The Daily Dot Charges GamerGate With Connection to Pedophilia

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In what must be the all-time low of the ongoing media battle over GamerGate, The Daily Dot has today published a monument to yellow journalism by Patrick Howell O’Neill, which inaccurately attacks the consumer-slash-media revolt with implications of sympathy for pedophilia among other blatant mis-characterizations. In his article, O’Neill uses a handful of poorly considered paragraphs to bring GamerGate into his manifesto-length critique of the radical site, 8chan. O’Neill also milked the controversy for all of its worth, by making cheap rhetorical connections between his apparent enemies: the entire right wing of the political spectrum, GamerGate, and the same highly controversial site. While 8chan progenitor, Fredrick Brennan, argues that his site’s hosting of offensive content is a legal display of free speech, his debate belongs elsewhere and to be had separately.

In an incredulously irresponsible string of statements, which The Daily Dot allowed to be presented as fact despite lacking evidence, O’Neill stated that 8chan was the central hub of GamerGate. This is demonstrably false by the examination of O’Neill’s own data, where he quotes Brennan as saying that 8chan as a whole garners some 400,000 posts per week, across all boards. In analysis of a study commissioned by Newsweek appearing on Medium.com, 1.8 million tweets on the #GamerGate hashtag alone were looked at from the period of Sept. 25th to Oct. 25th, a one-month period. 8chan simply cannot be said to be the central hub of GamerGate when only one of three major GamerGate hashtags on twitter gets more related posts to it in a specific time frame than the entirety of the site. As a side note worthy of an entire article of its own, the analysis posted to Medium.com, linked in the sources of this article, also does a noteworthy job of refuting the misogyny narrative that sites like The Daily Dot have dog-piled onto.

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The next travesty of journalism committed by O’Neill is his attempt to connect GamerGate to the right-wing. While there is no crime in being conservative, the article seems to draw a correlation there so that O’Neill’s allegations could, in effect, “kill two birds with one stone.” By connecting GamerGate to conservatism, it paints the movement in the colors a political spectrum which widely thought to be less popular among what one would assume to be the primary demographic of gamers, young people. After describing GamerGate as a Left vs. Right culture war, O’Neill writes that “The side that most 8channers land on is clear,” immediately after.

That single example embodied the essence of the logical fallacies of which the article was constructed; a haphazard jab at associating GamerGate, conservatism, and child pornography together via verbal sleight-of-hand. The subject change mid-sentence was not supposed to be questioned, but rather swallowed whole without chewing. O’Neill’s only supporting evidence was his personal assurance to his readers that 8chan’s founder self-identified as a Republican.

O’Neill’s approach to the writing of his article walks a perilous line along the edge of legally actionable libel. If GamerGate were an entity with the legal status to bring suit, The Daily Dot likely would have hesitated to publish it. In a hysterically ironic twist, The Daily Dot itself has participated in the type of unethical journalism that the consensus of GamerGate insists their opposition to, effectively proving the point. The insertion of politics into the controversy has been an unwelcome obfuscation of the fact that GamerGate very much has its work cut out for it; clearing the swamp of unethical journalism.

Opinion by Brian Whittemore

Sources:

The Daily Dot
Medium.com

Photo by Mikal Marquez – flickr license

17 Responses to "The Daily Dot Charges GamerGate With Connection to Pedophilia"

  1. Chris Muir   November 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    To be fair the writer probally got the Anontalk and 711chan that contain the pedophiles.

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  2. Inrev84   November 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you Mr. Whittemore. The piece on The Daily Dot was downright shameful. It’s comical to note that O’neill bristles when accused of writing clickbait…in the same article titled, “8chan, the central hive of Gamergate, is also an active pedophile network.” Patrick O’neill has 0 self-awareness, a common trait among those who are on the pro-corruption side.

    The website is called infinity chan(8chan) because users can create a board without direct moderator intervention(I wouldn’t characterize the concept as radical, I believe creating a subreddit works in a similar fashion).

    I’ve never been to any of the controversial boards mentioned in Patrick’s piece, board communities are largely separated by a myriad of different interests.

    If you are interested, the owner of 8chan posted the interview transcript over @ medium:

    https:[email protected]/what-i-actually-said-to-patrick-howell-oneill-bb4d8604b0bb

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  3. Johnny   November 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Awesome article, mate. Great to see a writer, who knows what he’s doing, these days. Keep it up!

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  4. endermugen   November 21, 2014 at 7:08 am

    The same games journo corruption gamergate started about is deffintely mirrored through every level of media. Gamergate may have started it, but the fact that media is dog piling shows how much they want to silence it. I guess all this talk about corruption with journos isn’t good for business. Don’t believe everything you read.

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  5. Argovyle   November 21, 2014 at 4:03 am

    I can’t tell if the Daily Dot is mostly malicious or mostly incompetent but they’re certainly some percentage of both.

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  6. hm   November 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I’m a liberal democrat who sympathizes with gamer gate. I’ll stand with some righties any day against these hipster trust fund kids who want to tell everyone what games to play while insulting them. But what I really see are liberals like myself every single day who are wondering what the **** is going on in the media.

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  7. Bob Dobbs   November 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I wonder if Mr. O’Neill might be a pedophile himself.

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  8. Daniel Bollendorf (@EagleScoutDJB)   November 18, 2014 at 5:12 am

    GamerGate will continue to use the only real weapon we have. Boycott and talk to the advertisers of any site that engages in this behavior. On the bright side every time there is a new accusation leveled against GamerGate or a new site joins anti-GG we get more supporters. Every attempt to stop GamerGate has either done nothing or brought us more supporters. As long as anti-GG continues as it has we don’t have to do much of anything to recruit supporters.

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  9. James   November 18, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I read an interview with Adrian Chmielarz were he compares the anti-gamergate side to the state run media in Poland when it was under communist rule (where he grew up). where opponents of the state were all dangerous degenerates and intellectually inferior and dissent was not allowed.

    At the time I thought it wasn’t THAT bad, then I (and every other gamergate supporter) was accused of supporting peadophillia for standing against crony journalism and bullying third wave feminists (who don’t really care about womens rights, just trashing men)

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  10. Aric Hewlett   November 18, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Like the article. Exposing those extreme tactics and misrepresentations is part of what gamergate is about.

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  11. Nick Beard (@DQTwitchStream)   November 17, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    NeoGAF actually does sympathize with pedophiles. No article on them from the dot.

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    • Riddles   November 18, 2014 at 5:12 am

      Now that’s quite a claim, can you back that up please? I know NeoGAF can be a pretty terrible site but even claiming a portion of them sympathize with pedophiles (and in what way do they do so?) is something that carries weight.

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      • Cordovan Splotch   November 18, 2014 at 7:03 am

        You can read about that here:
        http://theralphretort.com/neogaf-pedophile-problem/

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        • Riddles   November 18, 2014 at 7:39 am

          At first I was wondering what was bad since it started off with a pedophile who didn’t like the feelings they had and made sure not to act on them Though the article writer seemed to have problems with this beyond it not really being appropriate to discuss in such a place.

          Then I saw the replies to that and how some were trying to sympathize with even the child molesters.

          The problem with that article is that it puts the pedophiles who hate how they feel and keep it under careful control because they know it’s wrong on the same level as the kind that actually molest children. That thread was full of idiots including those who thought that they could have a mature discussion on NeoGAF but that article was problematic.

          I’m not saying we should trust everyone that comes out as a pedophile but instantly demonizing every one of them even when the person only feels that way biologically and makes sure never to act on it is almost like punishing people for thought crimes.

          This isn’t a black and white issue and that article paints it all black.

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  12. Mr No-one   November 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Have they just made the argument that freedom of speech is inherently right wing ?

    Looks like the right an fire all their PR guys, because the other side is doing it for them.

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    • J2383   November 18, 2014 at 3:35 am

      There’s definitely been a lot of anti-GGers using the phrase “hiding behind the first amendment.” Personally, I think that if the biggest threat to yourself as a person is the overabundance of freedom other people have, you probably are not the one being oppressed.

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      • pewpschute   November 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

        Well said!

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