Far-Right Trolls Back Ex-Gawker Editor's Lawsuit Against The Daily Beast - 2020-06-15
A former Gawker editor suing The Daily Beast is getting help from a set of right-wing trolls, including a Trumpy conspiracy site, white nationalist sympathizer Michelle Malkin, and a company tied to far-right agitator Charles Johnson.
In 2019, The Daily Beast published a story about how the relaunch of Gawker collapsed after two full-time writers resigned in protest for what they claimed were offensive comments made by then-editorial director Carson Griffith. After Splinter published a story that included Griffith's old tweets using gay slurs and racial stereotypes about Asians, the two writers, Maya Kosoff and Anna Breslaw, went to Bustle Digital Group human resources with complaints about Griffith, which they said included remarks about poor people as well as sharing an email remarking on the penis size of a well-known businessman. When they felt HR did not respond properly, the duo resigned and said that they couldn't "continue to work under someone who is antithetical to our sensibility and journalistic ethics, or for an employer [CEO Bryan Goldberg] who refuses to listen to the women who work for him when it's inconvenient."
Griffith filed a lawsuit against The Daily Beast earlier this year, alleging that reporter Maxwell Tani was motivated by his personal agenda (Tani was friends with one of the Gawker writers, which he acknowledged in the 2019 piece). Now, Griffith appears to be getting help from a company started by one of the original Gawker's chief antagonists.