According to The ralph retort the Guardian made its mind up about the #gamergate controversy back in September (if not before). In a missent email, the graun’s head of technology, Jemima Kiss gave an edict to her journalists:
‘Again please DO NOT RESPOND to this idiotic campaign.
Leigh [a feminist games/tech writer] will be coming in to morning conference to talk about Gamergate soon’.
Her email is given the subject heading of: ‘Re: Leigh Alexander and Vice Writer ‘#killallmen”. I would be interested to see the rest of the thread in question!
It’s not surprising the press takes certain editorial lines on issues. But there’s something in the timing of this email and its tone – dare I call it ‘bossy’? – that is particularly authoritarian and closed-minded. Particularly Guardian. Dismissing a complex set of events/people/actions as ‘idiotic’ is not very rigorous for a senior journalist.
I wouldn’t want to get on the wrongside of Ms Kiss! (though it’s quite possible I already have).