Sigh. We hadn’t really heard of Gawker writer John Cook until just this week, when he made a splash by publishing a two-year-old list of legal, registered gun owners in New York City. Sure, the list was out of date, and the morally questionable stunt had already been pulled by the folks at the Journal News in suburban New York. Cook gave the piece his own special spin, though, by titling it, “Here Is a List of All the Assholes Who Own Guns in New York City.” (Cook eventually relented under a storm of criticism, replacing “assholes” with “handsome, law abiding citizens.” Apparently women don’t own guns in New York?) So, how about a promotion?

Cook has been named the new editor of Gawker, replacing the outgoing A.J. Daulerio. As editor-in-chief, Cook will be responsible for the general editorial direction of the site. Gee, we wonder what direction that might be?

In an email, Gawker founder and managing editor Nick Denton said that Cook, “a surprisingly powerful opinion writer,” would “preserve the crew and build on the success of 2012.” Some highlights of 2012? There was the short-lived series of spy reports from a Fox News “mole,” an underwhelming dump of 950 pages of Bain Capital documents and, oh yeah, that sympathetic look at pedophiles. But remember, legal gun permit holders are the assholes.

  • Justin Case

    Another pointless sideshow of outrage results in the target of the energy sapping ire being elevated to an even higher status, e.g., Sandra Fluk. Guess some folks just never learn.

    • journogal

      It’s Fluke. If you are going to post about her, at least spell her name right. You would think that small-minded, condescending, holier (!)-than-thou liberals would at least spell one of their martyr’s names correctly.

      • Justin Case

        Yeah, you caught me not caring.

      • Justin Case

        Yeah, you caught me not caring.

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        And liberals think they are the smart ones… lol

    • journogal

      It’s Fluke. If you are going to post about her, at least spell her name right. You would think that small-minded, condescending, holier (!)-than-thou liberals would at least spell one of their martyr’s names correctly.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      So other than being paid to troll, why are you wasting time here?

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        I am thinking the same thing… he must be Streetiebird under a new alias.

    • lainer51

      Fluke, Fluk, Flake – doesn’t change who she is and don’t bother with your little question “well, who is she then?” – you have become so predictable – tell your bosses you need a new script for Twitchy comments, your old ones are so yesterday.

      • Justin Case

        I never read past your name you can do the same with my comments. Free country.

      • SpinMeNot

        Ok, so I haven’t seen Streetie around for quite a while, and now we have Justin — they seem to spout the same trash, with the same lack of intellect or grounding in reality.

        Or have I just not been in the topics where Streetie has been hiding?

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      Time to change your tampon, Justine.

  • Justin Case

    Another pointless sideshow of outrage results in the target of the energy sapping ire being elevated to an even higher status, e.g., Sandra Fluk. Guess some folks just never learn.

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    Good. Now, we know where he is……….without a need for a list.but he hasn’t moved….8)

    • Justin Case

      You know where he is? And?

      • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

        Everyone can call and congratulate him…………………..or drop a Hallmark card………………….
        Home (718) 369-8243
        528 16th St
        Brooklyn, NY 11215-5912

    • Justin Case

      You know where he is? And?

  • J.R. Salzman

    Getting promoted to editor at Gawker is like getting promoted from dish washer to bus boy at Applebees.

    • Justin Case

      Is there supposed to be some sort of shame in honest work? Would you rather the dish washer at Applebees be on welfare?

      • journogal

        And you assuming they are? Guess what, kid, businesses aren’t around to provide jobs. Dish washer shouldn’t be a career goal, and it’s not the fault of Applebee’s if said dish washer didn’t prepare better for life. At least said dish washer has a job and doesn’t sit around waiting for the government to take from others.

        • Justin Case

          Translation please.

          • mickeyco

            You don’t speak English? Well, that explains a lot.

          • Hello Jerry (D)

            Justine can’t read past a 4th grade level it seems

          • LochGates44

            Translation is you had no comeback for what was written by journogal.

        • Justin Case

          Translation please.

      • journogal

        And you assuming they are? Guess what, kid, businesses aren’t around to provide jobs. Dish washer shouldn’t be a career goal, and it’s not the fault of Applebee’s if said dish washer didn’t prepare better for life. At least said dish washer has a job and doesn’t sit around waiting for the government to take from others.

      • J.R. Salzman

        Go ahead and keep trolling Twitchy, grasping at those straws of relevancy.

      • J.R. Salzman

        Go ahead and keep trolling Twitchy, grasping at those straws of relevancy.

    • Justin Case

      Is there supposed to be some sort of shame in honest work? Would you rather the dish washer at Applebees be on welfare?

    • lainer51

      except Applebee’s is actually an honest place to work..

  • J.R. Salzman

    Getting promoted to editor at Gawker is like getting promoted from dish washer to bus boy at Applebees.

  • Kenny Hitt

    “Some highlights of 2012? There was the short-lived series of spy reports from a Fox News “mole,” an underwhelming dump of 950 pages of Bain Capital documents and, oh yeah, that sympathetic look at pedophiles.”

    Don’t forget the posting of the “Best of…” moments from the Hulk Hogan sex tape, a story that the Hulkster is currently suing the living crap out of them over.

  • Expose Gannett

    So I guess he’ll be able to move his wife and kids from their place near Prospect Park? (Exact addess here:http://exposegannett.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/john-cook-gawker-hack-journalist/)…and if you can’t see it there…you can see it here http://exposegannett.blogspot.com/

  • Sarge Grissam

    I recommend,that, he call all of the gun tote’n felons A–holes, maybe then we will be rid of this trash!

  • Nathan Oaksford

    The germans had a list too.