Gawker Editors Resign Over Removal Of “Outing” Story Of Corporate CFO

Gawker Editors Resign Over Removal Of “Outing” Story Of Corporate CFO

Mediaite reports that the ongoing struggle behind the scenes at Gawker after the editors approved a story which outed a corporate CFO who was being blackmailed. Two high-level editors have decided to resign after their decisions were reversed.

Gawker Media editor-in-chief Max Read and executive editor Tommy Craggs resigned Monday in protest of the managing partners’ decision to remove a piece accusing former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s brother David of soliciting a male prostitute.

“On Friday, I told my fellow managing partners… I would have to resign if they voted to remove a story I’d edited and approved,” Craggs told Gawker staff in an internal memo. The managing partners did indeed put it to a vote, deciding 4-2 to remove the post.

“This was not an easy decision,” Read continued. “I hope the partnership group recognizes the degree to which it has betrayed the trust of editorial, and takes steps to materially reinforce its independence.”

The editors’ decision comes after Gawker’s staffers issued a statement on Friday slamming the “business side” for deleting a post over the objections of the entire editorial staff.

Gawker’s founder, Nick Denton, issued his own statement defending his actions, saying in part:

Let me be clear. This was a decision I made as Founder and Publisher — and guardian of the company mission — and the majority supported me in that decision. This is the company I built. I was ashamed to have my name and Gawker’s associated with a story on the private life of a closeted gay man who some felt had done nothing to warrant the attention. We believe we were within our legal right to publish, but it defied the 2015 editorial mandate to do stories that inspire pride, and made impossible the jobs of those most committed to defending such journalism.

The editors can moan all they want, but the story was an embarrassment. I realize that media editors need to be in charge, but when they fail in such an epic manner in approving a story that never should have been published, they need to be reined in.