Magazine article Variety

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Magazine article Variety

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Opinion

Gawker v. Peter Thiel

tech billionaire peter thiel was recently revealed as the man funding a series of lawsuits against Gawker, a news site that is engaged in a suit with Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan. Thiel's deep pockets not only ensured that Bollea's case got as far as it did, his money also provided the backing for an array of lawsuits that seem designed to leave a smoking crater where the network of Gawker sites used to be. Variety's Maureen Ryan explains why this should raise concern, and not just at Gawker. "The punishment Thiel clearly has in mind - the destruction of the entire company - in no way fits the crime he thinks it has committed," she writes. "Gawker isn't innocent in this, nor is it Satan incarnate. But this isn't about Gawker. This is about one of the fundamental pillars of democracy being threatened by entities with almost infinite power and resources."

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