Recently, we relayed un to you the story of the UK Daily Star journalist who reported on a faux Grand Theft Auto game, for the sole purpose of shocking people and selling more papers.
Now, the UK’s other premier daily sensationalist tabloid The Sun has revealed its own anti-gaming agenda; vilifying video-games by adding them as the culprit to a previously published story that hadn’t even mentioned them.
On Friday, the Sun published a story based around a report on the stark rise in incidences of rickets – a childhood bone disease. It featured quotes from Professor and orthopaedic surgeon Nicholas Clarke – and ended placing the blame on lifestyle. â€œThe rise in the disease has been blamed on poor diet and children not being allowed outside where kids can get a dose of vitamin D from the sun,’ the paper said, making no mention of video games whatsoever.
That obviously didn’t garner nearly enough clicks, so they republished the article the next day, almost verbatim – only with the headline ‘Game addict kids hit by ‘extinct’ bone disease.’ Both pieces feature the same information and quotes, citing the same study. â€œCRIPPLING bone disease rickets has made a shock comeback – because kids are staying indoors with video games instead of playing in the sunshine,’ says the more recent article.
Honest mistake, or are they needlessly vilifying games to suit their own agenda?
You can see the more sensationalist story here : The Sun
Story and picture courtesy of CVG
Last Updated: November 15, 2010