Nick Denton on Brian Williams is about what you expected. Plus: The probably useless campaign to ‘save Sue Simmons’
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NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" has been famous among Manhattan media types it seems to want to cozen up to mostly for its protracted ratings struggle. Last night, many saw the show for the first time, since it promised a segment on Gawker Media and its founder, Nick Denton (a friend of Williams, though that has at time been a rocky road.)
Correspondent Jamie Gangel talked to Denton and, it seemed, tried to bring up fairness, taste, etc. as if they were issues; Denton pretty well dispatched them, as he has been doing for years.
Here is a little taste of what you (probably) missed:
- Nick Denton not at all disputing all the nasty things people say about his "snarky," "sexual," "nude photos of private parts"-publishing, rumor-reporting, "shameless," "irresponsible," "mean" websites
- Denton expounding on his "really really pretentious" belief in "the larger truth"
- A black-and-white photo of a much younger, 5-o'clock-shadowless, skinny-tie-wearing Denton; presumably from his days as a reporter for The Financial Times
- A grainy color photo of little-boy Denton reading a book in his backyard
- The reason Denton didn't go into politics: "I was gay."
- The typical age of the new Gawker blogger: 33, 37
- A lightning-fast shot of Capital pal Tom Scocca
- David Carr uttering the phrase: "I find that kind of journalism just digusting."
- Denton admitting he "messed up" when he burned host Brian Williams when he let his editors post Williams' private email to him trashing Lana Del Ray's performance on Saturday Night Live (which you can read about here)
- Gangel's obligatory warning to parents that they should not allow their children to read Gawker lest they see fit to expose them to all manner of "very sexually explicit graphic things"
- Oh and apparently Denton is now talking about launching an "arts and culture site." (Has that already been reported? If so, must have missed it!)
You can watch the full 11-minute feature below:
In other news...
The real winner of Super Tuesday: Fox News. [Media Decoder]
Richard Huff has some inside dish about Sue Simmons getting canned by WNBC. [Daily News]
So does Don Kaplan, who reports she was partly let go due to her massive salary. [New York Post]
"She seemed as real as the person sitting next to you on the subway, someone who knew exactly when to cut you off," write James Barron and Brian Stelter. "Hey, this is New York. Everybody cuts you off here." [The New York Times]
A new Tumblr has her back. [Save Sue]
There's also a Save Sue Simmons Facebook group. [The New York Observer]
New York Times managing editor Rick Berke turned down an offer for the same position at The Washington Post. [Dylan Byers]
Being a Times news assistant is the new waiting tables for New York creative types. [The New York Observer]
Questions about where the screewriter of HBO's "Game Change" got some of his fodder about Sarah Palin. [The Huffington Post]
The latest in Yahoo's push to bolster its news brand is a new documentary reality series about struggling middle class families. [Adweek]
Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism is renaming its building after Joseph Pulitzer, its founder. [Poynter]
Will Paskin is ditching New York magazine to become Salon's TV critic. [The New York Observer]
The latest on the controversial Philly newspapers sale. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]