Breitbart: Former employees of the gossip blog Gawker, which was shut down in 2016, are attempting to raise enough cash to purchase the rights to the website and relaunch it.
Employees of the now-defunct Gawker website are attempting to raise $500,000 via Kickstarter to purchase the rights to the clickbait gossip blog and relaunch it. Gawker shut down in August 2016, following a lengthy legal battle with former WWE superstar Hulk Hogan. Gawker Media was ordered to pay over $140 million to Hogan for publishing the former wrestler’s sex tape. It was later revealed that tech billionaire Peter Thiel funded Hogan’s lawsuit as a method of retaliation against the website which outed him as gay years earlier, Thiel stated that shutting Gawker down was “one of my greater philanthropic things that I’ve done.”
“Gawker isn’t gone, it’s up for auction. The person who drove the site into bankruptcy wants to buy it,” states the new Gawker Kickstarter page, likely referring to Peter Thiel’s interest in purchasing the site, We’re a group of former Gawker Media employees across editorial, tech, and business, and we want to put in our own bid to buy it back. We believe the site can thrive in an entirely membership funded model.”
The former employees outlined their main aims in purchasing the rights to the website,
- Preserve the Gawker.com archives and make them accessible.
- Relaunch the site under the stewardship of former editors, new writers, and an entirely membership-funded model.
The former employees paint the website as an investigative journalism giant, breaking stories other websites were too afraid to touch, “Gawker was willing to chase stories that other outlets considered too risky or salacious. But the truth is often inconvenient, and Gawker’s work isn’t done. We want to dig deeper. By setting ourselves up as an ownerless, advertiser-less, non-profit media organization, the editorial team will be able to do what they do best.”
However, this perception is quite at odds with what the site actually did and how it’s founder even described it. Gawker founder Nick Denton frequently described himself as a “pornographer,” a tongue-in-cheek joke that sadly had quite a basis in reality. In 2010, AJ Daulerio, Gawker’s editor at the time, refused to remove a video published by Gawker of a girl possibly being raped in the bathroom stall of a sports bar. The girl in the video emailed Daulerio directly, begging for the video to be removed but Daulerio refused, Gawker’s own complaint department commented on the girl’s request, writing “Blah, blah, blah.” read more