Bloomberg Politics To Arbitrarily Give Points to People For Doing Job

Alex Pareene · 05/08/15 01:25PM

Here are some words that, in this particular order, do not refer to anything that exists: “parody sports-style game show.” What does that mean? Does “parody” modify “sports-style” or “game show” or “sports-style game show”? What is a “sports-style game show”? “Double Dare”? Would this be a parody of “Double Dare”? I’m happy to report that we’ll soon learn what one media organization thinks that term means, thanks to the money-drunk Bloomberg Politics team.

News Industry Shrugs, Prepares to Hand Entire Business Over to Facebook

Leah Finnegan · 03/24/15 11:20AM

Facebook, a dull and endlessly scrolling record of personal propaganda and content headlined in two or more sentences, isn't satisfied with the way its 1.4 billion users (most non-sentient) consume the news. According to the New York Times, it takes an epic eight seconds for the average Joe Facebook User to load an outside news link, clicked on in Facebook, in a new browser tab or window. Unacceptable.

Why Isn't Morning Joe In Trouble For its Terrible Ratings?

Alex Pareene · 03/13/15 10:45AM

MSNBC recently canceled shows hosted by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid, reportedly because the channel is tacking away from liberal programming and because the ratings were bad. But MSNBC's supposed abandonment of liberalism can't extend that far: Rachel Maddow isn't going anywhere. So if the problem is mainly ratings, that raises an interesting (to me, at least) question. Why haven't there been any rumors about MSNBC canceling Morning Joe, a show with ratings that are just as bad as—and often much worse than—MSNBC's primetime programming?

My Year Ripping Off the Web With the Daily Mail Online

James King · 03/04/15 04:15PM

On July 11 of last year, I arrived to work at the MailOnline newsroom in New York City and saw Keith Poole, our managing editor, standing outside smoking a cigarette. Even from a hundred yards away, it was clear that Poole—a generally pleasant Englishman who was the managing editor of the Daily Mail at the time—was agitated. It didn't take a detective to figure out why.

Hamilton Nolan · 02/23/15 03:31PM

How bad is this winter? So bad that the New York Times has an entire editorial entitled "This Winter Has Gotten Old," which includes the phrase, "We are depressed. But as the comic strip "Garfield" once put it..." (This paragraph could also have begun, "How bad is the New York Times editorial board?")

Hamilton Nolan · 02/18/15 12:22PM

Frank Bruni's New York Times column today consists of Frank Bruni talking to his old college teacher talking about how times have changed, at college. Frank Bruni himself has not changed recently.

One Reason You Shouldn't Read Fusion

Sam Biddle · 01/26/15 06:35PM

What is Fusion? No one is quite sure, least of all Fusion itself. Following in the grand tradition of First Look Media, Fusion has more money than Croesus and a lot of talented people. It also has, animated series about Buzzfeed?


J.K. Trotter · 01/24/15 10:45AM

Mike Bloomberg Actually Tried to Buy The New York Times: Report

J.K. Trotter · 01/23/15 10:40AM

Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire and former Republican mayor of New York City, has never had an easy relationship with the New York Times. He even told New Yorker editor David Remnick that “he detests the New York Times … [he] thinks that the New York Times has an opinion page on the front page and he loathes it.” But that didn’t prevent Bloomberg—who already controls his own shop, Bloomberg News—from trying to buy the paper.

Vox Media Has Too Much Money

Sam Biddle · 01/20/15 03:15PM

Employees of Vox: if you've been thinking about asking for a raise, now is the time. (Updated)

Hamilton Nolan · 01/16/15 11:21AM

A firm that invests in and lobbies on behalf of for-profit colleges has bought a controlling stake in Inside Higher Ed, an education trade magazine (and regular Gawker source) that regularly reports on the problems with for-profit colleges. That's very bad!

Hamilton Nolan · 01/15/15 03:00PM

Distinguished Gawker alum and longtime desert dweller Ken Layne is now editing the quarterly publication Desert Oracle, which you can subscribe to here. Ken Layne is himself an oracle.