How #GamerGate make Gawker lose millions

The cost to Gawker Media of its ridicule and viciousness toward video gamers was “seven figures” in lost advertising revenue, according to the company’s head of advertising, Andrew Gorenstein. In addition, founder Nick Denton has stepped down as president and editorial director Joel Johnson has been removed from his post and will probably leave the company, reports Capital New York.

“Ultimately #GamerGate is reaffirming what we’ve known to be true for decades: nerds should be constantly shamed and degraded into submission,” Gawker writer Sam Biddle tweeted in October, sparking a firestorm of outrage which solidified into a sustained letter-writing campaign to Gawker’s advertisers, which continues today, against the bullying of marginalised groups by mainstream media outlets.

A number of advertisers, including Adobe and Mercedes-Benz, distanced themselves from Gawker after receiving communications from GamerGate supporters. It is not known how much GamerGate, a consumer revolt advocating better ethics in video game journalism and rejecting feminist critiques of video games, may have cost other publishers.

Gawker, together with Vox Media, represent the “worst offenders” in the media, according to GamerGate forums: they have both, through properties such as Kotaku and Polygon, respectively, repeatedly mocked video gamers and uncritically reported claims of threats and harassment from feminist campaigners which are falling apart under closer scrutiny.

Parallels have been noted by GamerGate supporters with the U-Va. rape controversy currently engulfing Rolling Stone magazine, in which an outlandish gang rape claim was reported by the media without, it seems, the proper fact- or sense-checking being performed on stories that were published alongside sensationalist editorial about rape culture on American campuses.

GamerGate supporters accuse feminists of manufacturing threat claims to deflect attention from criticism of their outlandish claims about video games: for example, that games promote violence against women and contribute to an “atmosphere of misogyny” in popular culture.

In recent years, Gawker has become closely associated, in particular through its Jezebelblog, with these radical feminist activists, who demand that their stories of rape, abuse and harassment be believed without journalists being allowed to perform basic checks. This principle, say GamerGate supporters, critics of Rolling Stone and others, runs contrary to basic journalistic ethics, which require more scepticism before the widespread publication of serious allegations.

As if to illustrate this point, GamerGate today drew attention to the case of Brianna Wu, a transgender far-left agitator whose claims of rape and death threats were widely republished by credulous media outlets, but which appear to be disintegrating under scrutiny.

Supporters today noted that despite Wu’s claims to have been driven from her home and to effectively be “on the run” from her threateners, every on-camera interview she has conducted to date has been recorded at the same location.

Wu has also been accused of trolling, fabricating threats and blaming GamerGate supporters for “doxxing” her–that is, revealing her personal details on the internet–with no evidence that communications came from anyone associated with GamerGate.

Denton said on Wednesday at a Gawker staff gathering that appointing Joel Johnson to the position of editorial director of Gawker Media had been “a mistake.” Although Gawker’s revenue continues to grow year-on-year, GamerGate supporters can rightly claim to have given the company a significant bloody nose.

The management changes at Gawker announced this week follow the removal of Sam Biddle from the company’s Valleywag blog after his offensive tweets and near-silence from the company since a series ofconfused apologies and panicked clarifications.

Philippine Supreme Court determines men not entitled to same protection as women and children

The cancer is spreading!


MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004, which was challenged by a husband who described it as a violation of his rights to due process and equal protection.

Voting 15-0, the court denied the petition for review on certiorari filed by Jesus Garcia against his wife and the Tacloban City Regional Trial Court, which issued a temporary protection order (TPO) against him.

On March 23, 2006, Garcia’s wife filed for herself and in behalf of her minor children a petition for the issuance of the TPO against her husband.

She claimed to be a victim of physical abuse, emotional, psychological and economic violence as a result of alleged marital infidelity on the part of her husband, with threats of deprivation of custody of her children and of financial support.

Finding reasonable ground to believe that an imminent danger of violence against the wife and her children exists or is about to recur, the RTC issued the next day a 30-day TPO, which was later extended.

During the pendency of the case at the RTC, Garcia filed before the Court of Appeals a petition for prohibition and temporary restraining order (TRO) questioning the constitutionality of RA 9262 for being discriminatory and being violative of the due process and equal protection clauses and the validity of the TPO for being an “unwanted product of an invalid law.”

The appellate court issued a 60-day TRO on the enforcement of the TPO in May 2006, but later dismissed Garcia’s petition in January the following year. Garcia appealed to the Supreme Court the appeals tribunal ruling that he failed to raise first the issue of the validity of RA 9262 at the RTC.

The Supreme Court, in a decision written by Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe, said equal protection simply requires that all persons or things similarly situated should be treated alike, both as to rights conferred and responsibilities imposed.

“It guarantees equality, not identity of rights. The Constitution does not require that things which are different in fact be treated in law as though they were the same. The equal protection clause does not forbid discrimination as to things that are different.

“RA No. 9262 is based on a valid classification brought about by the unequal power relationship between men and women and the official statistics on violence against women and children showing that women are the usual and most likely victims of violence,” the Court said.

The justices said RA 9262 did not violate the equal protection clause by favoring women over men as victims of violence and abuse to whom the State extends its protection.

The Court added that RA 9262 is also not violative of the due process clause of the Constitution. “It is a constitutional commonplace that the ordinary requirements of procedural due process must yield to the necessities of protecting vital public interests, among which is protection of women and children from violence and threats to their personal safety and security.”

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South African Muslims Encouraged to Kill Jews & Christians ‘All Over the World’


Jihad is spreading in South Africa. For years, jihad camps tied to al Qaeda have continued to grow, but South African authorities have done nothing about them. – See more at:



The cafeteria of Madrid’s M-30 mosque was the base of a network that recruited jihadists to fight for the terror group Isis in Syria, a Spanish judge said on Thursday.


A new ‘Islamic doll’ with no facial features has been launched in Britain.

The ‘Deeni Doll’ has no eyes, nose or mouth whatsoever in a bid to comply with Islamic rules governing the depiction of faces.