News about the news
"An appalling act of gay shaming disguised as a story -- thought we were way past this crap," tweets Re/code's Kara Swisher of Gawker's decision to post a story outing the married brother of former U.S. treasury secretary Timothy Geithner. Gawker no doubt expected numerous clicks when they published this latest dish, but seemingly didn't anticipate that so many of them would end up being hate-shares (upwards of 3,000 shares, to put a number on it).
"This is a completely sleazy story to run. There is no news value in outing the brother of a prominent person," concludes Liam Stack with the New York Times. "Gawker just took the quest for clicks up a notch. If there IS a line, it's been crossed," announces MarketWatch's Shawn Langlois. "In which Gawker goes full Chuck Johnson. This is gross," reacts Daily Beast's Marlow Stern. "[Gawker's] sense of newsworthiness is inspired by the spirit of a 10 y/o running around the playground calling kids gay," theorizes Jonathan Smith at VICE. "I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Gawker is the bully of the internet," CJR's Sarah Grieco reminds everyone. "Remember when Gawker said it was immoral to publish privately taken photos of celebrities?" pointedly asks Jon Brodkin with Ars Technica. "Well, so much for @Gawker ever again deriding @Buzzfeed's ethics," shrugs Guardian's Spencer Ackerman. Honestly, the backlash of bashing got so bad that Gawker's Adam Weinstein felt compelled to come out and tweet, "I had no part in this. I would not have chosen to run it as is."
Plus, more than one person tweeted something along the lines of what T.C. Sottek at The Verge did: "okay well now I want Hulk Hogan to win."
Elsewhere in outrage, National Journal managing editor Kristin Roberts is stepping down after Atlantic Media's decision to shut down the weekly after 46 years of publishing. "David Bradley to NAT’L JOURNAL Staff: 'Maybe you wanted to work part time or you want to take a year to tour Europe,'" shares Politico's Dylan Byers. Meanwhile, David Brooks isn't making too many friends opining about what it's like to listen to Ta-Nehisi Coates while white. "In which the NYT's white critic acknowledges that he has privilege and shouldn't speak out, but does so anyways," observes Sun Media's Julia Alexander. "The David Brooks letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates is like a Matterhorn of tone-deafness. It's kind of amazing actually," marvels journalist Matt Taibbi. Whereas TNR's Jamil Smith responds, "I'm not ready to read a David Brooks column about Ta-Nehisi Coates. I just can't deal right now. Maybe you can."
Yesterday we published before further details were revealed on yesterday's Chattanooga shooting at a military recruiting station as well as at a naval reserve center. The latest: four Marines were killed, the suspect is dead and his motives yet unknown--investigators are scrutinizing the shooter's trip to Jordan last year, however, according to the Wall Street Journal.