Gawker Media is an online media company and blog network, founded and owned by Nick Denton who styles himself one of those compassionate, open-minded, left-wing liberals.
- In June 2013, unpaid interns brought a Fair Labor Standards Act action against Denton and Gawker Media, saying their work was “central to Gawker’s business model as an Internet publisher,” and that Gawker’s failure to pay them minimum wage for their work therefore violated the FLSA and state labor laws.
- In January 2014, Quentin Tarantino filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media for distributing his script for “The Hateful Eight.” He said, “Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck” and that he wouldn’t continue with the movie because of the leak.
In January 2015, Denton said that he knows the company’s audience leans left, that “liberals are only a fifth of the US voting population”, and that he wants to reach more people:
“Let’s welcome, if not out-and-out racists, then at least the wide array of people with whom a conversation is possible: national greatness conservatives, Burkean Tories and business pragmatists, for instance; Christians and other spiritual people; economic liberals, libertarians and techno-utopians; and black and other social conservatives.”
He also said he wants to “look beyond our social stata” when hiring writers for the company, so they don’t all come from “the same small liberal arts schools.”
Tweeters responded helpfully with policy and story ideas for Denton:
- New editorial policy: A 50% reduction in references to conservatives as “f**king r*tards”
- Something Happened that Was Not Racist or Anti-Gay
- Some Intelligent People Live in States that Do Not Border an Ocean
- Watch This Policeman Justifiably Arrest Someone Based on Probable Cause
- How Free Markets Are Really The Best at Fighting Inequality
- Why Democrats Hate School Choice
And my personal favorite: