Peter Thiel, Gawker and why all of this could matter during a Trump presidency

May 25, 2016 6:45 PM

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Peter Thiel, Gawker and why all of this could matter during a Trump presidency

Reports that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel secretly bankrolled Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media represent the latest twist in a sordid legal drama that began with publication of the wrestler's sex tape.

But there is more to consider than who picked up the tab in this celebrity soap opera — and it has implications for Donald Trump and freedom of the press, writ large.

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