Gawker blog Sam Biddle, now of The Intercept, traded favorable news coverage with the New York Times in an undisclosed quid quo pro, Cernovich Media can exclusively report.

Nick Bilton of Carlos Slims’ blog (some call it the New York Times) wrote a slobbering puff piece on Biddle entitled, “Disruptions: A Blogger Mocks the Denizens of Silicon Valley.” The article appeared in the Times‘ on August 25, 2013.

Biddle, you might recall, became famous for forming a rape mob against Justine Sacco, suggesting that nerds by “bullied,” and attempting to take down me. (Disclosure: Biddle had to take a leave of absence from work after I humiliated him using his own methods. Read: How I Played Pathetic Gawker Bully Sam Biddle.)

The article is pure flattery and frankly, if my closest friends wrote of my like this, I’d find it embarrassing. What’s more revealing is that the coverage was undeserved. Biddle had only began working at Gawker a few months before the article appeared!

Every morning, he wakes up in his Brooklyn apartment, checks Twitter on his smartphone, searches for social media posts percolating from Silicon Valley, and begins to write, his style combining Page Six dishiness with snark and surprising insight. In other words, his style is pure Gawker.

Mr. Biddle, 26, is the latest blogger for Gawker Media’s Valleywag, the tech industry gossip dartboard that recently reopened for business after a four-year hibernation. His job, which he has been at since April, is to note just how self-absorbed the tech industry in Silicon Valley and San Francisco (and occasionally New York) can be. And he does not seem to care whom he offends.

How does a new hire at Gawker receive such favorable press from the Times? We learned how only a few weeks later when Biddle returned the favor by writing a puff piece on Bilton’s book.

Pay to play.


Biddle wrote a blog entitled, “Jack Dorsey Screwed His Friends at Twitter,” which received over 100,000 page views. At Gawker advertising rates, that’s thousands of dollars in free advertising. The review paints Bilton as a genius rather than favor-trader.


In the “book review,” Biddle points out that Bilton was his friend (Bilton made no such disclosure in his nob job in the Times) while omitting the favorable coverage Bilton had given him not even two months prior.

Giving the timing of the articles and lack of newsworthiness of Biddle, it’s clear this was an undisclosed quid pro quo.

Biddle and Bilton betrayed the trust of their readers and editors….[I have to break character. It’s the New York Times and Gawker! They betrayed no trust, as there is none to betray!]

As Sam Biddle himself said in a blog entitled “Jessica Lessin Throws Intimate Party for The People She Covers“:

It’s generally frowned upon to be very close friends with the people you cover professionally, because there’s an appreciable chance you will be less inclined to write true things about them, when those true things are things they’d rather the rest of the world not know are true. This has been an issue with Lessin for years. She didn’t care then, I doubt she cares now, and in the Silicon Valley ethics void, her subscribers will care least of all.

As you can see, the fake news media’s coverage of Trump wasn’t an aberration. The entire media establishment is corrupt and deserves to fail.

I reached out to Carlos Slims’ blog’s public editor seeking comment.

I also contacted Glenn Greenwald to learn whether Biddle’s practice of trading favorable news coverage was consistent with The Intercept’s code of ethics.