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Two Top Gawker Staff Members Resign After Controversial Story Is Pulled

Rebecca Haslam | PopWrapped Author

Rebecca Haslam

07/24/2015 10:31 pm
PopWrapped | Current Events
Two Top Gawker Staff Members Resign After Controversial Story Is Pulled | Gawker
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There's set to be a major shake up at Gawker after 2 of its top editors resigned due to the removal a widely-condemned article from their website.

The article in question, relating to a story about Conde Nast CFO David Geithner allegedly attempting to pay a gay porn star while at a hotel in Chicago, received quite a global backlash which got worse when it was pulled.

Tommy Craggs, the site's executive editor and Max Read, editor-in-chief both expressed their displeasure at founder Nick Denton's decision, in agreement with Gawker's managing partnership to have the post taken down.

The partnership voted 4-2 in favour of removing the story, leading Read, in a letter to the group, to say:

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.

Craggs meanwhile send an email to the editorial staff of the site, in which he explained:

All I got at the end of the day was a workshopped email from Denton, asking me to stay on and help him unfuck the very thing he’d colluded with the partners to fuck up.

Denton said on Friday of the decision to pull the story:

It was an editorial call, a close call around which there were more internal disagreements than usual.

As of right now, no announcements have been made as to replacements for Craggs & Read.

Do you think Gawker was right to pull the story? Did Craggs & Read do the right thing by standing up for the principles of the site? Get involved with the discussion in the comments!


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