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Posts Tagged ‘Sheila McLear’

Gawker to Become a Boys’ Club?

mad-men-amc-cast-photo.jpgNot to beat this to death, but it has yet to be noted that with the departure of Sheila McClear from Gawker the site suddenly finds itself without a female contributor for the first time since Choire Sicha took the reins from Elizabeth Spiers back in 2003. Of course, as more than one person has pointed out to us, that is not necessarily a fair measure of things as they stand now since at that time Gawker was only penned by one writer. Meaning that today is the first time since the site incorporated multiple editors in 2005 that not one of them are women. It feels strange.

No one at Gawker responded to us on this, but one wonders whether they will try to fill the gap by either hiring another woman — perhaps to do more newsy reporting — or merely incorporate more of Jezebel‘s posts onto their page to achieve a similar effect.

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A Pox on Commenters and the Apocalyptic Horse They Rode in On!

351720gg.jpgThe recent chatter about online commenters is refusing to die down (apologies for the bad pun). You may recall how a few weeks ago Time‘s Lev Grossman was wondering what makes commenters so nuts (conclusion: basically deep down we’re all mean). Since then the discussion appears to have turned from why to why not, as in, why not get rid of them all together. Well, maybe not altogether but at least as far as newspapers are concerned. Over at Radar Choire Sicha thinks that anonymous commenting is one of the things killing the country’s newspapers. His solution: newpapers (in this instance the NYT) should consider suing!

The accusations published anonymously about the Times are often false, negligent, incautious, harmful, malicious; they go far beyond protected opinion in many, many instances; they meet and exceed every legal standard of a defamation complaint. Many of these comments are libel per se, as they accuse the Times of dishonest business practices and even crimes.

Yesterday, Gawker’s Sheila McClear weighed in.

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