This is kind of surprising!
On Friday, Gawker, the New York based site known for posting often controversial gossip and articles, did something out of the norm — they took down one of their posts.
Nick Denton, the founder and chief executive of Gawker Media published in a blog post that the company’s site was wrong to post a story about the alleged gay extramarital affair of a man who happened to be the brother of a former Obama administration official.
The story had lots of negative backlash from the journalism community as they took to social media to criticize that the article had little news value and was mainly just an exploitive piece meant to gain clicks.
The article was taken down after a 4-2 vote by the managing partnership and marked the first time the site had:
“removed a significant news story for any reason other than factual error or legal settlement.”
But the controversy didn’t end there! Now there’s fallout because of what happened!
Tommy Craggs, Gawker’s executive editor and Max Read, the editor-in-chief resigned today due to the controversial story being taken down!
They resigned because they both felt that there was a breach between Gawker’s business and editorial side.
Read released a memo resigning stating:
“On Friday a post was deleted from Gawker over the strenuous objections of Tommy and myself, as well as the entire staff of executive editors. That this post was deleted at all is an absolute surrender of Gawker’s claim to “radical transparency”; that non-editorial business executives were given a vote in the decision to remove it is an unacceptable and unprecedented breach of the editorial firewall, and turns Gawker’s claim to be the world’s largest independent media company into, essentially, a joke.
I am able to do this job to the extent that I can believe that the people in charge are able, when faced with difficult decisions, to back up their stated commitments to transparency, fearlessness, and editorial independence. In the wake of Friday’s decision and Tommy’s resignation I can no longer sustain that belief. I find myself forced to resign, effective immediately.”
[Image via Gawker.]