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

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

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.

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, silencing the website that made an announcement about Peter Thiel without his permission.

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


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