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"We Were Constantly Hung Out To Dry"; An Interview with Former Gawker Editor Emily Gould

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Emily Gould is an American author. She is the co-owner, with Ruth Curry, of the indie e-bookstore Emily Books, and the former co-editor of

Gould began her blogging career as one-half of The Universal Review before starting her own blog, Emily Magazine, and writing for Gawker on a freelance basis. Before joining the Gawker staff, Gould was an associate editor at Disney's Hyperion imprint.

Gould is the co-author, with Zareen Jaffery, of the young adult novel Hex Education (2007). She is also the author of a memoir, And the Heart Says Whatever (2010) and the novel, Friendship (2014).

On April 6, 2007, Emily Gould appeared on an episode of Larry King Live hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel during a panel discussion entitled "Paparazzi: Do they go too far?" During the interview, Kimmel accused Gould of irresponsible journalism resulting from Gould's popular blog, mentioning the possibility of assisting real stalkers and suggesting that Gould and her website could ultimately be responsible for someone's death. Kimmel continued to claim a lack of veracity in Gawker's published stories, and the potential for libel it presents. At the end of the exchange Gould stated that she didn't "think it was ok" for websites to publish false information, after which Kimmel said she should "check your website then."

On May 4, 2007, Gould wrote about the interview in an article for the New York Times. She penned another article for a New York Times Magazine cover story (May 25, 2008) about her experiences with Gawker, in which she described how the negative response to her television appearance led to panic attacks and subsequent psychotherapy. (Adapted from Wikipedia. Retrieved 7/10/2014.)
October 11, 2022
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