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Dear Gawker,

So, you removed that post. You know, the one about a married man (whose name we will not be mentioning) trying to score some hot gay sex on the sly, away from his wife’s prying eyes — or maybe with her blessing, we don’t know the terms of their marriage, and neither do you. You have said you’re sorry, SORT OF. You SHOULD be sorry, not that your “apologies” really count at this point, since the story is already out there on the internet, even if you’ve removed it, and you’ve likely done immeasurable damage to him and to his family in the last 24 hours.

While we have made great strides in the world of acceptance for LGBT people, it’s still a sad fact that there are millions of men and women who are, for whatever reason, in the closet. When people like that inflict actual harm on the lives of LGBT people — voting against our rights, pushing “ex-gay” therapy on minors, riling up the far right from the offices of the Family Research Council or the American Family Association — and you find out about how they are sucking dick or getting assfucked on the side, GO FOR IT. Kick them the fuck out of the closet and hold them accountable for their actions, public and private.

But this man had no public actions to be held accountable for. His situation with his wife and family, made a hell of a lot worse by this one website’s shitty behavior, is his own private business.

We know, we know, we all want clicks. Here at Wonkette, we are well aware that we can write headlines that say “Sarah Palin, Elizabeth Warren, Josh Duggar, Andrea Tantaros Bikini, Dana Perino’s Husband Arrested,” post a cat video in lieu of actual content, and for whatever godforsaken reason, we will get ALL THE TRAFFIC on that post. But, snarky dicks that we are, we don’t like to punch down, and despite the fact that the subject of your now deleted piece is a wealthy man with some power, influence and connections, he’s a private citizen, and so are the members of his family.

Do a little research on the Barney Frank Rule, and next time an enterprising young reporter pitches a story like “Hey, let’s fuck a guy over FOR NO REASON besides the fact that we’re whores for web traffic,” perhaps this experience might lead you to pause, take a step back, and then tell that enterprising young reporter to fuck off.

Your friend,

Wonkette

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  • cousin itt

    Gawker, your friend Cousin Itt also tells you to fuck off.

  • drbloor

    From their notice: “Executive editor Tommy Craggs, who helped edit the piece, was the sole dissenter” in the vote to take the piece down.

    It’s more likely that enterprising young reporter is going to get a promotion rather than a scolding.

  • Zippy

    Thank you for coming down on the right side of this shit show- Gawker did bad and should be ashamed of that crap

  • Skwerl King

    What is Gawker?

    • cousin itt

      It’s like the clap.

      • Zippy

        think TMZ with less morals and ethics

        • Pisto75666

          That is a frightening definition (and spot-on)

          • Land Shark

            TMZ is run by a non-practicing attorney also too.

          • Pisto75666

            Ah yes, the barely ethical Harvey Levin. You have to admire a guy that runs TMZ AND also hosts The People’s Court (one of my guilty pleasures). It’s like some sort of weird paradox.

          • Land Shark

            Yes, even Harvey shows more ethics than Gawker in this case.

      • Zippy

        think TMZ with less morals and ethics

      • Vecciojohn

        A steady, painful drip.

  • Spotts1701

    The apology was also a wellspring of smarm – with the key phrase being

    This story about the former Treasury Secretary’s brother does not rise to the level that our flagship site should be publishing. (emphasis mine)

    Does anyone else think he means “Hey, if one of our lesser lights went for it we’d be fine. Just don’t let my fingerprints end up on it.”

    • Zippy

      such journalistic integrity- we pulled the story because it was not interesting enough, not because we wrecked some poor fucker’s life for no reason

    • Vecciojohn

      Since when is a principal responsible for what its agent does?

    • nowlo

      Yeah, Denton’s explanation for pulling the post was basically that it wasn’t interesting enough. Hoo boy. I hope their legal team stocked up on antacids.

      • Zippy

        Sorry- not sorry.

  • ArgieBargie

    Reason #10,182 Gawker Media fucking sucks.

  • I don’t think they were doing it for the clicks – they just lose their shit over certain media organizations like Conde Nast and Vice and will publish any crap they come up with when it comes to them.

    • Zippy

      The Conde Nast angle definitely played a factor in green lighting this crap- hey look! A glorified accountant who works for some media company that happens to own Reddit! Since we hate Reddit, let’s skewer this guy!

    • Zippy

      The Conde Nast angle definitely played a factor in green lighting this crap- hey look! A glorified accountant who works for some media company that happens to own Reddit! Since we hate Reddit, let’s skewer this guy!

    • Spotts1701

      ESPN too, at least on Deadspin. And don’t get me wrong, ESPN does a lot of crap that it should be called on (such as their piss-poor record of letting sports leagues lead them around by the nose, and blunting honest journalism if it hurts one of their cash cows). But some of the pieces read less like “journalism! ethics!” and more “lookit how dumb these mofos are”.

  • Esteban Rey

    But one really good thing is that when I saw this first on FB (or Gawker itself I forget) the highest rated comment at the time was ‘hey why dont you mind your own business.’

    • arundel

      I was reading the Gawker comments last night for this horrid shitshow of an article, and thankfully they were all overwhelmingly damning. It was simply unanimous that this was a horrible article to publish.

      Today I see the Daily Crawler (I know, I know) tracked down this manwhore extortionist and HOO BOY, he is a paranoid Obama-hating conspiracy loving wackaloon.

      • Longitudinally Enabled

        Good Lord, you’re not kidding. But to be perfectly honest (unlike “Ryan”), it’s not just Obama he hates, it’s pretty much everything & everybody.

  • Esteban Rey

    But one really good thing is that when I saw this first on FB (or Gawker itself I forget) the highest rated comment at the time was ‘hey why dont you mind your own business.’

  • Tendernob

    It’s of interest to note that the executive they outed works for a media company that Gawker has attacked repeatedly over the years. It’s entirely possible this all comes down to a slapfight between media outlets.

  • Tendernob

    It’s of interest to note that the executive they outed works for a media company that Gawker has attacked repeatedly over the years. It’s entirely possible this all comes down to a slapfight between media outlets.

  • proudgrampa

    Gawker, you’re doing it wrong.

    • Boscoe

      Unfortunately, they’re doing “it” right… it’s just that what gawker does is awful.

  • proudgrampa

    Gawker, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Dudleydidwrong

    No snark: we are becoming a nation in which embarrassing others and laughing about it has become a national pasttime, replacing sportsball. Thanks for speaking out.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      As an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners, I get both!

      Except the M’s are embarrassing themselves, of course; I don;t have to do anything.

      • Vecciojohn

        Let’s all give the Mariners’ opening day battle cry: WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR!!

        • Zippy

          Cubs libul!!1!

        • jmk

          Mets libul!!11!!1

        • emmelemm

          “Anything Can Happen!”*

          *Actual Mariners slogan from the 80s. When the most enthusiasm you can put in a slogan is “well, mayyyyybe we’ll win”, you know your sportsball team sucks.

          • Vecciojohn

            When I was one-and-twenty
            I heard a wise man say,
            Route not for the Blazers,
            Lest you pine your life away.

            When I was one-and-twenty
            I heard him say again,
            ‘The heart out of the bosom
            Was never given in vain;
            ’Tis paid with sighs a plenty
            And sold for endless rue.’
            And I am two-and-twenty,
            And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.

          • Mr Corrections

            I think that slogan is glorious.

          • emmelemm

            “We could be hit by a meteor while watching the game! At least then it would end in a draw, right?”

          • Longitudinally Enabled

            “And the Snorklegary is rounding second, rounding third… but wait, the ballboy’s turned into a hamster! The score’s still “Q” to SQRT(-1) factorial!”

          • data_ninja

            It sounds like someone must have turned on the Infinite Improbability engine. Was there a bowl of petunias nearby that was falling out of the sky? A whale perhaps?

          • glasspusher

            Hey you! Long time! I don’t get out here much either lately (find me on Wonkville). Hope you and Lionel are well.

          • emmelemm

            I still read but don’t comment much. I also still make a small monthly donation to the church of Wonkette to celebrate meeting my lovely Lionel. We are doing very well!

            So, Wonkville is the secret party now, huh?

          • glasspusher

            Great to hear. I’m busy and broke trying to get my own company going. Never a dull moment. Glad to hear you and the L Man are doing well!

        • riledupone

          Blue Jays libull, eh?!!1!

        • Blank Ron

          Leafs libul!!1!

    • Ricky Gay

      Allen Funt libel!

    • Boscoe

      It’s just the natural progression from elementary school. The delivery system has just gotten more powerful.

      • YourMom

        And many people aren’t growing the fuck up.

    • Esteban Rey

      I’m still a pretty big sportsball guy.

      • glasspusher

        The only church that truly feeds the soul, day in and day out, is the Church of Baseball.

    • data_ninja

      This. Public shaming is THE THING to do these days, you can’t browse a social media site without seeing one form of it or another. It really seems to be the weapon of choice in the “Us vs Them” ideology battles. And when media outlets use it, it’s even more destructive.

  • whitroth

    I don’t like much American “humor”. Over the decades, there’s a lot of comedians who, for example, claim that Lenny Bruce was an idol of theirs… and then strike out in every direction… except *up*.

    Go read a book of Lenny Bruce’s routines. The ones he did of ordinary people were laughing *with* people, that he was like them. The hard ones, the laughing *at* people, were always people in power who deserved it (Jesus and Moses come back, for example).

    Going after ordinary people, and claiming you’re just doing everyone equally, when you have the eyes, and they have to try to defend themselves without those eyes, is a cowardly attack, not “humor”.

    mark

    • Vecciojohn

      Vero! The Right punches down. We should always be better than that.

      • Zippy

        Worse yet is the dickish insinuation that they published this to protect the guy’s wife. As if she needs these assholes to be her white knight (sexist much?) or that the best way to show your concerns (over a marital situation that you know fuck-all about) for her is to smear this story all over the internet. I’m sure she appreciates your efforts, guys.

  • emberglance

    I’m terribly in agreement with this post and very happy to read it. I was sort of horrified after reading that Gawker post yesterday but of course too lazy/ungood with words to do anything about it. So, well played Wonkaderos.

    • EvanHurst

      MORAL HIGH GROUND!

      • Zippy

        maybe we can all pitch in and send Denton a nice bag of salted rat dicks

        • Boscoe

          is C.O.D. still a thing?

      • Boscoe

        HOW THE FUCK DOES IT WORK? (I’m asking for Gawker)

  • Lascauxcaveman

    There may be a fine line between investigatimuv journalmalism and just being a dick, but Gawker didn’t notice it as they crossed it at a full-tilt sprint.

    • Zippy

      that line has disappeared in their rear view mirror at this point

    • Vecciojohn

      The Fire Marshall should check their dick alarm. It’s been on the blink for years.

  • geoffalnutt

    Fifteen years on the intertubes and I’ve never (knowingly) read anything “Gawker-sprung”. Is there such a thing as ‘even more never’? How ’bout ‘never even harder’?

    • Boscoe

      Me so also too, yes.

  • SighSperling

    Jordan Sargent and Nick Denton need to suffer for this.

    If only 4-Chan had some sort of Batsignal.

    • Zippy

      the editors who signed off on it, also too

      • shelwood

        In their retraction, they made a point to namecheck the editor who let this through (who is primarily at fault for giving the go-ahead), so expect to see him fired very soon.

        • Zippy

          Clagg? Yes, he’s liable to be their scapegoat

          • shelwood

            Not just scapegoat — his job description is (was) being the one who decides if a story gets posted. He’s truly the one the most to blame for this shitshow. He could have looked at the story and said, bulshit, but he chose to greenlight it (and apparently still thinks that was the right call). He should be canned.

          • Zippy

            Max Read’s tweet last night doesn’t earn him any points, either

          • shelwood

            Yeah, that was low. I can see him getting pushed out, won’t break my heart.

          • Zippy

            also too- Stories don’t need an upside. Not everyone has to feel good about the truth. If it’s true, you publish

            Seriously? If it’s true you publish? No other criteria or concerns? SMH

          • shelwood

            Sheesh. Did he copy that from The Sociopaths Guide to Journalism?

          • Zippy

            that was actually
            Natasha Vargas-Cooper from jezebel

          • shelwood

            Ugh. She is equally awful.

    • ahughes798

      Or Anonymous.

  • AnneBoleyn

    Thank you for that. I still feel like I need a shower after reading this moments after they clicked the “publish” tab. I felt like I should stop reading it when I realized what it was, but I felt like “wait, there has to be something more to this for them to be outing this guy this way…maybe he does “conversion therapy” as a sideline?” When I got to the end and realized it was a complete fucking hit job on a competitor, I literally felt sick to my stomach. As bad as that felt, I have to say I was DAMN PROUD of the commentariat for reacting so swiftly and meaningfully on that score. Badly done Denton, well done Gawker commentators.

    • Zippy

      Gawker commenters are doing a good job of redeeming themselves by reaming Denton, Sargent, Cragg and Read a new one. It’s heartening to see that 90+ percent of them are absolutely appalled with this crap

      • shelwood

        Well, except 80% of them are just gleeful trolls from reddit, not actual Gawker commenters. Not to say the real commenters aren’t rightly outraged and voicing it, but the vast majority is coming from an organized 9gag invasion (ironically giving Gawker way more traffic than they deserve).

        • Zippy

          I’m sure that’s a lot of the traffic, but I’ve lurked there long enough to recognize quite a few regular names that are seriously pissed off at this- rightly so

          • shelwood

            I’ve been posting there since 2006, and, yes, the regulars are pissed, but, again, the greater percentage of posts are coming from fairly new trolls. Actual regulars realize they get paid per pageview, so posting 80 million comments there is counterproductive if you are truly pissed at them, since it’s just putting money in their pockets.

          • Zippy

            I do see lots of fluff, as well. And I’m sure it’s going to get even worse when the MRA’s and the wingnuts and everyone else with an axe to grind jumps on the bandwagon to pile on Gawker. But hey, that’s one of the (many) reasons you don’t publish crap like that- it gives your enemies lots of ammo

          • shelwood

            Yeah, it’s just a pain, because they are all conspiracy minded crackpots who are attacking anyone who doesn’t want to constantly talk about this story and accuse them of being a mole, which can lead to some scary places with those lunatics. It’s tiresome.

          • Zippy

            they dragged a pile of shit into the house- now those stains are going to be in the carpet for awhile

          • YourMom

            As much as I don’t want to see Gawker rewarded for that hit piece, there’s a tiny bit of grim satisfaction knowing the trolls are putting $ in the pockets of their target.

          • ItsGoingToBe

            Please…YOU calling someone a troll? You were a nasty asshole on Gawker, why are you so demure here? Your hyper posting was insufferable…every fucking story had one of your boring ass snarky comments under it. We used to wait until your ass showed up to say something stupid. Now that gawker is drowning, what are you going to do? You lived for that site, LMAO! Bye, cunt. Throwing this account away now….

          • shelwood

            Yes, clearly you are the kind of high-quality intelligent commenter that Wonkette and Gawker treasure and I am the troll. Glad you made that clear to everyone.

            Loser.

          • AnneBoleyn

            Indeed. I saw a regular posters come out en masse to voice their displeasure, restoring my faith in humanity.

        • Hi Shel! Hope you’re well.

        • Longitudinally Enabled

          the vast majority is coming from an organized 9gag invasion

          I’m oddly okay with this.

      • I was going to be one of them, but Gawker truly doesn’t allow comments – or doesn’t allow mine. (My decision to avoid Gawker for the time being has nothing whatsoever to do with bitterness over how my comments are always grayed out.)

        • AnneBoleyn

          Here’s an idea…maybe if you change your name to something gawker-centric like “Grayer Than Thou” you’d get starred and outta the grays in no time. I noticed some new posters with names like “JordanSargentMustDie” that weren’t grayed. That said, Kinja sucks.

  • Vecciojohn

    I know the identity of several prominent Republicans in the Senate who like their wives to spank them with rolled up copies of Mother Jones, but I would never be so gauche as to mention their names. Not without a lot of prompting and the excuse of a snoot full of free booze.

    • Msgr_Moment

      I got some Candian whiskey….

      • Vecciojohn

        This is two days in a row I’ve had to remonstrate with one of you impudent puppies. I repeat: I am authorized to call people whippersnappers!

        • willi0000000

          it’s good to know that someone will be demonstrating remonstrating.

    • sundaytrucker

      It’s Marco Rubio, isn’t it?

      • shelwood

        AOT,K, duh.

      • Vecciojohn

        We wouldn’t want to embarrass anyone, so let’s just call him M. Rubio. Discretion, dontcha know?

        • sundaytrucker

          M.? Hmmm…that could be anyone. Mike, Matt, Mohammad…give me another hint.

          • nmmagyar

            POLO!!!!

          • sundaytrucker

            Ralph Lauren likes to be spanked with a rolled-up Mother Jones!?!? I’m going all Tommy Hilfiger from here on out.

          • Zippy

            Ed Hardy libul!!!

          • sundaytrucker

            Doh! Ed’s evening douche bag collection Spring ’10 was a game changer in the fashion industry. It was match only by Everyready tiger stripped sweat pants from the 90’s, in allowing everyone to dress and feel like an Italian American. (Remember, Tony: Wonkette does not allow comments.)

          • nmmagyar

            I think he’s a racist douchnozzle

          • sundaytrucker

            He is a racist douchnozzle. Which is why I don’t wear his stuff.

          • Vecciojohn

            Here’s a hint in a riddle. What is it that is a dick, and also represents America’s dick in the Senate? Further hint: It’s the US Senate.

          • sundaytrucker

            Well it can’t be someone from Columbus, Ohio, because that’s America’s assh*le.

          • Vecciojohn

            Oh, a medical doctor, eh?

  • Reddishrabbit

    There was also an issue if blackmail, and Gawker was on the same side as the blackmailer. Even if you argue about the outing (which I believe was unquestionable wrong, cruel and vile), if you are in the side of a blackmailer, you really need to pause and think a little more.

    • Zippy

      an unhinged male prostitute that was attempting to blackmail some dude- choose your sides better, Gawker!

      • Reddishrabbit

        I believe he had a very sound theory about the lottery, Satan, and Obama

        • nmmagyar

          He has a nice body.

          • hillarys_new_shoes

            Which is EXACTLY what happens when you win the Satanic Obama Lottery!

          • sw19womble

            The twist is that you have to give the body back after a year… and then Dun DUN DUHNNNN!!!!

          • MsAnthropesMr

            And the lease terms are terrible.

          • nmmagyar

            I need to buy a ticket

    • Boscoe

      In jail, preferably.

  • Thank you, Evan – that was very well said.

    (Especialy the “Sarah Palin, Elizabeth Warren, Josh Duggar, Andrea Tantaros Bikini, Dana Perino’s Husband Arrested” part…)

  • sw19womble

    One of the reasons that homosexuality was decriminalised in the 60’s was because gay men could be blackmailed so easily – and couldn’t report the crime to the police.

    It was a “blackmailer’s charter” and a Catch-22 for men in positions of power and income.

    Shame that we’re still seeing this almost 50 years later. :/

    • nmmagyar

      This!!!!!

    • Hell, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, who can pretty much be called the founder of the gay rights movement, was writing about how sodomy should be decriminalized because of how widespread blackmail was in 1870.

      • Msgr_Moment

        Thanks. I’d never heard of him, but had to go read about him just now. Bonus: I now know who Ulrichstrasse in Berlin was named for. The stuff you learn at this mommyblog!

        • He’s really worth reading. For one he’s really prescient, and talks about things like bisexuality and “situational homosexuality” in terms that still work today even though his terminology ended up not being adopted. Also his arguments against the bigots of his day are still relevant, like when he blasts Protestant preachers demanding that homosexual men be celibate when they themselves don’t ever have to refrain from intimacy and sex with their wives.

    • Unforgotten

      Ever watched ‘Victim’, a 1961 drama with Dirk Bogarde delivering one of his finest performances?
      Hint: It was the first time ever that an English speaking movie had the word ‘Homossexual’ in its screenplay, and ‘queer’ is used in both meanings of the word.

  • Ilgattomorte

    Gawker deserves a spanking for that piece of crap article, but the real scumbags are outlets like “The Daily Caller” or “USAToday” who have re-hashed the entire story and/or published interviews with the escort, under the guise of a journalistic ethics story. I assure you they are not declining web-clicks by redacting anyone’s name. Dickheads!

  • lunalore

    Yeah, that was pretty messed up, even by Gawker standards. I know, I know – “the first rule of web journalism is publish first, don’t bother to fact check, and if we need to issue a correction/take down a post, then hey, even more traffic!” – but still. Damn, Gawker.

  • Vecciojohn

    Gawker: the Irwin Mainway of online news. http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/irwin-mainway/n8641

  • Jason M

    I feel like the guy that shows up so late to the party that everybody’s already passed out and there’s a turd in the pool. I think I missed out on something, here.

    • Vecciojohn

      This is the right address, isn’t it?

      • Mr Corrections

        123 Turdpool Avenue, right? This has to be it!

    • Msgr_Moment

      Just ignore the punchbowl.

  • eric

    Isn’t gawker about to be not a thing anymore? I thought the Hulkster was suing them for all the monies.

    • Zippy

      it would be funny if his lawyers found a way to use this and it proved to be a tipping point

      • arundel

        Or a whole new fun massive lawsuit from the victim of the smear in question.

        • Zippy

          I’m pretty sure that’s inevitable at this point- all the blog hiding and non apologies in the world aren’t gonna stop that freight train. Denton should fire Sargent and Clagg and Read and hope that’s enough

    • shelwood

      Nah, the reddit mobs want that to be true, but just because you ask for $100million doesn’t mean you get it. Hogan may win the case, but legal analysts say he wouldn’t be awarded anywhere near that amount should he win (which is dubious, at best). This guy they outed yesterday has a much, much, much better case.

      • Zippy

        Yup, Hulk is a bonafide media celebrity and his case is quite weak, compared to what this case could be

  • dslindc

    Yes. All of this! ????

  • Fly

    Is it OK to out to out Glenn Beck?

    • nmmagyar

      No one is willing to take one for the team and sleep with him

      • Donna Rail

        I would lose respect for my gay friends if any of them slept with him. Yuck.

  • Msgr_Moment

    Gee, thanks again, Obama.

  • Zippy

    Holy shit- STOP DIGGIING! Don’t make this a union issue, you assholes. You fucked up and trashed some guy- don’t play that workers of the world solidarity bullshit. If your editorial staff knew their ass from a hole in the ground, that story never would have found the light of day

    http://politburo.gawker.com/a-statement-from-the-gawker-media-editorial-staff-1718649722

    • Spotts1701

      I was just about to link this, because MY GOD it takes some brass ones to take this issue and turn it into a grievance between the editorial and business sides of the house over the process by which you try to save your own skins.

      • Zippy

        complete horseshit. And the last thing unions around the country need is for these feckless idjits to drag organized labor into this

        • Spotts1701

          Especially under the cover of “Well, we wanted to leave the story up so that we could have a debate”.

          Have a debate about what? You published an article about a private citizen whose only “crime” was being the BROTHER of someone who used to be in government. And your sole source for this is someone who on a good day might be able to find his ass with both hands. What kind of debate could possibly come from that beyond “Wow, you guys really suck?”

          Especially since what Gawker did is eerily similar to what one of their sub-sites condemned Grantland for doing in a story.

          The money quote from that article is no less relevant to this issue than it was to that one:

          “[Grantland] has to do with a set of ideas: that function is a pleasant but in the end unnecessary corollary of form, that the point is less the product than how it’s perceived, and that success on a large enough scale is self-justifying.”

      • Walter Wellstone

        Here’s some real “shit fer brains” if I ever saw any.

    • Reddishrabbit

      I understand editorial independence. But when the good ship Gawker is going down, you have to do something. Especially if you are the money men, that is their job. And there is the chance of a nice lawsuit, so why keep going at it. The yet have all that Hulk Hogan thing.

      • Zippy

        it’s not like there’s been a pattern of it happening, either. This was unprecedented- the first time ever.

    • cynmac

      Especially when one of the execs that pulled the post was the Legal Counsel.

      • Zippy

        updated

        The company’s managing partnership voted 4-2 to remove the post. Executive Editor Tommy Craggs and chief legal counsel Heather Dietrick dissented

        • Spotts1701

          Oh, I’d love to hear why Legal voted “no” and what theory they were planning to use when they get sued for eleventy-kajillion dollars over this one.

          • Zippy

            me too

  • docterry6973

    I’m glad I don’t know what we are talking about.

  • major_asshole

    I’m conflicted about that post. I read it, it was…questionable AT BEST, and it didn’t do anyone any good to even write about it. Yes, I’m all for revealing hypocrisy and assholish behavior, but Gawker stepped over the line on this.

    Will I continue reading Gawker? Yeah. They do some really good work and have entertaining articles and comments. Will this (now-deleted) article change the way I look at Gawker? Yes–it put a sour taste in my mouth, and that taste will remain for a while.

    But now that this is out there, guess what? The right-wing media (Fox, Gateway Pundshit, that windbag anchor baby, all of them) will use this article to lambast and bash Gawker over everything. And that’s not right, either.

    • Zippy

      yet another reason to exercise better editorial oversight- they just handed the usual suspects plenty of ammunition on a silver platter and hurt all the other writers who are now going to be smeared by this

    • Longitudinally Enabled

      You know, I read the story too, and I kept waiting for something to happen. I mean, the dalliances of a mid-sized media company CFO who happens to be a relative of a Cabinet official isn’t really a story, is it? The story as originally written just kind of ended, didn’t it?

      The blackmail attempt (which Gawker participated in!) certainly is the story, and I was expecting to see a bit more about the blackmailer. I mean, it took the Gawker commentariat what, an hour to find out who the blackmailer is? And how much of a fucking loon he is? I could have seen the story written as a gay-closeted version of Fatal Attraction for our times (with a special cameo of Jimmy Fallon’s announcer as Ted Cruz) but they were just lazy.

      And evil.

  • diogenez

    Nicely done. Gawker should be ashamed of themselves.

  • sundaytrucker

    What year is it in Gawkerland? 1970? How are union bosses relevant, and when did gay sex go back to being taboo? Even when a guy in high school I know, came out in the early eighties everyone said “meh”.

    • TootsStansbury

      GAWKward!

      • sundaytrucker

        Brilliant pun, Toots. And I don’t often use brilliant and pun together.

  • Serolf Divad

    But, wait, wasn’t he the brother of a guy who was on TV once? Totally Fair game.

    • So this is about Jeb!?

    • I believe that’s known in legal circles as the “Six Degrees of Saving Bacon” defense.

    • Unforgotten

      ‘Guilty by Association’?
      Sorry (not), but even if it is still socially accepted (hence, for example, the problems faced by the families of convicted people in many parts of the country), it is not in legal, moral and ethical terms.

  • S.D.

    PERFECTLY Said.

  • disqus_0lWqMBoD8b

    Is their source on that article even credible? He’s a right-wing conspiracy theory spouting gay porn star.

    He also said the Russians are to blame for 9/11 and a lot of other crazy things.

    • Longitudinally Enabled

      Personally, I prefer my gay porn stars spouting.

      • Dolmance

        Most truly professional sex workers, including porn people, are so right wing it’s hard to be in a room with them.

        • Longitudinally Enabled

          Well, that’s why they have the fluffers, right?

        • sw19womble

          private enterprise, bitches!

        • Lady Bug

          is there a particular reason why?

          • Dolmance

            I’ve pondered this, and have some ideas:

            According to my absolute favorite shrink of all time, Theodore Wilhelm Reich, who made a box designed to collect orgasmic energy from the entire universe, and was considered the real deal by Freud and Jung, said back in the 20s that the Right Wing, in all countries and all time and space, contain a significant layer of Antisocial Personality Disorder (I’m paraphrasing, okay?).

            A lot of porn people, but by no means all of them, are complete sociopaths. Maybe that’s why there are so many Right Wingers.

          • Lady Bug

            Thanks. Theodore Wilhelm Reich sounds fascinating, off to google him right now.

          • Dolmance

            I think he was the discoverer of Dark Energy.

          • Barbara Delaney

            A really interesting book on the topic is Orson Bean’s “Me and the Orgone”.

          • Zyxomma

            The research is ongoing, despite the FBI’s little book burning party. Here’s a link: http://www.orgonelab.org Yes, they’re in Oregon!

          • Zippy

            WAIT! WAIT!

            Tell us more about this box…

          • Dolmance

            Here’s a bit in Wikipedia, and there’s even a picture.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgone

          • Dolmance

            Now, I could be wrong, but if you take Schrodinger’s Cat, and seal it up in Reich’s Orgone Box, there is a 50/50 chance that the cat will get a boner, but in reality, it will get both a boner and will not get a boner, if you can wrap your head around that.

          • Zippy

            So let me get this straight (so to speak). If I wrap my head around some cat’s disappearing boner while you lock it up in a box, I’ll have a universe shattering orgasm?

            Tempting, though it sounds like a lot of work and that cat’s boner is awfully close to its claws (and he’s probably not too happy about his situation, boner or no). Then again, I’m not really into oysters and I’m way too old for cocaine and poppers…

          • Dolmance

            You’re never too old for cocaine and poppers, Zippy.

          • Hell, I’ve specified in my will that I be buried with cocaine and poppers, just in case.

    • Randy Riddle

      On Leif Derek Truitt’s Facebook page, it says he “Works at Author/Writer, Investigative Journalist and Servant of Jesus. Past: MMA and Adult Film Industry.”

      He looks like an even nutter version of James O’Keefe.

  • Joshua Norton

    Yeah, I was a little “WTF” about the whole mishigosh. Dude tried to arrange for a little out-of-town strange and ends up on a front page because the hustler be nutz! Not cool at all.

    • disqus_0lWqMBoD8b

      Did he? Says the same guy who says the Russians and Chinese are going to invade the United States this Summer?

    • Zippy

      Given that we don’t know whether or not his wife was even OK with this, given that he didn’t follow through, given that they’re all private citizens not public figures, given that he’s denied the story and the totality of their evidence comes from a blackmailer who appears to be completely batshitinsane- maybe they should have thought a little harder before they clicked “publish”

    • Longitudinally Enabled

      But that’s the thing; the story wasn’t on the front page “because the hustler be nutz!”. It was on the front page because the dude is the CFO of Conde Nast. A hustler recruited Gawker (successfully!) into furthering his blackmail plot and somehow managed to hide his lunacy from Sargent and his editors. (Or, Gawker just didn’t care.)

      • Zippy

        (Or, Gawker just didn’t care.)

        BINGO!

        • Longitudinally Enabled

          Given how easily the blackmailer’s identity was found, one has to wonder how much of an effort Sargent et al had to expend to ignore the elephant in the room.

          • Zippy

            how much effort?

            ZERO. They were too busy salivating over the chance to play the “let’s publicly shame someone” game, especially someone who works for a rival

    • cessnadriver

      Actually, he tried to hire a prostitute.

      • sw19womble

        IMHO “visiting” sex workers shouldn’t be a crime, but that’s a separate issue.

        The cheating on your partner is a separate (private) issue between two adults.

        Mind you, I don’t see what all the fuss is about, everyone seems so het up about it, sex blah, whatever, so what do I know! :)

        • cessnadriver

          It’s pretty much a non-issue overall. The fact that management not editorial took down the article is troubling.

          • Zippy

            Not in this case, IMHO. And I say that as a long term journeyman who has been a proud union member far longer than the ten minutes or so those clowns have. Labor contracts are not a suicide pact- when you torch the place and burn it to the ground, management is not obligated to just stand there and watch it burn with you.

            These clowns set the blaze and did nothing to stop it. Now that the place is a smoking ruin, the only thing the reps are complaining about is the process? Arguing about whether it’s required that a union member in good standing has to pull the fire alarm is incredibly tone deaf, to say the least and doesn’t do the rest of us any favors- it just reinforces the ugly stereotypes of all the rabid union haters.

            Part of what makes organized labor great is that we give added value for the added expense and added rules. We’re supposed to be good at what we do and better than those not in a union. These people shit the bed by letting that post get published. Don’t want management stepping on your dick? Do your damned job halfway competently…

          • cousin itt

            Part of what makes organized labor great is that we give added value for the added expense and added rules.

            This. All the upfists.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            And the value added invariably exceeds the costs involved.

            Of course, this assumes that management has brains and is not obsessed with the short term bottom line, which is a massive assumption in our polluted by the Harvard MBA mentality economy.

          • Consider this as well. Gawker is facing a death sentence lawsuit from Hulk Hogan over a post of his sex tape made with Bubba the Love Sponge’s ex-wife. The biggest line of defense is that Hogan is a celebrity, and that he discussed his not only his sex life, but rumors of this tape during interviews, therefore it was public knowledge. How would that square with this story, in which they out a person who is neither a public figure, nor has discussed this issue in public. Management’s job is to keep the company in business and that is what they are doing, saving the company from a potentially fatal mistake.
            Also the only member of the management team that voted to keep the article up was the editor that okayed it in the first place. The vote was 5-1 to remove the post.

          • cessnadriver

            The post should never have been published. After that it should have been an editorial decision.

            When the suits decide what we get to hear and know the suits screw us.

            As for the Hulk suit…Hulkie is a public figure. He has no legal standing.

          • You are right, the post never should have been published. And an intelligent editor should have retracted it, when he realized his mistake. Since he didn’t, his bosses corrected his mistake. That is how companies should work.

          • rebecca

            I’ve quit jobs in honor of my boss’s editorial autonomy from the business side. But in that case, he wasn’t actively publishing stories that could get us sued, and then refusing to take them down. I think Virginia’s got this completely right.

          • Zippy

            “We just trashed some guy’s life for page views and a chance to needle our rival and then refused to clean up our mess” is the wrong hill to die on.

          • Longitudinally Enabled

            And yet Timothy Burke and other Gawker Media writers who I respect(ed?) insist on doing so.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            No kidding. Totally the wrong hill on the wrong planet in the wrong solar system in the wrong galaxy. A shitload of wrong.

        • shelwood

          He wasn’t “visiting’. though, he allegedly was attempting to pay a ex-porn star to fly in from another state for the purpose of prostitution, which would fall under sex trafficking and the Mann Act, so a federal crime. However, the story didn’t even point out the actual crime and seemed unaware of it, so Gawker gets no points there.

  • Charles Cates

    Excellent Evan.

  • disqus_0lWqMBoD8b

    I seriously wonder if gawker committed libel. This guy is a piece of work. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

    Here’s some of his stuff:

    “Undeniable Proof Obama is the Beast and Putin is the destroying Evil
    Angel Abaddon in Revelation 9:11 read everything below you will wake up I
    assure you !!!!!!

    Remember the Illinois Obama 666 lotto? If not Google 666 lotto Chicago tribune”

    This is Gawker’s source.

    And then there’s this gem:

    “The U.S. is preparing this country for a invasion by the Russians and
    the Chinese their just trying to get people prepared covertly by Saying
    ISIS is here ISIS is just a bunch of Islamic Extremists that the US and
    Russia is using to fight each other in a Proxy war .

    Imagine if they told the truth that the Russians and the Chinese are preparing to
    invade us soon. Our economy would literally collapse overnight .

    Put it together !

    Why do you think Obama is talking with Cuba now he is trying to prevent the Russians from moving Nuclear Missiles there .

    Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis ?? Wake up !

    Remember the I’m going to ban the green tip 5.56 ammo? Then The ATF
    changed their minds that was to get you all stocked up and ready for the
    coming invasion !”

    • Unforgotten

      Remember that joke from ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ in which he tried to make Susie believe that he had found a dinosaur track in the snow? Susie’s quick observation about how those tracks had been made came to mind after each and every single paragraph…

  • VandeGraf

    Maybe someone is looking down Nick Denton’s shorts. Or bagging the editorial staff’s emails or amorous liaisons. Nick says, True, and interesting. Really? Doesn’t have any function but mean spirited entertainment. like bear baiting? I wonder how they would like it. Pretty seedy, altogether.

  • Dolmance

    I guess it hasn’t occurred to anyone that married men can have all the gay sex they want, and it’s perfectly acceptable to include ones’ wife in the occasion. I mean, that’s what being married is all about, right?

    I guess I’m completely ill constituted to cope with modern life and everyone’s crazy ideas.

  • BillWestern

    Thank you thank you than you. What’s next Gawker, running busted johns names?

    • Zippy

      only the ones who work for their rivals

      • Villago Delenda Est

        This is just twisted icing on a rotten cake. This entire thing was done out of spite.

    • sarafina

      I don’t see anything wrong with that.

  • AnOuthouse

    Donna Rose will be proud Wonkette has standards. “Yes, honey there is a line we will not cross”. It’s good advice I had to learn the hard way.

  • Vecciojohn

    Fuck this shit. It’s Happy Hour!

  • Biff52

    The only Gawker joint I read is Jalopnik.

  • Walter Wellstone

    Well said. I cannot imagine what Mr. Geithner and his family must be going through right now. Gawker needs to fire some people and fast.

    • Redact that name, dude.

      • Walter Wellstone

        Done. Sorry for the oversight.

    • bobbert

      Shypixel!

  • disqus_0lWqMBoD8b

    Did anybody read the original article? Because I am hoping they didn’t just go with this lunatic’s word on this.

    • Joshua Norton

      They had screen shots of all their texts back and forth. Really creepy. (the screen shots, not the texts).

      • disqus_0lWqMBoD8b

        You can download a spoof ap for your phone or computer like this and pretend to be anybody:

        https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.rtsmedia.spooftext&hl=en

        • Longitudinally Enabled

          Gawker also really downplayed the whole getting tossed out of the apartment for being a gay porn star vs. having a service animal aspect as well as the fact that the gay porn star contacted Ted Cruz’s office for assistance with his HUD complaint.

          • disqus_0lWqMBoD8b

            Yeah, this guy has a lot of weird pen pals too. And a crazy whackadoodle facebook page.

            Did they go into how they vetted him? Because he’s a lunatic, and one would really hope they take precautions when publishing something where the source is otherwise noticeably whackadoodle.

          • There was zero reference to any vetting process that may or may not have taken place, and as far as I know, there still hasn’t been by anyone at Gawker Media. It was simply a matter of “So, there’s this porn star escort dude – we’ll call him ‘Ryan’ – and awaaayyy we go!”

            It took about ten minutes for a couple commenters to not only determine the guy’s real name, but to also find an escort ad of his that included a NSFW pic that appeared in the alleged text exchange. Links to additional escort ads, his Facebook page, and other whackadoodle rantings quickly followed.

            In other words, it appears that all vetting was done post-post by crowdsourced commenters.

          • There was zero reference to any vetting process that may or may not have taken place…

            “Oh come on, it’s not like anyone REALLY needs to do any of that stuff” Sarah Palin.

        • It was an iPhone-to-iPhone conversation, as evidenced by the screenshots and some Facetime-related statements made to each other by the alleged parties.

          A few commenters immediately jumped on the fact that the text bubbles were green rather than blue (as would be expected in such an iPhone exchange), but others noted that iMessage could’ve been turned off to avoid a device-wide iCloud record being kept.

          None of that in any way rules out spoofing, of course.

          • Zippy

            so what you’re saying is- this is zombie Steve Jobs fault

          • Obama is a very busy man – it can’t be his fault all the time.

          • A Grumpy Cat

            Sometimes it’s the Spanish Inquisition.

          • Zippy

            I wasn’t expecting that…

          • I didn’t expect that.

          • Msgr_Moment

            Hitler. Nobody expects Hitler.

          • sarafina

            Sure it can – he’s Magic!!

          • bobbert

            I’m willing to blame Steve.

    • Forceton Banfodder

      They actually did go on the lunatics word. No fact checking before they posted. Now they expect people to defend them.

      • disqus_0lWqMBoD8b

        There’s some techy stuff that can be done to verify the source of texts. I am just wondering if they did those.

        • Forceton Banfodder

          Others journalists have tracked the “hooker” down. It looks like a blackmail attempt and Gawker aided.

          http://www.inquisitr.com/2260205/gawker-gets-hate-for-publishing-david-geithner-article-about-2500-gay-porn-escort-offer-editor-defends-married-mans-outing/

          • disqus_0lWqMBoD8b

            What I am asking is stuff like… what do they mean text message? SMS? If it’s SMS and direct phone-to-phone, did he show them his provider’s log for calls? And then did they verify who the number belonged to?

            If not sms, did they have the provider’s traffic logs? I mean, if a whacky guy was telling me something and showed me some texts to prove it, the first thing I would think is he spoofed it.

            Heck, when my nephews were little I sent them email from Santa@NorthPole.com :)

            Did they describe how they verified any of this?

          • Forceton Banfodder

            They didn’t verify anything. It was click bait. They’re in a personal war against Condé Nast, owners of Reddit over allowing bullying on Reddit; and Geithner was Reddit CFO.

            And no, they don’t see the irony in what they did either.

          • disqus_0lWqMBoD8b

            Seriously? So they turned over their platform to Jade Helm 16 the invasion is coming any day guy?

          • Forceton Banfodder

            Yup

    • mtiffany

      I read the actual article. Just my opinion here: Defamatory and libelous. And, and, and… wait, there’s more… it would appear that Jordan Sargent (the hit piece’s author) may have conspired with the escort to extort the victim into using his family connections to get a HUD dispute resolved in the escort’s favor by no less than the President of the Unites States.

      To paraphrase “Gawker will not publish the story if the victim takes the HUD dispute to President Obama.” Not making this up.

  • Thank you.

  • MJVD

    The “apology” was almost worse than publishing the original story. Basically “a few years ago, this wouldn’t have been a big deal, but now you’re all SO SENSITIVE!” Pathetic.

    • Dee Andee

      You got that vibe too, huh?

    • YourMom

      Gawker deserves a bit more bitch-slapping, then. (As much for the non-apology as for the original story.) Wankers.

  • A prostitute that can’t keep their mouth closed about their clientelle isn’t going to get much work.

    • blaid droog

      you got that right.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Do they need clientelle after their book deal goes through?

      • AnnieW

        Too crazy for a book deal. He’s a complete mess. He might be telling the truth about his dealings with (I won’t name him) but a book about Obama as the anti-Christ, it’s the end times now, Sodom, etc. is not going to sell that well.

        • Spotts1701

          Well, yeah. Market’s already saturated with those.

  • LoveInsanity

    Exactly.

  • zerosumgame0005

    Personally I feel blessed by all the content past the headlines our Wonkiteer Overlords grant us!

    • drbloor

      If only they allowed comments…

      • sarafina

        There are no unmixed blessings, except The Trixel.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          Sez someone not changing her diapers.

          • sarafina

            Your point?

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            ‘Tis a mixed blessing.

  • ksimms

    Gawker used to be somewhat interesting and useful, but that was a long time ago. It’s not even one of the 10 or more blogs I follow, and it used to be the top of the list. Their childish editorial team “defense” of “journalistic ethics” is an even grosser example of their entitled brat sensibilities and lack of any journalistic acumen.

    • ksimms

      Seriously, read the responses to the weak defenses from various other editors from the Gawker “empire”. Especially the lame one by Timothy Burke, from Deadspin. At least some of the intelligent readers and commenters haven’t left the building.

      • rebecca

        got a link?

        • ksimms

          http://politburo.gawker.com/a-statement-from-the-gawker-media-editorial-staff-1718649722

          A lot of the good comments are “pending approval” so read them now before they are “removed” in a completely unironic way.

          • Zippy

            Yup, I was on a P.O.S. work computer earlier so I didn’t see your link, but I must say there sure are a bunch of pending comments on all those stories. I don’t post at Gawker, so I’m not at all versed with kinja, but it sure seems that a whole bunch of friendly fluff comments have gotten out of the grays and precious few that are critical of that shit show have managed. So much for that open and honest debate…

        • bobbert

          Suggest you ask Shy to scan through the thread and remove instances of the Reddit guy’s name.

          No need to proliferate it.

        • Zippy

          http://politburo.gawker.com/a-statement-from-the-gawker-media-editorial-staff-1718649722

          Tim Burke’s comments are in the comment section (since they actually allow them). It’s a bunch of face saving BS where they try to simultaneously say that the story “rubbed them the wrong way” and made them feel “general discomfort” while they blame everybody and everything else for their epic editorial fail, along with a healthy dose of “hey, look! Squirrel!” distraction while they try to ignore the actual wrong of publishing such a nasty story and turn the conversation into a debate about management vs. labor with regards to the retraction.

    • AnnieW

      On Jezebel an entire thread I was part of (critical of this idiocy) was taken down for being “off topic”, or in other words, was getting too many comments & likes.. Because we know the threads are meant to stay focused.

  • Lady Bug

    Well said. :)

  • A Grumpy Cat

    I wouldn’t mind more cat videos. Keep your content, please, but I wouldn’t mind if there was a palate-cleansing adorable cat video at the end of a WHY DO THESE FUCKING PEOPLE EXIST I HATE THEM AND EVERYONE AND FUCKING DAMN THESE ASSHOLES article.

  • toomanyrappers

    People really suck sometimes. The part that really bugs me is that we know better.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      And who wants those people on their web site? Oh right … Gawker.

  • And frankly it was all for gossip that was as juicy as bread that had been drying out for an entire day.

  • TootsStansbury

    Is this nothing more than anything for some dish? Shame. If it exposes a hypocrite politician OK but just for the fuck of it? WTF?

  • Mhael

    Dear Evan,

    This is PERFECT, and part of why you’re goddamn AWESOME. If I were not already married to Mrs. M’Hael, I would ask the Editrix’s permission for Donna Rose’s blessing to gay-marry the fuck out of you.

    • EvanHurst

      I ACCEPT!

      • Zippy

        GET A ROOM!

      • I’ll make pizza for the reception. Or a cake if you want.

        • Msgr_Moment

          That ghey cake we like?

      • Oh, suuure

      • cousin itt

        I’ll bring flowers–GLAADiolas.

        • But not from certain florist, or you’ll discriminate against their “sincerely religious right” to discriminate.

      • Mhael

        YAY! It’s been forEVER since I’ve been to a Bridal Show! Most grooms-to-be avoid them like the plague, but I wasn’t turnin’ MY nose up at a convention hall full of free booze and hors d’oeuvres! ;)

  • rocktonsam

    I thought it was presumed that fucking with the wonket is something not to do.even whenwe fuck with you first probably.
    sending some bewb could have helped…

  • blaid droog

    jesus, Evan. I have never seen a roasting like the one you just delivered. not just a roasting,but total incineration. like being in Pompeii on the wrong day. kudos

  • Matt Baen

    Snark deleted.

  • cynmac

    The sad part is that Gawker has spent the better part of two weeks schaudenfrauding all over Reddit. And then this.

  • Zippy

    It’s not like Gawker hasn’t done this before…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-womack/james-franco-gawker_b_7816032.html

  • Dolmance

    Never punch down. Always punch up.

  • mtiffany

    The folks over Gawker had better make for damned sure they’ve cleaned out the skeletons in their own closets.

  • Zippy

    Christ, they’re still busy feeling sorry for themselves. Because they’re the real victims, don’tcha know, not the guy whose life they ruined.

    http://politburo.gawker.com/hi-i-am-a-cute-and-very-harmless-kittycat-1718635904

    • I get the feeling they’re building up to playing the “Hey who ever said we were actual media?!” card, if they haven’t done so already.

      • Zippy

        This was such mean girls BS- why not just trip the unpopular kid in the school cafeteria for the lulz, amirite Gawker?

    • Jukesgrrl

      THEY’RE the actual victims? I didn’t know they were Christian.

  • mtiffany

    You know you’re in the wrong when *the Internet* comes for you. But such is that nature of the human-shaped vermin that work over at Gawker that they absolutely refuse to admit they did anything wrong in the slightest.

    • malsperanza

      The Internet comes after you if you’re a woman mentioning misogyny. The Internet is a ravening screaming horde.

  • teddy21

    This Gawker story was the worst piece of supposed journalism I’ve ever read. I was absolutely shocked when I read it yesterday. Shocked that they were destroying this poor man’s life. And more shocked that they allowed that pond scum human being (porn star, hooker, ass hole) get away with the cloak of anonymity. Absolutely disgusting.

    • Mr Corrections

      I kept reading till about 2/3rds of the way through, looking for whatever was supposed to justify it.

      • cynmac

        I stopped reading when the dix started showing up from the txts – without NSFW btw.

  • mtiffany

    These are the sites owned by Gawker if anyone feels like NOT giving these assholes any money: Gawker.com, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, io9, Kotaku, Jalopnik, and Jezebel.

    • Zyxomma

      Thanks.

  • cousin itt

    How far is too far? Buckingham Palace has said it is disappointed that footage from 1933 showing the Queen performing a Nazi salute has been released. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33578174

    Context, eh? Of course. Arguably, the Brits may have invented the media space in which Gawker and other scum now operate. Has it always been so? Doesn’t matter. The important thing is that whenever media outlets let out their raw sewage, they should be condemned by polite and impolite society and upbraided for being the scum-sucking scum-suckers they are.

    • Msgr_Moment

      I love it. Any time you’re waving to the train as your loved one rides away, your arm will be in that position repeatedly as you wave farewell. (Yeah, I know, Nazi loving, banal idiot Duke of Windsor) Today we are all Nazis.

      • sarafina

        Speak for yourself.

  • M H

    Honestly, since teh Wonket escaped Gawker, she eclipsed the lesser site and I’m all “Gawk-uh-who?” when it’s mentioned. Intellectually lazy, ethically bankrupt, with Palin-level commenters: sit down, Gawker.

  • cousin itt

    OT Perfect. Thanks to Wonkette’s magic sex ads, we now understand the cultural relevancy of the Paulists.

    • Anarchy Pony

      I’m a lot more interested in the dumb thing that girl was caught doing…

      • cousin itt

        The dumb leading the dumb.

      • cousin itt

        The dumb leading the dumb.

      • Not wearing proper foundation garments. She’ll regret that when she’s older.

        • Kat Anyperson

          Dooo you~r boobs hang low~
          Do they wobble to and fro~
          Can you tie em in a knot?
          Can you tie em in a bow?

          • sarafina

            Can you throw them over your shoulder like a Continental Soldier,
            Do your boobs hanggggg low?
            Fond memories of Story Hour at the library.
            Good times!

    • Vecciojohn

      He’s reason #21 we love small boobs.

    • cynmac

      Ron Paul’s been running ads all over the HD channels like Moxie and Decade. What can I say, I love old movies.

    • bargal20

      This is like some kind of fundie aversion therapy gone horribly wrong. I’m pretty sure from now on the sight of Ron Paul is going to give me an erection.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Needs less full-frontal boob.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      Ah, Ron Paul is warning America about the coming currency crisis. It must be coming really slowly, because he’s been warning about it for decades.

      • bobbert

        It’s due just after the Rapture.

    • Ursula

      Due to no-script and addblocker, I’m really missing out!

  • Pinball or Submission

    Who cares about Gawker anymore? Hulk Hogan is about to drop the leg on those guys with his sex tape lawsuit, and put them away for the 1-2-3, brother!

    • AnnieW

      I posted that right above before I saw your comment.

    • Kevin Morin

      Gawker? Put away?

      If this means the end for ‘500 Days of Kristin’ I’m all for it.

  • PDX Realness

    The Daily Beast also has a good article about how Gawker once accused James Franco of being a gay rapist, with no factual basis, and has “outed” him multiple times over the past 8 years, apparently because he’s too comfortable with his sexuality for them. How do they not just get sued constantly? The National Enquirer has stronger ethical standards.

    • AnnieW

      They are being sued by Hulk Hogan big time right now.

  • guppy06

    Are they looking for a buyout offer from News Corp?

    • TGuerrant

      More like a buyout from the Daily Caller.

  • If they don’t make Vice’s “Cry-Baby of the Week,” I’m quitting the Internet.

    http://politburo.gawker.com/hi-i-am-a-cute-and-very-harmless-kittycat-1718635904

  • OrdinaryJoe

    There seems to be real currency on the interwebs in gay shaming of one sort or the other. What Gawker did was reprehensible but is it that much worse than the snark that gets put up here, and on there sites I read, filled with speculation and innuendo about people like Lindsey Graham (or Anne Coulter in the past)? For myself, my own sense is no. And I am actually embarrassed and sorry that I may have on past occasions been a participant in that. Notes taken, lesson learned.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      On thegrand scale of asshatry, playing into an extortionists hands at the expense of their victims trumps making comments about lindsey` s pearls. It is not just the outting though that is douchy enough. It is exposing a victim of blackmail who did nothing illegal while protecting the blackmailer

    • Zippy

      There’s a big difference between a website doxxing and gay shaming some private citizen and commenters using homophobic slurs about public figures- Wonket itself tends to shy away from them. That being said, your point is valid in that the slurs really are pretty crass, even when they’re meant to be snarky. I quit using that sort of humor personally, as tranny jokes and calling people gay really are rather weak humor, not to mention insensitive as hell to actual gay and transgender people. It certainly wouldn’t hurt for people to give that sort of juvenile humor a rest. And though I’ve slipped on occasion with Christie, I’ve tried to lay off the fat shaming jokes, also too. Like Graham and Coulter, Christie’s personality makes it oh so tempting, but resorting to fag jokes or fat jokes or tranny jokes really is lazy and can be hurtful to others…

      • Guest

        I could not agree with you more. there are so many things all human beings have in common and that is funny that can be used to generate a laugh because we can all relate, using these discriminatory stereotypes are hurtful and shaming and really NOT funny. when those making these lazy jokes are called out the they use the stupid ‘pc’ crap defence

  • LarryHoudini

    The site that broke “Hulk Hogan fucks Buddy the Love Sponge’s wife” lacks integrity?
    ***Ironically cries into mug of artisanal IPA***

    • Legion32

      Wait…Hulk Hogan fucked a sponge’s wife? This is the slippery slope thing the RWNJ’s have been warning everyone about since passing laws forbidding oral sex in the good old days. What’s next? You fuck a sponge. Nothing good ever comes from fucking a sponge, especially when you fuck the sponge’s wife.

  • Dolmance

    Gee whiz, if I had gay sex without my wife being included, I’d be sleeping on the couch for a month!

  • Snopes Shop

    Gawker is hideous. The hit attack they have been launching against James Franco is hideous.

    • KatOnAWire

      I try to stick to Jezebel, if anything. Gawker completely pissed me off after Robin Williams suicide when they ran some bizarre “humor” piece. Like a drunk 16 year old attempting to imitate The Onion. Kept waiting for them to pull it and apologize, but they never did.

    • What could have James Franco possibly done? Is being a bad Oscar host a crime now?

      • Snopes Shop

        Demanding that he be “gay”.

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    “But this man had no public actions to be held accountable for.”

    Um, isn’t HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED the head of Conde Nast who in turn owns Reddit home of Coontown and other nasty, racist stalker subs?

    I’d hardly say this guy had ‘no public actions to be held accountable for’ since he makes a living off racism, sexism, stalking, and yes, more than a bit of homophobia.

    • Zippy

      Go home Jordan, you’re drunk…

    • Lazy Media

      Not the head. The Chief Financial Officer; basically the head beancounter. He doesn’t make or affect editorial decisions at the company. He’s not a public figure for most purposes except cheap shots from a rival gossip rag.

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        Would not the Chief Financial Officer be the one who has the power to say to the rest of Conde Nast’s board, “hey, i know we make a lot of ad revenue off ‘Coontown’ and ‘GasDikes’ but maybe we should clean up Reddit because giving a platform to violent racists and homophobes for money is unethical”? Because I think he does have that power.

    • Takoma DC

      Agree.

  • Zyxomma
    • Grokenstein

      TBogg also: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/its-all-about-the-ethics-in-outing-journalism-and-gawkers-executive-editors-still-dont-get-it/

      Like Tom, I’m a regular Gawker Network reader–more for io9 and Lifehacker and TheVane than Defamer–but I have been astounded at the idiotic behavior around this. The original post; the “we unionized so that we could keep doing stupid things!” response to the takedown; the “here’s a cute kitten, please down take it down” bit of butthurt nonsense–it all smacks of “LOL, accountability is for little people, LOL” thinking, taking “sorry not sorry” to a new level. Apparently it’s office culture around there, though NO, not everyone who writes for the Network is guilty of it.

      They’ve just handed Hulk Hogan a baseball bat and dared him to swing at their unprotected heads even as he’s already swinging at them. They threw a tiny bone to Chuck C Johnson, the most horrible little troll on the Internet, and all his fellow victim-doxxing swine even as he threatens them (as empty as CCJ’s threats tend to be).

      I can’t understand it.

  • he_who_scoffs_at_danger

    what a bunch of pussys

    • J Michael Neal

      I’ve never understood the use of the word “pussy” as an insult. I happen to really like and appreciate female genitalia.

      • Also, pussies have been known to push entire tiny humans out of them. Strikes me as pretty dang powerful. Meanwhile, the phrase “have the balls to [do whatever]” means to be strong – and yet the balls are probably the most delicate and easily-pained part of the body. Maybe the two phrases need to be flipped.

        • spacecat in space

          “Man up. Grow a pair.”

          “Level up. Grow a pussy.”

          Yeah, I kinda dig it.

          “You pussy.”

          “You (sorry, musty, wrinkly) sack of testes.”

          Yup. Works.

  • Me not sure

    Not to excuse anyone, but if you don’t want some asshole to reveal your secrets be more careful with what you put out and to whom. Most people seem to not mind playing fast and loose with other peoples lives these days.

  • marjorie

    I co-run a web site called SorryWatch that analyzes apologies. People keep telling us “Do Gawker!” But Gawker did not apologize. Gawker “explained.” Not the same. Even the word “regret,” which has nowhere near the power of “sorry,” has failed to appear in any statement. All the posts I’ve seen indicate that Gawker staff feels this is a hill to die on, and they’re splitting nickels by saying “some of us disliked the piece, but we object to CENSORSHIP by MANAGEMENT.” It’s a distraction. They’re abdicating an opportunity to soul-search about what they did wrong & what’s newsworthy and what isn’t. AS AN APOLOGY NINJA SUPER-EXPERT, I can tell you they should apologize.

    • Haribo Lector

      They weren’t even “sorry you were offended”.

  • Wow Star Magazine has really let their standards slip…

    Wait , what?

  • BabbySeal

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  • Sterculius

    Could you re-post the story here, sounds juicy!

  • Ursula

    You might spare a word for all of those staff writers who were offended, not by the scummy standards that allowed that story to be printed but by the fact that the legal department took it down.

  • devo-T

    If it’s about the guy related to a certain treasury official, that whole article was a pretty shitty thing the manwhore even admitted was a ploy to publicize his landlord dispute. And for all we know, maybe not even true. If you sat me down and said “can you fake some iPhone messages”, I’d say… sure, what’s it worth to you?

    Then again… it’s Gawker.

    • Octopus Out of Control

      It’s true I think. Looke up that Giether dude’s pic, he has strong gayface.

  • Pugsandcoffee

    Gawker has never been about this type of integrity. I’m almost shocked people are paying attention now.

  • Thank you for demonstrating Responsible Journalism by reporting on the article without naming the subject of the original piece!

  • SadieLechner

    This article is just another reason I love Wonkette (not THAT kind of love, not that there’s anything wrong with love between a married, straight, committed, woman in Montana and several writers/editors of differing genders and orientations, or MSCWMSWEDGO, mind you) and why I’m sending you monieez tomorrow.

  • H@ll0 K1tt1

    I don’t even remember what politician the gay prostitute sex story was about.

    • Enfant Terrible

      AOT,K.

  • hanadora444

    I agree with your article. People have a right to such privacy. It’s ironic, however, that on the same page of this particular article there is a link to a story entitled “17 Gay Actors Who Are Yet To Admit They Are Gay.” How is this all that different from the story you are criticizing?

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