According to legal experts, Peter Thiel's financial backing of "Hogan v. Gawker" wasn't illegal. And sure we can impute motives to him but, come on, do we ever really know why people do what they do? Maybe they don't even know why they do what they do.
But, what has Silicon Valley in a tizzy, reports The Wall Street Journal, is the issue: Should Thiel be canonized as St. Peter or be branded an abuser of power? In this situation, the latter comes from his vast wealth.
It didn't long for the surprise over this disclosure to turn to sitting around judging. Also, those doing the judging are having fun speculating about implications. For instance, some see this the first step on the slippery slope to the end of freedom of the press.
So little time was simply spent enjoying this one rascal's pulling a fast one on that bunch of merry mischief-makers at Gawker. Those having "grave reservations" probably weren't knocked around by the Gawker crowd. I was.
For several years they harassed me in the comment section of Gawker as well as on my three blogs. I had to block my own blogs' comment section. Eventually the harassment included creating a fictional "Jane Genova" (me) on Gawker. That made-up character left stupid comments about all kinds of news items posted. I pleaded with the Gawker brass to stop it. It didn't stop. Instead it petered out. Eventually they wearied of that game. And, the poison seeped into search engines.
To me, Thiel is St. Peter.