Gawker Media, which started as two small snarky blogs, now a media gossip giant, is taking on on another giant...Hulk Hogan.
Gawker, posting virtually anything on their cite as they boast the slogan, “Today's gossip is tomorrow's news.” Has been criticized as being a little uncensored with their content.
Several law suits have come up over the years, but most have ended in small settlements.
In 2012, Gawker posted a video of the famous wrestler, that just so happened to be a supercut of his sex tape. When Hogan asked for them to take it down, they refused.
And this isn’t just any ol' celebrity lawsuit, it’s become Gawker’s Moment of Truth as dubbed by the NY Times.
It's a serious question in the courts. A real question of free speech and understanding the story behind the story. Gawker is known for their sharing, and losing that we might also lose stories and information. Is that a good or bad thing? I dunno. Did we really want to see a sex tape of Hulk Hogan? Gawker would say yes.
“Whatever information we have, whatever insight we have, whatever knowledge we have, our impulse is to share it as quickly as possible, and sometimes with as little thought as possible,” Nick Denton, CEO of Gawker told the Times. “Before you can think about it too much, just put it out there, just share it out there. I think that’s the essence of who we are.”
In case you were wondering, the company has a lot to lose. “It’s a $100 million lawsuit,” Mr. Denton told the NY Times, “We don’t keep $100 million in the bank, no.”
This case could mean an end to Gawker Media. Let the match begin.