Hal Halpin lends a hand in the Fox News pressure

11:47 PM on 01.28.2008

Jim Sterling

Former Reviews Editor

With Cooper Lawrence having retracted the statements she made on Fox News' reckless Mass Effect sex "scandal," the channel has some egg to wipe from its metaphorical face, but so far has remained tight lipped and arrogantly unapologetic. EA's request for a retraction has been ignored, and it is now the turn of Hal Halpin, Entertainment Consumer Association president, to try and coax a shred of integrity from the "unbiased" network.

Writing to Live Desk producer Teri Van Horn, Halpin has very much followed in EA's footsteps, but uses the added ammunition of Lawrence's retraction to show the flimsy foundations that Fox's attack was built on:

On behalf of the [ECA], the national non-profit organization representing American video game consumers, I urge you to correct and repudiate the misstatements leveled by Fox News’ Live Desk regarding the story and character interactions in Mass Effect.

Your show’s reporting was irresponsible and incorrect.  Your own “expert” Cooper Lawrence has subsequently disclaimed her misstatements… In the future, we ask that you book real gamer and industry experts on your show…

ECA’s members are disturbed by your news organization’s apparent disregard of the truth in this instance.  We represent a diverse group that cuts across all ages, with the weightiest portion in the coveted 18 - 45 age group, and with women accounting for 38% of gamers. Over the past week, our members have mobilized to speak out and set the record straight on Mass Effect, and we ask the same of you.

As Fox continues to stick its fingers in its ears and scream "LALALALA," all I can do is giggle at how irrelevant Jack "please remember me" Thompson has become. Mr. Lawyer will have to step up his game if he wants to be a bigger douchebag than the Fox Network now.

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