Recode’s Kara Swisher Failed to Disclose Nick Denton’s Shares In Her Parent Company

Recode executive editor Kara Swisher gave a wide-ranging interview to embattled Gawker founder and CEO Nick Denton at the Code 2016 conference without revealing to viewers Denton owned shares in Recode’s parent company, Vox Media. Gawker has since filed for bankruptcy after a jury awarded professional wrestler Hulk Hogan $140 million in punitive damages for publishing a secretly-recorded sex tape. Tech billionaire Peter Thiel helped Hogan fund the lawsuit, explaining to the New York Times in part, “I refuse to believe that journalism means massive privacy violations.” Gawker plans to appeal. Part of Denton’s assets include 5,000 shares of Vox Media, according to Politico. He didn’t disclose this fact during the interview. The Code 2016 conference overview and speakers were listed on “Re/code generates most of its revenue through its events business, not advertising, which pulls in A-list executive speakers such as Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook. It will likely become Vox’s conference arm and its brand will stay intact,” Business Insider wrote after Vox Media bought up Recode in 2015. Prominent critics of Gawker quickly pointed out the conflict of interest, slamming Denton and Swisher. One of them was Pax Dickinson, former Chief Technology Officer for Business Insider: Nick Denton is a shareholder in Vox media. This is