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Gawker Tested the Limits of American Media Coverage -- and Then Got Caught By Them

Gawker, an American website that challenged the conventions of journalism with sarcastic coverage of news, celebrities and gossip, is closing down after losing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit over one of its stories. The site debuted in 2002 as a source for "media news and gossip" at a time when American newspapers were struggling to find a business model for publishing online. Gawker thrived with its rambunctious coverage, generating profits for its owners and inspiring scores of...

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