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Ex-Navy SEAL forfeits millions; ex-Gawker editors on the site's demise

Matt Bissonnette

Matt Bissonnette, the former Navy SEAL who wrote No Easy Day, an account of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, will forfeit $6.8 million in royalties for failing to get Pentagon clearance for the book. Bissonnette wrote the best-seller under the pen name Mark Owen.

Ohio University has yet to decide on whether they will rename the Roger E. Ailes Newsroom, which was paid for with donations from the former Fox News president. The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan hopes that Carlson will resist the urge to settle her sexual harassment case: “Already, the righteous wound she has inflicted on a misogynistic culture has begun to scab over. There are signs that not much has changed or will change.”

Although Max Read wrote about the variety of possible causes for Gawker’s death, former Jezebel editor Jia Tolentino thinks that the real cause was “simply the manner in which the site operated: the combativeness, the lack of respect, the speed of the writing and editing and publishing, the relative absence of organizational hierarchy instituted by Nick Denton and the editors who worked for him.” Stephen Marche, once included on a Gawker list of “worst 100 white men,” writes that the destruction of the website should worry anyone in the publishing profession. “A price has been set for an individual’s ability to avoid press scrutiny, and frankly, it's not that expensive.” CNN Money has a list of which Gawker Media sites former writers and editors will move to.

Former Politico CEO Jim VandeHei still hasn’t explained what his next project will be, but he has hired two executives away from the New York Times.

A writer in Harlem has started an IndieGoGo campaign to save Langston Hughes’s East Harlem brownstone. The current owner has no immediate plans to sell and is awaiting the outcome of the fundraising. Hughes’s typewriter is still inside.