UPDATE: Here’s a piece on Kotaku in which Lieberman states: “The more video games a person plays that have violent sexual content, the more likely one is to become desensitized to violent sexual acts and commit them.” Sounds pretty much like Fox quoted her accurately, to be honest. Original story follows.
Yesterday we published a story in which we gawped in amazement at a statement from Dr. Carole Lieberman, an American psychologist, in which she appeared to be claiming that games like Bulletstorm have led to an increase in rape cases.
But, it would seem, Fox News – where the quote was published – have been rather revolting in their journalistic techniques.
A representative of Lieberman has responded to the article via the comments system on Amazon, where they felt a reviewer may have been particularly offended by the alleged remarks.
“It appears that you have recently read an article on Fox News in which Dr. Carole was misrepresented on her views on video game violence,” the rep wrote.
“I hope you understand that it was the publication that chose to represent Dr. Carole’s views in this light, and that the statement was taken out of context.”
Yesterday evening, Rock, Paper, Shotgun reported that another quotee of Fox News, Billy Pidgeon, also felt his views had been misrepresented in the article.
Furthermore, industry expert Scott Steinberg remarked that he was interviewed for the article – but none of his quotes appeared.
We approached Dr. Lieberman for comment yesterday, but she has yet to respond to our emails.
But whichever way you look it it, Fox had an agenda here, and they roped in unsuspecting experts who they’ve proceeded to rather spectacularly dupe.
A real shame.