“When someone comes into your house and throws shit around, you get pissed,” Anna Holmes told The Observer. She was speaking in metaphor: The house was the Gawker Media women’s interest blog Jezebel, of which she was the founding editor; the someone was the blog’s commenters, a famously undisciplined crowd.
“If you open your front door to people they just act like jerks,” agreed former Gizmodo editor Joel Johnson. Now the managing editor of Animal NY, he favors abolishing comments sections altogether.
Blog proprietor Nick Denton has a different plan—he’s giving them the run of the place. The commenters are creating content, after all, just like the writers. What’s the difference?
“I want to erase this toxic Internet class system,” he told The Observer in a gmail chat.
“Nick has always loved to subtly and not so subtly insult his employees,” said Gawker writer John Cook. “He thinks of us as glorified commenters.”
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.
2012: Corzine, Orin Kramer raising for Obama. [Page Six]
1964: Bill Clinton visited Times Square, saw “a hooker approach a man in a gray flannel suit.” [Politico]
The Lede: “You can’t find a hooker in Times Square anymore, former President Bill Clinton lamented Wednesday.” [Adam Lisberg]
John Cook: He can’t Read More
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Did the Church of Scientology use a Vanity Fair contributing editor to infiltrate and gather intelligence on the cult’s enemies in the media?
John Connolly is a well-known, and well-liked, character in New York media circles. He’s a former NYPD detective Read More
Gawker has found someone to fill its empty editor/reporter position: John Cook, who left Nick Denton last April to join the expanding ranks at Yahoo.
Andrew Golis, general editor for blogging at Yahoo! News, posted the news of Cook’s departure on his personal blog this morning. He then proceeded to put out the call for Read More
A New York Times front page story from Monday by veteran James Risen about mineral riches in Afghanistan has quickly become a story about how The New York Times deals with criticism.
Critics questioned the news-worthiness and the timing of the story. For some, the article explained the American effort in Afghanistan too much, Read More
CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite offered his advice and his news division’s resources to anti-Vienam student organizers from Rollins College in 1969, according to FBI documents uncovered in the latest Freedom of Information Law treatment from John Cook.
Mr. Cook, formerly of Gawker and now of Yahoo!, has found information about a phone Read More
Noted up-and-coming young blogger Foster Kamer has another scoop today: it seems that investigative reporter John Cook will be leaving Gawker for Yahoo News.
He follows Michael Calderone and Chris Lehmann “into the maw of Yahoo,” as soon-to-be-ex boss Nick Denton puts it.
John Cook, the longtime Radar contributor and the crackerjack TV reporter for the Chicago Tribune, is heading to Gawker. His first day is Monday.
He’ll be covering covering a variety of things: his old beat in television; he’ll respond to the day’s news when he’s got something to say; and he’ll be digging through Read More