When MSNBC‘s Dan Abrams launched Mediaite.com last July, it raised a host of questions: what was the media news site’s relationship to Abrams’ other recent project, Abrams Research? What was this Power Grid that everyone was talking so much about? And why did the site immediately go dark upon launch?
In the past several months, most of these queries have fallen by the wayside: if there’s been an overlap between the groups that consult with Abrams Research and the entities that are discussed on Mediaite, not one of the vigilant watchdogs of the Internet have been able to spot a specific example. Abrams himself brushes off what must be the hundredth question about the potentially blurred ethical boundary, telling FishbowlNY, “there hasn’t even been a close call” in keeping the businesses separate entities.
“I think we’ve shown with Mediaite that there’s no editorial overlap [with Abrams Research], and it has nothing to do with another business we happen to own,” he said.
And after sufficiently proving that Mediaite is a success (the site reportedly hit 1.2 million page views in its first month alone), and launching a Perez Hilton/TMZ-style celebrity site GossipCop.com close on its heels, Abrams is ready to expand his digital empire further with today’s launch of Geekosystem.com, a site that will cover every aspect of “geek” culture.