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By / 09.09.11

My alter ego is that of a graduate student at a major media college with a respected journalism department, and that journalism department made me stop hating Fox News, and start pitying everyone involved in it. Because I started hearing exactly why Fox News is the way it is.

Working for Fox News is like doing porn in journalism: you’re never working anywhere else. Why? Not because of politics. Because of incompetence. To give you an idea: Fox News pays out a fortune, every year, settling lawsuits over clearance fees. You know, like the massive payout they had to hand Trent Reznor for using three songs from “The Fragile” and releasing the episodes they used it on to DVD, all without conducting basic clearance checks.

Here’s the thing: clearance stuff is basic. If I don’t do clearence work on projects in grad school, it costs me a letter on my overall grade. This is something anybody who has worked in media for any length of time should do as a reflex.

With all that in mind, here’s a video from Fox News about how video games are teaching your kids to hate the loveable nuclear industry.

Maybe you want to Google “Fukushima”, T.J., before arguing nuclear power is, like, totally the safest. Just saying.

By the way, in case you were wondering, “Sim City Societies” came out four years ago, and “Fate of the World” is an obscure and insanely difficult sim released this year. Seriously. This game will break both feet off and then see if it can fit a hand or two in there for giggles. It’s not a game for kids, and it really makes you think hard about climate policies, energy policies, and geopolitics. I’m kind of baffled Fox News even mentioned it.

Maybe an intern played it and said “FNAR MAKE BRAIN HURT PRODUCER MAKE STORY TO MAKE MEAN GAME GO AWAY?”

[ via Kotaku ]


TOPICS#video games
TAGSfate of the worldFOX NEWShere we go againsimcity societies

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