Gizmodo Attacking #GamerGate Supporter Was Not Ethical, According To SPJ President
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2016)

A Twitter user directly reached out to the new president of the Society of Professional Journalists, Lynn Walsh, asking about whether or not it was ethical for a site like Gizmodo to drag Palmer Luckey’s girlfriend – a proponent for ethics in journalism and a #GamerGate supporter – into a story where they smeared Luckey for funding a troll PAC. Walsh simply replied that bringing in family and friends to a story that has nothing to do with them is not ethical.

Twitter user Targa asked Walsh about whether or not the SPJ would be issuing a statement about Gizmodo blatantly bringing in Palmer Luckey’s girlfriend into a hit-piece, which set her up to become a target of harassment. Luckey’s girlfriend deleted her Twitter account to avoid further media abuse.

Walsh didn’t make a blog post about Gizmodo’s antics, but she did make a blanket statement about news outlets bringing people into a story for no other purpose than to cause harm.

There were a lot of questions aimed at Gizmodo as to why they decided to bring Luckey’s girlfriend into the fold. They never really answered why.

She is a Donald Trump supporter and believes in ethics in journalism. Attempting to smear her as a racist along with Luckey created a situation where she became just as much a target as the Oculus executive.

Technically, there were some people who felt as if Luckey, the founder of the VR company Oculus, didn’t deserve to headline nearly 100 articles about funding an anti-Clinton PAC. A lot of corporate suits back various PACs, so what made Luckey’s so newsworthy?

Additionally, bringing Luckey’s girlfriend into the fold didn’t really add much of anything to the story at all, and it only resulted in people calling the two of them racist and disgusting due to the media coverage.

Luckey later made a Facebook post saying he supported Gary Johnson, but the damage was already done. What did smearing Luckey and his girlfriend actually accomplish? That still hasn’t been addressed to this day.

As for Walsh, she recently took the seat as president of the SPJ around the same time as the hit pieces were revving up, as noted on the official SPJ website. Walsh was in attendance and on a panel at the SPJ Airplay event hosted by regional director Michael Koretzky back in 2015, where #GamerGate funded the opportunity to have the gamers’ side of the story told to the world. However, the event was cut short when a bomb threat was issued to to disrupt the event, as reported by Cathy Young from Reason.

Many of the websites who reported that #GamerGate was a harassment campaign neglected to report on the bomb threat and avoided mentioning the group’s call for better ethics in media journalism. Sadly, it took a lawsuit from Hulk Hogan to finally bring down the unethical conglomerate that was Gawker, but it wasn’t enough to change the ways of the journalists working Gawker’s subsidiaries, such as Gizmodo.

Now that Walsh is the acting president of the SPJ, there have been many calls from those who use the GamerGate hashtag for the SPJ to get more aggressive in reproaching unethical reporting by larger media outlets.

(Main image courtesy of Molestia)

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  • Alistair

    Dam i think twatter deleted my notices people favorite tweet notice is gone.

    I need to look on my ipad, it could be my PS4 browser fault. But if Not it rather disgusting.

  • Alistair

    News just broke a hour ago, and it rather intreasting for what not in the article.

    BBC = Big Bias Cuck didnt mention anything about GamerGate was on Gawker Shit List.

  • Let’s see what Lynn Walsh does. Actions speak louder than Tweets.

    It’s got to the point where I simply do not trust any professional institution/organization/company any more, based on how easily SJWs and feminists can infest and take over them.

    • PixelBuff

      Fucking THIS.

      And it’s not even Tweets, they never reply to the outlets or journo’s doing this.

      SPJ is all talk zero action. Never have I seen them directly comment to any of these organisation, I even called them out about this on twitter and they just linked me to their shitty blog that probably no one reads where they mention things.

      Like wow, you write about it on your crappy livejournal, I’m sure all these sleazy journo’s are just flocking to read that. How about calling them out directly in articles or on Twitter?

      Didn’t they give some award to Patrick Fucking Keplelelek too?

      Fuck the SPJ, bunch of hacks themselves.

      • They gave an ward to Jason Schreier, I think. For the hit-piece he did on the dev working on ARK that helped cost them $40 mill, which resulted in them having to scrounge up funds by releasing DLC expansion pack while the game is still in Early Access.

        • Maniate

          Come now, juries deliberate evidence, not click bait. Never in hell would a kotaku article be admitted into a trial, nor one from a historically reputable paper.

          • Dude, they literally used a Kotaku article as evidence against the dev. It’s outlined in the article here:

            Here’s the image from the court papers:

            The article was the catalyst that led to the split between the dev and the studio in the first place.

          • Maniate

            That’s retarded. Whatever source spoke to kotaku could testify in court. The article itself should be nowhere near a proceeding. Was Ark guy’s lawyer a crackhead?

          • It’s very complicated, but he did breach a no-poaching clause because he tried helping out some people who were let go from Trendy and were prohibited from working, but they were on tough times. It was one of those impossible situations where you either watch your friends suffer or you breach a clause, so he breached the clause and — in combination with the Kotaku piece — they were able to nail him. So they settled for $40 million.

          • Maniate

            I know the clause was breached and he was shit on by Trendy but I didn’t know an article anywhere, much less Kotaku, could be entered as evidence by any court.

          • Well, the next time someone says “Who cares? SJWs can share their opinion” point them to the fact that a hit-piece was used to cost a dev $40 million. This crap is dangerous.

  • Alistair

    Well fucking hell, you don’t see this every day.

    And all journalists should take Note from this.

    You not immune from critics, the internet Never forgets and Never forgives.
    When a Boss say that. You must change your ways.

    It been a good day and year, the lady boss didn’t Need to reply to that tweet. But she did.

    Now it official on the Internet that used, attack other people is “unethical” this reminds me of that cheif in editor from heat street, Being rein in by her bosses. And her article is pulled down.

    The bosses didn’t like Louise bringing they company in dispute. Heat street is a Anti-Sjw website till louise put the knockers on it.

    Will it change things for the better properly Not, but now we know what we already know that Some journalists are unethical. And they boss call them out.

    So any more bullshit use that statement against them.

  • C G Saturation

    Gizmodo and other mass media assholes ruining innocent lives, promoting/supporting con artists, and spreading blatant lies as truths is not ethical.

  • Anyone in the tech industry that doesn’t adhere to any extreme left leaning ideology will be vilified by the industry’s journalists. The need to realize they’re tech journalists, not political pundits, and not smear merchants. Unless the government affects the tech industry, report on tech! Previews, reviews, stuff like that. Vilifying a guy and his girlfriend shouldn’t be public interest.

    But considering the environment of journalism, it all seems dire.

    • C G Saturation

      Being a political pundit smear merchant is too rewarding. There needs to be rules and punishments in place to stop that kind of shit.

      • C G Saturation

        This should happen to all mainstream media who lie their asses off and smear innocent people:
        Image from /r/the_donald/

        I recall NYT spending a lot of time smearing GamerGate hard. They deserve more falls.

        • giygas

          New York Times, also known as Carlos Slim Blog. It’s gonna take some extra work to finish off the billionaire’s personal mouthpiece.

          • C G Saturation

            Oh? I didn’t know that. Figures.