Fighting ‘the Gawker effect’ in the wake of Weinstein


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Is it getting difficult for journalist to come up with damning stories on rich people?

Perhaps the Weinstein story will prove to be the dam-breaker, and indeed women are already coming forward to tell stories they hadn’t previously felt emboldened to tell—and news organizations are standing with them. But I fear the Weinstein story may be an outlier; after all, Weinstein was no longer at the peak of his game, and his power had ebbed. In the wake of Hulk Hogan’s successful lawsuit against Gawker, a case that essentially bankrupted the company, we seem to be at a point when the wealthy feel emboldened to try to silence reporters by threatening litigation even if they stand virtually no chance of winning. Some of the lawyers vetting my story expressed fears that even the weakest of legal claims could wind up being heard by a dangerously hostile judge or jury. Their usual caution seemed to have turned into very real fear.

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Kim Masters — Columbia Journalism Review

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Gawker shuts down


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Gawker has ceased operations effective 22nd August, 2016.  There are both positive and negative views on the shutting down of Gawker. This needull has been written by the editor of Gawker as the last post.

And so Gawker’s demise turns out to be the ultimate Gawker story. It shows how things work.

As our experience has shown, that freedom was illusory. The system is still there. It pushed back. The power structure remains. There are just some new people at the apex, prime among them the techlords flush with monopoly profits. They are as sensitive to criticism as any other ruling class, but with the confidence that they can transform and disrupt anything, from government to the press.

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Nick Denton — Gawker

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