Two senior editors at Gawker Media resigned in protest of the company’s decision to remove a controversial post last week, saying editorial decisions shouldn’t be determined by the non-editorial board.
Tommy Craggs, executive editor of Gawker Media; and Max Read, editor-in-chief of Gawker.com, wrote in separate staff memos that they were leaving, the company reported Monday. The post concerned a proposed meeting between a magazine company executive and a paid escort.
“That this post was deleted at all is an absolute surrender of Gawker’s claim to ‘radical transparency,’” Read wrote in his memo. “That non-editorial business executives were given a vote in the decision to remove it is an unacceptable and unprecedented breach of the editorial firewall.”
Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media, said in a blog post Friday that while the story about the executive was “true” and “well-reported,” he decided to take it down because the “point of the story was not in my view sufficient to offset the embarrassment to the subject and his family.”