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Following A Wholly Unethical Post, The Whole Universe Is Angry At Gawker

NickDentonLast night, Gawker posted a long and sordid tale about the CFO of a major mass media company, an emotionally troubled porn star/hustler, and an attempted hookup gone horribly awry. No stranger to controversy — the site courts notoriety with the same vengeance it pursues clicks — the company is probably surprised by the vehemence with which the Internet is crying foul.

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Minutes after the piece was posted, the criticisms started to fly, accusing the gossip site’s publisher Nick Denton and the story’s author Jordan Sargent of blackmail, gay-shaming and gleefully outing a married man with three kids — a professional who isn’t exactly a public figure.

Re/Code’s Kara Swisher:

The Intercept journalist Glenn Greenwald:

ESPN’s Michelle Beadle:

Honestly, it’s difficult to find someone who isn’t weighing in on the scandal on Twitter, and voices coming out in defense of the article are few and far between (and are mostly Gawker’s staffers.) Gawker Editor-in-Chief Max Read:

Although even some Gawker’s writers seem to be similarly appalled by the story, such as senior writer Adam Weinstein:

We recommend skipping the Gawker story altogether and rooting around the Internet for commentary about the post instead. It’s easy to find (there’s tons) and most of it is far more entertaining than the post itself, which is a bummer. (We at Queerty will be sure to closely read the reviews before buying our next hustler. It’s so hard to find good help nowadays.)

Many commentators are wondering whether Sargent’s post  — which comes on the heels of a high-profile lawsuit involving an alarmingly unsexy Hulk Hogan sex tape — will completely undo Gawker Media. As “cbabgeae” commented beneath Sargent’s post, “Jordan basically admitted to being accessory after the fact to a felony, helping to blackmail and extort someone… Basically, if [the CFO] sues, Gawker is finished, as are all of its writers, since he can probably make a good claim for individual liability too.”

UPDATE: Because the people have a right to know, Daily Caller reports that the hustler/porn star in question is a certain Leif Derek Truitt who performs under the moniker Brodie Sinclair. Oh, and it looks like Gawker has just taken the post down. Denton says publishing the article is a decision he now regrets.