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As Gawker learned, media corporations aren't above the law

As Gawker learned, media corporations aren't above the law

If you want proof of the journalism profession's staggeringly high self-regard, you could do worse than to study the kerfuffle over the not-quite-demise of Gawker.

Gawker was a successful news and gossip site founded by Nick Denton that often prided itself on being mean-spirited, prurient and callous all in the name of attracting as many eyeballs as possible. It went -- and still goes -- by the motto "Today's gossip is tomorrow's news."

I was never a fan of Gawker, but I never loathed it either. What I found unfathomable, though, was the fascination with it. People talked about it as if it represented a paradigm-shifting revolution in media. What started as a blog...

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