This morning, Richard Grayson put up a clearly fabricated ad on Craig’s List, seeking a “hipster intern.” Within hours, Gawker picked it up, asking for reader guesses. What’s more, Grayson posted this poem to provide clues. (Gawker, of course, didn’t observe that the poem was posted on March 8th, the same day as the Craig’s List ad.) But Grayson, being the good sport, revealed himself to be the author of the ad. So here’s the question (and perhaps Mr. Grayson might want to step in and answer): Was this a prank conducted by Grayson to see if he could get onto Gawker (and, concomitantly, this site)? An even bigger question: Are the Gawker writers so hard up (and we’re not just talking for material, but income to supplement the slave wages that Denton pays them) that they’ll troll Craig’s List in a desperate effort to find some inconsequential gossip item? Either way, Gawker got played big time.
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