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Christine O'Donnell

Why Gawker, and gossip, are good

Why Gawker, and gossip, are good

Last week the gossip site Gawker published a story apparently outing a heterosexually-married New York media executive of high social class, connections and reputation. The material came from a gay male escort who had tried and failed to persuade the executive in question to help him resolve a housing dispute. Because of the subject's relatively low public profile, and the impression that he had "done the right thing" in not pulling strings, the piece was widely denounced as the gratuitous "doxxing" of a private individual. Gawker's noisy enemies, from the Men's Rights Activists of Gamergate to the soi-disant "free speech" libertarians of...