Former Gawker Employees Launch Kickstarter to Buy Back The Site

We all remember Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel destroying Nick Denton’s Gawker in the court after the tabloid site published Hogan’s sex tape. Not only did the wrestling Hall-of-Famer take the media group to court, Gawker‘s own insurance sued them, saying they weren’t liable for the defense cost in the case. Hogan won and was awarded $115 million in damages, forcing Nick Denton to sell his media group for a measly $135 million to Univision, a Latino-oriented media company.

Now former employees of Gawker Media are raising funds via Kickstarter to buy Gawker back.

Gawker isn’t gone, it’s up for auction. The person who drove the site into bankruptcy wants to buy it. 

We’re a group of former Gawker Media employees across editorial, tech, and business, and we want to put in our own bid to buy it back.

We believe the site can thrive in an entirely membership funded model.

Oh, this is good.

Gawker was willing to chase stories that other outlets considered too risky or salacious. But the truth is often inconvenient, and Gawker’s work isn’t done. We want to dig deeper. By setting ourselves up as an ownerless, advertiser-less, non-profit media organization, the editorial team will be able to do what they do best.

I don’t really think publishing sex tapes is anything to be proud of, but what do I know? I’m just an asshole blogger who doesn’t try to hide behind the title ‘journalist’ to shield myself from criticism when I write utter rubbish.

Many of them are otherwise employed and we can’t disclose their names just yet, but we can tell you’s Founding Editor Elizabeth Spiers is advising and will be joining the board of directors.

Not that bloody harpy. All she does is complain about the Trump children and how no one will give up their seat for her on the train. I believe she also called PayPal founder Peter Theil, who Gawker outed as gay before his big deal with Saudi Arabia, ‘unhinged’ and a ‘gleeful’ nihilist in her Medium post after he joined forces with Hogan to take the media group down.

But honestly, I truly hope they get the funds to buy Gawker back just so I can watch it all burn to the ground again.

Good luck, lads.

Nora Ralph

Student, worker, and Co-Founder of the #Killstream. You can also catch me on TheRalphretort Rundown.