Gawker Christine O’Donnell post update: No matter what political views one might hold, you’d think reasonable people could agree that the offensive attack Gawker made on Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell is a huge disservice to women and as a female and parent the whole thing makes me sick. Apparently reasonable people don’t include Nick Denton, found of Gawker. Following is the statement from the O’Donnell camp as well as Gawker’s defense on its posting:
The O’Donnell camp says:
“This story is just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to deal with. From Secretary Clinton, to Governor Palin, to soon-to-be Governor Haley, Christine’s political opponents have been willing to engage in appalling and baseless attacks — all with the aim of distracting the press from covering the real issues in this race.”
The Gawker camp says:
“What’s missing from most of the criticism is this essential bit of context: Christine O’Donnell is seeking federal office based in part on her self-generated, and carefully tended, image as a sexually chaste woman. She lies about who she is; she tells that lie in service of an attempt to impose her private sexual values on her fellow citizens; and she’s running for Senate. We thought information documenting that lie—that O’Donnell does not live a chaste life as she defines the word, and in fact hops into bed, naked and drunk, with men that she’s just met—was of interest to our readers.”
Read the entire Gawker post defending its decision to post the story here.
What do you think? Was this a justified article on O’Donnell or a hack job?