On Friday Gawker Media announced it was being sold and is seeking Chapter 11 protection. Most news sources blamed the bankruptcy on losing a $140 million lawsuit to Hulk Hogan, but in actually it should be blamed on Karma. At times Gawker’s mission seemed to be ruining peoples lives and now they are paying the piper. When he heard the news, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman mourned the bankruptcy of website, perhaps because like Gawker, Schneiderman is dedicated to ruining people’s lives. One extreme example is pursuing a bogus politically-driven civil case against Maurice “Hank” Greenberg a philanthropist who is decorated war veteran of two wars who has saved American lives.
Wired like most media is blaming the bankruptcy on the Hogan lawsuit:
The media company—which has been under heavy financial pressure since Hulk Hogan [Terry Bollea] won a $140 million judgment in a civil lawsuit over Gawker’s decision to publish a portion of his sex tape—is filing for bankruptcy in New York’s Southern District. Also Friday, the Florida judge who is overseeing the case agreed to postpone payments to Bollea until after an appeals court renders its decision. The Tampa Bay Times reports the judge agreed to the postponement after the defendants agreed to put up all of their stock shares as security”
Gawker built its reputation by damaging peoples lives, including creating a map which may have aided stalkers to follow their favorite celebrities, publishing Sarah Palin’s personal emails and contact list, posted an anonymous article entitled, “I Had a One-Night Stand with Christine O’Donnell,” discussing an alleged romantic encounter with the former Republican nominee for the Delaware Senate seat. posted a story about a gay porn star’s alleged text correspondence with a married executive from Condé Nast.
The Hulk Hogan suit the most recent and the best example of Karma as it was financed by billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel. Thiel was identified as gay by Gawker in 2007. Thiel said that by the time the article was published he had already been openly gay, but the article outed others including his friends, and it ruined some of their lives for no reason.
Let’s face it, Gawker is the website equivalent of a real “scum bag.” Which may be the reason why NY State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman felt compassion for the site, they are kindred spirits. This afternoon,Schneiderman tweeted out:
Of course Schneiderman feels bad for Gawker, after all he has the same passion for ruining lives as Gawker does.
For over a decade, the New York State A.G.’s office has stalked former AIG head Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, trying to pin on him bogus civil charges (he got the nickname in the Army after the Hall-of-Fame MLB star) The legal action was started by by liberal New York Attorney General and famous client #9, Eliot Spitzer, and kept alive by the liberal bloodsuckers who succeeded him. The latest of which is Eric T. Schneiderman (by the way the reports that the “T” stands for “tough shit I am going to make stuff up and screw you anyway” are not true).
The real reason Mr. Greenberg is being pursued is that he committed an immortal act for someone who lives in the Peoples Republic of New York he dares to spend millions of his dollars supporting conservative candidates. To Schneiderman that’s a terrible offense, one worth him using his supposedly non-political office to pursue his personal political agenda. Schneiderman may be thinking who will care if he gets burdened with fabricated charges, after all Greenberg is just another billionaire.
But it’s the progressives like Schneiderman who like to label people by their income, the rest of us denote people by their heart and their actions, and Hank Greenberg’s actions prove that this is a man with a big heart and a concern for people. As my friend Kurt Schlichter wrote about Greenberg a few back in the spring:
He lied about his age to enlist as a soldier in World War II and marched through Europe with Patton’s Third Army, where he saw firsthand the bloody carnage of National Socialism [during his WWII service he not only saw horrors as he rushed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day but participated in the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps]. Later, he returned to active duty to fight in Korea. He earned the Bronze Star and was recently awarded the French Legion of Honor for his service on D-Day. Back home, Greenberg turned AIG into a global giant but, mindful of the chaos he witnessed firsthand as a young man, he devoted significant time and effort to philanthropy and to promoting peaceful trade and international relations to help avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.
So it was no surprise that Greenberg didn’t back down when Spitzer launched the crusade against him in 2005 over the accounting for an immaterial reinsurance deal that took place in 2000, half a decade earlier. After seven of nine civil charges were laughed out of court, it was revealed that the NYAG’s office was playing fast and loose with the testimony of their only witness. The witness’s actual statements debunk the remaining two civil charges. Spitzer’s Mini Me, Schneiderman, has already conceded that money damages are off the table even if he manages to prevail on the remaining two claims – which he can’t.
Somebody once said that “Karma comes after everyone eventually. You can’t get away with screwing people over your whole life, I don’t care who you are. What goes around comes around. That’s how it works. Sooner or later the universe will serve you the revenge that you deserve.” On Friday, the universe got it’s revenge on a website that dedicated itself to ruining lives. Hopefully one day soon Eric T. Schneiderman will have his appointment with Mr. Karma.