Peter Thiel Isn’t The Only Billionaire Waging Legal Battles Against the Press

The revelation that billionaire Peter Thiel secretly funded a lawsuit against Gawker has provoked a lot of hand-wringing in media circles. “Be very, very worried,” tweeted Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery. Nevermind that most of us don’t publish celebrity sex tapes — how many other fabulously rich people are trying to take down media outlets from the shadows? Now that Gawker is facing a $140 million verdict, will more billionaires try out the tactic? It’s hard to know, but we do know the ones who have gone after journalists more directly.

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