Media PI Makes Ridiculous Link Between Kent Shooting and Video Games
posted by June 27 at 17:12 PMon
“Video game may have led to real violence” is one of the top stories over at the PI right now. From reading said headline, you’d think some kids played too much Grand Theft Auto and went on a shooting spree.
Except that’s not what happened.
The story, written by Hector Castro, is actually about a double shooting in Kent which, according to everyone else reporting on the story, actually stemmed from an argument over a stolen Playstation video game console. Big difference. The headline—which could have been written by Castro’s editors—implies that video game violence led to the shooting, which appears to be complete bullshit.
Now, either the Castro and his editors don’t know the difference between a video game and a game console, haven’t done additional reporting on the story—the initial press release from Kent PD claimed the shooting was over a video game; I’ve got calls in to Kent PD for clarification, but no one’s been around all afternoon—or intentionally filed a misleading-but-sensationalistic headline.
I’ve got a call out to Castro to find out what his intent was but in the meantime, mull over this detail, buried at the bottom of the story.
Witnesses told investigators that they believed the video game dispute led to the violence, but police suspect there are other motivations behind the assault and shootings.