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Two Senior Gawker Editors Resign After Board Vote to Remove Post

Monday, 20 Jul 2015 01:20 PM

Tommy Craggs, the executive editor of Gawker Media, and Max Read, the editor-in-chief of Gawker.com, are resigning amid controversy surrounding an article the site posted then unpublished about Conde Nast's CFO soliciting a gay porn star. 

"This was not an easy decision. I hope the partnership group recognizes the degree to which it has betrayed the trust of editorial, and takes steps to materially reinforce its independence," Read wrote in a memo posted on Gawker Monday.

It's unclear who will fill the vacant positions.

The website published the contentious story on Thursday evening then took it down the following day after coming under fire from all fronts.

The founder of Gawker, Nick Denton, said that the managing partners of the company voted 4 to 2 to remove the story.

"Gawker is no longer the insolent blog that began in 2003. It does important and interesting journalism about politicians, celebrities and other major public figures ... It is the first time we have removed a significant news story for any reason other than factual error or legal settlement," Denton wrote.

Nick sent a second memo to editorial staff on Monday morning standing by his decision: "This was a decision I made as Founder and Publisher -- and guardian of the company mission -- and the majority supported me in that decision."

"That post wasn't what Gawker should stand for, and it is symptomatic of a site that has been out of control of editorial management," he wrote. "Our flagship site carries the same name as the company, and the reputation of the entire company rests on its work. When Gawker itself is seen as sneering and callous, it affects all of us."

Read said his decision to resign was in protest of the "process by which" the managing partnership removed the story without the editorial staff's consent.

"If the partnership had not conducted some kind of utterly opaque backroom vote to delete it--if we had simply posted Nick's note, as much I disagreed with and disliked it--I think this Monday would be very different," he said.


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