Gawker goes dark, but its impact on Scientology - and Tom Cruise - will never be forgotten - 2016-08-19

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F347.png Gawker goes dark, but its impact on Scientology - and Tom Cruise - will never be forgotten August 19, 2016, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

We learned yesterday that next week, Gawker will shut down. For some of us who toiled in the trenches of New York journalism of a certain era, the news is hard to believe. Gawker had a big effect on the way online journalism is done (not all of it positive, some will tell you), and it certainly changed the way we think about writing and reporting.

You will no doubt be seeing a lot of obituaries written about Gawker over the next week now that Univision is shutting it down after buying all of Gawker Media's websites in a fire sale. You can read plenty more about how Gawker's fate was sealed when a billionaire, Peter Thiel, took revenge for being outed by the site by funding Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea's lawsuit against Gawker over a sex tape. You probably already know the tale, and we won't go into it except to say, as someone who has been targeted by a couple of different billionaires we've written about, it's a really fucked up hazard of the occupation. Anyway, relevant to our interests here at the Underground Bunker we wanted to commemorate one Gawker achievement in particular that forever changed the way Scientology is perceived by the public.

We're talking about the shock to the system when a 9-minute interview of Tom Cruise appeared online early in 2008, and Gawker, more than any other website, made sure that the interview remained public for all to see.


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