Gawker Media‘s executive editor Tommy Craggs and Gawker.com editor-in-chief Max Read have resigned after executives took down a controversial article outing a CEO of a rival company.
When the internet saw the article they were collectively like;
In the days since the article was published, many have questioned how the article served the public interest and accused the clickbait website of abetting in the blackmail of the CEO. Many commentators lined the website up in their firing line and were like;
The blow back to Gawker’s article raises the issue of the dilemma of the evil but truthful source, an ethical dilemma that not only affects the writers at Gawker, but actual journalists as well.
With such negative criticism, the Gawker board voted 4-2 to take down the article. Tommy Craggs disagreed with this in a calm, rational manner;
And gave Gawker his walking papers;
He was quickly joined by Max Read;
Gawker staff publicly posted a criticism of the decision to remove the article. Many on the staff saw the action as a violation of the firewall between the editorial and business sides of Gawker. While many of the staff found many things wrong with the article, they also believe that management enforcing journalistic ethics violates their editorial freedom to disregard those ethics.
If the business side of Gawker made decisions based on ethical journalism, then Gawker writers, who freely post information without checking its validity, spread malicious rumours and stalk celebrities, could become caged by these new restrictions;
So while taking down the article is a positive symbolic step for how Gawker wants to be perceived in the future, many believe that Gawker founder Nick Denton will eventually be like “when bae tells you that your website can get millions of clicks by posting unethical garbage”;
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