By Elizabeth C.
GAWKER CRASHED MONDAY NIGHT AND, FRANKENSTORM BE DAMNED, I WAS ready to point the finger at a whole host of the Manhattan website’s enemies: reddit, Hulk Hogan, the government’s secret program, and a suspect with the means to pull the plug: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who revealed how he rises to a challenge during a Sunday press conference on the storm. We’ve always suspected it, but now we know literally, that this man has a hard-on for power. Of course, Gawker was only too happy to share the news.
Alas, my hopes for exploring the many possible conspiracy theories this morning have been dashed by the reality that the web’s other major Manhattan players — Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Mediaite– have also been trammeled by the Frankenstorm.
Per CBS News:
“Popular viral content website Buzzfeed issued a statement explaining that “Datagram, the ISP whose Manhattan servers host BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Gawker, and other sites, has lost power. According to the statement, Buzzfeed received a text message from an official at Datagram, which read, “Basement flooded, fuel pump off line – we got people working on it now. 5 feet of water now. Datagram’s website also appears to be offline, and online address listings for Datagram place the company in Manhattan’s financial district, which was heavily affected by flooding.”
Sure, that’s what Bloomberg wants you to believe. (Wink.)
As of 8 a.m. Central, only Buzzfeed seemed to be back up running normally. Stay tuned.