Could Gawker Be Sued for Paying for iPhone Prototype?

Jeff Bercovici from Daily Finance.com thinks so.

According to Bercovici’s story, Gawker Media, which runs the gadget site, Gizmodo.com, admitted to paying $5,000 to get its hands on the new fourth generation iPhone. The seller apparently told Gizmodo he found the phone in a bar in Redwood City, California. Gizmodo forked over the cash and got themselves a worldwide scoop. They say they were planning to give the phone back all along.

Paying for stories has always been bad journalism. Encouraging people to behave badly just to get a scoop, is also bad journalism.

Update: Now the case looks like it has become a criminal one LINK.

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