“Be Feared if You’re Not to Be Respected”

Gawker became famous for saying things that other news outlets knew to be true but didn’t have the guts to say. Celebrity X is a jerk. Executive Y cheats on his wife. These are the kind of stories that journalists share among themselves but tend keep from the public—but Gawker observed no such editorial discretion. As long as the story was true and it was a good one, Gawker would tell it. As Gawker Media founder Nick Denton himself wrote, the site was initially rooted in “the desire...

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