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Comment Re: Biased Article (Score 1) 155

Thiel helped fund the lawsuits, obviously that part is fact. However, Gawker and other sites / people spin it like his intention was to bankrupt Gawker, whereas Thiel's own words say something different (from the NY Times article):

“It’s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence,” he said on Wednesday in his first interview since his identity was revealed. “I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest.”

Mr. Thiel said that Gawker published articles that were “very painful and paralyzing for people who were targeted.” He said, “I thought it was worth fighting back.”

Mr. Thiel added: “I can defend myself. Most of the people they attack are not people in my category. They usually attack less prominent, far less wealthy people that simply can’t defend themselves.” He said that “even someone like Terry Bollea who is a millionaire and famous and a successful person didn’t quite have the resources to do this alone.”

Comment Biased Article (Score 3, Insightful) 155

"who recently admitted to secretly funding a campaign of third-party lawsuits to bankrupt Gawker Media"

Peter Thiel never admitted that, according to the articles linked. It was Jay Rosen, media critic and a professor of journalism at New York University who stated that opinion.

Also, half the links are from Gawker, which is obviously not an impartial actor in this spectacle.

I guess reporting on board positions isn't that exciting without spicing it up with gossipy speculation of a person's motives.

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