Perhaps Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos should add the title of Champion of the Media to his business card?That s because late Tuesday, Bezos threw down on the side of Gawker Media and the ongoing drama that company is going through in the wake of a $140 million judgment handed down against it in a lawsuit brought by pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, and financed by billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel.By now, you probably know the nuts and bolts of what s going on in the Thiel vs. Gawker saga, but to recap things: Thiel came forward last week to say he has been paying the bills for Hogan s legal case, and has been doing so as part of what may be called a revenge campaign against Gawker, and its founder, Nick Denton, after Gawker s former Silicon Valley blog, Valleywag, outed Gawker as gay in a 2007 article.On Tuesday, Bezos appeared at the Recode Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes and the owner of the Washington Post newspaper didn t hold back when asked what he thought about Thiel s bankrolling of the Hogan case, and others that are aimed at potentially destroying Gawker.
What s that saying?
The best defense against speech that you don t like about yourself as a public figure is to develop a thick skin, Bezos said in an interview with Recode co-founder Walt Mossberg.Things at the conference stand to remain interesting this week.
Recode has said that it reached out to Thiel about appearing at the conference, but hasn t heard back from the co-founder of PayPal yet.Thiel might just have too much on his plate right now to call the Recode folks back.
After all, he could be busy shopping around for the perfect batch of skin thickener, or adding Bezos name to his enemies list.Photo: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone on June 16, 2014, in Seattle.
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