Milo Yiannopoulos at Breitbart, recently found himself privy to a mailing group called Gaming Journalism Professionals, or GameJournoPros. The purpose of this group seems to be to create a unified message for the involved journalists to then report independently on their respective outlets.
It seems that this has confirmed a lot of people’s suspicions, as no one can doubt that 15 or more articles calling for “The End of Gamers” released within 48 hours of each other. That was the event that started the #GamerGate moniker that the movement has come to be known as.
What Milo directs us to are discussions in the GameJournoPros mailing list regarding the Zoe Quinn scandal and the reactions some journalists had to it – where they wanted the message to go and what they wanted it to be.
One such member of GameJounroPros that is mentioned is Kyle Orland, a senior editor at Ars Technica. In an email he wrote “I don’t want to in essence reward the jerks doing this by giving their ‘issue’ any attention at all … I’m not even going to give bullshit ‘journalism ethics’ excuse for these attacks the time of day. Even if there is any merit to those accusations, the sickening facts of these attacks easily overwhelms it.” That clearly indicates an effort to quiet one side of an issue and push an agenda. As well as refusing to recognize the possible issue of ethics. Instead, he hopes to turn the issue into something else and drown out an criticism of ethics.
Orland had more to say though: “I would LOVE to use my platform to reproach this kind of behavior… but that would go against Quinn’s valid and understandable desire not to have this personal matter publicized by the media… Maybe we should just stick to Twitter to boost the signal on this one, rather than our ‘front pages.'”
“Maybe we should get a public letter of support going around decrying these kinds of personal attacks, signed by as many sympathetic journalists/developers as we can. Maybe we should just use this as an excuse to give more attention to her work… I know I’ve been meaning to review Depression Quest since its Steam release.”
Regardless of the fact that Orland seems to be pushing an agenda and silencing one side of the issue, the most appalling part seems to be that he doesn’t even really know what he is defending. He admits right there he hasn’t looked at Depression Quest critically since it was released on Steam. The only inference one could make from there is that it had something to do with her character or another personal relationship. He also mentioned a letter signed by journalists/developers. That email was on Aug 19, the letter came out almost two weeks later from a developer named Andreas Zecher. We cannot speculate if there is any connection.
Ben Kuchera, an editor at Polygon, shows up to add to the discussion as well. Milo and Breitbart claim that they saw Kuchera repeatedly pressure “other journalists and editors to take down material on their webistes that is critical of Zoe Quinn and to close down debate about her role in the video games industry by removing comments and forum posts by members of the public asking questions about journalistic propriety.”
Censorship again, one of the big reasons that this issue blew up in the first place. Because discussion was stifled literally everywhere, with posts on Reddit being removed and even 4chan threads, people began to question whether there was more going on here.
Jason Schreier shows up as well. However, how involved he was other than to defend Nathan Grayson (one of the journalists who admitted to having a sexual relationship with Zoe Quinn) is unknown. The fact of the matter remains though: he was a part of the mailing list and actively participated in at least this small way.
Milo and Breitbart mention two more names in GameJournoPros: James Fudge, managing editor of GamePolitics.com, and Mike Wehner, a writer for the Daily Dot, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, USA Today, and Yahoo.
Again, their participation in this is unknown as the only piece revealed to us is just above. However, that piece does show Fudge, as seems to be a thread throughout this, urging others to not discuss the issue at all. Again, censorship is playing a huge role here.
What has this revealed overall? Some disturbing information for sure. The journalists named here as a part of GameJournoPros, and there may or may not be more we just don’t know yet, are working together to both silence one side of an issue (criticism of game journalism ethics) and bring attention to the other (harassment and Zoe Quinn’s work).
Just to recap, journalists at these publications have been revealed so far: Kotaku, Polygon, Ars Technica, and GamePolitics.com, as well as freelance journalist who writes for larger outlets not specific to gaming.
Hopefully there aren’t more names and information waiting around on the GameJournoPros list, but one would imagine that in all likelihood there is. Any updates will be made here.