ABC Reporter Admits They Have No Interest In The Whole #GamerGate Story

It was already previously revealed that major news outlets like the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ran divisive hit-pieces on #GamerGate to further entrench a narrative that started from the gaming media. Well, the American Broadcasting Corporation has joined the ranks as a mainstream news outlet skewing the news to push a narrative.

Over on Ship2block20 via Mukyou there’s an explanation as to why the coverage of #GamerGate was portrayed in the way that it was on the January 14th, 2015 edition of Nightline by Juju Chang.

One of the individuals portrayed in the piece was Stephanie Greene, also known as Sushilulu. According to the Mukyou piece, Greene was in contact with one of the reporters from ABC, where they had a back and forth exchange over whether or not Greene was satisfied with how the piece turned out. You can check out the images of the e-mail exchange here. Greene was not satisfied with the piece, and further mentioned that the Nightline piece failed to cover the nuance of online harassment for both women and men. Greene also mentioned that #GamerGate was unfairly represented in the piece.

According to the reporter, it was stated…

Greene wrote on the Ship2block20 piece that…

“I spoke with their representative on the phone after these emails. They first asked why I felt their piece was so widely rejected and was wondering what they could do to fix it. After explaining the issues with the portrayal of men and women who game, their definition of harassment, and how the piece looked more like a hit piece against Gamergate, I was informed that the “story” was too hard to “spin” to fit their ideals. They asked me to try to make solutions for women gamers only and made it very clear all they wanted were “female victims of the video game industry” because it was an easier story to market. I was shocked”

The familiarity of “spinning” the story to suit a narrative shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to those who have been following the narrative.

Conflicts of interests and illegal activity from the media is of no interest to the media, but demonizing an entire consumer demographic to push a socio-political agenda is. It’s also weird because those who actually break down the arguments and dissect them seem to disagree greatly with the narrative the media is trying to paint, even from a scientific point of view.

There was a final response from the reporter to Greene, who stated…

“[…] – sorry for the late response! It’s been a bit nuts around here. My boss thinks the digital segment may be too in the weeds, but she hasn’t rule it out completely yet. I’ll keep you posted!! I hope to hear something today.”

That was back on January 30th, 2015.

There’s a great unlikelihood that we’ll see any follow-ups from the American Broadcasting Corporation about #GamerGate… especially one that isn’t another hit-piece or a highly skewed depiction to fit narrative agenda.

Greene further wrote…

“There you have it, solutions to help deter online harassment is too “in the weeds” for ABC. I provided countless screen shots of both men and women addressing the issues with harassment and calling for change per her request. The people of the gaming community are not enough for ABC to show the truth.”

I reached out to ABC News back when the Nightline segment about #GamerGate first aired, but to date I’ve never received a response.

The whole segment, however, managed to get a lot of people riled up and angry enough to post rebuttals and opinion pieces ripping the segment to shreds, from Reaxxion to Quite naturally, the usual suspects that have continued to demonize gaming and pivot as anti-gamer propaganda outlets chimed in to give their own opinions and praise ABC for further driving a wedge between gamers and games media.

As Julian Assange mentioned back in September, 2014 when #GamerGate was still identifying the opposition and ramping up efforts to cripple the corrupt media at the advertising-knees, it’s time gamers level-up and play for keeps.

No media outlet is immune to Operation Disrespectful Nod. The choice for action and the future of the industry is in the hands of consumers.


OAG staff consists of writers creating content about video game and digital culture.

17 thoughts on “ABC Reporter Admits They Have No Interest In The Whole #GamerGate Story

  1. That’s a really interesting connection to look back at Assange’s tweet and realize the full context of what he’s saying.

  2. Ignoring the obvious “we want to spin it this way” and addressing the “6-8 minutes to present a visually enticing big picture” (they don’t seem to know what a “big picture” refers to), if a story is too complex for you to accurately portray it from every angle within the predetermined time with which you want to present it in, just drop the story altogether. It’s obviously outside of your league as a journalist.

  3. Honestly I think a lot of people are still failing to see the big…-er picture. Not saying I have all the answers or a vast amount of knowledge..Just maybe I’m getting older, and that has given me perspective. (I hope) Thing is, the whole damned system is broken. Not just games, screw games..They’re entertainment. Our “journalists” are omitting truth/lying to us on a daily basis, We expect that from politicians, lies define their role in life.. We’re being fed snippets of information, designed to lead towards wanted/purposeful conclusions. Rome is on fire, but thats ok, the masses have football..1984 was ahead of it’s time. I’m going outside to set fire to something and yell anarchy…no it’s too cold..assassins creed got patched…..maybe some football is on.

  4. Yes. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t see the same nepotism and cronyism mirrored everywhere. But that still doesn’t make it okay.

    1. Actually, THANK YOU for sharing the e-mails. There wouldn’t be story here if you weren’t brave enough to let the world know what was going on behind the scenes. We need this kind of thing to expose what’s really happening in the mainstream arena.

      Every little bit helps, so thank you!!!

      1. awesome, just wanted to let you know those are two different sites, but they’re connected. An easy mistake

  5. BBC, NPR, CBC, ABC(Aus), Abc(USA), the list goes on and on and on – none of these outlets care in the slightest to be accurate in regards to GamerGate. Mainstream media only cares about the narrative. Seriously disappointing.

  6. Nobody’s posted this to Reddit? I’d like to, but am worried I’d get banned if I post it in the wrong place. Where should I post it? Thank you

  7. That ABC was trying to ““spin” to fit their ideals” is old news to anyone who’s been savvy to the media’s hard-left biases, which was explicated last October when former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s book came out explaining how she went from being an award-winning star journalist who did hard reporting on both political parties to a pariah because her bosses didn’t want the current regime touched.

    See if this sounds familiar in the context of GamerGate:

    “Reporters on the ground aren’t necessarily ideological, Attkisson
    says, but the major network news decisions get made by a handful of New
    York execs who read the same papers and think the same thoughts.

    Often they dream up stories beforehand and turn the reporters into
    “casting agents,” told “we need to find someone who will say . . .” that
    a given policy is good or bad. “We’re asked to create a reality that
    fits their New York image of what they believe,” she writes.”

    All you need to do is palette swap San Francisco for New York and you’ve got Game Journo Pros and their coordinated narrative management as far as GamerGate goes. When it was time to level up their jihad against gamers, they handed the Official Narrative to their ideological soul mates across the country and that’s how Prom Queen Sarkeesian got splashed across the front page of the NY Times and the Nightline hit piece occurred.

    Reporting requires work and if you actually commit journalism you may discover that the players on your favored team may be corrupt, so you don’t dig, you don’t vet, you don’t know or think, you just listen and believe like a good little sheep and you get to keep your job and access to the cool parties and people. It’s all about access and relationships and we’ve seen how Game Journo Pros deals with heretics. What’s the incentive for ABC to commit honest journalism? To buck the Established Official Narrative that gamers are misogynist rapists and Prom Queen Sarkeesian and B.Wu are helpless damsels? Right, a major media outlet is going to stand up and say that the group universally smeared as the villains for the past 6 months are actually not bad people.

    And that knock at the door is Angelina Jolie here to tell me that she’s dumped Brad and the brats and has a pizza, too.

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