Making An Announcement Without Permission Backfires Into Forced Silence

Blunder Backfire
Your neglect for other people’s needs and passions
backfires onto you as unforeseen blunders

2007
Gawker.com published a story announcing that Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel is gay.

2009
Peter Thiel compared Gawker to al Qaeda, describing them as terrorists.

2012
Gawker published a video of Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) having sex with a friend’s wife. Hogan said he had no knowledge they were being videotaped. He filed a lawsuit against Gawker. Hogan was just one of many people to sue Gawker.

2016
Gawker sells a minority stake to Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg of Columbus Nova Technology Partners. Gawker uses part of the money to pay its legal bills.

Hulk Hogan wins his lawsuit against Gawker. The court awards Hogan $115 million plus another $25 million in punitive damages.

Forbes magazine revealed that Peter Thiel paid Hogan’s legal expenses. Peter Thiel also paid legal fees for other lawsuits against Gawker. Thiel considers this philanthropy.

Gawker files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a judge denies its request for a stay that would have delayed paying Hulk Hogan. The company began an auction supervised by the court.

Univision Media bought Gawker in the bankruptcy auction.

Univision Media and Gawker Media shutdown Gawker.com, silencing the website that made an announcement about Peter Thiel without his permission.

Gawker’s neglect for Peter Thiel’s needs and passions
backfired into an unforeseen blunder

“Peter Thiel’s War On Gawker: A Timeline”
Matt Drange
Forbes Magazine
June 21, 2016

Paula M. Kramer
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Eric Cantor’s Blunder Backfired Him Into An Historic Defeat

Originally published June 25, 2014.

Republished November 25, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Blunder Backfire
Your neglect for other people’s needs and passions
backfires onto you as unforeseen blunders

Eric Cantor began serving as the Congressional Representative for Virginia’s 7th district in 2001. He became House Majority Leader in 2011. He seemed headed to succeed John Boehner as Speaker of the House. As time passed, however, Cantor chose “dealmaking” with Republican leaders over “wooing” voters in his district. His staff was “consistently described as aloof”. Community events in his home district became less important than exclusive events all over the country. Cantor ignored the needs and passions of his constituents to focus on his own need and passion for power.

Eric Cantor blundered with his constituents. His blunder backfired into a history making first. Cantor’s blunder made him the first House Majority Leader in history to lose a renomination bid for his position.

“Eric Cantor Falls to Shock Defeat in Primary”
Jack Fitzpatrick and Alex Roarty
National Journal
June 10, 2014

“A Surprising Loss for Unsurprising Reasons”
Ford O’Connell
U.S. News & World Report
June 14, 2014

“Why Cantor chose Bobby Van’s”
Byron Tau
Politico
June 11, 2014

Paula M. Kramer
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