Jaffe mentioned how there's zero research to support the belief that videogames make people violent, though I imagine that's barking up the wrong tree with Burnett. She clearly didn't care about evidence when she steamrolled her guest the moment he started disagreeing with her. Jaffe went for the jugular, though, bringing up the social dangers presented by Erin's industry, rather than his.
"There is very real evidence that our society suffers greatly when our news media fails to properly inform the public," he told her. "The fact that you think a guy who 'trains' on a shooting videogame would be granted the skill to horrifically, tragically kill those CHILDREN in Norway only serves to show how little research you do before you open your mouth in front of your world wide audience under the guise of delivering news.
"I'm not sure what makes your argument look more ignorant: the fact that you don't back up your idiotic statement by showing a correlation to the current health of America's agriculture sector with the popularity of Farmville OR the fact that the sick, deranged evil loser who killed those poor kids in Norway had picked such a poor 'training' tool that after 700 hours of play, he was only capable of hitting little kids with his bullets versus the well armed pretend terrorists and highly skilled virtual soldiers that he was battling in the game.
"Shame on you," he concludes. "But more importantly: shame on your profession. It deserves so much better."
A scathing retort -- words Erin will likely ignore, but ultimately deserved to hear. Her little performance on CNN was simply staggering in its offensive ignorance, and I do hope she got nothing but negative feedback as a result of flinging her shit around on national television.
David Jaffe Lashes Out at CNN Anchor [The Escapist]
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