UPDATE CORRECTION!: The original article which published the libel ACTUALLY LINKED TO THE PAGE THAT DISPROVED THE INITIAL CLAIM! SERIOUSLY, WHAT THE HELL!?
Update 2: Isabella Biedenharn’s twitter account has been deleted. After Larry Correia tweeted his outrage about the original article, Isabella tweeted him offering to “hear his side”. Note that standard journalistic practice is to contact the subject of an article for comment prior to publication.
In one of the most disgusting bits of Journalistic failure of the “Did Not Even Google It Right” variety I’ve seen, Entertainment Weekly wrote:
The Hugo Awards have fallen victim to a campaign in which misogynist groups lobbied to nominate only white males for the science fiction book awards. These groups, Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies (both of which are affiliated with last year’s GamerGate scandal), urged sci-fi fans to become members of the Hugo Awards’ voting body, World Science Fiction Convention, in order to cast votes against female writers and writers of color. Membership only costs $40, and allows members to vote for the 2016 nominations as well as the 2015 nominations, which were just released.
Firstly, these “misogynistic” groups include a number of women writers. Second, the person who initially wrote the article didn’t even bother to look at the slate. Third, other than Vox Day (who is himself a game developer), none of the SP/RP authors involved in promoting the slates are particularly outspoken Gamergate supporters, and even Vox Day is not particularly well known within Gamergate community. Fourthly, “urging fans…to cast votes against female writers and writers of color”? Seriously? The guy who started SP is Portuguese*, and WHY DIDN’T YOU GOOGLE THE LIST YOU WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT!?
In the correction, Entertainment Weekly acknowledges that:
…Brad Torgerson explained to EW, the slate includes both women and non-caucasian writers, including Rajnar Vajra, Larry Correia, Annie Bellet, Kary English, Toni Weisskopf, Ann Sowards, Megan Gray, Sheila Gilbert, Jennifer Brozek, Cedar Sanderson, and Amanda Green.
But why did it take Brad Torgerson explaining that to you? YOU’D HAVE KNOWN IF YOU GOOGLED THE FREAKING LIST YOU WROTE YOUR ARTICLE ABOUT!
Even with the published correction, ISABELLA BIEDENHARN needs to lose her job. I do not call for people’s jobs lightly, and this may have been the first time I have ever done so on Cirsova, but you DO NOT need to be anywhere in the journalistic profession, even writing for a rag as tepid and worthless as Entertainment Weekly if you CANNOT EVEN SUCCESSFULLY GOOGLE THE SUBJECT OF YOUR ARTICLE.
Here, let me Google that for you:
Oh, look! A link to a list of all misogynist white male only authors(NOT!) is the first thing that comes up! Seriously, Entertainment Weekly, you should fire any of your journalists who don’t know how to Google things and print libel because it’s easier.
Judging by his twitter feed, Larry Correia could very well be serious about taking legal action for Libel. As I’ve shown, not only is the initial paragraph of EW’s article complete bunk, its claims are verifiably – BY THE FIRST RESULT ON GOOGLE – false and slanderous to all of the authors included on the slate and the writers who fought to get them nominated. This isn’t “Oh, we got a source’s quote wrong”, this is damn near UVA “made the whole thing up” up wrong.
ISABELLA BIEDENHARN, get out of the industry, hide yourself in shame! You are a discredit to your profession.
Actually it’s about ethics in Sci-Fi Journalism