You know comic book journalism is in a bad state when people bitch that a site actually reported news. No no, we should all just publish press releases and approved interviews. Get in line and play nice or you get blacklisted. Please
Rich says he actually had an exec tell him to go with the story before running it and that's more than I would have done.
If it's bad that BC reported the story first, then it's DC's fault for sitting on news like that, not BCs fault for reporting it. I'm sure if someone was considering a job elsewhere a week ago, or within the next week or two, they are happy to know now, not tomorrow or next week or whenever DC was going to tell them.
As someone who has worked for a company before, I'd want to know about changes to my profession asap, not when the company decides we are important enough to know. And I'd take the news however I could get it, whether its from a website or Manager Bill at the water cooler whispering info to me.
As for the news vs. gossip item: Rich didn't run it as gossip IMO, he just didn't have DC officially confirm it b/c they didn't want him to run the story. He obviously had good info on it, and it's pretty stupid to argue that he was running gossip when they officially announced it within the hour of his article going live. (I'm not faulting site for not sourcing him and just running the official press release - that's what most of these sites do, play ball to stay in the game - but if they wanted to tell the whole story to readers, then their first article on the subject would have talked about the leak as well as the email).