Newspaper "Completely Fabricates" Anti-Gaming Story

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In the past people had genuine relationships with empathy and compassion which has been replaced by this virtual relationship where they are not necessarily having to show empathy or compassion.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.

Daily Mail 'fabricated' anti-games article [CVG]


Comments

    Unfortunately this sort of reporting will never go away. Lets leave the daily mail be read by the gullible and make up our own mind.

      I don't know about anyone else... but when I'm in the UK, I read The Daily Mail for the boobs.

        Wait!
        I was in London just last week...why couldn't you have posted this information a week ago?
        *sad face*

        Clearly that guy in the photo was looking at the same page

          that guy is none other than Wayne Rooney, who actually probably doesn't experience empathy or compassion :p

        You're thinking of The Sun. No boobs in the Daily Mail.

          Au contraire, I believe the guy who fabricated the article is totally a boob.

    In the past people had genuine relationships with empathy and compassion which has been replaced by this virtual relationship where they are not necessarily having to show empathy or compassion.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.

    This is one of the stupidest quotes I have ever read.

      Is it still a quote if the person being quoted never actually said it?

        Well, somebody said it. It was just the person doing the attributing instead of the person who was attributed.

      Games aren't the only cause surely?

      I mean, they used to have national service, parents who disciplined their children, community centres that have been closed, multiple parent families, stay at home mums... there are a number of things that have changed between generations.

    In the past people had genuine articles with factual and accurate information which has been replaced by this fabrication where they are not necessarily having to show credibility or ethical behaviour. Then they took an arrow to the knee.

      I found it amusing until the last bit. Now I hate you for it.

    So can we expect to see that story on the Herald Sun's front page tomorrow?
    I think so.

      You took the words out of my mouth!

    No great surprise here. The DM is known for its terrible lack of professionalism.

    Upon reading "NNNNNNGGGGGG....So.....much.....conjecture...."

    Lol! I liken UK tabloids to the Onion... except not as funny, and they're trying to pass as true.

    To be fair, it's the Daily Mail - which everyone over there recognises as crap.

      Difference between being crap, which could be used to describe a lot of media outlets, and making up complete lies.

    Wait...Since when did the Daily Mail have words??!?

      That's what that black squiggly stuff you see before you turn the first page. Oh and there's some more after the next page (assuming it got turned of course).

    First two sentences.... Interesting.
    Rest... Bulldust.
    "Gaming is a phenomenon that’s been around quite a while"
    For me, gaming isn't so much of a phenomenon, as it is a natural progression of our instincts to compete and be rewarded.

    "Now we are starting to see the effects in behaviour of young people"
    I Like this, so much to think about.

    The Daily Mail... The "FOX NEWS" of newspapers.

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