Gawker’s wrath is often directed at individuals rather than institutions. Almost immediately, Gawker’s commenters wondered why the salacious story was published at all, given the executive’s relative obscurity, the intimations of an extortion attempt by the prostitute, and writer Jordan Sargent’s failure to root the executive’s near infidelity in any broader hypocrisy. On Thursday, Gawker ran a long story alleging a male executive at a major media company recently tried to pay $2,500 to spend a night with a male prostitute.
- In other words, the targeted executive is rich, and, to Gawker, wealth and status have always been inherently worthy of suspicion.
- Today, Gawker Media has evolved into a large and successful news organization, but it hasn’t really changed.
- Gawker’s Nick Denton in 2014. Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker.