Daily Dot Lays Off 20% Of Staff Following String Of Shoddy Journalism
(Last Updated On: September 17, 2016)

Reports are starting to come in indicating that the Daily Dot has laid off 20% of its staff. According to a report by Politico, at least 15 people have been let go from upper management, the business department, the art team and the newsroom. [Update: Politico has updated their story to reflect that 40% of the staff from the Daily Dot have been laid off.]

In a statement to Politico, Daily Dot CEO Nicholas White stated…

“While this move is without a doubt the right thing for the long-term sustainability of the Dot, this was an exceedingly tough decision to make. We expect headcount to grow back to yesterday’s level soon, as we hire more people in areas like video, e-commerce and sales”

The move follows a string of content the site has been producing of questionable quality. Just recently they misreported on Ethan Ralph, the owner of the website The Ralph Retort, claiming that he was “The Leader of GamerGate”, a widely reported consumer revolt that has regularly been identified as being leaderless.

Another article proclaimed that the new Ghostbusters reboot, which turned out to be a flop for Sony, was “Gamergate’s worst nightmare”, another piece that was penned by the same author who wrote about Ethan Ralph.

Previously they wrote about how #GamerGate was to blame for Felicia Day getting doxed. The article places the blame of harassment of culture critics like Anita Sarkeesian on #GamerGate, even though there has been no cited evidence that #GamerGate ever actually harassed Sarkeesian, this was even backed up by an investigation into an organization that Sarkeesian bankrolled called Crash Override Network, who couldn’t find any harassment committed by #GamerGate against the critic.

The Daily Dot was also at the forefront of misreporting on the Alison Rapp incident, a former employee of Nintendo. They attributed harassment to #GamerGate and titled the headline “Did GamerGate get this Nintendo employee fired?” and even condemned #GamerGate with quotes from the IDGA as they stated that the organization targeted “Nintendo following Alison Rapp firing”.

They tried to avoid the truth by updating the articles regarding that whole saga by still attributing blame to #GamerGate. However, Rapp was fired for moonlighting as an escort, which is illegal in the state of Washington, which is where the Nintendo headquarters was located that she was working out of.

Those are just a few of the snippets from the Daily Dot regarding the controversial #GamerGate topic. Attempting to get corrections made have proved futile. Moving into the political or identity politics sector is a whole other can of worms.

According to Daily Dot’s CEO Nicholas White, even he acknowledged that the organization is “not always right”, mentioning in the statement to Politico…

“I take pride in the fact that we march to the beat of our own drum. But we’re not always right, not by a long shot. Unfortunately in media today things move quickly and turn on a dime. We need to stay lock-step with our audience.”

If the outlet seems intent on pushing out misinformation or using weasel tactics to avoid providing all the facts, it seems like the natural course of the site’s direction is already set in stone. You can only keep the wool over the eyes of people for so long before they eventually take it off and go elsewhere.

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Billy has been rustling Jimmies for years covering video games, technology and digital trends within the electronics entertainment space. The GJP cried and their tears became his milkshake. Need to get in touch? Try the Contact Page.

  • bryoneill11

    You are doing gods work!!!

  • DisneyVillain

    I love it when Karma catches up to assholes.

  • The Order of the Banana

    Good! Good!

  • JustAnotherGamerGirl

    Yes! Suck on those apples, DailyDot. Now if only Jezebel and Mary Sue can die a horrible and agonizing death!

  • GuitarAnthony

    I will presume it’s backlash from Glorious Leader of Gamergate Ethan Ralph getting smeared & slandered by a delusional person with a narcissism complex.

  • Mr.Towel

    This trend will only continue, as even normal people are losing the trust on MSM media.

  • Alistair

    Oh yes billy did you know kotaku new owner are clearing their houses in order and gawker editors dont like it.

    The one who bought out gawker.

    • Yeah I’ve seen that. Just haven’t had time to get around to it.

    • Connor Hotzwik

      Kinda hope these companies can rise from their respective ashes and be respectable again.

      Be a better story long term then them just petering out and dieing

  • Alistair

    I think the upper management did a grand job of fire its anti-GG staff, unlike other websites that still pushing the agenda.

    This should be a waring that websites should take note, that keep pushing your agenda like daily dot there higher bosses then your editor that get to decide to fire you if you bring the work place in dispute. Like 20% Had found out.

  • C G Saturation

    The Daily Rot.

  • “The article places the blame of harassment of culture critics like Anita Sarkeesian”

    “culture critics”

    Basically another description for bigoted whining crybabies.

  • durka durka

    I always said the daily dot is trash. But daily kos is worse.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Daily Dot: “GamerGate was harassing 20% of our staff and we were forced to fire them.”