If you use the courts to silence your critics, that’s shutuppery. Same thing if you take your SJW’s to the college quad and chant until the dean or college president bows to your wishes. That last one usually takes a day or so.
Hulk Hogan sued the Gawker website and won a judgement of $140 million dollars because of a sex tape. I don’t expect to write much about it, except that I figure videotaping yourself having sex is a dangerous activity. Expecting to put somebody else’s tape on your website is just plain stupid.
Here’s the twist: The lawsuit might have been bankrolled by somebody who has a grudge against Gawker. Someone who wants the site shut down. His method? Pay for Hulk Hogan’s lawyers, and structure the lawsuit so that Gawker’s insurance cannot pay.
To further complicate things, a new character has now been added to the drama: The rich benefactor who has been bankrolling and possibly also controlling the heavyweight battle from behind the scenes.
According to a report by Forbes, which the New York Times has since corroborated, Hogan’s legal case is being funded in part by Peter Thiel, a billionaire venture capitalist probably best known for being an early investor in Facebook and a co-founder of PayPal.
The billionaire has been a vocal critic of Gawker’s former Valleywag column for years, calling the New York-based publication “the Silicon Valley equivalent of Al Qaeda,” among other things. One of the stories that bothered Thiel most, Silicon Valley insiders say, was the one that outed him publicly as being gay in 2007.
Whose side am I on? I worry that the entire incident might encourage other folks to fund lawsuits which have no merit. Imagine a Brett Kimberlin if only he could afford actual lawyers. I know Brett imagines that every time he gets his head handed to him in court.
Imagine an army of lawyers, suing as many right wing (or even left wing) sites in an attempt to bleed them dry.
As I finished this, I noticed a judge has denied Gawker’s request for a new trial.