Gawker Media’s executive editor Tommy Craggs and Gawker.com’s editor in chief Max Read have both resigned. The departures come in the aftermath of a terrible post by writer Jordan Sargent, which needlessly outed a married executive.
In separate notes to Gawker staffers, Craggs and Read both put on their best holier-than-thou attitudes and failed to do the only thing any decent person would do at this point: Admit that they were wrong to publish the post.
Instead, Craggs and Read whined about Gawker’s correct (if pointless) decision to remove the post.
From Craggs’ note:
No one told me the vote was actually happening, by the way. It just … happened, while I was on a plane to California. No one in editorial was informed that Nick had reached what he now calls the point of last resort; no one had explained what other resorts had been tried and had failed in the less than 24 hours between publication and takedown. The final count was 4-2 (with Heather’s nay joining mine, despite initial reports otherwise), and the message was immediately broadcast to the company and to its readers that the responsibility Nick had vested in the executive editor is in fact meaningless, that true power over editorial resides in the whims of the four cringing members of the managing partnership’s Fear and Money Caucus.
From Read’s note:
Ultimately my decision is about the process by which this happened. If the partnership had not conducted some kind of utterly opaque backroom vote to delete it—if we had simply posted Nick’s note, as much I disagreed with and disliked it—I think this Monday would be very different.
If the vote to take down the post happened in secret, as Craggs and Read allege, it is certainly not a good look for Gawker going forward. However, once again, it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
The post should’ve never been published in the first place, and deep down, you have to hope both Craggs and Read know that. Yet they continue to kick and scream about everything aside from the most important thing: They probably ruined a man’s life.
Craggs and Read are not martyrs. They desperately want people to think of them that way, but the reality is far different. They are simply two adults who made a tragic mistake that they’ll have to live with for the rest of their lives. The truth does hurt, even if you fail to acknowledge it.