GamerGate in the Media: Fair and Balanced?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not holding my breath.

It’s inconceivable to me that the media will not report on the abuse being heaped upon the supporters of GamerGate. Sure, there are some that are reporting this outrage, but not nearly as much as they would if their were an organized campaign against, say women.

A troll makes a threat against Anita Sarkeesian and it makes the New York Times (ca-ching!). Multiple instances of death threats against GamerGate supporters? Silence. What else should we expect from a media that writes it’s conclusions before ever investigating the facts?

It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that media are standing with their corrupt fellow “journalists” nor the fact that any claim of a threat against a woman must be believed on face value because, well, a woman said it.

Yet here we are, 3 months into GamerGate and the abuse and threats become more intense on a daily basis. It must be the fault of the GamerGate community that this is occurring to them.

I wonder if The Times ever considered contacting someone associated with GamerGate to hear the other side? Yes, there’re no leaders, but wouldn’t it be simple for them to tweet using the #GamerGate hashtag and ask for one or two people that would be able to competently speak on the subject? They may never get a response ( I actually think they’d get dozens) but at least they could say, “We tried to reach out to get a response from a representative of GamerGate and received no reply”.

So far, the only one I’ve seen write anything worth reading is Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart, a conservative publication.

Now that I think about it, why couldn’t Milo represent the views of GamerGate to the media? He’s a respected journalist, and appears to be unbiased. Think about it: the anti’s have Anita as their face for the sexism in gaming, why not have someone that’s actually delved into the issues surrounding GamerGate inform the mainstream media of the true aspects of this movement?

Fair media coverage is important at this stage and GamerGate should consider the options at this point.

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