your own comfort for a cause, that’s admirable. If you choose to sacrifice someone else’s comfort to push a point of view, that’s not just arrogance, that’s evil.
“If you were to own the company after a final judgment in the Hogan case, what would your editorial strategy be?”
How about not post sex tapes without the consent of those filmed? How hard is that?
Someone you offended is going after your multi-million dollar company. Awwww.
Gawker you decided to throw dirt at someone who is bigger then you. That was for no good purpose. They punch back. You get no sympathy from me.
Throw dirt? It’s not like they exposed unethical business practices or domestic abuse or something, they outed a guy. That’s not “throwing dirt” so much as opening his private life to public scrutiny.
Yeah, but you can bet that it impacted him financial, social, or both. He lives in a world of old rich people. Not the most progressive bunch.
Of course, but for Gawker, an admittedly progressive journal, to do something like that? Regardless of their intent, it’s an immoral thing to do.
They were never progressive. It has always been financially motivated, regardless of any moral questions.
I have no personal feelings about this either way, but when I got down to the line ‘we’re just a small company from New York’ I stopped reading and closed the article.
You aren’t small. You’re a multi-million dollar company. The fact you thought you’d get away with violating a court order sealing the tapes sealed your fate.
They’re only small relative to the vengeance and resources of Theil’s “fuck you money”
Following this entire story has really made my week a lot better. Gawker deserves to go down. It’s fitting that screwing over a well funded Hulk Hulgan was the legal catalyst of their ultimate demise. Nick Denton is getting a mustache ride he didn’t ask for.
A guy worth 9 figures is getting destroyed by a guy worth 8 figures with help from a guy worth 10 figures.
Oh Boo-fucking-Hoo. Outing an executive as gay, and publishing illegally obtained sex videos taken without consent, and then whining when people execute cold revenge? He would ruin your life in cold blood if it would promise clicks and eyeballs. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
If this were a Gawker or Jezebel headline, it would read: “Poor Widdle Baby White Man Upset That Nobody Wants To Put Up With His Shit”.
There’d probably be more baby talk as well, because there’s nothing more that millennial women journalists love more, than to add baby talk to attack others.
Mr. Denton also assured Mr. Thiel that Gawker’s journalists would be reporting on his involvement in lawsuits against the company.
“We, and those you have sent into battle against us, have been stripped naked, our texts, online chats and finances revealed through the press and the courts,” Mr. Denton wrote. “In the next phase, you too will be subject to a dose of transparency.”
Someone didn’t learn their lesson. I don’t see this ending well for Denton.
I like how he’s threatening Thiel as if Thiel did anything wrong in the first place. Thiel was exposed as being gay, which is a horrible thing to do to a person as a private life should remain as private as a person wishes, but it’s not illegal in the US in the slightest. Denton acting like there are more smoking guns against the man is hilarious. And Thiel? He still has pocket change to throw at Denton to completely ruin his life forever.
And I, for one, hope Thiel does. Gawker is a disgusting, sewage infested excuse of people pretending to be journalists, and Denton is amongst the worst of them. Thiel needs to throw the entire library at that asswipe.
This is the site that published the names of NYC pistol permit holders calling them “assholes” in the headline. Fuck you, Gawker.
Meh, when your business model specifically revolves around hurting people for the entertainment of others, you can’t expect people to not try and come after you through legitimate legal means. In fact, expecting people not to makes you an even bigger piece of shit.