How the Hulk Took on Gawker, and What it Means for Journalists

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In this April 3, 2005, file photo, Hulk Hogan fires up the crowd between matches during WrestleMania 21 in Los Angeles.

Jeffrey Toobin,  author, staff writer at The New Yorker and senior legal analyst at CNN, discusses his recent article, “When Truth Is Not Enough” (Online title: Gawker's Demise and the Trump-Era Threat to the First Amendment) which reports on attorney Charles Harder’s legal victory that led to the end of Gawker, and what this means for journalists who rely on the right to free speech. In 2012, a videotaped sexual encounter between Hulk Hogan, the professional wrestler, and the wife of his former best friend, a DJ named Bubba the Love Sponge, ended up with Gawker’s editor, A. J. Daulerio, who chose to publish the tape. Hogan sued Gawker, and the jury ruled in Hogan’s favor. He was awarded $140 million.