De Blasio supports former Deadspin employees: 'This city is a union town'
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill New York again pushes back in-person classes The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks MORE (D) blasted the management at the website Deadspin after a group of writers quit this week over the focus of the site.

“The incompetent corporate hacks at Great Hill Partners should get out of newsrooms and let their reporters DO THEIR JOBS,” de Blasio tweeted, sharing a statement from the Gizmodo Media Group union. Deadspin is a site under the Gizmodo brand that also includes popular websites such as The Root and Jezebel.

“This city is a union town — we stand with the journalists of @gmgunion and the Deadspin reporters who took a courageous stand this week,” de Blasio continued.

Paul Maidment, the editorial director at G/O, the company that owns Deadspin, reportedly sent an email to employees on Monday directing them to make sports the “sole focus” of the site’s coverage, The Daily Beast first reported. Deadspin has covered sports as well as culture, politics and media.


But instead of following the memo, the staff placed multiple nonsports stories that were popular among site regulars on the homepage, including “The Adults in the Room,” a piece written by former Deadspin editor-in-chief Megan Greenwell blasting G/O Media.

On Wednesday evening, a group of Deadspin writers tweeted that they were all quitting their jobs after interim editor-in-chief Barry Petchesky posted that he was fired from his position Tuesday for “not sticking to sports.”

Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security MORE (I) also tweeted his support for the former Deadspin writers this week, targeting G/O CEO Jim Spanfeller. Earlier this year, the financial equity firm Great Hills Partners bought Deadspin alongside its sister sites. 

“I stand with the former @Deadspin workers who decided not to bow to the greed of private equity vultures like @JimSpanfeller. This is the kind of greed that is destroying journalism across the country, and together we are going to take them on,” Sanders tweeted.