"Joy to the world, Gawker is dead. Let's barbecue it's head (of staff). What happened to it's body? We flushed it down the potty. And around and around it goes. And around and around it goes. And around, and around, and around it goes!"
After having their pants sued off by an all-star tag team of Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan (both of whom had been wronged by the media company), Gawker Media has declared that it will be ending operations next week. That's the good news. The bad news is that its satellite outlets such as Jezebel and Kotaku will continue under new management. Sigh.
Many libtards have decried this development as the result of "butthurt billionaires" bullying a poor media outlet. Sorry, cry all you want, but Gawker deserved to be destroyed. Yes, the company had every right to freedom of speech and of the press, but such freedom does not mean freedom from consequence. If such a media company breeches basic journalistic ethics, they deserve to suffer the consequences.
There's no doubt that Gawker has a long history of unethical practices, from invading the privacy of celebrities (see: Hogan), to outing gay and trans people (see: Theil and others), to refusing to pay their interns. And that's not including their most embarrassing and face-palmingly stupid op-ed pieces, from "white people should allow black people to steal from them", to "white people should allow black people to prowl through and possibly steal their belongings".
Of course, while Gawker sinking faster than the Titanic truly is a sight to behold, I can't really join everyone else in dancing a jig of celebration. Yes, it was one of the worst on-line "news" outlets, but it isn't by far the worst. Even without Gawker, we still have to contend with Salon, Alternet, Daily Kos, Addicting Info, and other facets of the left-wing on-line noise machine. This "victory" wasn't so much cutting off the head of a dragon so much as it was cutting off the head of a hydra.
If you're curious as to why such a media company as Gawker could elicit such hate, I'd recommend watching this video by Sargon of Akkad. By the end, you'll be celebrating their downfall as well: