On Friday evening the Gawker.com editorial staff published a one-paragraph denunciation of the website’s decision to pull a controversial post exposing Condé Nast CFO David Geithner’s purported interactions with a gay porn star.
The sternly worded post began, “Our union drive has expressed at every stage of the process that one of our core goals is to protect the editorial independence of Gawker Media sites from the influence of business-side concerns. Today’s unprecedented breach of the firewall, in which business executives deleted an editorial post over the objections of the entire executive editorial staff, demonstrated exactly why we seek greater protection.”
It continued, “Our opinions on the post are not unanimous but we are united in objecting to editorial decisions being made by a majority of non-editorial managers. Disagreements about editorial judgment are matters to be resolved by editorial employees. We condemn the takedown in the strongest possible terms.”
How the newly-unionized staff intends to handle the managerial overreach beyond the angry post remains unclear.
Gawker’s J.K. Trotter said on Friday that “the managing partnership of Gawker Media voted, 5-1, to remove the post. Executive editor Tommy Craggs, who helped edit the post, was the sole dissenter. ”