Mistakes happen all the time in the world of reporting news. That’s what you get when dealing with humans telling you stories. It’s one thing to make a mistake, though, and another to completely make shit up.
Yet that’s exactly what happened earlier this week when British tabloid The Daily Mail quoted a Mr. Robert Hart-Fletcher as having said:
Gaming is a phenomenon that’s been around quite a while. Now we are starting to see the effects in behaviour of young people.
In the past people had genuine relationships with empathy and compassion which has been replaced by this virtual relationship where they are not necessarily having to show empathy or compassion. That’s starting perhaps to change the way they interact on a day to day basis.
It made for good reading, so much so that the BBC jumped on the story and used the quotes as well. Problem being Hart-Fletcher refutes ever having said that stuff, and has the audio recording of the interview to prove it. He goes so far as to accuse The Daily Mail of “completely fabricating” the story.
While the BBC has since updated its story to reflect this, The Daily Mail’s piece remains unchanged.