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Glenn Greenwald Blasts Gawker for Outing Gay CFO

“I genuinely don’t see how any decent person could believe that [the piece] ought to have been published.”


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Everyone by now knows the whole story about how Gawker outed a Male married Condé Nast executive as gay when it revealed that he had liaisons with a male prostitute. Well now Glenn Greenwald has joined the chorus of people criticizing Gawker for it.

Gawker’s editors had, at first, killed the story. But then the higher ups chose to publish it which led to a number of resignations.

Greenwald told The Huffington Post, “I genuinely don’t see how any decent person could believe that [the piece] ought to have been published, and I find it really disturbing that several Gawker writers, including ones I like and respect, continue to defend it on its merits, ”

“Gawker used to be this kind of embodiment of new media boldness and audacity and kind of this limitless, controversial, provocative, entity, ” he added, “and it seems pretty clear that the management of Gawker — in Nick Denton in particular — want to bring it into a more kind of mainstream direction for financial and corporate reasons, along with changes that they have themselves in what journalism ought to be.”

“That is an important conflict and that can become a serious threat to new media — that new media can become kind of diluted or even neutered by these financial considerations.”

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