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Gawker Staff Left Seething After Own Reporter Writes Gay Blackmail Piece

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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In the wake of Gawker outing Condé Nast CFO David Geithner as a married guy who sought the services of a gay escort porn star, life is not rosy inside the bowels of Gawker Media. Some staffers are even boycotting the Friday night roof party.

It was supposed to be the company’s last party before the big office move.

Should be a pretty fun fucking party, right?

The story has since been removed. The decision coming from Gawker founder Nick Denton. The website is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with Hulk Hogan for running 100 seconds of a sex tape.

“People here are really fucking mad.”

“People here are very pissed.”

These are just some of the sentiments wafting from Gawker Media Friday.

One Gawker Media editorial employee noted to The Mirror that journalists having to answer for something they didn’t write or agree to “blows goat balls.”

What is also troubling employees is the lack of response from inside Gawker. Which in turn is making those who are angry even more furious. Employees were told that executives would discuss the story with them.

So far that hasn’t happened.

What is bothering them, say Mirror sources, is the appearance that they support those who made a “bad call” of running what they believe is a story lacking in basic morals.

Part of the problem is that each site at Gawker operates completely independently of every other site.

But Gawker‘s editor-in-chief Max Read doesn’t see what the problem is. On Thursday night while journalists like The Intercept‘s openly gay Glenn Greenwald, GotNewsCharles Johnson (who’s in the process of suing Gawker for defamation) and other readers were busy vilifying the site for potentially ruining a man’s life, Read defended the story.

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When a male reader (seriously) named Pube Goldberg wrote, “It’d be cool if Gawker had an [editor-in-chief] to, ya know, make sure stuff like this didn’t get published,” Read replied:

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Not everyone at Gawker Media has reason to skip tonight’s rooftop soirée. Natasha Vargas, a senior reporter for Jezebel, essentially thinks critics need to splash cold water on their faces. Welcome to reality! Deal with it.

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Johnson has more of a personal stake in his attacks. After all, Gawker has more than insinuated that he crapped on the floor in college and possibly urinated in his girlfriend’s mouth — he denies both of those allegations. They’ve also said he has fucked sheep — which he also denies ever happened.

“ has exclusively IDed Gawker’s source’s Facebook page,” wrote Johnson, who has been permanently kicked off Twitter. “And boy is it crazy.”

One of Johnson’s stories included a totally batshit interview with the alleged gay escort who reportedly tried to extort help from Geithner regarding a housing issue. Johnson has since published several videos — in one, he says Gawker‘s source was mocked by the FBI.

“It’s nice that people are finally recognizing the disgusting behavior of Gawker,” Johnson texted The Mirror Thursday night.

By Friday afternoon, Johnson was more convinced than ever that Gawker‘s story was a hoax. “100% fake,” he wrote.

He continued by text: “I made Nick Denton a promise when his publication made up things about me,” he said referring to Gawker‘s founder. “He could apologize publicly and we could meet up and chat or I would sue his publication and do everything in my power to crush his business. He made his choice.”

At the news of the story being removed, Johnson added, “I know there is hostility and dickishness toward me, but I’m really good at this. All these journalists are pissed at me because I’m better at this than they are. It’s really kind of funny in weird, sick kind of way. Denton is in bind. He has to admit it was in poor taste.”