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Gawker’s Nick Denton Loves Dumb Questions, and His NBC Profile

If you’re reading this, you probably know all about Nick Denton. Because you’ve read plenty about the Gawker Media owner on sites like this, along with profiles in New York magazine, the New Yorker, etc.

But it’s always good to remember that most of the world has no idea who Denton is. Hence the utility of this 11-minute profile on NBC’s “Rock Center,” which aired last night.

Here’s Denton’s description of it, via Facebook: “Some internet insiders disdain the dumb questions of network television. Their contempt is misplaced. The dumb questions are almost always the interesting ones.”

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald