Is Gawker at all responsible for weak password encryption? Or was Anon just able to publicize the credentials of those whose password was "password", etc.?
It's important to note that they didn't just leak usernames/passwords. Frank internal discussions were also leaked, analogous to the leaked embassy cables. See the comment by "MattyMattMatt" [lifehacker.com], in which a chat transcript is posted documenting Gawker employees referring to Gawker commenters as "peasants".
In fairness, I would imagine that the employees of every large online community have occasionally referred to its members in a derogatory manner, even if only in a passing, half-joking jab.