The announcement of the passing of former Senator, actor and 2007 GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson was only minutes old when the gossip site Gawker essentially danced on his grave with what many felt was a vile headline. But it wasn’t long before even usually liberal readers were criticizing the site for its “disgusting” attack on the actor.
Not long after the news broke that Mr. Thompson had passed away at 73 from complications from lymphoma, Gawker posted a headline reading, “Actor, former senator, and predatory home refinancing shill Fred Thompson dead at 73.”
The story, mostly a short bio of the actor and politician, ended with a misleading claim that the reverse mortgage seller that Thompson worked as a front man for was sued by the Illinois attorney general in 2010.
What the article doesn’t say is that the Illinois attorney general, Lisa Madigan, is one of the most liberal AGs in the country, one that many might say has spent her tenure in office trying to burnish her own liberal credentials by attacking conservatives while ignoring the corruption by Democrats.
Even the Illinois Better Government Association, a group led by a former liberal TV reporter, has criticized Madigan for refusing to root out the rampant corruption in Illinois’ various Democrat-led governments and public offices.
In any case, Gawker was quickly criticized–even by its own readers–for its article on Thompson on the day of his passing.
In fact, the very first comment on the Gawker story scolds the site, saying, “Wow, what is wrong with everyone? I mean I am quite liberal and don’t align with Fred Thompson politically at all, but he just died. Have a little class. I know it’s clickbait, but jeez.”
In another case, a reader wrote: “This is a new low, even for Gawker.” And another wrote: “I wasn’t a fan, but I must say, that headline is a bit much.”
Dozens more comments criticizing Gawker filled the comments section of the article.
Twitter was no nicer to the gossip website, with many Twitter users slamming the site for its headline and attack on the recently passed actor.
Actor, former senator, and predatory home refinancing shill Fred Thompson dead at 73 https://t.co/9ARDb27KbC
— Gawker (@Gawker) November 1, 2015
.@Gawker even from a POS site such as yours, that’s really disgusting.
— The Morning Spew (@TheMorningSpew) November 2, 2015
— Iron Scruffy (@Iron_Scruffy) November 2, 2015
Thompson was a senator from Tennessee from 1994 to 2003, and a GOP candidate for president in 2007. The Tennessean also launched an acting career later in life, appearing in such popular TV shows as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, as well as having roles in several movies such as Die Hard 2, and The Hunt for Red October.