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Talk of a merger between Gawker and Business Insider, helped along by Nick Denton and Henry Blodget, was the subject of frenzied speculation last week.
Offices were all a-Twitter late this morning after a rumor spread that Gawker’s Nick Denton and Business Insider’s Henry Blodget would announce a merger between Gawker and Business Insider when they took the stage at a media conference this afternoon.
Rumors of a merger between Business Insider and Gawker that made the rounds this morning have been greatly exaggerated.
“We had breakfast, as we regularly do. I admire Henry Blodget, Joe Weisenthal and Business Insider’s editorial management. They’d have more fun with us than at AOL, where they’d be yet another unhappy unit. And they’re having fun with the possibility alone,” Mr. Denton said in an email.
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Julie Zeveloff, the editor of Business Insider’s lifestyle vertical, is going on safari to “the best hotel in the world,” as she has so often referred to it. Ms. Zeveloff has been invited to go on this safari by the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Africa Adventure Company and Singita Grumeti Group, and Coastal Aviation.
“No, I didn’t win the lottery and I’m not a lucky honeymooner,” she helpfully explained on the site. “I’ve been invited by the Tanzania Tourist Board to go on safari and visit several of the country’s best lodges, including the tented camp that Travel + Leisure has called ‘the best hotel in the world’ for the past two years.”
The state of journalism is bad. Of course, Jonah Lehrer and Fareed Zakaria—high-profile writers at The New Yorker and Time, respectively—were recently exposed as frauds and plagiarists, but that’s not the worst of it. Not even close. The phone-tapping scandal that nearly imploded NewsCorp’s news division last year? Nope.
In fact, nothing illustrates the distressing state of affairs more clearly than the reaction to Judge William Alsup’s recent order that Google and Oracle turn over the names of the reporters and bloggers whom the two companies had paid for potentially positive coverage supporting their case in a high-stakes copyright lawsuit.
Wait, what reaction? Oh, you didn’t even hear about this?
Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget has challenged journalism professor Dan Reimhold to a blog-off against BI’s pathologically prolific writer Joe Weisenthal, according to Poynter.
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Henry Blodget—the pale firecrotch king of Business Insider, whose greatest moment of intimacy with Jews came when one banned him from the securities industry for life—can’t decide who hates Jews: Is it everyone, or just some people? Or maybe it’s just him?