Harvey Levin, TMZ founder and executive producer, says that he turned down the Hulk Hogan sex tape that became the basis for the Peter Thiel-funded lawsuit to put Gawker Media out of business.
But even if publishing the tape didn't meet TMZ's standards, he thinks "traditional media" should hold off before casting stones at Gawker.
"There's a certain amount of chest-pounding that I've seen in some traditional media that I find really hypocritical," Levin said onstage Wednesday at the Code Conference. He went on to share a story about actor David Hasselhoff that he thinks captures the doublespeak.
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