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Matt Harvey Commits Twitter Balk

ShutterstockMrMetMost of us are familiar with the weekly social-media exercise known as “Throwback Thursday.” But in the case of sidelined Mets ace Matt Harvey, it was more like “Blowback Tuesday.”

To mark the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, Harvey earlier today tweeted an October 2013 photo showing him lying in a hospital bed with middle finger raised. The picture quickly disappeared from Twitter as did, soon thereafter, the account from which the photo was tweeted (@MattHarvey33). Per ESPN New York Mets beat writer Adam Rubin, the recovering pitcher decided – at least for now – to get out of the Twitter game after his middle-finger hospital snap generated some controversy:

The Mets confirmed requesting the deletion of the tweet with the photo because it contained a potentially offensive gesture, but the team added that the decision to delete the account belonged to Harvey.

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Here’s an Example of Gawker ‘Struggling for the Soul of Internet Media’

During a Q&A session with Gawker readers, Nick Denton — founder of the Gawker Media empire — said some hilarious things.

The most humorous was definitely his insinuation that Gawker was somehow “above” BuzzFeed, which he said was “pointless” and “utterly shameless.” Denton even went so far as to say that Gawker was ”struggling for the soul of Internet media.”

The above is a Deadspin post that was re-posted on Gawker.

Keep fighting the good fight, Gawker.

Gawker Offers VICE a Sincere Mock Apology

GawkerThis is pretty funny. Responding to a weekend interview in The Guardian that relayed some harsh words from VICE co-founder Shane Smith for Nick Denton and co. (“Gawker is a bunch of bitches…”), Hamilton Nolan has posted the following:

CORRECTION TO ALL PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED STORIES:
VICE does not do branded content — rather, it does content sponsored by brands. VICE may also wear some North Face shit, sometimes. We regret any perceived insinuation that VICE is not as cool as VICE would lead you to believe.

In the Guardian interview, Smith said that rather than branded content, VICE sticks to “content sponsored by brands.” In other words, he maintains that the site preserves the integrity of faraway hangs with natives, even when the content appears on the surface to be edging into native advertising territory.

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Georgia-Local Super Bowl TV Ad Rocks Peach State

The only thing that could possibly raise the ante of this incredible two-minute Savannah, GA area TV spot is if Matthew McConaughey had done the voiceover honors. Who knows, given the life story of the guy responsible for the ad, we may all be watching said indie flick or HBO movie a few years from now.

Per Deadspin’s Tom Ley, personal injury lawyer Jamie Casino did to the conventions of that professionl realm’s TV advertising over the weekend what the Seahawks hoisted from the opening snap on the Broncos:

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Deadspin Adopts New Format, Readers Understandably Go Nuts

Deadspin has flipped over to the Kinja format, and its readers are not happy about it. Kinja, according to Deadpin’s editor, Tommy Craggs, “break[s] down the wall between readers and writers” by essentially asking readers to create their own blogs using the platform, which Deadspin could use as well:

Your blog will look like any other in the Kinjaverse, including ours. As I say, you’ll have access to all the same tools, which include fun new toys like image annotation (more on which later). Any Kinja user can follow you. With the push of a button, you can republish stories from our site; we’ll likewise be able to republish stories from yours. Some of you may have some (justifiable) proprietary concerns about this arrangement. Don’t worry: You’ll get the byline, the credit, and the traffic.

In other words, Deadspin gets to mine readers’ creations and enjoy the traffic that rolls in and readers get to… Blog. You can see why Deadspin’s readers are a little annoyed. As one commenter explained, “If you use our stuff, we don’t get paid.” Craggs is quick to point out that “for now” republishing is only a link and a bit of text, but the countdown until Deadspin uses bloggers’ entire posts has officially begun.

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Deadspin Out-Reports Major Media with Manti Te’o Scoop

In case you haven’t heard: Deadspin unleashed the scoop of 2013 (so far) last night by revealing an elaborate hoax involving Manti Te’o, star Notre Dame linebacker. Deadspin’s well-reported account showed that Te’o's “girlfriend” that died of cancer never existed, and either Te’o, his family, and his friend were all involved in scamming the media, or Te’o was the victim of an insanely complex and malicious practical joke by someone he didn’t know.

The facts are still being uncovered, but this much is clear: Deadspin has a huge hit on its hands. As of now, Deadspin’s post has been viewed over 2.7 million times, and in being the first to break the story, Deadspin out-reported a slew of media heavyweights that didn’t bother investigating Te’o's claims.

Here are just a few of the major media entities that Deadspin beat:

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Deadspin and Gawker Switch Managing Editors

Deadspin and Gawker have swapped managing editors. Deadspin’s managing editor, Tom Scocca, is going to Gawker; while Emma Carmichael returns to Deadspin.

As noted by Deadspin, Scocca will not take on the role of deputy editor at Gawker, reporting to new editor-in-chief, John Cook.

Deadspin Criticizes Bleacher Report for Being Like Deadspin [Update]

Most sports fan know that Bleacher Report is a site filled with mostly unintelligent content created in such a way that it garners the most page views possible. Almost every post is either a giant exaggeration or a list of some kind. And that’s fine. Sometimes it’s fun to click through a slideshow of “The 10 Most Overrated Socks in The NFL.” But Deadspin doesn’t think there’s anything good about BR, as evidenced by a post today.

Deadspin links to a SF Weekly piece about BR and picks out a bunch of sections to show just how terrible BR can be. Deadspin says that BR uses a team to analyze trends so that the site’s articles will attract hits, that BR’s headlines are purposely misleading and that the site  is “every bad or degrading moment anyone’s ever had in journalism, all strung together and turned into machine-certified corporate policy.”

That is all sort of true! But, uh, isn’t this the pot calling the kettle black? After all, Deadspin is a site most famous for posting a picture of Brett Favre’s sausage, and we’re not talking about an Instagrammed brunch.

Deadspin’s post even admits that they take similar tactics to BR, so why even post the hit piece in the first place? It’s almost like Deadspin went overboard with its opinion just to attract readers. What an odd thing to do.

UPDATE:
Tommy Craggs, Deadspin’s editor-in-chief, just wrote me about this post. He proclaimed that my take was both “fucking stupid” and “fucking idiotic,” which I think means he loved it. The exchange between Craggs and I is below.

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Gawker Media Adds Two

Gawker Media has added two staffers. A.J. Daulerio, Gawker’s Editor-in-Chief, tweeted that Rich Juzwiak is joining the site and Capital New York reports that John Koblin is leaving WWD to join Deadspin. Juzwiak is coming to Gawker from The Daily.

Daulerio added that there are “more additions soon,” so we’ll keep you posted.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. A. J. Daulerio Named EIC of Gawker, Tommy Craggs EIC of Deadspin, November 28
  2. Newsweek iPad App Coming in January, November 30
  3. Changes to The New York Times Comment System Brings out the Crazies, December 1 
  4. November Sweeps Indicate WNYW/Channel 5 Owns 10 p.m./November 29
  5. Time Inc. Finally Names CEO, November 30
  6. It’s a Clean Sweep of the November Sweeps for WABC/Channel 7, November 28
  7. Laura Lang on Taking CEO Spot at Time: ‘I Have Always Trusted My Instincts,’ December 1
  8. Big Changes at Brides, December 1

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