One year after Gawker closed its doors due to a costly Hulk Hogan lawsuit, the website’s uniquely daring and quirky journalism is dearly missed, feels Michael J. Socolow of the Washington Post. It had a distinct style of courageous reporting, mixed with playful and humorous writing. It never shied from controversial stories, initiating the Freedom of Information Act request that led to the uncovering of Hillary’s email scandal. Particularly because of the Peter Thiel-sponsored Hulk Hogan lawsuit, news outlets have shied from sensitive stories, fearing similar retribution. In its own strange way, Gawker evolved journalism.
Gawker was a website that monetized embarrassing and humiliating random citizens, choosing people that its founder didn’t like, infers Ben Domenech of The Federalist. Not even confining itself to attacking rich people, the outlet would upload sex videos of regular Americans and refuse to delete them when asked to do so. Gawker was a bully that would happily ruin people’s lives for profit. The website dragged down journalism with its cruel and compassionless actions. Gawker's behavior shouldn’t be glorified. If anything, it spread distrust of the media. After stepping on one too many toes it was deservedly shut.