STOP THE PRESS(ES)! Denton v. Drudge!
: Nick Denton launches his newest site today: News with attitude.
Sploid will go live at midday with BIG HEADLINES! and TOP NEWS! and WEIRD NEWS! and a TABLOID MENTALITY — which is to say, honest news judgment that gets to the point of the story.
Its take on John Paul II: “POPE LEFT SECRET LETTER.” On Peter Jennings: “JENNINGS FEARS LOSING ANCHOR HAIR.” On politics: “DELAY’S FAMILY EARNED BIT $$$ FROM LOBBYISTS.”
It delivers the headlines worth talking about, like Drudge. But it looks better — like a cheesy German tabloid. And it puts the top news on top, where it should be.
And it won’t spare Drudge’s sacred cows. Denton says Sploid’s politics are “anarcho-capitalist” — think libertarian without the wacky shit. They’ll go after the stupid and slothful on the left and the right and won’t be afraid — unlike Drudge — to call media on its fawning over the pope.
Sploid is being written/edited/spat out by Choire Sicha, former Gawker… and by Ken Layne, everybody’s favorite blogger and a founder of the lost and lamented online Tabloid who hasn’t blogged in too f’ing long… and Henry Seltzer, a Gawker Media stalwart. This is an incredible team.
: See also Joe Hagan’s story in the Observer about Drudge v. Sploid v. Huffington. Drudge is being very huffy about his new competitors. He sounds just like big media when he came along. Well, of course, he is big media now.