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Gawker Unmasks the Internet's 'Biggest Troll'

Adrian Chen reveals Michael Brutsch, the man behind Reddit's 'Violentacrez'

(Newser) - In an extensive Gawker exposé yesterday , Adrian Chen revealed the man behind Violentacrez, one of the creepiest yet simultaneously most beloved users and volunteer moderators on social news site Reddit. For years, Michael Brutsch has been posting offensive content including pictures of scantily-clad underage girls—but he always makes sure...

Hulk Hogan Threatens Suit Over Sex Tape

Gawker posts a clip, and his lawyers get rolling

(Newser) - If the phrase "Hulk Hogan sex tape" doesn't sit well with you, TMZ has good news: The wrestler is very serious about getting it yanked off the web. His lawyers are threatening to sue Gawker, which posted a short clip yesterday, and demanding that it come down immediately....

Gawker: Help Us Decode Bain Files

Site posts cache of financial documents

(Newser) - Gawker is slowly assembling an investigative report on Bain Capital, and it wants your help (though it might help if you're a tax attorney or an accountant). The site has acquired a trove of internal files that "reveal the mind-numbing, maze-like, and deeply opaque complexity" of Mitt Romney'...

Hacker: I Got Into Romney's Personal Email

Campaign says authorities are investigating

(Newser) - A novice hacker tells Gawker that he or she got into at least two of Mitt Romney's personal email accounts in simple fashion. It looks to be true, given the Romney campaign's statement that the "proper authorities are investigating this crime," notes AP . The trick? The...

Gawker Paid Fox News Mole $5K: Forbes

Joe Muto apparently hasn't struck it rich over his posts

(Newser) - So what's a mole go for these days? Gawker paid Fox News turncoat Joe Muto $5,000 for his insider posts, writes Jeff Bercovici at Forbes . (He says he got the figure straight from John Cook, a friend who works for Gawker.) Bercovici crunches some numbers on ad...

Mole Flap Shows Media&#39;s Need to Get Over Itself
Mole Flap Shows Media's Need to Get Over Itself

Mole Flap Shows Media's Need to Get Over Itself

Forbes blogger: Outlets obsessed with self-image

(Newser) - The Fox News mole story may have generated lots of headlines yesterday, but it's "about the weakest cloak-and-dagger story imaginable," writes John McQuaid at Forbes . Outed mole Joe Muto hasn't offered much beyond the mundane so far about the inner workings at the network, he notes....

Fox Mole Found, Fired
 Fox Mole Found, Fired 

Fox Mole Found, Fired

Joe Muto was O'Reilly Factor producer

(Newser) - Joe Muto's career at Fox News lasted eight years, but his career as Gawker 's "Fox mole" only lasted some 36 hours after his first column . Muto, an associate producer on the O'Reilly Factor, unmasked himself after being summoned to a meeting with a senior Fox...

Fox News: We Got the Mole Mole: No, You Didn't

Gawker's anonymous source still operating

(Newser) - It's a whack-a-mole, media style: Fox News said today it had found the "mole" who has been writing insider columns for Gawker. (Like this one about a Romney-Hannity interview.) But the mole has since posted a note on Gawker contradicting the claim. "If Fox has smoked...

ACLU, Gawker to Drop Suit Vs. Christie, Ailes

Governor's office releases schedule entry showing private dinner

(Newser) - New Jersey's ACLU says it will likely drop a lawsuit filed earlier today against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after Christie's office released records that seemingly indicate that he met with Fox News chief Roger Ailes last year. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of a Gawker...

Gawker Sues Chris Christie, Fox's Ailes

Claims that the network chairman is pushing politics

(Newser) - Gawker has filed a lawsuit to determine the nature of communication between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, reports New York . The civil suit stems from a profile on Ailes that the magazine published in May, revealing that he had pushed Christie to enter the...

Chris Lee Was Also Trolling for Transgenders

Two women come forward to say congressman emailed with them

(Newser) - For a guy who only dabbled unsuccessfully in Craigslist dating, Chris Lee resigned post-haste, and Gawker thinks it now knows why: Two more women, both transgender and one a prostitute, have come forward to say that they corresponded with the ex-congressman after seeing an ad in which he sought "...

Busted Rep's Wife Stands By Her Man
Busted Rep's Wife Stands By Her Man

Busted Rep's Wife Stands By Her Man

'Other woman' has unsolicited advice for her: Get tested

(Newser) - In sickness and health, sure, but nobody said anything about when your husband gets caught trying to pick up women on Craigslist with the worst frat-astic cell-phone pic ever. Nevertheless, Michele Lee is "crushed," but standing by former Rep. Chris Lee, who a friend says "was supposed...

Stick With Gossip, Gawker, but Save the Moralizing

Salon's Steve Kornacki: Site tries too hard to justify scoops

(Newser) - When Gawker exposed the Craigslist wanderings of ex-Congressman Chris Lee, it justified the story as newsworthy because Lee's votes on DADT and abortion funding "suggests a certain comfort with publicly scrutinizing others' sex lives." Oh, please, writes Steve Kornacki at Salon , save the false piety. When Gawker runs...

Rep Busted by Gawker Warned of Internet Dangers

Chris Lee penned op-ed about online predators

(Newser) - How’s this for irony: Chris Lee, the married ex-Congressman who resigned after Gawker busted him trolling for women on Craigslist, penned an op-ed all about "the dangers of the Internet" in 2009. Gawker points to the piece, originally printed in the Tonawanda News ; it focuses on legislation Lee...

Congressman Resigns, Busted by Gawker

Married Christopher Lee caught trolling for women on Craigslist

(Newser) - Gawker has a new political scalp to go with its new design. GOP Congressman Christopher Lee of upstate New York has resigned after the site printed an email exchange—complete with shirtless photo of Lee—between him and a woman he met on Craigslist. Lee, who is married, presented...

Gawker Hack Puts 1.3M Users' Data at Risk

Fears for future attack on government agencies

(Newser) - Gawker's databases have been hacked, and the site is telling users to change their passwords on Gawker and any other site where they used the same password. The management says it's “deeply embarrassed” by the security failure, noting that it shouldn’t have to depend “on the...

Judge Orders Gawker to Remove Palin Excerpts

... at least until a hearing later this month

(Newser) - Score one for Sarah Palin in the media wars, at least temporarily. A judge ordered Gawker to pull down excerpts it posted of her new book pending a hearing on Nov. 30, reports Politico . America by Heart isn't out until next week, and publisher HarperCollins sued Gawker Media following Palin's...

Palin Publisher Sues Gawker for Book Leak

Website refuses to take down pages, publisher sues for copyright infringement

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has really had it this time with the lamestream media: The twotime author's publisher is suing Gawker over the leak of several pages of her forthcoming book, America By Heart. Though the website wasn't the first to leak the excerpts, notes the AP , it refused to take them...

Today's Winners, Predicted by Meghan McCain

Midterm successes, starring Christine O'Donnell

(Newser) - Meghan McCain expects a dark day for Democrats, with “more than a few upsets and memorable YouTube moments.” Her predictions in the Daily Beast :
  • Sharron Angle will beat Harry Reid in Nevada, and he’ll offer an “uncomfortable and possibly bitter concession speech.”
  • Charlie Crist will

Gawker: O'Donnell's a Hypocrite Prude

Site defends candidate sex romp story

(Newser) - Gawker has launched a spirited defense of its decision to print a controversial story about a booze-fueled near-sex romp by "reborn virgin" Christine O'Donnell. The wanna-be Delaware senator's personal life is legitimate fodder for media scrutiny because O'Donnell "lies about who she is," and "tells that...

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