When LA Times media critic James Rainey called out Gawker this spring for completely bungling a report about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love child, the first reader comment suggested that flight attendant Tammy Tousignant, wrongly tagged by reporter John Cook (pictured) as the mother of the ex-Governor’s love child, should sue the Nick Denton publication. That has now, belatedly, happened.
Tousignant wants a minimum of $10 million from Gawker, The National Enquirer and U.K.’s The Daily Mail. In her Orange County Superior Court complaint, she is basically alleging that the extensive correction posted on Gawker in place of the erroneous May 17 item was not nearly enough. Per Rainey’s original report:
I asked Gawker editor-in-chief Remy Stern how the error came about. Stern said the reporter is one of “the very best.” He called the Schwarzenegger story an anomaly.
”I discussed the story with John and reviewed the piece before it was published,” Stern wrote in an email, “so ultimately I bear responsibility for the error. The punishment for John and me is a little wounded pride this weekend.”
Actually, if Tousignant’s lawsuit leads to a Gawker settlement or favorable verdict, the punishment will be a lot harsher than some Saturday-Sunday hurt feelings.