Katie Couric Admits That Violent Game Report Was One-Sided
After journalist Katie Couric ran a report that was quite clearly one-sided, gamers everywhere responded. And in fact, they responded in droves.
The initial report included a young man who had murdered his mother, and who said that violent games did indeed affect his behavior. But no other side of the discussion arose, which is why a great many fans of video games decided to speak out.
Couric gave us the chance to rebut via Twitter and many took advantage. Now, as you'll see in her Friday Follow-Up, Couric admits that "it probably would've been a good idea to have somebody on the other side of the debate." She showed a couple of Tweets on the show...and yes, one of them is from me. ;)
At any rate, at least she fessed up. It's unfortunate, however, that when she reached out to the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) and Bungie to come on the show and talk about this, they both declined. Personally, although I think she could've contacted several other important parties, I wish either the ESA or Bungie had offered to send a representative. This just sounds like we're not willing to stand up and defend ourselves in public.
The name of the original report is what ticked me off: "Are Video Games Ruining Your Life?" Couldn't possibly have been a more leading and implying headline, could it?
5/21/2013 10:39:13 AM Ben Dutka