So, not only does Gawker media employ bullies like Sam Biddle, they also reward them! I guess editor Max Read wasn’t joking when he said that Biddle was going to get a raise from his advocacy of violence. Biddle really is going to receive a raise.

According to Business Inisder, Biddle will be promoted to the position of senior writer on the main Gawker site. If you had any doubts about Gawker’s tone deafness, put them to rest now:

Biddle will spend November on sabbatical. When he returns in December, he will be named Senior Writer at Gawker, focusing on subjects related to the Internet, including cybersecurity, cryptography, activism and politics. (Gawker employees who have been with the company four years are encouraged to take a one month paid sabbatical.)

“I expect it will evolve from there, and I fully expect him to write about a wide range of topics that have nothing in particular to do with the Internet,” Gawker’s Editor-in-Chief Max Read told Business Insider in an email. “Sam is one of the great pure bloggers — fast, sharp, opinionated, funny — and I want to run his work on the front page no matter what it ends up being about.”

So, there you have it. Gawker media is a place where bullies are protected and rewarded. Keep sending those emails, and we’ll receive our own reward. The arrogance of Max Read and Gawker are astounding, but they do nothing but play to our benefit.


  1. >[…] who have been with the company four years are encouraged to […]
    Eh? Who was checking that four mistakes?

    1. No errors whatsoever. The period of time is four years. Sabbaticals aren’t taken at random after a nondescript period of “years”.

  2. All this does is make it easier for us to contact their sponsors and point out the moral bankruptcy of Gawker. not only is bullying advocated, it’s rewarded! And all during bullying month. brilliant.

  3. Hulu = Out. Colgate = Out. Max Read losing his shit, preparing second shot into other foot. Keep the hits coming, Max.

    1. Let them promote him. Let them quadruple his salary and give him a dozen corner offices. At the rate advertisers are leaving, Gawker won’t exist in six months.

  4. so Gawker tries to slap our faces and promotes someone not because of he wrote he’s pro-bullying but because…
    ” fast, sharp, opinionated, funny — and I want to run his work on the front page no matter what it ends up being about”

  5. >Biddle promoted, sent on one month sabbatical in November
    >Assumes there’ll be a healthy Gawker to return to in December

    Merry Christmas Gawker.

  6. In any other industry, if you have an employee who shoots his mouth off and causes ONE advertiser to leave, you fire him / her. You do it to save face.

    Gawker laughs in the face of tradition and keeps Biddle, they keep Biddle and advertisers flee to remove association.

    I mean, power to them for circling the wagons and protecting one of their own… But they’re protecting a human pile of garbage and sinking their company because of it. I just don’t understand.

    1. No power to them for circling the wagons. It’s a horrible business practice that will see Gawker burned to ashes within months.

      In a free market, you either serve the consumers or you collapse. Gawker chose the latter.

    2. The company started as paparazzi and grew due to that. They’re not going to give up that mindset even as it starts to fail. Lots of companies die that way. If they’d been smart they would have cultivated a coven of genuine journalists, then they could push them to the forefront at times like this.

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