Consumerist, a Gawker Media blog about consumer tips, was purchased by the Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports. CU president and CEO Jim Guest said, "We're delighted to add this vibrant site to our portfolio of information products. The Consumerist community is passionate about fair retail practices, truth in advertising, product safety, and other topics that Consumer Reports has championed for more than 70 years. The site is a perfect fit for advancing our mission of creating a fair, safe, and just marketplace." Consumerist editor Ben Popken will stay on as co-executive editor, and he said, "Consumerist.com is now assured of a strong, healthy future." The NY Times reports that the next Gawker Media blog for sale is Defamer, which covers Hollywood gossip (Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton thinks online advertising declines will be steep in 2009!).