Today in More Bad Media News, we learn that Gawker is being shuttered (again), which means one less decent blog out there.
It matters who owns these things—in this case, Bryan Goldberg of BDG. The blog existed at his pleasure; he could pull the plug at any time, and now he has done so, to the surprise of nobody. The writing was absolutely on the wall by 2021, when Goldberg responded as follows to Gawker writer Tarpley Hitt, who’d asked him how much money he has:
So in honor of this dark day, here’s my coverage of the Gawker trial: the full collection of pieces I filed from Florida at Death and Taxes in the spring of 2016, under the editorship of Brian Abrams. These pieces disappeared from the internet when the site was acquired in December of that year and subsequently shut down, together with its archive.
We retrieved my Gawker stuff from the Wayback Machine and are reposting here, partly to reproduce the archive, and also so that these pieces can appear in more web searches, and be more readily accessible to anyone who may like to research the story of Gawker’s demise as it happened. My grateful thanks to the Internet Archive for preserving this work; I join millions of people who’ve relied on your records.
If you’d like just an overview, you could read the recap post: “A.J. Daulerio, bloodied but unbowed.”
This assignment changed the whole trajectory of my professional life, because until then I had not realized how far the enemies of the free press would be ready to go—how many millions of dollars they’d be willing to spend to silence their critics, how devious and secretive they’d be, or how they’d lie about it all. But I never unlearned that.
These gazillionaires can pay people to lie on their behalf and attack the press all day long—and they do—but in the end it’s all money down the drain, because they’ll still be vile, contemptible lowlife forever, even if there is nobody left to write about it.
p.s. Please support independent media, including us, with all you’ve got. We want to keep doing this.
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