CBC’s The Current Misidentifies #GamerGate As A Harassment Campaign
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(Last Updated On: August 18, 2017)

An episode of The Current from CBC Radio, featuring Anna Maria Tremonti, purposefully misidentified #GamerGate as a harassment campaign during the latest episode entitled “Why the anti-diversity Google ‘manifesto’ misses the point”.

The piece was published on August 16th, 2017 and starts with criticisms of James Damore’s internal anti-SJW manifesto at Google, which eventually cost him his job, and moves on toward criticizing #GamerGate after resurfacing a mention of Brianna Wu.

The written version of the piece describes #GamerGate as a harassment campaign after mentioning Wu, where it states…

“Wu, who is now running for Congress in Massachusetts, was a vicious target of online trolls in 2014 when GamerGate, an online movement, launched a harassment campaign against women in gaming.”

Citation needed.

The statement about #GamerGate being a “harassment campaign”is patently false.

The movement had always been about exposing corruption in media and fighting for better standards in media journalism, as evident with #GamerGate’s collaboration with the Federal Trade Commission and having the guidelines updated for all media services regarding disclosures and improved ethical standards regarding endorsements and sponsorships.

The FBI concluded its investigation into the hashtag after nine months of not being able to turn up anything substantial. The case was closed back in September of 2015, and it turned out that they were unable to find evidence that #GamerGate was a harassment campaign.

A peer reviewed report by Women Action Media!, also found no evidence or patterns indicating that those associated with #GamerGate were part of a harassment campaign.

The CBC article quotes Wu, where they explain…

“She tells The Current’s host Megan Williams that she received hundreds of extremely specific and credible death threats during that time and suggests GamerGate created a space for “anyone that’s not a straight, white man … to not feel welcome.””

The line about receiving “credible death threats” was rendered false following the investigation by the FBI. According to the FBI there were no actionable leads or evidence indicating that the anonymous threats posted on Twitter posed a credible danger, which is another reason why the investigation into #GamerGate was closed.

To quote directly from the report…

“To date, all available investigative steps failed to identify any subjects or actionable leads. San Francisco USAO indicated the San Francisco office of USA will not be able to prosecute any threats against victims or subject that are not located in the San Francisco AOR.”

This particular dig at #GamerGate by the CBC marks the 19th article that they’ve published since 2014, painting the movement in a negative light while opting not to cover any other angle or side of it. One of the CBC radio directors admitted that #Gamergate coverage didn’t need “balanced reporting”.

So far, there have been no documented, credible reports showing evidence that #GamerGate was ever a harassment campaign.

(Thanks for the news tip LunarArchivist)

(Main image courtesy of Yahlantykan)


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  • señor_pie

    #cbcfakenews here we go

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    When it was SJWs who recently bullied and doxxed one of their own for an anti-harassment article.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    When it was SJWs who recently bullied and doxxed one of their own for an anti-harassment article.

  • Ugh… Such pure lies that they’ve made. Looks like CBC’s also trying to bullshit people to make them look at GamerGate in the wrong way. They’re also wrong about Damore’s memo as well, and them mentioning about that broad, somehow running for Congress, receiving “death threats” is endorsing a big lie from her mouth.

  • Ugh… Such pure lies that they’ve made. Looks like CBC’s also trying to bullshit people to make them look at GamerGate in the wrong way. They’re also wrong about Damore’s memo as well, and them mentioning about that broad, somehow running for Congress, receiving “death threats” is endorsing a big lie from her mouth.

  • AlecJ

    The title of the piece makes it clear, the writer is on an agenda driven screed. When your position is–evidence and science….misses the point– you are pushing an argument that is extremely difficult to make….you better come with some serious analysis and thought….

    Results– NOPE.

    The progressive agenda is built on lies and the CBC has no problem propagating them worst of them.

    I mean, Wu is a joke and any credible news source would say so, but she is a leftist, so she gets glowing coverage…..compare her coverage to the genius kid from Google….

    We are in a seriously sick time in the west.

  • Daniel Ream

    The movement had always been about exposing corruption in media and fighting for better standards in media journalism

    Keep polishing that turd, man.

    Nobody in Canada actually pays attention to the CBC, though. Toronto hipsters, maybe. No one else.

    • James

      It’s not wrong. I mean, World of Warcraft is a online game where you pair up with strangers and fight dragons. But at least 30% of the people there are just trying to fuck guys playing female characters. That doesn’t make it a hook-up game.

  • The damage to GamerGate has already been done to be honest, so much to the point that I think it’s irrecoverable. That’s the power of the mainstream media and the mainstream games media lying. If you keep repeating lies and keep shoving it down everyone’s throats, people will eventually believe it.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that people like Billy are still determined to point out the truth about the movement, but I’m thinking maybe it’s time that a new movement was formed or incorporated into an existing movement to further the cause.

    I think one of the “mistakes” of GamerGate is the name itself – because the name “GamerGate” basically is an ‘offensive’ phrase – as in to say that the movement is “gatekeeped” and “excludes” people. SJWs and feminists have used this to their advantage to peddle their narrative of “excluding women” and “misogyny”.

    I’m wondering had the movement been called “AllGamers” or “GamersUnite” instead, would the movement still be as ostracized as it is now I wonder? I know for sure that these two names sound far less “offensive”.

    Or I could be completely wrong on this. It would be interesting to see what others thoughts are.

    • James

      The Gamergate movement should have changed their name years ago and distanced themselves from that label. That was a huuuuuuge mistake to ride it out. Unless, of course, they are actually able to restore its decency. In which case, nothing would be a bigger slam against SJWs than invalidating their motivation for the last 4 years. A lot of SJW-lites could easily be convinced to abandon that cause if the wind shifts.

      • It didn’t matter about the name. The media controlled the message attached to it. People keep thinking that if they “switched the name” or “changed the hashtag” things would have been different. It wouldn’t.

        The media already had a set narrative, they didn’t care about the name or the message. They had already prescribed what they wanted the public to think about the movement.

        It was controlled propaganda from the start, just like they mentioned in the GJP threads. Even when they switched to the hashtag #GamerEthics or whatever it was called, they still claimed GG hijacked it and furthered harassment.

        Changing the name would have fit in with what they wanted all along: to splinter the group through divide and conquer techniques. It’s one of the oldest and most reliable tricks in the book, and a lot of people almost fell for it.

        Look at a movement like Unite The Right. They’re 100% labeled by every media outlet as Nazis.

        You really thing #GamersUnited would have been covered or treated differently? You’re underestimating what the media was and is still doing.

        • Yeah I agree with you there, changing the name of the movement would have not made a difference.

          When I made the estimate/suggestion I must’ve forgot for a split-second on how utterly cancerous the mainstream media and SJWs are.

      • It didn’t matter about the name. The media controlled the message attached to it. People keep thinking that if they “switched the name” or “changed the hashtag” things would have been different. It wouldn’t.

        The media already had a set narrative, they didn’t care about the name or the message. They had already prescribed what they wanted the public to think about the movement.

        It was controlled propaganda from the start, just like they mentioned in the GJP threads. Even when they switched to the hashtag #GamerEthics or whatever it was called, they still claimed GG hijacked it and furthered harassment.

        Changing the name would have fit in with what they wanted all along: to splinter the group through divide and conquer techniques. It’s one of the oldest and most reliable tricks in the book, and a lot of people almost fell for it.

        Look at a movement like Unite The Right. They’re 100% labeled by every media outlet as Nazis.

        You really thing #GamersUnited would have been covered or treated differently? You’re underestimating what the media was and is still doing.

      • LunarArchivist

        “The Gamergate movement should have changed their name years ago and distanced themselves from that label.”

        Oh, this garbage again.

        First of all, changing the name would’ve constituted a concession. Given that SJWs are known for taking a yard when someone yields an inch, they would’ve spun that as a victory and touted it as a tacit admission of of guilt or culpability.

        Second, depending on how you look at it, #GamerGate was the third hashtag used after #Quinnspiracy and #BurgersAndFries. Changing hashtags certainly didn’t help then, why would it help now?

        Third, here’s what happened when we decided to jokingly change the hashtag for one day:

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b3b91192d6106f8ec4d3cbfc223c47b82458a9f72e7ff5419198992f96e7537f.png

        We were labelled “The Movement Formerly Known As GamerGate”. These people were never going to give us a break, so standing up and fighting was always our only option.

  • durka durka

    I have given up on cbc a long time ago.

    • LunarArchivist

      Well, the CBC’s stonewalling the CRTC’s complaints process with their actions, meaning that they’re thumbing their proverbial nose at the Canadian government. I’ve managed to drag my Member of Parliament into this by correctly pointing out the terrible precedent this sets and his office is now looking into what can be done about it.

      • Mr.Towel

        You’re fighting the good fight, keep it up! We’re cheering for you!

  • Gorgon

    MSM doesn’t know and doesn’t really want to know what Gamergate is? What a shock.

    • VersVlees

      you know Normies are gonna Normie. It is because the MSM gets it’s info from all the strong womanz and current year gaming journalists who have been the victim of evil gamergate.

      Though I get the impression that the MSM damn sure knows what gamergate really is. However, they won’t say the truth due that the whole corruption side probably hits way to close to home and for muh virtue signalling points.

  • RichardGristle

    Too bad none of these retards that are squawking and screeching about the Google memo have even read it for themselves. There’s absolutely nothing “anti-diversity” about it – in fact quite the opposite. What losers.

    • Fear Me I Am Free

      Sadly we live in a world where people who don’t want ham-fisted/forced diversity are seen as anti-diversity.

  • Disqusted

    CBC is fake news.

    • mikebrand83

      CBC = Complete Bull Crap, apparently.

  • descent3031

    “The movement had always been about exposing corruption in media and fighting for better standards in media journalism, as evident with #GamerGate’s collaboration with the Federal Trade Commission and having the guidelines updated for all media services regarding disclosures and improved ethical standards regarding endorsements and sponsorships.”

    Not sure if you’re familiar with PSA Sitch, but I reckon his take on gamergate is actually really accurate. Whilst it was in part about ethics in journalism, I don’t think most people cared that much about this compared to wanting to stand against being called racist/sexist/bigot/homophobes. Gamergate is the beginning of the anti-SJW counter-culture.

    • I went with the description that was most generally agreed upon near the start. People can obviously debate about what GG meant to them, since a lot of groups had different views on what it meant to them.

    • durka durka

      Id argue that most people didnt know why this was happening and then they were told what ethics are and why they must be followed. Then they focused on ethics. But you see, because sjws are crazy, they wouldnt do ethics and kept pushing this crazy nonsense. That was the redpill for many people including me and now more and more people are anti sjw, fighting for freedom of speech.

    • Daniel Ream

      I think even that’s being charitable.

      Gamergate was a faction split amongst entitled millenials used to demanding ridiculous things from people for free, and then throwing tantrums in public when they didn’t get them. All that happened is one faction started doing that to another faction, and then both sides decided to fling poo at each other on Twitter for a year. In the end, nothing changed.

      • Mr.Towel

        “Gamergate was a faction split amongst entitled millenials used to
        demanding ridiculous things from people for free, and then throwing
        tantrums in public when they didn’t get them.

        What the hell?! Is dementia kicking in, old man? How does any of this fit on the Zoe Quinn scandal or the PGJ List?

      • LunarArchivist

        “demanding ridiculous things from people for free”

        Demanding ethical video game journalism is ridiculous?

  • Hawk Hopper

    “She tells The Current’s host Megan Williams that she received hundreds of extremely specific and credible death threats during that time and suggests GamerGate created a space for “anyone that’s not a straight, white man … to not feel welcome.””

    Listen and Believe is still alive and well in the current year.

    • descent3031

      Hundereds of credible death threats! Yet she doesn’t bother to include one.

      Please see below for the best example of a ‘credible death threat’ that my country’s climate scientists could come up with to justify being able to bludgeon people into silence:
      http://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/death-threat-guy-says-the-anu-story-is-bull/news-story/1b56d70d94b68de5444c8c44f35ca3a6

    • RichardGristle

      I’m sure so many of those “death threats” were from actual, real, video game-playing gamer gators!

      Surely none of them were sent from random anonymous sources from behind 7 proxies, trying to slander GG. What, do you think someone would just do that? Just go on the internet and lie?!

    • durka durka

      Isnt it funny how they put it HUNDREDS of SPECIFIC and CREDIBLE…DEATH THREATS.

      You can tell they are full of themselves from a mile away.

      • James

        The problem is that you hear the phrase “death threat” and you immediately think of a tangible 100+ word letter, possibly made up of clipped letter pasted to a piece of paper. Because that’s how it’s always been presented to us.

        The reality is these are fucking twitter blurbs like “lol kys” or “die” or “get wrecked” … that is they shit they’re calling “death threats”. People need to be re-educated on what “death threat” actually means.

        • durka durka

          yup threating to kill someone and fuck off is not the same.

        • durka durka

          yup threating to kill someone and fuck off is not the same.