It was surprising to hear the news last week that right-wing billionaire investor Peter Thiel has been secretly trying to destroy Gawker Media through proxy lawsuits. It was dispiriting, and less surprising, to hear the conversation that followed the revelation. The discussion begins, in most cases, with the premise…
On Monday, the New York Times reported that Gawker Media CEO Nick Denton had come to believe that a wealthy individual has been funding a steady stream of lawsuits, including three different ones filed by Hulk Hogan alone, against his company. Two journalists at Forbes magazine, Ryan Mac and Matt Drange, are lending…
The editorial staff of Gawker Media, which voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America East last summer, has approved its first union contract. The vote was 88-2.
Are you ready to pass out in a puddle of your own tear-vomit cocktail? Good! Because live from Des Moines, it’s the Fox News/Google GOP debate!
On the occasion of the year’s 33,000th and final Republican debate, we at Jezebel thought we’d conjure up something special. No not a demonic entity sent to rain down hellfire and put us out of this misery (unfortunately), but a very special joint liveblog experience in which Gawker will join Jezebel for the ultimate…
Today, DC’s The Hill released its highly-anticipated annual list of its 50 Most Beautiful People. Topping the list was an all-American 23-year-old Texan named, I think, America Eagle Flaggington. It’s a good list.
We all know reality TV, including and especially American Idol, are basically hoaxes. But couldn't they try harder to maintain the illusion? Idol producers went to elaborate lengths last night to present Jennifer Lopez's performance as "live." It wasn't. [Gawker]
The students of Sandra Kay Daniels' 2nd grade class at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, in Sarasota, FL., were accidental footnotes to history - eyewitnesses to President Bush's stunned, seven-minute reaction to the news that the World Trade Center had been struck by hijacked passenger planes on the morning of…
In a Today segment on vanity sizing, More editor Lesley Jane Seymour described the lengths fashion editors must go to protect the fragile egos of celebrities. They cut out the labels so celebs don't see what size they are. [Gawker]
Last year, the best-selling magazine in America was Sandra Bullock's "Meet My Baby" issue of People. Second-best? Woman's World's "Dr. Oz's Metabolism Makeover!" issue, which features an image of Dr. Oz on its cover-right next to a picture of a pie. Apparently this a winning formula: Look how many times Dr. Oz has…
The ridicule heaped on Scott Adams after being caught using a pseudonym to defend himself on message boards has left an indelible impact on the Dilbert cartoonist. He is now a defender of all famous people from the internet's smears. Let him explain why a black woman blogger has no right to criticize Gwyneth Paltrow's…
In POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) exposes the shady practice of product placement... by documenting his efforts to make a movie funded entirely by product placement. Got that? [Gawker]
We here at Gawker have been too giddy ever since chief Daily Beast wordsmith Meghan McCain mentioned that she'd be interviewing Donald Trump. What nutty and awkward and flirtatious turns would this clash of egos take? Well, the transcript is up now — and Trump has no idea what's happening right off the bat. [Gawker]
Early yesterday morning, Lady Gaga tweeted an image of the cover art for her upcoming album, Born This Way. The immediate-and resounding-reaction was negative. But sometimes at the end of a tacky, underwhelming rainbow lies a pot of gold. [Gawker]
Gustave Courbet's 1886 painting of a naked woman, The Origin of the World, hangs in Paris' Musee d'Orsay. But it is not welcome on the hallowed walls of Facebook. Three users had their accounts canceled after posting the painting. [Gawker]
Chelsea Clinton's husband left his Wall Street job and went on a long ski trip. To many, quitting a corporate gig and going on an extended vacation is a dream come true! But headlines blare that the marriage is over.Last, but certainly not least:
The March cover of Cosmo features Glee's resident "good girl" Lea Michele in a top that's cut nearly to her belly button. Cue the parental hand-wringing!
Sarah and Bristol Palin have both submitted trademark applications for their names. The process has already hit some snags, but if it succeeds, we're looking forward to a variety of Palin-brand products!