Gawker is probably my favorite blog. Favorite might not even be the right word. Indispensable feels more appropriate. I check Gawker every day. Ok, truthfully, I check Gawker several times a day. I follow them on twitter, too.
Founded in 2003 by Nick Denton, Gawker covers everything from the media moves of New York City to the breaking tech developments of Silicon Valley, not to mention pretty much all Hollywood happenings as well as the particularly salacious and even sometimes pertinent politics from inside the Beltway. If that doesn't just about sum up all you need to know, I'm not sure what does. And when you talk about Gawker, you're not just talking about the one site, but a whole network of sites covering technology, women's issues and cars, to name a few. (But we'll talk more about those sites at another time.)
Gawker also boasts a rich and engaged, albeit snarky, commenting community. And while this can be a really great resource for funny animated gifs, it also keeps the site and their writers honest. It may not be the traditional vetting process our parent's media mechanisms knew, but boy will these guys call B.S. (or even spelling errors) when they see it, and fast.
At Gawker, it seems every worthy news item will be considered and fleshed out and eventually vetted. No source is unreliable. No story too implausible. Because as the tagline suggest, "today's gossip is tomorrow's news."