Gawker Slammed for Story Outing Condé Nast Exec [Updated]
When journalist Michael Rogers outed gay Republicans in the early s , it served the public good: The hypocritical politicians were often shamed out of office, replaced by representatives who were far less hostile to gays, lesbians and transgender people. The incidents also helped raise awareness about LGBT rights. The piece evinces a subtle homophobia, since part of what the reader is expected to do is recoil in horror at the thought of a married man hiring a gay escort. But with the trial on hold, everyone was still in New York, and the staff was celebrating.
Top Gawker editors and a number of other journalists, including some from The Huffington Post, were on hand at the party. Stories don't need an upside.
Not everyone has to feel good about the truth. If it's true, you publish. Information is power, and we have a duty to our readers and to the public to use it responsibly. Responsible journalists ask themselves whether the information they are passing on serves the public good. Or at the very least, they should stop to think about the harm they might cause.
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Even other Gawker Media writers recognize the dicey ethics of outing private people. This is much clearer: Don't out someone who doesn't want to be out.
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The end. Everyone has a right to privacy when it comes to their gender identity or sexual orientation. An appalling act of gay shaming disguised as a story -- thought we were way past this crap ughnick: The story should never have been published, Denton said at the time. And that is apparently what set Truitt off on his latest rant — even while admitting he regrets giving the story to Gawker in the first place.
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This story has been shared 12, times. News Corp. Share this: Keith J. Geithner is not a government official; he is not running for office; he does not have a record of hypocrisy on gay issues. Some Gawker writers are defending the story; others are not.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper , a writer for Gawker affiliate Jezebel , wrote: Not everyone has to feel good about the truth. In any case, the most interesting detail in the story—by far—is that the escort referred to as Ryan first contacted the office of Sen. Ted Cruz for assistance with his housing dispute.
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Cruz did everything he could to help Ryan—possibly because the escort played up his status as a veteran afflicted with PTSD—according to Gawker:. He also sought help from his local senator, Ted Cruz. It seems as if Cruz, in the midst of his Presidential campaign, sees an opportunity to help a veteran with PTSD who has been crushed by Washington bureaucracy.
Gawker has taken down the post. Publisher Nick Denton explains his reasoning here. He writes:.