The David Pakman Show

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The David Pakman Show is a radio, television and internet show that has been running since 2005, hosted by David Pakman. It has hosted a number of GamerGate related episodes and interviews.

GamerGate Shows

Date & link Interviewee
Oct 27, 2014 Brianna Wu
Brianna Wu, Head of Development at Giant Spacekat, joins David to discuss the #gamergate controversy and the threats against her; Brianna ends up accusing David of conducting a hit piece interview
Oct 28, 2014 Milo Yiannopoulos
Breitbart reporter Milo Yiannopoulos joins David to give his side of the story with regard to an interview with Brianna Wu that never took place, and to give his view of the @gamergate controversy.
Oct 29, 2014 Jennie Bharaj
Pro-#GamerGate advocate and gamer Jennie Bharaj joins David to discuss her views on the issues of video game journalistic corruption, fraud, and more.
Oct 30, 2014 John "TotalBiscuit" Bain
Gaming commentator and critic John Bain, known to many as TotalBiscuit, joins David to discuss #GamerGate, journalistic ethics, harassment, and more, and tells the story of being offered a free Alienware laptop in exchange for reviewing a game.
Nov 4, 2014 Arthur Chu
David discusses #GamerGate with nerd culture blogger Arthur Chu. Chu was also critical of Pakman's attempt to be balanced and his attempts at asking Zoe Quinn for an interview.
Nov 5, 2014 Fredrick "Hot Wheels" Brennan
Fredrick "Hot Wheels" Brennan, the Admin of 8Chan.co, denounces the doxxing and harassment of Brianna Wu personally, and discusses #gamergate and 8chan.
Nov 6, 2014 Liana Kerzner
Liana Kerzner, Canadian media personality, sex-positive feminist and video game writer, joins David to discuss #gamergate.
Nov 7, 2014 Matthew Rappard, of The Fine Young Capitalists
Matthew Rappard from The Fine Young Capitalists discuss their involvement in #gamergate and details surrounding the doxxing of Zoe Quinn.
Dec 8, 2014 Brianna Wu Letter & Arthur Chu Tweets
David discusses Brianna Wu's blog letter that mentions him, and unsuccessfully trying to retweet Arthur Chu's tweets.
Dec 10, 2014 Mercedes Carrera
Porn actress Mercedes Carrera discusses the turning down of her adult cam show charity donations to AbleGamers.
April 24, 2015 Vox Day
David is joined by Vox Day, Lead Editor of Castalia House, professional game designer who supports #GamerGate, and a 2015 Huge Award finalist in the Best Editor Category.
April 24, 2015 Christina Hoff Sommers
David is joined by Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
April 27, 2015 Liana Kerzner and Mercedes Carrera
Liana Kerzner, Canadian media personality, sex-positive feminist, and video game writer, and Mercedes Carrera, adult film actress, engineer, gamer, free speech advocate, and proponent of GamerGate, join David to discuss the latest in GamerGate, Anita Sarkeesian, and much more.
April 28, 2015 Chris Kluwe
Chris Kluwe, former NFL football player for the Minnesota Vikings and lifelong gamer, joins David to discuss GamerGate, Chris' problems with past interviews David has done, and the future of internet law.
May 1, 2015 Sargon of Akkad
Sargon of Akkad, is a YouTuber who has been involved with the GamerGate hashtag since its inception. He joins David to discuss the issues surrounding GamerGate, his anti-feminism, his comments about David's video titles being 'clickbait,' and his calling Matt Binder an "f-ing idiot."
May 7, 2015 Mercedes Carrera & Chris Kluwe
#GamerGate Debate: Mercedes Carrera vs Chris Kluwe

Attempted Interviews

Stephen Totilo, of Kotaku, declined to appear on his show.[1][2]

On the 31st of October, Pakman attempted to get an interview with Zoe Quinn who declined because he was giving unbiased coverage to "a hate group that has ruined my life,"[3] and that he was "publicly pressuring" her.[4] She later said: "ps: if you want to ask a target of a massive harassment campaign who has safety concerns to do a thing, do it off twitter."[5]

Later Pakman posted, "Just because I don't know all twitter etiquette in terms of replies & dot replies, calling me a bully for offering people time seems unfair."[6][7]

Reception

Anti-GamerGate people have been critical that Pakman had been balanced and given interviews to both sides of the issue, and on the 31st of October he commented: "we've been equally fair to both sides, but I am actively trying to get more anti voices on. theyre not saying yes"[1]

On the 1st of November, the official David Pakman twitter said, "Overnight, received many emails saying if I don't apologize for neutrality on #gamergate, I'm guilty of leading a hate mob against women."[8][9][10][11]

He has also defended himself from accusations of victim blaming.[12][13]

Stance on GamerGate

On the 10th of November, David Pakman released a video expanding on his opinion of GamerGate, with a note that his opinion could change as it goes on, he felt that issues of bigotry (such as homophobia) are problems in the video game industry and that people are hiding behind the "meme" of journalistic ethics to slut-shame and make personal attacks, but it's not the only thing going on. He denounced the harassment going on from both sides. He said there are issues when it comes to journalistic ethics (such as collusion), but it's not the only place issues of invalid ethics within journalism as a whole.

To the people who truly care about journalistic ethics, he said "is this the number one issue? When I think of all of the issues that I cover, is ethics in video game reviews the number one issue? No, it's not." He listed issues he felt were more important than journalistic ethics in video games, including the corporate media being corrupt and their advertisers influencing them, and referred to the want to fix either journalistic corruption or bigotry in video games (due to fictional portrayals) as "unhinged focus" when there are bigger things happening, and that some people were taking things "too seriously".

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