Fox News Decides That Videogames Cause Rape, Gets Taken to Task by Real Journalists

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EdnaM

I don't really play that many games, I like the Chupacabra games.For some time now, it’s been one of those “well-known facts” that playing video games increases one’s hand-eye coordination... much to the consternation of parents trying to convince the kids that their obsessive gaming has no redeeming value.Now studies indicate that playing action video games also increases peoples’ ability to make right decisions faster. Of course the games can also have a bad influence,but I think playing video games it's not enough for a kid to become violent.There must some other factors,like family and social relationships or peer influences.

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Joji

So far, Fox and CNN are the two news sites that I know who either manipulates or edits their evidence. A good example is when CNN heavily edited their 9/11 footage. They did not capture a footage of a plane crashing into the twin towers, so they probably used programs similar to Vegas or After Effects, and made it look like a plane crashed into a plane.

But like I said, they didn't get a footage of the plane crahsing into the twin towers, but rather used 3D animation to make it realistic. However, there were flaws.

This is what I am talking about, the video analysis: /watch?v=MT4wljY7fjM

Put it at the end of the youtube [dot] com.

 

 

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TRYER

FOX News and another one of their experts. I stopped relying on FOX and their experts, after I heard the very first one open his mouth and FOX hosts nodding at every word.

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outlander

Nathan, clearly your young mind has swallowed the partisan pill and is tripping out on a "Fox News is evil" high. The work of a Real Journalist, which you may aspire to be, is to provide the reader with facts or insight not easily obtained elsewhere. Journalism involves real work, research and critical thought, not just parroting someone else's position.

MaximumPC, please enforce some modicum of standards. When I read your articles I expect to learn something. I don't expect poorly rehashed political blather. That is ubiquitous on the net and not why I come to maxPC. The topic of the psychological and societal impacts of gaming is very interesting and important and deserving of a thorough examination. Even a mind such as Nathan's should be capable of providing a cursory introduction to the topic and he could have used that solid foundation to chastise Fox News or others for poor reporting, if such were his inclination.

This article is feeble. It was a squandered opportunity for Nathan and a wasted experience for the readers.

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Carlidan

Guess you didn't read the article, because if you did, FOX did blantantly distort facts.

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maleficarus™

You Americians get so bent out of shape when it comes to polictics LOL!

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Carlidan

The funny part this is really politcally. Just calling out a news orginaztion for false reporting a story. Go figure. Just some people really love that news orginaztion.

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tekuniversity

Barely out of high school, and you are spewing one sided political rhetoric like vomit.  

You may want to get another job if your articles continue the anti-Rogerian content that instead of informing MaximumPC readers about the best technology, divided them.

Why didn't you target the writer John Brandon, or Carole Lieberman ,the person responsible for the quote - and then send the articale to the Huffington Post (avoiding the black eye for MaximumPC).

MaximumPC won't lose my subscription because of you, but now you give me pause to doubt MaximumPC's ability to hire staff to do what they are meant to do.

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deadBird

If video games cause rape, then I've apparently got lots of raping to catch up on.

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Carlidan

Me too.

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D00dlavy

I'm almost current on my rape activities.

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Trooper_One

"Fox News Decides That Videogames Cause Rape"

 

Seriously, is this for real?!?

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mewarmo990

Sure, you say that now, but the next killing spree somebody goes on that utilizes gravity bolas and dynamite to fling their victims up in the air for bonus points will most assuredly vindicate the fine journalist-evangelists of Fox News.

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Carlidan

That was funny. :) Just made my day.

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jakeson

You lazy tool.  You didn't read or even post a link to the original article. 

I cannot find the words to express the depth of my disgust for this type of "reporting"

Both sides do it and you, Nathan, are in a race to the bottom. Even if Fox News gets there first, you'll be right on their a$$

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Ahhh.... what happen? Someone break his Republican off in your GOP?

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jakeson

Is Bulletstorm the Worst Video Game in the World?

 

By John Brandon

 

Published February 08, 2011 FoxNews.com

 

 

Parents had better beware: There's a Bulletstorm on the horizon.

 

In the new video game Bulletstorm due February 22, players are rewarded for shooting enemies in the private parts (such as the buttocks). There’s an excess of profanity, of course, including frequent use of F-words. And Bulletstorm is particularly gruesome, with body parts that explode all over the screen. 

 

But that's not the worst part. 

 

The in-game awards system, called Skill Shots, ties the ugly, graphic violence into explicit sex acts: "topless" means cutting a player in half, while a "gang bang" means killing multiple enemies. And with kids as young as 9 playing such games, the experts FoxNews.com spoke with were nearly universally worried that video game violence may be reaching a fever pitch.

 

“If a younger kid experiences Bulletstorm's explicit language and violence, the damage could be significant,” Dr. Jerry Weichman, a clinical psychologist at the Hoag Neurosciences Institute in Southern California, told FoxNews.com. 

 

 

“Violent video games like Bulletstorm have the potential to send the message that violence and insults with sexual innuendos are the way to handle disputes and problems,” Weichman said.

 

Carole Lieberman, a psychiatrist and book author, told FoxNews.com that sexual situations and acts in video games -- highlighted so well in Bulletstorm -- have led to real-world sexual violence. 


“The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games,” she said. 

 

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), rates all video games as a guide for parents; each game carries a letter-label at retail (T for Teen, M for Mature) and an online-only summary. Lieberman and others say it's useless, because it isn't enforced at retail.

 

Video game advocates say the existing warning system works fine: Parents are responsible for deciding whether their kids can play games, not the government. Epic, the game developer, did not respond to FoxNews.com's requests. But game publisher Electronic Arts released the following statement: "Bulletstorm has been given an "M" rating by the ESRB, and we have adhered to all their guidelines in regards to the marketing and promotion of Bulletstorm."

 

More important, defenders argue that games with excessive violence and sexual content simply don't sell well.

 

“Games without sufficient quality of gameplay -- games that include highly objectionable violent or sexual content -- often pump up the level of this kind of content to gain media attention. This tactic typically fails, as can be seen in the poor sales performance of titles such as BMX XXX and Postal,” said Billy Pidgeon, a video game analyst with M2 Research.

 

The most common response is that, in the U.S., game makers have the right to produce violent content. If the government restricts games they would have to further restrict all media.

 

Penalizing store clerks

 There might be a simple way to address the problem: penalties for selling violent games to kids.

 

This year, the Supreme Court will make a landmark decision about video-game violence. A California law now makes it illegal for a merchant to sell a Mature-rated game to a minor; the law imposes a $1,000 fine. But the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has sued to overturn the law.

 

“Between a great ratings system, parental controls on the consoles and the major retailers inhibiting the

 sale of Mature-rated games to minors, the matter is really one for parents and adults to consider, individually,” Hal Halpin, the president of the similar Entertainment Consumers Association, told FoxNews.com. “I respect the creative rights of game developers to make a game like Bulletstorm in the same way that I appreciate Quentin Tarantino's right to make over-the-top movies like Kill Bill."

 

Melanie Killen, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Maryland who has pushed for laws that govern the sale of video games, disagrees that the ESRB rating system is working. She says 9-year-olds are playing games like Bulletstorm and that there is no real enforcement. The FCC monitors all TV broadcasts and stiffly fines broadcasters for violating decency rules, yet there are no penalties in place for retailers who sell violent games to kids.

 

“The marketing is clearly aimed at children and young adolescents,” Killen said. “Politicians were organizing efforts to address violent video games prior to the presidential election but got distracted by the election. It is time for senators and representatives to come back to the issue.”

 

Are the warnings enough?

 To be fair, the online-only ESRB warning for Bulletstorm does spell out the objectionable content -- and even that is too graphic to reproduce entirely. Here's an excerpt:

 

The dialogue contains numerous jokes and comments that reference sexual acts, venereal diseases, and having sex with one's mother (e.g., "Guess I know where the ol' gal got that limp."). The names of some Skillshots are infused with sexual innuendo (e.g., Gag Reflex, Rear Entry, Drilldo, Mile High Club); one Skillshot (i.e., Fire in the Hole) allows players to shoot at enemies' exposed buttocks.”

 

Video game publishers traditionally stay glib about the issue of violence. Microsoft, maker of the Xbox 360 console, declined to comment. Epic Games did not respond to requests, and the developer did not respond. Remi Sklar, the vice president of Public Relations at Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, which makes numerous video games (though is unconnected to Bulletstorm), offered the following statement: “We don’t have a comment for that story.”

 

In the end, those who don’t see a problem with Bulletstorm praise the game for being innovative.


“One thing that tends to be ignored is that if Bulletstorm consisted solely of beating people up, it wouldn't be fun to play,” said Hal Levy with the National Youth Rights Association. 


“It's been praised for encouraging innovative thinking. Bulletstorm involves developing new moves and dispatching of enemies creatively. Plenty of emotionally unstable adults will play the game and they’ll be fine,” he said.

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User69

In the new game BulletStorm there is names given for specific killing combos. One of those combos is named "Sarah Palin." It was given that name when you shoot an enemy, don't kill it, and quit before your halfway through as to make fun of Sarah Palin's former Governors job were she quit before her term was up. I have no doubt that Fox News used this story as an attack the game developer for including that specific combo name making fun of Sarah Palin. Fox news has been criticized for allowing a platform for possible presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and of course Sarah Palin essentially giving them free airtime and advertisement for donations. 

As far as news goes, yes there is obvious bias throughout all the corporate media sources CNN/MSNBC/FOX but Fox News and right-wing media outlets take there propaganda to a dangerous level. All the right-wing sources share talking points, repeat the same lies accross all mediums: TV, Internet, newspapers, radio, ect. Fox gives money to Republican/Tea Party candidates ONLY. You can be fired from Fox without following the conservative agenda. Fox regularly produces public opinion polls that have inconsistent numbers compared to other news networks that produce consistent numbers with other networks. MSNBC doesn't deny they have a left leaning bias whereas Fox continues the sharade that they are "Fair and Balanced."   

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D00dlavy

Fact:  If you get your facts from television, you aren't getting facts.  You're getting fucts.  Fucts are what you get from TV when try to ascertain facts from it.

Fact:  Which bear is best?

Fact:  Black bear is best.

Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.

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mcheshier

MSNBC, Huffington Post, CNN, or any other "opposing" view to Fox news is NEVER the bad guy, but, the minute Fox does a story that is not what the left agrees with, they are all of the sudden Not fair and balanced according to Maximum PC??. Sure, both sides have opionon shows AND journalists that SHOULD be fair and balanced. What fun would it be if EVERYONE was balanced left or right? We would all be "dummed down" unimaginitive zombies. I don't care whare anyone stands. What bothers me, is that Maximum PC (What I thought was a technology review company) cannot do an article without expressing their political view point. I don't pay them for their political opionin, I pay them for their technology opinion. Keep your day job uh?

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wkstar

Fox News is NOT allowed in Canada, Because in Canada you are NOT allowed to present LIES as news

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Really?

I've been thinking a LOT about moving my family out of the states, mostly because of what our government is doing to public education and organized labor.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

i know dont you love it! any way why isnt video game rating enforced BECAUSE GAMES ARE OVER RATED ALOT! any one who is 13 or older can handle cod like violence and or bulet storm and of coarse its bad for kides and why are you complaining about it its rated m as in not for that 5 year old so fox plz stop

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Caboose

the CRTC is considering changing the ban on reporting news that is false and/or misleading to allow FOX "news".

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Biceps

Your point above is obviously super-important to you, since you have posted the same comment at least twice - yes, I scrolled down and saw your dupe.

So, onto the meat of the 'argument'.  In my opinion:

Fox 'News' is disingenuous.  It is full of lies.  It is not simply 'unbalanced', it is so filled with over-opinionated garbage and lies that only a person who never checks their facts or is completely innured to reality could ever possibly believe more than 5% of what comes on that station.  I don't think Fox even employs a fact checker - if they do... well, wow. It is not news, it is infotainment.  It isn't even meant to be news, even though it is presented as such.  Read A Brave New World (really read it, not the Cliff's Notes) and then get back to me.  That is Fox 'News'.

Huffington Post (mostly crap), CNN (90% crap) and MSNBC (85% garbage, 5% crap, 10% marketing) are all biased, too - and pitch some of their own lies.  The problem with "you people" (there, I said it) is that you don't read around. If you want the real story in anything nowadays, you need to read a little - or a lot - of everything. Read Fox 'News', read Huffington 'Post', read MaxPC (GASP!), read Al Jazeera -  read it all, and make an informed and balanced opinion based on the facts.  And never forget that when someone like the Huffington Post or Glenn Beck tells you what to think, your first question should be, "why do they want me to believe that?".

 

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BadCommand

Don't apologize to this guy- he can't spell and is therefore is a perfect Fox zombie!

As for what MPC should and should not write, feel free to speak for yourself- however some of us realize that politics and technology are often intertwined and therefore political topics (and the media that in this case made a failed attempt to cover them) are completely appropriate for a tech magazine.

Now back to your mommies basement- your mentally disturbed idol Glen Beck is calling..(I hear him now- Obama is an alien, Muslim, commie and the son of Hitler...)

...sure, your sane

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kris79

I'm sorry. I can't tell from your comments and imprecision of your comments placing if you are talking to me. Are you talking to me? Oh please, be talking to me. Thanks...kris79

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kris79

Please don't be so touchy. I like your points. It really isn't so bad that there is a political flavor to these things. Look at what it's done - it's got everyone thinking. How many people contribute to these things - one in a hundred? That's a good thing. Nathan's done a good job if he can influence folks to break away from all our nerdiness and start thinking about things that aren't a game in his forum. Although perhaps politics is a game. Good for you. good for us. Cheers...kris

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Carlidan

It wasn't polictical. Nathan just pointed out Fox was distorting the truth. How is the polictical? It's a news station not a political party. Who said MSNBC, Huffington Post, or CNN never get their news wrong. Never said that. Never said I always agree with them either. I rarely watch any of those shows mention. I usually watch BBC, PBS, CSPAN if I want to get the bottom of things. And sometimes I'll watch Daily Show or Colbert just for the laughs. 

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ARCHANG3L

Really? Gamers are climbin in your windows and snatching your people up? Interesting to know I must play games with a bunch of 55 y/o guys wearing stalkings lol. Whatever happened to just being crazy or a POS? The system will never fail to win because we are so brainwashed in arguing amongst eachother. 

 

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Carlidan

Okay that was funny as hell. I just saw a survey advertisment asking Is Fox News fair and balance. That just made my day. 

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bprince66

I really wish you techno-liberals would have shown as much outrage at the "operation blame palin" news media campaign after the shooting in Arizona as you do this FLUFF STORY !! The Tactics involved here are no different, but the reaction is very different. It all comes down to who the target is as to wether or not you dislike the tactic or choose to make a stink about it !! Double standards always work in liberals favor in this blogging and media culture. It's not fair & balanced on your part, and you know it !

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Malefactor

Well of course it all comes down to who the target is and what you like or dislike. That's what free will is all about.

If you see someone do something disrespectful to a random stranger on the street, are you as likely to speak up as you would have been if they had done it to a friend of yours, or to you? Why would people who either don't like or don't care about Sarah Palin jump to her defense? Personally I don't care for her anyway, so attack her all you like. I'm not really going to jump in there and attack her as well, but I'm certainly not going to stand up for her either. But you attack video games, and that's a completely different story. I enjoy video games, video games aren't a pain in the ass, so yes, I will defend them.

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Carlidan

<cite> Double standards always work in liberals favor in this blogging and media culture. It's not fair & balance on your part and you know it!<cite>

LOL. Yeah keep thinking that. 

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bprince66

Aye, because anyone who studies the media/blogging situation can tell it's clearly in the liberals favor. I really wish it was a 50/50 split. It's anything but. 

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Carlidan

P.S. Please me show your statitics of your claim that it's more "liberal". 

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Carlidan

Sure keep smoking the pipe.

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BPrince6

So,  

Zazubovich,

 

MSNBC, HuffPost, and sources like that aren't CULTS ? They're FAIR and Balanced ? Non-biased ?

Secondly, how come it only makes the editorial rounds if it's concerning Fox News, or a conservative personality ? If it's MSNBC or CNN or a liberal, no-one will comment on it !?

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mcheshier

I agree, MSNBC, Huffington Post, CNN, or any other "opposing" view to Fox news is NEVER the bad guy, but, the minute Fox does a story that is not what the left agrees with, they are all of the sudden Not fair and balanced according to Maximum PC??. Sure, both sides have opionon shows AND journalists that SHOULD be fair and balanced. What fun would it be if EVERYONE was balanced left or right? We would all be "dummed down" unimaginitive zombies. I don't care whare anyone stands. What bothers me, is that Maximum PC (What I thought was a technology review company) cannot do an article without expressing their political view point. I don't pay them for their political opionin, I pay them for their technology opinion. Keep your day job uh?

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Carlidan

Hey that is a good question. Because maybe they don't want or care  to comment on them? It's seems conservatives have a problem when some one talks about them. Just food for thought. 

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bprince66

And why don't they want to or care to ?

They might have to admit their own faults !

The left wing community thinks that BIAS is only a problem on the Conservative Side, that they don't contribute to the problem. That there is no liberal media. That MSNBC is unbiased, is what mainstream should be. They really don't care for conservatives to say anything about them, either.

In anycase, when the only side that's attacked is the Conservative side, and the other side will forever be conveniently ignored ( when they do things the conservative side would have been attacked for ), you have no right to claim you're only speaking the truth !!

Maybe if there was true equality and 50/50 split in the bloggosphere and media, then it'd be a different story. But as it stands, the conservative side is an under-represented side that fights a very smug and pompous left-wing enemy in the war of words. When double standards are the norm, God knows its a lot easier being a liberal in this media culture then it is a conservative.

 

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Carlidan

Sure keep believing conservatives are having a bum rap. :(  It's so easy being a liberal huh. Sounds like your jealous eh. 

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kris79

This is just too beautiful. "I hate you" (for spewing this hate). "I love/hate you for being a Republican/Democrat/liberal/conservative."  Whoooo-Hooo! Are we still talking about video games = rape or has this become a political soapbox forum? Perhaps we should take up the Tea Party & Sarah Palin issues next in this (I think) computer magazine website? I love reading the funny hate mail most, but the Maximum PC title doesn't stand for Political Correctness. As for Nathan, don't kill the messenger. Then again, maybe you political pundits could please start writing for MPC and make it fair and balanced? I'm just sayin...

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Carlidan

Have to agree with you Kris. It went off base. But hey it is what it is. :)  Some people went nuts when Nathan just drilled Fox. Did he express his opinions too strongly. Yes. But you can at least be courteous with your responses when disagree with him. And some were. 

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kris79

Agreed!

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nadako

I read the fox article and i will defentally buy bullet storm the humor in achievments are amazing and i always wanted to create a game that had crotch shots and stuff.

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MaximumMike

Nathan,

You said, "We wanted to avoid covering this story altogether." I call b.s. If you had wanted to avoid it you would have.

I went back and read the entire article. I agree with you that Fox probably should not have included the quote about video games causing rapes. But at the same time, your quote was much more grandiose than theirs; and previous threads have already demonstrated that the Washington Post's statistic does not agree with the FBI's website. I'll take the FBI's word over the Washington Post any day.

However, I think your article is a complete piece of crap. You accuse Fox of taking quotes out of context. Specifically you mentioned the quote from Billy Pidgeon. Then you twisted Fox's connotation to represent what you wanted it to be. I read the article myself and Fox gave the same connotation to this quote that you did. You lie, plain and simple. 

You also accuse Fox of not being "fair and balanced" as they claim to be. I read the article and it seemed to do a good job of portraying both sides of the argument. Also, the author did not bring it to any conclusion, but left the reader to make up his/her own mind. I will admit that the article had a little slant towards censorship, which I thought was odd. The conservative view point is one of personal responsibility and less government interference So, I'm not sure how the author held this view point.

However, the truth is that all of the major television networks are biased in some way or another. MSNBC and CNN are certainly much more biased than Fox News. Or have you forgotten why Dan Rather was fired?

Here's a recent example for you. MSNBC and other major News outlets recently demonized Glenn Beck for a statement he made about shooting people in the head. The claims were that he was advocating shooting Democratic party leaders and politicians in the head. I thought to myself, "Now Glenn Beck is really out there, but did he really say THAT?" So I hunted down the actual transcript of his show and backed up to the beginning of the article and read it for context, something you seem to be incapable of yourself, Nathan. Now, you may disagree with what Glenn Beck said, but that does not change the actuality of what he said. In short, his argument was one that was chastising Democrats for letting extremists and militants into their party. He wrapped up by pointing out that if they did not play ball with the militants, they might have to shoot said militants in the head or otherwise be shot themselves. Glenn Beck was actually criticizing Democrats for purportedly bringing violent people into their party, but was accused of advocating violence. Now, you may disagree with him, but that's what he said. Yet, MSNBC and every other major news outlet blew the story entirely out of proportion. They all do it, Nathan. In comparison to MSNBC, Fox News is much more objective. 

I dont see you on here blasting any other news outlets. And I'm glad because I can make up my own mind about the media. I come here for articles on technology and that's all I want to see. However, Nathan, you obviously have a liberal bias and hate Fox News. Good for you. Now shut your frickin pie hole and write about technology. If you want to comment on politics, do it somewhere else, but not in my magazine.

I have asked you, Maximum PC, to keep your politics out of my magazine before. I love this mag, but I am just about out the door. Others have already left because of your shenanigans. Show some professionalism or you will lose yet another customer.

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altair31

That comment was very hilarious.

Nathan isn't lying, he just being a good person and is bending the truth.

Fox News objective is objective?!! What are you smoking?

http://www.turnoffyourtv.com/networks/foxnews/foxnews.html

Demcrats bring violent militants and extremists into their party? Wheres your proof?

He wasn't blasting other news outlets because this story was about Fox News. Did you even read the article?

He probably doesn't even hate Fox News, he just hates shitty reporting.

It isn't your magizine either, it is our magizine, and I for one appreciate some varied articles as long as it is mostly about technology.

Please leave MaximumPC magizine so we don't have to read things like this.

Thanks :)

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BadCommand

That was the most long winded, nonsensical diatribe I've had the pleasure to read in a very long time.

The doors to your left...

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jakeson

Nathans just doing what he thinks will get him a job.... at Fox

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