Ken Silverstein reportedly quits First Look, blaming "management's incompetence"

By Paul Bradley Carr , written on February 22, 2015

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Acclaimed investigative journalist Ken Silverstein has reportedly resigned from Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media. According to a tweet by the Wall Street Journal's James Grimaldi, Silverstein announced his departure on Facebook citing "management's incompetence and bad faith."

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If confirmed, Silverstein would be the latest of Omidyar's high profile hires to quit, after Natasha Vargas-Cooper, Matt Taibbi, John Cook, Alex Pareene, Jay Rosen, Marcy Wheeler and many, many more.

Cook and Pareene have since limped back to Gawker which shares an office building with First Look. Vargas-Cooper moved to Gawker Media's Jezebel blog. As I reported a week ago, Silverstein seems also to be writing for Gawker now...

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Silverstein hasn't written for the Intercept since 2nd February and appears to have closed down his Twitter account. His relationship with his employers is said to have been strained since First Look's bosses allegedly "held hostage" parts of Silverstein and Vargas-Cooper's controversial investigation into the Serial podcast. In a now deleted January 9th Tweet, Silverstein wrote: "Rabbinical scholars have spent less time studying the Torah then our editors have spent on 150 word item delivered yesterday."

I'll update this post with more on the latest installment of Pierre Omidyar vs Journalism as I have it. In the meantime, it'll be interesting to see if Silverstein makes Gawker his permanent home. At this point First Look is starting to look a lot like a quarter billion dollar recruitment campaign for Nick Denton's blog network.