By traditional news standards, what Gawker did was transgressive every which way: it called a sitting mayor of the fourth-largest city in North America a crackhead based on a video that it said it had seen but did not possess. It also asked its readers to chip in to pay for its version of journalism.

“Oh, you mean like The New York Times does every day with its paywall?” quipped Mr. Cook.

Arghhh!

Source: Big News Forges Its Own Path