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Published: 02/10/11

Conservatives 'Don't Know What' Chris Lee Was Thinking

By  Andrea Stone - AOL News
Conservatives 'Don't Know What' Chris Lee Was Thinking

WASHINGTON -- One day after Rep. Christopher Lee was exposed for his bare-chested lie on Craigslist and resigned his House seat, conservative women gathered here today sought to paint him as an exception. "You know, I don't know what he was thinking," said Paula Tyler of the conservative website Smart Girl Politics, speaking above the din of the exhibit hall at CPAC, the annual gathering of conservative activists. "I don't understand that kind of behavior." Lee, who represented western New York, resigned at what passed for light speed when it comes to congressional scandals after the gossip ...

Published: 02/10/11

Did Chris Lee's Resignation Have Anything to Do With the Gawker Redesign?

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Did Chris Lee's Resignation Have Anything to Do With the Gawker Redesign?

Nick Denton can't help feeling somewhat vindicated. Just two days after readers greeted the Gawker Media mastermind's drastic site redesign with antagonistic reviews, the Manhattan-based blog scored one of its "most significant scoops" in its nine-year history. U.S. Rep. Christopher Lee resigned Wednesday after Gawker exposed the Republican lawmaker's less-than-wholesome behavior on Craigslist by publishing an image of him posing shirtless. The photo was prominently featured on the site's new home page. With critics of the new Gawker format still buzzing over the site ditching its trademark...

Published: 02/9/11

Meet Chris Lee, the Married GOP Congressman Who's Accused of Cruising Craigslist [VIDEO]

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Meet Chris Lee, the Married GOP Congressman Who's Accused of Cruising Craigslist [VIDEO]

Is Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., a fit, fun and classy guy? Better question: Did Rep. Chris Lee, a married father, try to score a date with a woman on Craigslist by telling her that he's a fit, fun and classy guy? Gawker has obtained e-mail correspondence between a 34-year-old woman and a man she claims is Lee. The man -- who appeared to use a Gmail account previously confirmed to be Lee's -- responded to an ad the woman had posted; he told her he worked as a lobbyist, was Related Stories New York Rep. Chris Lee Resigns Over Craigslist Dating Ad and Sexy Photo divorce...

Published: 02/9/11

New York Rep. Chris Lee Resigns Over Craigslist Dating Ad and Sexy Photo

By  Annie Groer - Politics Daily
New York Rep. Chris Lee Resigns Over Craigslist Dating Ad and Sexy Photo

What started last month with an anonymous woman's Craigslist dating search for men who don't "look like toads" ended Wednesday with the resignation of two-term Rep. Christopher Lee, R-N.Y., a married father who passed himself off as a divorced lobbyist when he sent her a topless muscle photo of himself. Gawker.com broke the story about the lying lawmaker under the headline "Married GOP Congressman Sent Sexy Pictures to Craigslist Babe." Within hours, he had quit his $174,000-a-year job and issued this statement: "I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and m...

Published: 02/7/11

Gawker Redesign Does Not Exactly Thrill the Internet

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Gawker Redesign Does Not Exactly Thrill the Internet

It was dubbed "the biggest event in Gawker Media history," and now it's live. This morning Gawker, Jezebel, Lifehacker, Deadspin and other Gawker Media sites unveiled their new site designs. The overhaul, months in the making, was described by Gawker Media founder Nick Denton as an opportunity to transition from standard blog layout to a format that looks and feels more programmed. While the old Gawker layout displayed a long column of posts in reverse-chronological order, the new design centers on a main feature with a sidebar of secondary stories. It's a bold new model for Gawker Media's ...

Published: 12/13/10

Hackers Strike Gawker Media, Leaking User Accounts, Passwords

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Hackers Strike Gawker Media, Leaking User Accounts, Passwords

(Dec. 13) -- Gawker media has been hacked in a massive attack that temporarily stopped the company's websites from publishing new material this weekend and compromised 1.3 million user accounts. In a statement on its website, Gawker Media, owned by digital publishing mogul Nick Denton, encouraged registered users on Gawker, Lifehacker, Jezebel and Gizmodo to change their passwords, and apologized for the humiliating breach. "Our user databases appear to have been compromised," the company wrote Sunday. "The passwords were encrypted. But simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack. ...

Published: 11/17/10

Another Royal Wedding: Bah! Humbug!

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Another Royal Wedding: Bah! Humbug!

LONDON -- As news of Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton spreads like wildfire around the globe, reactions seem to fall into one of two camps. On the one hand, there are the people like British Prime Minister David Cameron, the entire British press corps and -- well, come to think of it, just about everybody else on the planet -- who are over the moon with elation. And then there are the few, the proud . . . the only ones who really wish the whole thing would just go away. In case you haven't guessed, I'm in the second camp. I went so far as to launch a new hashtag on Twitter last ...

Published: 10/29/10

Sex and the Single Candidate (What's to Blame for the O'Donnell Gawker Story?)

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Sex and the Single Candidate (What's to Blame for the O'Donnell Gawker Story?)

I agree with Jill Lawrence's tweet about that hit piece on Christine O'Donnell -- that it's "absolutely, totally, offensively out of line." But in my estimation, this story is more about the tabloidization of political news (see Sarah Palin's interview with "Entertainment Tonight") and the desire for outlets to generate page views and ad impressions, than anything else. And while I think O'Donnell has every right to be angry, I don't think this is really about "sexism." But, as usual, O'Donnell's team is arguing just that. As her communications director, Doug Sachtleben, said: This story i...

Published: 10/28/10

Smearing Christine O'Donnell: Ugly Gawker Story Turns Her Into a Victim

By  Walter Shapiro - Politics Daily
Smearing Christine O'Donnell: Ugly Gawker Story Turns Her Into a Victim

Given the media obsession with a certain beyond-the-fringe GOP Senate candidate from Delaware, it is easy to imagine an Election Night banner headline like this: "CHRISTINE O'DONNELL DEFEATED." Then in smaller type: "Concession Speech Sets Ratings Record." And finally in tiny type: "Republicans make sweeping gains in House and Senate." By now, even yak herders in the remote Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan probably know what O'Donnell was allegedly doing on Halloween three years ago. Gawker (which makes the New York Post seem like the Economist) is running a repugnant story by an anonymous 20-...

Published: 10/28/10

Gawker's Christine O'Donnell 'One-Night Stand' Story Denounced by Left, Right

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Gawker's Christine O'Donnell 'One-Night Stand' Story Denounced by Left, Right

(Oct. 28) -- Did Gawker just cross the line, big time? The Manhattan-based gossip website published a piece today by an anonymous author who purports to have had a one-night stand with Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell on Halloween night three years ago. The piece had been something of a smash hit for Gawker, at least traffic-wise, receiving more than 180,000 page views in less than two hours, according to partner website Jezebel. But the salacious nature of the account coupled with the timing of its release (less than a week before the election) has brought about swift condem...

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