The recent ruling that the gossip site Gawker must pay $140 million for publishing the Hulk Hogan sex tape has industry watchers posing the question of whether the limit on gossip has finally been reached.
The New York Times explores the question in an in-depth analysis published over the weekend. “After decades of journalistic scandal-mongering, each more intrusive than the last — and then juiced by the Internet — was the jury in Florida that ruled so decisively against Gawker speaking for the entire culture in saying, ‘Enough’?” the article asks.
The report notes that one of the jurors in the case, asked about the huge award during an appearance on “Good Morning America,” said: “We drew a line.”
But Gawker has not given up the fight, with the report noting that the company planned to file legal papers today to have the verdict thrown out or the award reduced.
We encourage readers to click on the link near the top of this story to read The Times’ full analysis.