Aggregator extraordinaire Matt Drudge briefly linked to Gawker’s story that alleged ABC’s Robin Roberts “wasn’t enthusiastic” about landing her big gay marriage interview with President Obama because she was worried it would call attention to the “near-open secret that Roberts is a lesbian” this afternoon and the site took the opportunity to taunt him with an update.
“Internet behemoth Matt Drudge, who has just directed his readers to this post, is also commonly understood to be gay,” the update said.
As Seen in SCENE
If you haven’t met Priyantha De Silva, there’s still a good chance you’ve encountered him, perhaps when he was pretending to be someone else: cherubic cocktail chaser, uncredited Academy Award-winning producer, conspicuous Condé Nast editor, philandering philanthropist, ICM agent or the creator of the Kardashians. Some say that if you put your ear to a martini, you can almost hear his overdone debonair voice: “What do you mean I’m not on the list? Don’t you know who I am?” Priyantha De Silva was that really, really sweaty guy of Sri Lankan descent who successfully crowbarred his way into progressively higher social circles, ultimately crashing down into of Manhattan’s most closely guarded venues: Rikers Island.
off the record
Can’t say no one saw this coming: Gawker’s Fox News informant, Joe Muto, is taking meetings with publishers this week for a proposed book about his eight years inside the cable news network, tentatively titled An Atheist in the Foxhole.
Mr. Muto, a former associate producer for Bill O’Reilly, was identified and fired by Fox Read More
QUESTIONS THAT ARE NOT RHETORICAL
Just a few days after Gawker introduced their recent and short-lived foray into corporate espionage-cum-pranksterism in the form of The Fox News Mole, one Joe Muto found himself on CNN, speaking with Howard Kurtz on Reliable Sources about the week he’d just had. In that interview, he explained that he was “completely blackballed within the cable news industry after working at FOX News,” which is to say nothing of how his job prospects might be now (“it’s pretty safe to say my career in cable news is over”). Is it, though?
Mediaite has a new editor, but he isn’t the Fox Mole. The Daily wants your votes, but they already have their fathers’ blessings. T-Shirts are the new Tote-Bags, silenced commenters are the new site-running commenters, more fantastic-if-true potentially embarrassing stories about well-regarded Timesmen, “restructurings” as the hot new media euphemism, and something about Zooey Deschanel. These are your Thursday morning media items:
Fox News claims to have identified their mole, the “long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel” who has been slipping Gawker intel for the past two days, including unreleased video footage of pre-show banter between Mitt Romney and Sean Hannity and a picture of the office’s flawed bathroom stalls—where Bill O’Reilly defecates.
Cloak & Dagger
Gawker has a mole inside Fox News. Exciting! The death drive is strong in him or her. (Feels like a him.)
The Mole hates Fox News but says he can’t get a job anywhere else because he’s blacklisted.
“I am leaving,” Mole writes. “Sooner rather than later, I’m guessing. But I can’t just leave quietly, can I? Where’s the fun in that? So I’m John McClane-ing this shit. I’m inside the building, crawling through the air vents, gathering intel, and passing it along to Carl Winslow.”
(Bruce Willis movie references, we think.)
Late last night Gawker editor in chief A.J. Daulerio announced on Twitter that Rich Juzwiak will join the blogging team on Monday.
“More additions…soon,” he added.
Mr. Juzwiak currently writes for the arts section of The Daily, but even iPad have-nots are well-acquainted with the one-time Toddlers in Tiaras judge from his Read More
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.
RollingStone.com senior editor Doree Shafrir has been named executive editor of BuzzFeed, the company announced today. She will oversee the social news site’s expanding pop culture coverage, joining CEO Jonah Peretti, managing editor Scott Lamb and editor in chief Ben Smith (whose politics team is currently enjoying a glittery debut on the GOP campaign trail) at the top of the masthead.