Judge Denies Gawker’s Appeal To Pay Hogan $140 Million
(Last Updated On: June 13, 2016)

I’m sure some people might be questioning why this particular legal matter is being covered here at One Angry Gamer, but simply put this is #GamerGate related since it deals with ethics in journalism. In case you were brainwashed by the unethical media outlets to think it was anything other than that, this news post here is to remind you that it’s about ethics in journalism.

Anyway, Anna Phillips from the Tampa Bay Times tipped news media that honorable Judge Pamela Campbell has upheld the verdict of the jury, denying Gawker’s appeal for having to pay out $140 million to Terry Bollea, better known to most people as professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Gawker attempted to sway the judge in their favor by claiming that Peter Thiel, a certain billionaire that they had outed years before as being gay on their Valleywag blog – the former home of Sam Biddle, who said that they should “bring back bullying” to bully those using the GamerGate hashtag out of existence, as reported by – was financing Hogan’s trial.

Thiel believed that Gawker was little more than blogging terrorists, calling Valleywag the al Qaeda of Silicon Valley. Valleywag was shut down last year.

When Gawker’s attorney attempted to persuade the judge with information about Thiel’s connection to Hogan, she dismissed those attempts saying their attempts at gossip-baiting was “not healthy”.

The Wall Street Journal tries to clip quotes from some individuals to make it as if Judge Campbell upholding the jury’s verdict for Gawker’s $140 million fine could pose a “chilling effect” on news journalism. However, most people with common sense and who are tired of online media’s click-bait blogging have rallied to cheer Judge Campbell for doing the right thing in this case.

Publishing sex tapes as revenge porn is not journalism. Outing the private lives of citizens for no reason at all is not journalism.

Gawker supposedly only made $48 million in revenue in 2015, it was very much down from the previous year thanks to #GamerGate’s late 2014 efforts using the Operation Disrespectful Nod to kill off some of Gawker’s advertisers with an organized e-mail campaign. It was later reported that #GamerGate had cost Gawker anywhere between $1 million and $9 million in revenue, according to a poorly structured article on New York Magazine.

While #GamerGate was certainly not a killing blow to Gawker, it was enough to teeter them going into the trial against Hogan. The company is valued at $87 million and losing the trial will have devastating repercussions on the company, since the $147 million verdict is more than what they can afford to pay.

#GamerGate is hoping out of all of this that Gawker’s subsidiary, Kotaku, is either buried or bought up and shut down. Others hope that it’s gutted and re-purposed as an actual video game news outlet that isn’t designed to devalue the gaming industry.

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  • C G Saturation

    I don’t see how Thiel funding or not funding Hogan makes a difference in regards to Gawker screwing people over or not.

    Are they trying to argue they aren’t guilty because someone they screwed over has the money to help someone else they screwed over? That makes no sense to me.

  • Dgnfly

    Gizmodo is now also doing more political pushing while Gawker goes down in flames. They really trying to push it like Gawker is the victim while all that is happening is they are faced with the fact they aren’t god and get to decide what to do to other ppl’s lives

  • Mr.Towel

    Ahh, the sweet irony of Fate!

    A gay man, a class which Gawkers professes to protect, is helping to burn them down. It appears the gay community is getting tired of being used as a political banner for progressive journalists while at the same time being bullied by them through forceful outings and privacy invasion for stupid gossips. Condé Nast obviously agrees.

    The overlords of silicon valley and the hippies at san francisco are all getting together for a ceremonial sacrifice of their black sheep.

    • Janok7227

      >Gay community

      Nah, Thiel is a conservative who endorsed Trump prior to him securing the nomination. The “Gay Community” that the media prattles on about is mainly on the left and have bought the same propaganda that Trump is mecha-Hitler 2.0

      • Mr.Towel

        That goes to show they don’t give that much of a shit to gay people, they just want a cause to move the masses.

  • Arbitrary

    “Others hope that it’s gutted and re-purposed as an actual video game news outlet that isn’t designed to devalue the gaming industry.”



    HAH! HAH! HAH!





    • DizzyGear

      Honestly in the past Kotaku actually often had some intresting articles about Japanese gaming culture that were intresting to read, informative and most importantly lacked the feminazi/PC tone Kotaku is infamous for now.
      Kotaku’s name is too tainted now to salvage any of it though.

      • Mr.Towel

        Gawker media disease.

        I used to read a lot of Jalopnik, gawker’s car culture blog… but even something as technical as engineering can be corrupted by their ideologies, it’s ridiculous.

  • Michael P

    Wouldn’t start sucking each others cocks just yet, they’ve still got options to appeal further and there’s this…

    “A review of Campbell’s cases shows that since 2012, the appellate court has reversed her decisions 22 times, all for errors the court blamed on the judge.

    Among her colleagues on the circuit bench, she leads by a large margin. The next highest is 15 reversals during the same time period. Among Pinellas circuit judges who have had decisions overturned during this time, the average is less than four reversals. Most judges have been overturned three times or fewer.”

    Whilst it’s nice watching Denton/Gawker squirm, it ain’t over yet.

  • Hawk Hopper

    If Kotaku does die off (please, please, please), do you think that IGN will buy up their assets, archives or whatever like IGN did with Game Trailers?

    • IGN likes to stay out of the spotlight of controversy. I can’t see them stepping into the hotbed that Kotaku has made. Too much baggage. Vox will be the likely media conglomerate to pick up Kotaku.

      • Hawk Hopper

        IGN likes to stay out of the spotlight of controversy

        I know that IGN has some sort of podcast were all their monkeys endorse video game censorship and the “learn Japanese and import it” nonsense.

        But Vox does seem like they’d buy it so Kotaku and Polygon can enter into some sort of open relationship with each other.