The lawsuit filed by former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan versus Gawker over the release of a portion of a leaked sex tape raised some legitimate concerns. When is it acceptable and/or newsworthy to publish information like this? Does a celebrity have different rights and expectations to privacy than other people? I was a little shocked when a Florida jury awarded Hogan $140 million in damages. Florida juries are notorious for making awards like this, and chances are that the case will be either overturned, or that the damages will be significantly reduced. Even more disturbing, however, has been the revelation that the lawsuit was secretly funded by Paypay founder Peter Thiel as retribution against Gawker for publishing a report that identified him as gay. I'm a strong believer in not just the First Amendment, but also in the necessity for a strong and independent press. One unafraid to go after rich and powerful interests with little fear of retribution. I notice also that Donald Trump - a notoriously litigious individual - keeps threatening to sue newspapers and news shows that publish unflattering stories about him. This a is a dangerous precedent. One with no clear answers. But I certainly hope that we are not slipping into a society where the rich and powerful can effectively squelch any unflattering (but true) information with an army of well-paid lawyers.