Producers Didn’t Want The Full Story Of #GamerGate, According To Journalist

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There’s a lot of talk about #GamerGate being nothing more than an over-inflated conspiracy theory. Originally it was said that #GamerGate wasn’t about ethics in journalism but was just a masquerade to harass women. That was just until evidence surfaced that there was corruption happening in the games industry, and even more than that, proof of collusion amongst journalists that gamers had long suspected. Well, one of the other conspiracy theories levied against the consumer revolt is that the media is out to get #GamerGate and they are manufacturing narratives to sway public opinion. Well, what will the opposition say when media bias is no longer a theory?

I was notified by readers that indie game developer Jennifer Dawe, known on Twitter as “Jennifer D’aww”, had conducted various interviews with various outlets, but only two out of four of those interviews had been published. It’s not uncommon for journalists to interview someone and then opt not to publish it for a myriad of reasons.

Dawe had been interviewed by four outlets, PC Mag, CBC News (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), International Business Times and Tech Raptor. Only IBTimes and Tech Raptor published their respective interviews with Dawe; IBTimes published theirs on October 21st, 2014 and Tech Raptor published theirs back on October 2nd, 2014. Jennifer Dawe is pro-#GamerGate and believes that #GamerGate is not about harassing female game developers but about the reform in games journalism ethics.

According to Dawe, her interviews with CBC and PC Mag also occurred in October. She states that the CBC conducted an interview with her back on October 3rd. She also stated that PC Mag conducted their interview with her on October 19th. Dawe mentioned that she was told by the respective outlets that the interviews were unlikely to run.

I reached out to PC Mag’s Matthew Murray, the one who supposedly interviewed Dawe, but he hasn’t responded as of the writing of this article.

[Update: PC Mag’s Matthew Murray  has notified me that he hopes to run something later this week, and further explained Dawe’s interview situation, stating…
"I did indeed interview Ms. Dawe, and still intend to publish something, but a number of factors have prevented me from doing so or, in fact, writing anything about GamerGate yet"]

Now, regarding the CBC piece, Dawe mentioned that she was notified that her interview could be posted as a “reaction” to a piece that CBC published on October 1st, 2014 by John Bowman called “Women Talking Video Games”. The original piece centered mostly on #GamerGate being a harassment campaign led by angry hardcore gamers who didn’t want women in the industry. I reached out to CBC journalist John Bowman, the one who interviewed Dawe back on October 3rd.

According to Bowman, he confirmed Dawe’s interview but mentioned that it was a pre-interview and he had plans to do a follow-up. Bowman stated…

“I planned to do a second [interview] for my radio column. My producers didn't want [to] go ahead with that topic, though.”

However, the producers did go ahead with the topic (whether Bowman was aware of it or not) because three more hit-pieces about #GamerGate were published.

There was a radio column involving film critic Jesse Wente on October 8th, 2014. Wente ventures to lambaste the revolt for being anti-progressive.

Additionally, another post by CBC appeared on October 15th, 2014 from Lauren O’Neil called “#StopGamerGate2014 Hashtag Suggests Internet Is Growing Tired of GamerGate”. It furthers the narrative that the movement centers around harassing female game critics and female game developers.

On a separate part of the CBC site called ‘Q Blog’, yet another hit-piece was run about #GamerGate on October 21st, 2014, this time focusing on indie developer Brianna Wu. The piece is called “Gamergate: Has the online world turned against women?”. Wu runs the narrative that the hashtag is all about harassing women out of the gaming industry.

CBC obviously doesn’t have a problem running articles about #GamerGate… they just don’t seem to want to run anything that breaks the narrative of the consumer revolt being anything other than a campaign to harass women.

I decided to reach out to Bowman’s senior producer at CBC News, Andrew Yates. I tried contacting him through the CBC e-mail as well as a few times on Twitter. However, at the time of the publishing of this article, Yates has not responded to my inquiries about CBC’s interview with Jennifer Dawe.

Bowman, alternatively, has mentioned that he has plans to release the recording he has of Dawe on Soundcloud. According to Bowman, it may go live sometime today, but Bowman didn’t mention if it would be available on CBC’s site or simply as a publicly available piece on Soundcloud.

I asked Bowman if the CBC producers had any reason as to why they won’t run Jennifer’s interview, but there hasn’t been any response.

The gaming community may want to keep an eye out for the Soundcloud of Jennifer’s interview.

[Update:] The Soundcloud is available. Be sure to give a ‘Thank You’ to Bowman for following through.

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39 thoughts on “Producers Didn’t Want The Full Story Of #GamerGate, According To Journalist

  1. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, they don’t really give a fuck about women or this industry, they’ll sell everything up river and paint the whole industry as toxic for clicks and ad bucks.

    1. You can say it as much as you want, that doesn’t change a thing. “The don’t give a fuck about women”. You know, this is somewhat right. They don’t. Not in the sense you are trying to spin but in the sense they typically don’t care about gamers being female just as they don’t care about males being gamers. This idea that unless we put women up on a pedestal or else be told we don’t care just shows the idiocy of the anti-GG side. We don’t care about women just like we don’t care about men because we don’t care about gender because this is not a gender issue.

      As for saying they don’t care about the industry, again, they are doing it because they do care about it, they don’t want game journalism to effect the gaming world due to their corruption and ideologies. They have shown time and time again of corruption in video game journalism.

      It’s time to open your eyes, take your hands away from your ears and stop saying “La, la, la, la,la, I can’t hear you”. They have offered proof. They have done enough. Any reason for someone not to see legitimacy in the consumer revolt is purely based on their ideology and not based on reason.

      1. You completely got the wrong end of the stick here. I was talking about the journalists you twazzock 😛

    1. D’aww was a fucking b’awws in that interview. Any question and less than a second she’d talk for minutes, on point and accurately..

      I’m not surprised in the least that she wasnt given the time of day.. Maybe if she’d been a complete retard.. But she was anything but.

      Listening to this only makes me liker her more and hate the msm more.

  2. One of the DiGRA fucks said it himself, this has been a major clickbait campaign for both old and new media.. Lets hope they’ve gathered enough clicks to last them a lifetime, as i’m sure their reputation is beyond fucked and the message will ony spread from hereon out.

    Old Media will limp on, in its irrelavancy and bias by people who only want to see things they agree with.. New media has proven itself to be no better, getting co-opted and corrupted in record time.. Gawker was always pondscum gossip, lower than even TMZ. But the gaming-press?!

    They’ve cemented their status as obsolete. It is Youtube we look to now, a much more managable way to police ethics as every content creator is putting his credibility on the line for every video he creates.

    The Games Media have become too arrogant, they fear no consequence for their insulting and downright hostile articles.

    GamerGate forced their hand. The “Gamers are dead” articles were a long time coming, it was their grab at willfully conflating the real consumers with the faux mobile game consumers, trying to force devs to create games they (the radical left) approve of.

    We’ve already won, for now, but we must make sure they’re never in a possition to come back. Game development will change with the times, its evolution, trying to force it, like they do with everything, will just ruin it for everyone.

  3. Damn You CBC News, Its cause of intitutions like you that we cant get a dialog going. Oh well at least John Bowman had the fortitude to explain the situation!

  4. Once again we see the true face of a certain part of media: it doesn’t matter what is true, but what gives clicks. It doesn’t matter if thousands of humans are being dehumanized and slandered, money is everything.
    Luckily, we know the names of those involved and we are going to level their slander industry to the ground.
    This time you haven’t picked on basement-dwelling nerds, but on doctors, lawyers, moms, academics, teachers… This is not going to end well for you, slander media.

  5. As a Canadian I am not at all surprised. The CBC has long proven to have an agenda not to broadcast truth but to spin.

      1. I’m accusing him under “A person whose praises, endorsements, etc., are motivated by self-interest.” since it IS a well-known fact amongst us Canadians.

      2. LMAO! Oh yes they have. The CBC has been radical liberal boarding on SJW for a while now. It’s almost as bad as Sun News sometimes the only difference is tax payers pay for that bias crap from CBC.
        It’s time to privatize the network or start again because that network doesn’t speak to all Canadians like it used to and should.

      3. I must respectfully disagree. The CBC is much worse than Sun News. Unlike the CBC Sun News does not claim to be unbiased nor do they claim to represent the interests of Canadian society at large. Further more and more importantly they do not extract 1 billion a year in subsidies from Canadian tax payers.
        The SJW horse shit the CBC feeds the public would be fine were they not feeding so richly off the public teet.

  6. Thanks for all the hard work William! Another piece of evidence to pass along to friends and family about why the CBC is no longer to be trusted, and this is coming from someone who frequented them for over ten years as my main news media source.

  7. It was an awesome interview that painted us in a good light. She seemed very reasonable and likable. That’s why they didn’t run with it.

  8. Great article. I’m guessing without this article and you contacting these people that soundcloud would have never been released. Amazing really. Makes you wonder who else has been held back in this debate, or even in this whole issue about women in the gaming industry being discriminated against.

    1. It does beg the question doesn’t it?

      I do wonder what the potential fallout will be from this… or if there will be repercussions?

      Consumers can demand better representation from their media. I suppose we’ll see if Canadians will follow-through with that.

      1. I know Roberta Williams who was making games from like 1980-2000 said in an interview she never experienced any sexism in the industry. I think it would be great to hear from more women who have been in the industry a long time on the issue, if there were a way to get in touch with them all. I can’t imagine that the problem is as bad as it’s being made out to be. I don’t know much about developers in the industry though. I’ve only started learning about female developers since this whole thing started.

        Brianna Wu and Zoe Quinn have only made 1 game as far as I know. They haven’t been in the industry that long yet they are somehow experts on how “sexist” this industry is towards women.

        When I see this kind of stuff it just makes me think that some people are using sexism as an excuse for just being bad at their job. Unfortunately there are those people, men and women, that look for any excuse to blame someone else instead of take responsibility and face the fact that maybe they just aren’t as good as the average worker in their profession and try harder.

  9. Someone made a good point further down in the comments. The CBC is a crown corporation and as such, falls under the auspices of the Access to Information Act. If you are a Canadian citizen, you have the right to demand any and all information (notes, emails, recordings, everything) related to the Dawe interview and they are obligated, by law, to produce them.

    A request can be made online here:

    Note: there’s a $5 fee to initiate the request.

    1. Necropost, I know, NPR is also publicly funded, and has the same anti-gg bias. We should try something similar with their coverage of gamergate.

  10. Thing is, Anita does blatantly say outright that gamers are sexist misogynists.
    People keep bringing up ”well they criticize films in this way!”- Yeah, Ok, but film critics don’t call their audience ”sexist misogynists”.
    All we are to Anita really are avatars and comments, how does she know I’m a misogynist? How does she know that millions of gamers around the world, who she has never met, are misogynists? I think it takes quite a warped perspective to think this.
    I mean think about the definition of misogyny for a minute, it means you loathe/hate/despise women, and for somebody to hate an entire gender of people, they’d have to either 1) Of had something *terrible* done to them by a women or 2) They’re just not right in the head, they are mentally insane.
    So for somebody to point their finger at a bunch of avatars and scream ”misogyny!!!” and state it is as an undeniable fact, its insanity, I genuinely think that Anita Sarkeesian is insane.

  11. Lockstep narrative. Lockstep stories. But no collusion and no attempts to shape the story for a specific view point.


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