Jeff Bezos: Public figures such as Peter Thiel need to learn to deal with media criticism

Speaking at the Code Conference, Amazon CEO and owner of The Washington Post Jeff Bezos spoke out against Peter Thiel’s funding of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker. Bezos argued that public figures such as Thiel need to learn how to better deal with criticism from the media. Bezos said: “The best defense to speech that you don’t like about yourself as a public figure is to develop a thick skin … If you absolutely can’t tolerate critics, then don’t do anything new or interesting.”

+ “Gawker smeared me, and yet I stand with it”: Stephen Marche says Gawker provides an “essential function in a celebrity-obsessed culture, and if it were to disappear the world would be poorer and the cause of journalistic truth would be damaged” (New York Times)