There’s a Reason Fox News Keeps Attacking Gawker

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    There’s a Reason Fox News Keeps Attacking Gawker



    Hey look! The good folks on Fox and Friends did a segment on Gawker this morning, for no apparent reason at all, claiming (falsely!) that our traffic is down 75%.

    What's the hook for breaking into hurricane coverage to lie about the stats of an independent online news outlet? It probably has something to do with a story that Fox News knows is coming.


    Gawker and Fox News are natural opponents and we've always been a thorn in their side. But the network has been busy amping up the rhetoric in the last couple months: There was this Mike Huckabee segment featuring my mug and asking viewers if they would invite me to their childrens' birthday party, this Fox and Friends clip describing us as a "lousy web site out there," and this The Five segment calling us "miserable" and "a joke."

    As it happens, over the very same time frame, I wrote a series of stories revealing Fox News chief Roger Ailes to be a paranoid maniac who uses Fox News security to spy on his own employees, hatched the idea for Fox News in the Nixon White House with Watergate felon H.R. Haldeman, acts as a confidential strategist to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (whose desire to keep his conversations with Ailes secret was so strong that we had to sue him to get them), calls the cops constantly and uses them as a personal locksmith service, and starts fights with 80-year-old men.




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    This latest attack, however—which incidentally began yesterday with this inscrutable web item—is preemptive rather than reactive, and there are two things you need to know about it. Firstly, Gawker's traffic is not down 75% this year. This chart shows that we had 68.2 million pageviews as of August 24, as opposed to something just north of 40 million at the same time a year prior. In terms of unique visitors, we're about even with our year-ago numbers. (These figures reflect the U.S. only, not visits from other countries.)


    Secondly: I have for several weeks been working on a story about a Fox News personality that Fox News really does not want published! Fox knows what the story is, because I've asked its PR department for comment (they refused). Tune in next week to see what the story is. And if past is prologue, get ready to see Gawker on Fox News a lot.
     
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    Fox News: Salon is dying!

    Using its tried-and-tired formula, the Ailes network takes some potshots at us. I wonder why?




    In a perversely exciting turn this week, the tireless water-carriers of Fox News turned their sights on Salon, placing us on a short list of "once popular sites" that are "dead or dying." It's an odd list that lumps user platforms (Bebo, MySpace, Blogger), communities (Digg, Slashdot), Chatroulette, and two content sites: Salon and Gawker. Hey, it's the Internet: Everything is a "site," I suppose.


    The story's art clumsily, hilariously, seems to include Fox News in its loser lineup (I like to imagine it as the subversive handiwork of a pissed-off graphic designer):

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    The write-up has Salon shedding readers like scales from Roger Ailes' backside -- "losing about 1 million regular visitors over the past year, a 37 percent decline." The fizzling started "almost immediately last November when the main editor, Joan Walsh, took a back-seat to write a new book." Fox reports that we're "ad-heavy" (not actually a bad thing for a site relying on ad revenue, by the way) and that we have a hard time competing with the "classier" New Yorker.


    I'm going to come clean. He's right -- the New Yorker is definitely "classier"! And I'll confess to missing Joan's regular presence in our daily meeting. Other than that, that blurb is pure bunk. Unique visitors (as opposed to recurring readers who come to the site all the time) to Salon this year are up 16.31 percent from 2010, as you can see from the chart below, which comes from Google Analytics (click chart for a larger image):

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    So why would Fox . . . wait, do I need to even finish that question? Being attacked by Fox means that you've been identified as an enemy (Gawker -- the prime target of the "F&F" spot -- tracks the attention to a Fox investigation they have brewing). But what could we have done?
    Here are 10 good reasons from this year alone.


    Steve Doocy: Roger Ailes' Attack Poodle
    Fox nation shocker: Obama invited black guys to his birthday party
    News Corp.-owned media outlets say people are overreacting to News Corp. scandal
    The mystery of the Japanese "poop burger" story
    Fox confuses Tina Fey for Sarah Palin
    J. Crew ad may be transgender baby propaganda, warns Fox
    Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon says he was just being "mischievous" when calling Obama a socialist in 2008:
    Fox News chief again caught demanding conservative spin (Bill Sammon again)
    Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck arguing that that whole Japan radiation thing wasn't that serious:
    Glenn Beck accuses Planned Parenthood of assisting in sex trafficking



















     
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    Ot these stories:

    Cheneys new book: I was really president!
    Palin confuses Palin.
    Bachman is not a witch.
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    Can't say that I'd ever heard of your website and now that I've visited, I wish I still hadn't. I totally agree with FoxNews' assessment. It is a "lousy website", "miserable" and "a joke",
    Thanks for playing/
     
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    Not even close to the point of the OP, but thanks for playing.
     
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    What is freedom of the press ? Alex.
     
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    I'll go with "What is hyperbolic bullshit?" Alex.
     
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    For Fox that’s freedom of expression rather than the press, as the latter concerns itself with facts and informing the American people accordingly.
     

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