Hey guys, sorry that I’ve been away longer than I would have liked. Wrestlemania took up my time last night. Today, I’ve been fucking with the new monitor/TV that Newegg sent me. It looks great, but only in 1400×900 (1080p claim was a lie lol). So I might be sending the bitch back. You probably don’t care though, you just want to hear the news.
OK, fair enough. Let’s get started. I was going to write about Ellen Pao and her sex discrimination lawsuit fail the other day, but I’m glad I waited. Since then, we’ve gotten several great examples of censorship on the Reddit site itself (she’s the interim CEO of Reddit). We’ve also received more evidence of bias in the mainstream media. They were determined to put a positive spin on this case no matter what. Facts be damned. ONe of the few honest columns you will find is from Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos.
First, here’s some evidence of censorship by the Reddit admins. Not even GamerGhazi was exempt:
So that was nice to see exposed. I’m still not one who says Reddit is dead. Call me when they delete r/darknetmarkets (Feds putting heat on that, by the way) or some of the other borderline shit they have on the site. But it does look like they’re tightening up a bit. I wonder if this directive came straight from the top?
Speaking of the top, the media has had a field day with this story, but it’s mostly been spun in Pao’s favor. You would be hard-pressed to find a lot of truth-telling. Instead they keep repeating that “the actual case doesn’t matter” and talk in broad strokes about all the good Pao did just by suing in the first place. Frivolous lawsuits don’t do anyone any good, and this one is no exception.
Here’s a couple of excerpts from Milo’s column, one of the few straight-shooters I could find:
Let me give these over-eager gender activists some advice: you may want to think twice before adopting Pao as your victim du jour. Because evidence given during the trial reveals that she is anything but a victim. Work emails reveal her to be a callous and resentful employee who bullied colleagues and held grudges.
Her link to Buddy Fletcher, a man with a notorious reputation for frivolous discrimination lawsuits, also raises a very large question mark over her motivation in bringing the claims against Kleiner Perkins.
It’s worth first remembering that Kleiner Perkins was an odd target for a gender discrimination lawsuit. The firm has a much better track record of hiring female talent than its rivals. Women make up 20 per cent of the firm’s members, which is double the average for Silicon Valley venture capital firms. Throughout the trial, Kleiner’s attorneys were able to draw on a number of high-profile female venture capitalists who testified that the firm was one of the most female-friendly in Silicon Valley.
Kleiner maintained that Pao was let go not because she was a woman, but because she was an unpleasant person to work with. Given the result of the case, it’s clear that the jury was persuaded by Kleiner’s arguments, but there has been little discussion in the tech media of the evidence that persuaded them. So let’s dip our toe into some of it.
Bizarrely, she kept a chart listing “resentments” that she held over her colleagues at Kleiner Perkins. She also admitted to sending negative e-mails about coworkers behind their backs, and acknowledged that she had once bullied a colleague to tears.
It’s funny how none of this information has made it into the mainstream media or the tech press. They’re all desperate to present Pao as a victim because they’ve bought into a bizarre, self-flagellating narrative about how awful women have it in the tech industry. (They don’t – and especially not at Kleiner Perkins.)
There’s a lot more in the article, but I don’t want to reprint the whole thing. Go read it. There aren’t too many fair accounts out there. Feel free to link more down in the #BasedCommentSection. I agree with Milo 100%. The mainstream media telling you this is some sort of win for women tells you all you need to know about their ideology. It’s like they had a narrative the wanted to tell, outcome be damned. That’s nothing new for them, or course, but the Ellen Pao case is a shining example of just how far they’ve fallen.