Nick Denton: ‘Unless the twin towers are falling or Brett Favre actually sent the cock shot, it probably isn’t news.’
The Atlantic Wire has an interview with Nick Denton for their “media diet” series today, in which he discusses what he reads, among other things.
Denton lists some usual suspects – The New York Times, The Guardian, New York magazine (his favorite read of the week) – and says that he’s much more likely to read things on his iPhone than buy the hard copy.
He then goes on to express a distaste for “fake news,” and that makes for the most interesting part of the interview. Denton says that because the daily news cycle changes so quickly, unless an item is really big news, like, uh, pictures of Brett Favre Jr., then it’s not worth his time:
I learned the news business in the UK, in which newspaper political coverage is much like cable TV news in the US. Fake news, manufactured, hyped, rehashed, retracted — until at the end of the week you know no more than at the beginning. You really might as well wait for a weekly like the Economist to tell you what the net position is at the end of the week.
FishbowlNY doesn’t agree – and we don’t think that the public agrees – with Denton on this. Especially with the advent of Twitter, it would seem most people feel the exact opposite – everything is news now and people want it right away. But credit Denton with putting his money where his mouth is, because the new Gawker media layout is essentially one big story, not a bunch of tiny ones like in the past.