[Update 12/7/2017:] MSNBC has reversed their decision to sever ties with Seder, stating that they got it wrong. The Intercept is reporting that MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement…
“Sometimes you just get one wrong, and that’s what happened here. We made our initial decision for the right reasons — because we don’t consider rape to be a funny topic to be joked about. But we’ve heard the feedback, and we understand the point Sam was trying to make in that tweet was actually in line with our values, even though the language was not. Sam will be welcome on our air going forward.”
Seder is no longer terminated from his position at MSNBC.
[Original article:] Anti-#GamerGate critic, Sam Seder, who is also a correspondent for MSNBC, has not had his contract renewed at the media network. Reports from outlets like The Warp indicate that MSNBC decided to cut ties with Seder after a joke from 2009 surfaced where he made a sarcastic comment about Roman Polanski and rape.
The report states that Seder had wrote…
“Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/a great sense of mise en scene”
The tweet has since been deleted, but given that the internet never forgets, the comment resurfaced courtesy of guerrilla journalist Mike Cernovich, who managed to use his platform to put eyes on Seder’s past sins.
MSNBC cancels contract with Sam Seder after Roman Polanski rape tweet https://t.co/YlguwUjopg
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) December 4, 2017
The report from The Wrap indicated that, internally, MSNBC felt disgust at Seder’s tweet.
The Wrap quoted Seder’s response to the news, where he was incensed that Cernovich was able to cost him his spot at MSNBC over the joke, saying…
“This smear involves the willful misinterpretation of a tweet that I posted in 2009,” […] “I will never be ashamed of criticizing those who would excuse the predation of women or girls. And I certainly won’t be quiet about Roy Moore or a conservative movement that which would defend his actions so they could get his vote in the Senate.”
Seder, a known feminist ally, came out as an anti-#GamerGate critic, spending eight minutes attacking people he perceived as misogynists who were representing #GamerGate and the sincere followers who were concerned about ethics. The video was published on November 6th, 2014 on his FM radio show, The Majority Report with Sam Seder.
Specifically addressing the ethics-only group, Seder declared with unapologetic aplomb…
“People who apparently have the ‘integrity’, who are really concerned about the reviews – listen, I’m going to stipulate [that] if you’re completely sincere about [GamerGate], and you have no other motives other than you’re worried about the quality of reviews for games, let me address that: Who cares?! You’re nuts!!! Grow up!”
While Seder attempted to downplay the issue since ethics in journalism isn’t important to him, the reality is that consumers were concerned about ethics in media – something that has become even more important following the spread of propaganda and misinformation throughout the 2016 election cycle.
Unlike Seder, however, actual hardworking consumers who felt (and continue to feel) as if the media has failed in their duties to report ethically, decided to take their issues to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC helped enforce ethical standards across media websites and YouTube content. Additionally, #GamerGate persuaded various outlets to update their ethical policies so that disclosures are now standard practice whether it be in sponsored posts, editorials, news articles, or reviews.
And for media outlets who continued to publish misinformation, lies, and propaganda, a website called DeepFreeze.it was established to profile unethical behavior from games media journalists.
The gaming industry is a $99.6 billion global market, according to Newzoo, and consumers have a right to quality media reporting and ethical standards when it comes time to make purchases or to get informed about upcoming or new products.
Unsurprisingly enough, former Gawker executive editor, Max Read, shared a tweet on his timeline taking a shot at #GamerGate following the news of Sam Seder’s dismissal from his MSNBC gig.
everything is gamergate https://t.co/aFMNeYSfvi
— Max Read (@max_read) December 4, 2017
Read previously wrote a feral article about how #GamerGate helped destroy Gawker following the media conglomerate going bankrupt after the Hulk Hogan trial. Many of Gawker’s former writers have been indignant with the success that #GamerGate had in utilizing tactics to negatively affect unethical media outlets.
(Thanks for the news tip Blaugast)
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