Interesting thing here isn’t the scam, but the bits of Gawker ad sales intel in the exchange with Del. (For bonus points, contrast revenue strategy in email thread with Batty kicker in AdAge story today.)
In his initial posting on the topic, Mr. Daulerio suggested less-than-scrupulous concern for the accuracy of the rumors he repeated: “Chances are, at this point, there’s some truth to them,” he wrote. “We’ll just throw ’em out there” and wait for the reactions. But in the interview, he said he adhered to the same standard of proof as any traditional news organization, repeating only those things told to him by multiple sources with close knowledge of the subject.
This is the paragraph that’ll get glossed over. Gawker likes to suggest that it shamelessly rumormongers, but it doesn’t in any traditional sense. And “multiple sources with close knowledge of the subject” is pretty traditional sourcing.
There’s another question, re: whether Deadspin should be publishing information about the sex lives of ESPN employees, especially if they aren’t public figures. But the Times seems more interested in the fact that AJ is a blogger taking on a sports news network.
Nonetheless, having been lied to by lying PR people who lie on a number of occasions, I understand AJ’s reaction. I think they should be publicly outed every time they do it. (For the opposite of this principle, see GossipCop, which happily—and either knowingly or stupidly—regurgitates publicist lies, perpetuating the problem.)
Orlando Cabrera, I’m really happy for you, and I’mma let you finish, but game 5 of the ‘04 ALCS was the greatest game you’ve played in of all time! OF ALL TIME!
FACT. I deeply believe G5ALCS04 is the greatest baseball game of all time. I lived six lifetimes during that game (at a sports bar on 3rd Ave and 34th, thanks for asking). Per @sportsguy33: Could somebody in Minnesota’s clubhouse please play O.C. this clip? Thank you. http://bit.ly/LYF9k
Solish used to work for Curbed Media back in the day. Sometime after his stint, he started blogging DBTH anonymously, until a rivalry between Eater’s Ben Leventhal and DBTH broke out. Leventhal outed Solish as DBTH, and Josh Ozersky wrote about it at Grub Street. Then: Leventhal ends his tenure as Eater’s executive editor and ends up doing some work for Grub Street at New York Magazine. Amanda Kludt takes Leventhal’s place. And now, I have no idea exactly what the hell Leventhal’s doing, because he just ran the aforementioned NYC resto list on Eater today, along with a post you’ll read about below. Is Ben back for good?
It gets even more ridiculous. Solish’s competish—Rachelle Hruska’s Guest of a Guest—who he used to share a major beef with—was quoted in her New York Times profile and us about Lockhart being one of the first people she sought advice from in New York. I wrote about Hruska on my weekend gig for Gawker, which pissed her off to no end and prompted her to call my writing “shoddy” and imply that I was the reason journalism was fucked (possibly true). We’re since cool. Hruska’s mentor and divine inspiration is our own nightlife columnist, Steve Lewis. Meanwhile, BlackBook’s Content Czar of Death—“Chris Mohney”—used to supervise Eater’s Amanda Kludt at Gridskipper, before becoming the managing editor at Gawker, before he came to BlackBook. Then: Gawker sold Gridskipper to Lockhart Steele, who used to work at Gawker as the Grand Moff Tarkin to Nick Denton’s Darth Vader (I still believe Denton answers to an emperor of bloggy doom named Andrew Krucoff, who, don’t get me started). Did I mention that our Fashioneer blogger, Alisa Gould-Simon, runs Gridskipper for Steele, which was Mohney’s first paid blogging gig?