Friday, August 26, 2011
Nick Denton may be a notoriously mercurial pain in the ass, but that doesn't mean Gawker isn't generally a really good read. And the people he hires -- and occasionally fires because the pillow goblins told him to -- are a major reason for that.
This morning, Fox News's #1 comedy show, Fox & Friends -- specifically the show's most shameless hack, Doocy the Clown -- went on a somewhat inexplicable tear against Gawker, basically casting it as irrelevant and declaring the website officially way past its prime. While Fox and Gawker have never exactly been on the same page politically or culturally, the attack seemed especially odd simply because there hasn't been anything in particular lately that might prompt Fox to lash out in Gawker's direction like the schoolyard bully that it is.
Well, Gawker's John Cook -- who has admittedly made it his mission to be an ongoing thorn in the side of Fox and Roger Ailes -- says he knows exactly why Fox is choosing now to strike. Why it needs to plant the seed among its audience that Gawker's is a voice not to be trusted. According to Cook -- the move was preemptive.
Gawker: Why Fox Is Attacking Gawker/8.26.11