DN Lee has a blog with Scientific American, "The Urban Scientist" ("A hip hop maven blogs on urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences"). She was contacted by someone at "biology-online.org" to see if she wanted to contribute to them. They discussed terms, and were unable to come to an agreement. The following exchange, along with other parts of the story, is available here (and here and here and many other places you can find on Twitter at #standwithdnlee):
DN Lee: Thank you very much for your reply. But I will have to decline your offer. Have a great day.
Ofek: Because we don’t pay for blog entries? Are you an urban scientist or an urban whore?
Lee then wrote a blog post about the insult at Scientific American, where, you know, she has a blog. Which Scientific American then took down. (Did I mention that biology-online.org is in the "Partner Network" of Scientific American? Scientific American's editor-in-chief, Mariette DiChristina then tweeted her -- inadequate -- explanation of the deletion.)
My suggestion is that we all contact DiChristina (I can't find an email; here's her Twitter name: @mdichristina) and ask that she condemn Ofek's actions, and restore Lee's reponse post.