In case you’ve never used the verb ‘Catfishin’’–either because the concept is too vague, referring both to the idea of lying about your identity on the Internet and to those who sleuth out people who have lied on the Internet, or because you have remained blissfully unaware of the whole Catfish documentary and subsequent TV show–today is the day you join the learning curve.
Because as clunky and undefinable as it is, the term Catfish has now jumped out of its own self-referencing creation and joined the popular lexicon thanks to this business of Notre Dame footballer Manti Te’o's fake girlfriend. And in an even weirder ourborous, the fake sister of the fake girlfriend reached out to original Catfish victim/MTV Internet sleuth Nev Schulman over the Internet while all of this was going down.
Have we come to the day when Gawker Media’s hard up for pictures of an Olympic swimmer’s pool noodle (a euphemism for “penis”)? Maybe it’s just decided to use that money to hire people (like its competition). And speaking of budgets, do we know what really rocked the relationship between Sally Singer and T to its anticlimactic end yesterday? We don’t, but does someone else? Do you? Did we put “Gawker Media” in the headline instead of “Deadspin” because more media wonks will read it? We have the answer to approximately 3.4 of those five questions, but will only answer two, right here in your Wednesday Evening Press Clips:
After having his legacy defiled by Brett Favre’s genitals it appears Deadspin founding editor Will Leitch will be writing for the Gawker Media sports site on a regular basis once again.
ESPN The Magazine
published a piece today by Touré called “What If Michael Vick Were White?” featuring the above photo, according to Deadspin
. Touré took to Twitter to assure readers that he didn’t want the piece titled and packaged like that, in fact the piece says you can’t
imagine him as a white guy.
That’s why we need the CGI.
This month’s GQ cover story on New York Jets star Mark Sanchez (not online in full) mentions that “Sanchez hit the front page when a 17-year-old high school student from Connecticut told a gossipy sports site that she met him in a nightclub and they went on a date.” The unnamed “gossipy sports Read More
THE WORLDWIDE LEADER
It’s not quite playing video games on acid, but it’ll do: Deadspin just got their hands on ESPN’s 2010 Editorial Standards and 2010 Advertising Standards manuals. What’s in the Worldwide Leader’s ethics guide?
Today’s apparently a big day at Gawker Media! In addition to the beginning of the tenure of new sales VP Andrew Gorenstein—sent to Gawker by way of Conde Nast—it is also the first day former Slate columnist (and Observer media reporter) Tom Scocca begins at Deadspin (officially, now that his co-workers hate him)! We know this because his bullpen neighbor—sister-site Jezebel’s Tracie Egan Morrissey—blogged about what an awful person he is to sit next to.
On Monday, Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio unrolled a fairly epic foray into the world of stunt journalism: an attempt to re-create Major League pitcher Dock Ellis’ infamous no-hitter of June 12, 1970 against the San Diego Padres, pitched while tripping on LSD. He did so by taking LSD.
off the record
The ongoing rivalry between ESPN’s Grantland blog, founded by Page 2 star Bill Simmons, and Gawker Media’s Deadspin is shaping up to be more entertaining than anything either blog covers on the field.
For a second, it seemed Deadspin was losing yardage to Grantland, which had seen its buzz steadily increase since ESPN announced a Read More
Gawker Media founder Nick Denton built a multimillion media empire with a ruthless brand of no-holds-barred tabloid blogging often aided by a wide network of anonymous, mercenary spies and tipsters. Lately, though, Gawker Media’s record of protecting those confidential sources has taken a tremendous hit. In the past six months, three tipsters have been outed Read More