Report: Fox News Host Talks Mass Effect on Yesterday's Show

January 29, 2008 -
We didn't catch yesterday's Live Desk program on Fox News, but a sharp-eyed GamePolitics reader wrote in to tell us that host Martha MacCallum made mention of the Mass Effect debacle. From the e-mail we received: 
Martha MacCallum just wrapped up today's Live Desk with Cooper Lawrence's quote from the New York Times.

GP: That would be Ms. Lawrence's admission to the NYT's Seth Schiesel that she was totally winging it with her inaccurate remarks about Mass Effect...
Martha also reiterated that they had invited "Microsoft, BioWare, and EA" to appear on the show.

Still no apology [from Fox News]... I thought it was pretty dirty that they're letting Cooper take the fall. Personally, I feel that Martha's comments on the game BEFORE the debate/interviews were trend-setting, and Cooper was brought on with a pre-existing mindset that Fox planted.

GP: Agreed - and thanks for sending that in!

UPDATE: G4 has a transcript of Martha MacCallum's comments:
Last week we aired a segment about a video game called Mass Effect.  There has been some criticism from the gaming community about the segment – on Friday, Cooper Lawrence who was the guest who spoke-out against the game, had this to say in an interview with the New York Times:
 
(MacCallum reading Lawrence’s comments from Jan. 26th NYT article): “I recognize that I misspoke. I really regret saying that, and now that I have seen the game and seen the sex scenes, its kind of a joke.  Before the show I had asked somebody about what they had had heard, and they had said its like pornography.  But its not like pornography.  I’ve seen episodes of ‘Lost’ that are more sexually explicit.”
 
MacCallum:  That from Cooper Lawrence in the New York Times.
 
MacCallum:  Again, we are inviting a representative from Microsoft, or BioWare or EA, the creators and distributors of this game for an interview with me, on this show to give their perspective of this story...

Comments

I love hte idiots tlaking about lawsuits, proving that they have no idea about law.

@JKF

Your statement brings nothing of use to the discussion. Either explain how you mean, or be quiet.

Cooper Lawrence is to take the blame for the whole thing...
Some feel bad for her, I say keep the online assault on her comming for another 6 to 8 months...
We must make it painfully obvious that becoming a lying 'expert' that blames everything on games... is a bad career move...

Know if only Hillary Clinton would say how she really feels about games soon and got a similar reaction before election time and Barack beat her... It would be good for the country and no politician would ever blame anything on games ever again...

@ shady8x

I think the Amazon bomb was an appropriate response to her statements at the time, however, now that she has rescinded them and been smeared by Fox I really think any further attacks are just plain stupid and would make us look less like an outspoken (so to speak) demographic and more like a bunch of childish assholes.

She's learnt her lesson. Even if her apology was only to protect her bank balance she still got the message: do some fucking research!

We should be focusing our rage on Fox.

ok im a learnig journalist and they are breaking part of the journalists code
of ethics
seek the truthe and report it....hmmmm, minimise harm (journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues has human beings deserving of respect)...what they did to BioWare was not respect, BE ACCOUNTABLE (journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers, and each other......being a lyer is not being accountable

yes there is a code we must follow created by the Society of Profesional Journalists
they are NOT professional

jesus my spelling in that sucked sorry my brain was moving fatster than my fingers were typing

(In response to the youtube clip)

"Theres been some criticism from the gaming community about this segment"; there been "SOME CRITICISM FROM THE GAMING COMMUNITY"? Theres been a whole hell of ALOT of criticism from the gaming community to be accurate (unlike Fox News)! Underestamating us will be something they will regret.

Underestamating us will be something they will regret.

Amen :D

WE ARE STRONG AND WE WILL FIGHT

STRENGTH THROUGH UNITY
UNITY THROUGH PLAYSTATION NETWORK AND XBOX LIVE

Meh, what do you expect from the global ambulance chasers network? They make money through fear, fear that they have created in the first place. Just think about how much money they make when there's a natural disastor or conflict. Makes me sick.

@ go fish

Damn, you had me, right up until you said Playstation Network... :)

@ shady8x

Fox "News" is at fault. It's their responsibility to choose their sources and validate the information that is reported on their network.

What they do isn't journalism, it's bullshit. A real journalist or a real news network would ensure that the person acting as an "expert" has verifiable credentials. Fox "News" doesn't do that, they just find someone who's looking for publicity and who's charismatic.

They're basically saying that rather then do any of the real work that is a journalist's trade they will instead just present sources to the audience. That's crap and they need to be taken to task for what they're doing.

@ go fish

Welcome to the field! I hate to be the one to break this to you but it's all corrupt. The trick is to find the least corrupt organization possible and try to do something positive when you can.

In regards to the story update, Fox News is still in error in thinking that it's the responsibility of EA or BioWare to come on their show and set the record straight. It's the responsibility of the JOURNALIST to do this when they get the facts wrong. The position of EA is pretty clear -- Fox News screwed up and got the facts wrong.

And still no apology.

well at least they're trying to do something about something.

There's a low probability that EA will take up Fox on this one. First off they know that Fox just wants a ratings boost and will try to milk this story for all its worth. Second, EA'll be walking into another smear campaign, given that Fox News is Fox territory, and they know it.

@ConstantNeophyte

Thanks for the positive remark. You said something interesting a few posts back. "We should be focusing our rage on Fox." You made a pretty good point. The real question is how are gamers attack Fox like they attacked Cooper Lawrence? I might have figured it out.

I remember a few months back ago that American Idol's ratings keep droping due to the continued sucess of contestant "Sanjaya Malikar" (and boy did the ratings droped). Everyone was talking about how such a crappy singer stayed on the show. Even judge Simon Cowell was threating how he was going to leave the show if Sanjaya won. There was many theories on why he remained on the show.

The most credible theory was that there is a online movement centered around geting the show canceled by constantly getting the worst singer to win American Idol. The main website behind this was http://votefortheworst.com/

Now you are wondering, "What this has to do with your idea?".
The main reason I metioned American Idol is that Fox News does not have a book of it's own on Amazon. What if we can harness that same energy that was used in attacking Cooper Lawence's book ratings and use it to torpedo American Idol's ratings by having the worst singer win American Idol? It all depends on how many people can we get to "vote for the worst". It could work, the gamers are still VERY pissed off at Fox. The "vote for the worst" message would have to go viral in order to work. But that in its self could be very easy to do seeing how many people posted one star reviews of Cooper's book after hearing it online.

The show is going to begin the main singing contest soon, so that leaves some time to organize. If this works, the gamers can really hurt News Corp. in the wallet. News Corp. is heavily relying on the show to generate money during these rough times (slowdown in the economy, the WGA writers strike). Numbers are one of the gamers' main strengh :)

Too much time and effort would have to be invested in doing something like that for most people to seriously consider it as a viable option. Moreover lots of collateral damage to innocent people would also transpire and that would make us out to be the bad guys to the general public and give News Corp a justification to change things at our expense so to speak and blame us for any number of things on the backside. I see nothing but downside for us pursing such a course of action.

I said it before and I'll say it again the industry needs to man-up and step-up and do the right thing on behalf of its consumers.

@Spartan

You made a good point. It's just one of the many options that I'm considering. But there needs to be a way to channel that energy used in those one star reviews.

@Spartan

I do agree with you that the game companys need to step up to the chalenge. I think EA should sue News Corp.

@ MR.B

Yeah, I agree with Spartan on this. We need an easier way to voice our anger at fox.

I just looked at their "Community" something tells me that it only exists as Fox's fan service to themselves.

@ConstantNeophyte
Playstation is chatching up and real gamers have all systems
*brushes dust off shoulder*

@ go fish

Haha, no hard feelings aye? I was just being a Dick. I might get a PS3 when they get more games I want and when they come down in price a bit (I'm not going to get a crappy nerfed one).

What the hell do they mean "perspective on the story"? The fact is Fox lied about the content of the game- its not a matter of perspective. How hard is it to admit you were wrong and sensationalized the story? I thought the bible had crap in it about lying being bad. The conservatives running Fox certainly aren't living up to their so-called "standards"...

Ever seen a conservative/christian/pro family activist living up to the standards in regard to games? Yeah, next to Santa Claus and Yeti I bet..

Hmmm this is just apologising without actually taking responsibility for being wrong.

Give Cooper Lawrence her due, at least she admitted to making a mistake. I guess Fox values the illusion of fidelity over actually being honest... Ah well I don't watch it, or any other Murdoch channelsfor that matter, no skin off my nose.

Gift.

Wow. Guys. Someone disses a game we like and we go effin' nuts over it? I have no idea why this particular event is so important to everyone. People have been bashing video games since the mid '80s and, honestly, why haven't I seen this kind of reaction against Hilary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi when they ACTIVELY attempt to legislate the demise of games like ME? Why waste your time castigating Cooper and Fox for their "opinion" when the real enemy (those who want to actually prevent M-rated games from being created) is given a free pass.

I would like to hope that we gamers are a little more astute than what the non-gaming community gives us credit for.

These people are not journalists. Journalists check sources before they report a story. The network should be called "Fox Jive."

@ Luke

We do attack them.

But false reporting to get a rise out of your viewership, is just as evil. These are the kinds of actions that lead to further attempts at legislation.

Sign this petition to fox news: petitiononline.com/foxnews9

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Does anyone else get the impression that Fox News is treating Ms. Lawrence like she is a five dollar back alley crack whore and Ms. MacCallum is was just pimping her?

I so want Ms. Lawrence to do the victim spin against Fox News. She could get so much PR mileage out of this situation it is not even funny. Just imagine her book reviews after a few news cycles.

I'm telling you it will work wonders for her. Shoot she would get asked on all the talk shows because of the cool factor due to the tech aspect of video games, the filth that is Fox, the twists & lies, her sexy looks, and most importantly the payback.

we need to get our message across. since were ignored and dissed by faux, we have to resort to gurella tactics

So she went on a national network to speak in some sort of expert capacity, and she didn't have any idea what she was talking about? This woman should be shamed out of public discourse.

And EA, Bioware, Microsoft, and everyone else shouldn't dignify Fox News with any response.

@Spartan



I agree with you on this, She can just play the victim in this for a while and appear on another news station and attack Fox news for using so-called experts who know nothing on the material. Boom, instant PR.

Also agreeing with you that she is quite attractive.
 
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