Gawker Editor Fires Parting Shot

Yesterday Gawker’s two top editors resigned in protest of the removal of their homophobic hit piece against a previously unknown executive. But not before one of them apparently expensed a $546 lunch on the way out the door.

  • Happy Dance

    Well, that might not have been a smart move since last paychecks have not been disbursed.

    • Dramphooey

      No; for someone this contemptible they’ll eat it to avoid a lawsuit.

      • John Masters

        My company’s employee manual says “usual and reasonable” business expenses…and guess who gets to decide what is usual and reasonable? If I pulled something like this, I wouldn’t expect the company to reimburse it. How childish can you get, but I think their article kind of already showed their colors.

        • Reality.Bites

          It may well have been a reasonable business expense for a lunch in NYC if it had happened while still in their employ.

          I’ve spent $250 (before tip) on dinner for two in NYC. (And I didn’t tip 37%)

          • BobSF_94117

            It’s hardly an expensive place. They appear to have taken out several people. The tip is pretty generous, even for a large table, but it’s not crazy crazy.

            http://balthazarny.com/menus/brunch.pdf

          • JDM

            Take a look at the Bathazar’s online lunch menu. It’s somewhat upscale, but not $400-for-a-two-person-lunch expensive. They would have had to go CONSIDERABLY out of their way to run up a $400 tab before a tip. Most of the lunch menu items are between $25 and $40. Even assuming they both had a couple of drinks, that would still be well under $400. It was very unreasonable.

          • Do we know it was just two of them? I was assuming it was a farewell lunch with a bunch of their colleagues.

        • AltheaTheCat

          This was most likely paid for using a corporate credit card.

  • Mark

    Always get (or cancel) the corp card before you show them to the door. Always.

    • chasmader

      Yep. While you are handing them their final check, it’s also a good idea to have IT lock them out.

    • Reality.Bites

      Yes – but when they quit that’s not an option.

      I don’t know the timing here, if this lunch took place before or after they announced they were quitting. If after, then it was certainly a major security lapse on Gawker’s part.

      • Alessar

        Aren’t they subject to per diem? Don’t they need approval for hosting? Don’t they have to use Concur to reconcile the company card?!?

        • Reality.Bites

          Per diem generally applies for travel or agreed-upon daily expenses like parking, etc. If part of your job includes entertainment then were will likely be days when they have no expenses and others when they’re quite high.

          • Alessar

            I was being sarcastic.

  • Gindy51

    How to act like a five year old brat in one easy lesson.

  • Pugsandcoffee

    I’m just amazed this is the hill they chose to die on as editors. Terrible decision-making.

    • Phil

      Anger, immaturity, and a sense of entitlement do not make for good decision-making skills.

      • Cousin Bleh

        You just described all millennials.

        We are doomed!

    • crewman

      I’m guessing gawker is happy to have them gone.

    • d.

      They will likely discover that most employers share your view when they begin their job searches.

    • Strepsi

      Wonkette, as one snark site to another, hilariously ripped the 2 editors a new asshole for that:

      http://wonkette.com/591564/looks-like-gawkers-got-some-job-openings-yall

      • Dazzer

        That is an excellent article, Strepsi. Best commentary I’ve read on the situation.

        Thanks for posting the link.

      • Alessar

        Thank you for sharing. That article gave me life.

      • Pugsandcoffee

        Oh, how I adore Wonkette.

      • Cylux

        Wonkette was made by Gawker media.

    • Jeffrey

      I agree. It’s not exactly Watergate level “who are your sources” kind of stuff. But it’s also Gawker, so their standards are nonexistent.

    • Blobby

      that receipt floating around the interwebs will do wonders helping them land their next gig.

  • Mawm

    Classy

  • Ninja0980

    Just a final fuck you on the way out the door.

  • AngelaChanning

    This makes them unemployable for a while.

  • Must be nice. My work lunch yestday cost $12 with tip. No employer reimbursement either….

    • lymis

      I can’t even conceive of spending $400 for lunch. The tip is particularly generous, but it’s still a percentage of that tab.

      Does that “Table 79/1” mean he was eating alone? Or did he buy lunch for a group?

  • Dan

    It’s almost as if in the high stakes world of yellow journalism and muck raking, he doesn’t care if prospective future employers can look back on this behavior. It’s like the folks at TMZ, the National Enquirer, and Wendy’s might look upon this and deem him a future employee of the month.

  • JT

    That’s business ethics for you. And they weren’t even fired.

  • Readen Reply

    Does he tip that well on his own dime?

    • Reality.Bites

      What? A 38% tip isn’t standard on lunch anymore?

  • If it were something other than this tawdry reason to exit, and had they chosen not to publicize it, this would have been a stylish way to exit and it would have been a worldly boss who would simply cover it and move on.

    Given these circumstances, however, it’s all of a tawdry piece, and if anything, made worse by the venue. I mean – Balthazar? Really? Isn’t that sort of 1998? Personally, I’d have gone either for something really classic or the absolute white-hot latest.

  • Ireyon

    If only someone would have complained about Gawkers shitty clickbait sooner then they could already be just another footnote an a guy wouldn’t have to read about his love life online.

  • TommyTune

    At least he has good taste in restaurants. I love Balthazar, one of my favorite places to eat in the city. Talk about going out with a flourish!

  • sw42

    That’s about as awesome as outing a private citizen.

  • j.martindale

    Damaging reputations for a living? He must make his mother proud.

    http://cdn.someecards.com/someecards/usercards/1332277933780_5290468.png

    • barracks9

      “You pompous, stuck-up, snot-nosed, English, giant, twerp, scumbag, fuck-face, dickhead, asshole…You are the Vulgarian, you fuck!”

      • tomfromthenews

        “English”? LOL.

        • barracks9

          It’s a line from “A Fish Called Wanda”, during a scene between Kevin Kline and John Cleese. So, English.

    • clay

      damaging reputations as a means to what end? just to rehash their source’s conspiracy theories?

  • Joseph Miceli

    What kind of miserable immature fool burns a bridge like that? Why, the editors at Gawker, of course!
    This WILL bite them in the ass when they look for another job.

  • Cuberly

    Concern with standards and integrity appear to be a somewhat relative concept for Brian. But then he did work for Gawker.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I get why they are doing what they are doing (the editors) but I still hope they got indigestion.

  • Webslinger
  • Zenith

    Meanwhile, the oh so “liberal” and “progressive” Vox media contacted them and offered them to apply for job positions at their place.

    But hey, it was an “evil” executive they were outing. It’s OK if the fag you target belongs to the wrong tribe!

  • HZ81

    What an entitled little twat.

  • Steven Leahy

    Most companies cap tips by policy at 20% or something – maybe they’ll try to take it out of his check! Not that he couldn’t afford it.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Hey, people fought and DIED for free lunch of the Press.

    Or something.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Dallas BBQ was fully booked.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Hi, I’m 145 and I’ll be your waiter today.”

  • seant426

    Hi.

  • tcinsf

    Well, at least Brian had a good shift.

    • Steverino

      He must have been pretty cute!

  • ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ Take this job and shove it…I aint workin’ here no more*♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

    *just as soon as I finish lunch

    http://i.imgur.com/ZM6WXLF.gif

  • Happy_Housewife

    I got “smart sized” (yes, that was the term they used) from a web company I had worked at since it started. They were very civil about it, as was I (They were becoming part of the U of Phoenix, so I would have quit anyway) and they told me don’t worry about security. Just clean out my desk and take off.

    So I went back to my desk, cashed out all of my stock options (crashing the stock price), and headed off into the sunset. 🙂

  • Bj Lincoln

    Their lunch cost the same as my monthly food budget! WTF did they eat!? Nice tip! The server probably deserved it. Now they can feed their family.

  • TJay229

    I love Balthazar.
    You can forget trying to get a table on the Weekends or after 5, but that Onion Soup & Peach & Blueberry Tart is worth it all. Ooh, I forgot about the cranberry & ginger challah.. Perfection

  • TampaZeke

    I can’t help but notice in all of their temper tantrum throwing and screeching about their editorial independence they have YET to offer an explanation for why they felt this story was worthy of print and why they believe it met minimal journalistic standards. It’s almost as if their outrage is just a distraction tactic to keep from having to explain themselves.

    • zhera

      The real story has been overlooked here. What was the escort’s connection to Rafael Cruz? THAT would be interesting!

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      It’s all about Reddit and Conde Nast. Conde Nast owns Reddit. Reddit is lousy with subs for violent racists, misogynists, and homophobes and Gawker had been running a lot of stories about how Reddit is providing these creeps with a safe haven. So any one associated with Reddit or Conde Nast is a target for shaming.

  • DisT

    It was too bad that the cheater is a closeted married father with three kids.

  • BobSF_94117

    Well, I do have to agree with the editors that Gawker violated fundamental journalism practices when management pulled the article. Instead, they should have followed well-established rules and pulled the article and fired the editors.

  • Ireyon

    Wuah wuah, I can’t invade the privacy of random people without blowback, wuah!

    Isn’t this the exact thing they always lambast the repubs for? The perverse interest in other peoples sex life?

  • Jeffrey

    Abetting an extortion operation is what got him fired, so obviously this isn’t a person of staggering genius nor great moral fiber…even by Gawker standards.

  • Jeffrey

    JMG always has funny tags for its news stories, but tagging this one as “journalism” definitely made me LOL

  • bambinoitaliano

    Dear future employers look what I did?

  • clarknt67

    Hope he enjoyed it. Guessing National Enquirer’s budgets are not that generous.

  • DaveMiller135

    Always interested in numbers and codes. Any chance the Table line: “79/1” means Table 79, one person? That’s some pricey chow, if so. As I put together my cheese sandwich for tonight, I’ll be reflecting on my poor career choices.

    Generous tip, though. Always thinking of others.

    • Schlukitz

      A 38% tip, I might add!

      I am always amazed at how generous people are with other people’s money.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    An 11AM check? What, is B open for breakfast?

    • JCF

      Heeeere’s to the Brothers Who Brunch!

  • shotsix

    I hope server 145 Brian is a nice gay dude.

  • danolgb

    Douches document their douchbaggery.. news at 11

  • David Lightman

    I would laugh if they take it out of their final paycheck, which they could totally do.

    • gaymex

      I hope they do. Spoiled and needed to go.

  • Schlukitz

    A price range of $31-60 according to Yelp is admittedly steep.

    To have run up a bill for just under $400 would have required a gaggle of people as his guests.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/balthazar-restaurant-new-york

    Question: Why didn’t Gawker cancel his Amex card as soon as he walked out the door???

  • ben-andy

    Liking the 37.5% tip. At least the wait staff we’re hurt in the fallout of this messy, messy inside low-end media scrum.

  • JCF

    I’m having difficulty wrapping my head around—not the lunch/tip/”expensing”—but the Instagram.

  • Steven Alan Taylor

    Jay-Z Crisco, what lunch is worth $400 goddamned dollars? Any wonder the class divide has emotional bearings?!