Fired Gawker Writer Goes on Tirade, Compares Site to ISIS and Charleston Shooter
Part of the new Gawker relaunch was apparently firing national security writer William Arkin, who shot off a retaliatory email Monday describing the website as “miserable” and “cowardly,” comparing it to the terrorist group ISIS.
“Two Fridays ago, when I read a story posted on Gawker that seemed to senselessly out a nobody for soliciting a gay porn prostitute, I immediately thought someone should be fired,” Arkin wrote in an email on archive site Cryptome. “I never thought it would be me.”
“I’m grateful that they offered me an opportunity, there are some fantastic writers there…” he continued. “But like social media as a whole, it is also a miserable place, so driven by its own feverish pursuit that it has no clue what kind of world it inhabits and thus helps build.”
The firing appears to have no connection to the website’s infamous story outing a publishing executive for having sought the escort services of a gay porn star.
“I hate to be hyperbolic, but want to understand ISIS or the Tea Party or Occupy or Charleston or [Charleston shooter Dylan Roof]? Look no further than Gawker and its ilk, which means look no further than twitter or your own so-called smartphone: We are making the world a miserable place. I’m glad I can withdraw and think about it.”
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