Hillary Clinton Tells Common Sense Media She Would Support Video Game Legislation

December 21, 2007 -
Last week, GamePolitics reported on Common Sense Media's survey of the 2008 presidential candidates and where they stand on media issues, including those related to video games.

While the initial response from candidates was somewhat sparse (only John Edwards, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Bill Richardson replied in time for CSM's release deadline), Sen. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, has now weighed in.

Here is CSM's question on the topic of video game legislation, posed to Clinton and other responding candidates:
To date, nearly 10 states have considered legislation to keep violent video games out of kids' hands. Would you support this type of legislation at the federal level? What other strategies would you support to keep the video game industry and other media companies from marketing and selling inappropriate content to children?

Here is Sen. Clinton's response:
When I introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act [FEPA] two years ago, I did so because I felt that video game content was getting increasingly violent and sexually explicit, yet young people were able to purchase these games with relative ease while their parents were struggling to keep up with being informed about the content.

Sen. Clinton describes what FEPA would have mandated, had it passed: 
On-site store managers would be subject to a fine of $1,000 or 100 hours of community service for the first offense and $5,000 or 500 hours of community service for each subsequent offense.

The bill would also require an annual, independent analysis of game ratings and require the FTC to conduct an investigation to determine whether hidden sexual content like what was in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a pervasive problem and to take appropriate action...

Finally, the bill would authorize the FTC to conduct an annual, random audit of retailers to monitor enforcement and report the findings to Congress.

FEPA was prompted by the Hot Coffee scandal, said Clinton:
I was motivated to take action when I found out that there was embedded illicit sexual content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The [ESRB] was unaware of the embedded content. I called on the FTC to investigate the source of the content and, as a result, the company issued a recall of the game.

When I am president, I will work to protect children from inappropriate video game content.

Sen. Clinton described for CSM her biggest concern about media as a parent:
Research has shown that violent and sexually explicit media contribute to aggressive behavior, early sexual experimentation, obesity, and depression.

Whenever I meet young parents... they tell me that they are worried about losing control over the raising of their own children and about ceding the responsibility of implicating values and behaviors to a multi-dimensional media marketplace over which they have no control...

Studies have found that exposure to TV violence can increase the risk of aggressive behavior in children and may be related to attention problems later in life. And some experts say that time spent watching too much TV or surfing the Internet or playing video games may detract from the time children spend interacting with their parents, participating in physical activity, or using their imaginations. 

Comments

Not me right? Not me..

Wow, I wonder who these mysterious studies were done by? I bet by no one. Now I know why I do not want her to be president.

not surprising since Hillary is a close friend of Tipper Gore, who went on her own censorship crusade just a few decades ago.

Hillary and "Common Sense" Media can both go to hell.

Hillary has just guaranteed her defeat in '08.

This interview does not change my opinion. While my vote is always symbolic (thanks to the electoral college), I do plan on voting for president this November.

As a young parent myself I find it amusing that they blame TV, the internet, and video games for the problems of a child; Last time I checked it was the parents responsibility to raise their kids, its not that hard to turn off the t.v. and go outside and play with your kids, but in this day and age people don't have the "time" to spend with their kids, or in other words are too lazy to raise them.

The government needs to back off trying to regulate things that Parents are more than capable of doing, it is not any industries fault that a parent remains to be ignorant of the world around them, and chooses not to do research on what they should let their children consume.

Thats my rant :P.

@BlackIce: You DO realize that threatening a presidential candidate is almost as severe an offense as threatening the President, right?

As for Hillary's comments:
"Research has shown that violent and sexually explicit media contribute to aggressive behavior, early sexual experimentation, obesity, and depression."

It has? Aggressive behavior's been hinted at, but early sexual experimentation? Depression? And, well, anything that isn't exercise or eating right can lead to obesity.

"When I am president, I will work to protect children from inappropriate video game content."

Remind me, how many children were injured and in need of protection from the Hot Coffee mod? It wasn't exactly child's play to figure out, so I doubt there's a large number of people who bought the game, were under 18, and who set the mod up.

"Studies have found that exposure to TV violence can increase the risk of aggressive behavior in children and may be related to attention problems later in life."

Then it's a good thing your bill takes efforts to protect the children from the harmful effects of violent TV. OH, WAIT, IT DOESN'T.

The sad thing is that when asked about junk food advertising this is what she said (emphasis added):

In the United States, we are going in the right direction: In December 2006, 10 of the top food companies in the country announced a new Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative that includes a commitment to devote at least 50 percent of all advertising to healthier foods or to messages that encourage fitness or nutrition. I believe there is more work to be done. I would like to see the entire food industry come together to develop voluntary guidelines that take their responsibility to children seriously. I think that there are a lot of steps that the private sector and the public sector, working together, can take to curb marketing and availability of unhealthy products to our children.


She will elt the junk food industry regulate itself, yet force government regulation on the video game industry. Can you say Hypocrite?

you also need to keep in mind that she's FOR the All Children Left Behind policy, which has been one of the WORST things to happen to public education since allowing public funds pay for private/charter schools.

I love the idea that young parents are worried about losing control or raising their children to the media and marketplace, but they are totally fine with losing control to the federal government.

Hitlery has regained a bit of my respect, and before everyine gets all ho headed, i will explain why:

1) Unlike a certain attourney and senator we have all come to know and love/hate-with-an-undying-passion, she is actually taking an intelligent approach to this rather than suing everyone related to the issue.

2) She is not bragging about T.V. apperances, and is actually supporting her claims rather than saying "This is how it is, and will be, because i said so *sticks tongue out*"

3) She is INVESTIGATING rather than making broad, generalized statements like all the others.

As a POLITICIAN, i can find a little respect for her. Her policies though am VERY against. She is leaving many gaps with her FEPA Act (i can see a few jokes those in the younger crowd will be making) by leaving out T.V. and other forms of violent/explicit media. However, since she is not making a total ass out of herself, i can find a slight bit of respect for her.

Im sorry about that, me am goood speeler! I meant "everyone" and "hot headed".

"What other strategies would you support to keep the video game industry and other media companies from marketing and selling inappropriate content to children?"

Even the question is stupid, let alone the answers...
Games companies DO NOT MARKET ADULT GAMES TO CHILDREN
The videogame industry IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RETAILERS
It really cannot be said enough times.

"Whenever I meet young parents… they tell me that they are worried about losing control over the raising of their own children and about ceding the responsibility of implicating values and behaviors to a multi-dimensional media marketplace over which they have no control…"

Well perhaps they should try actually acting like parents instead of buying their children inappropriate media instead? nah, sounds like too much hard work...

Because she's a brain dead bitch.

Hitlery Clinton; worst candidate ever.

Not that I was going to vote for her anyway...but I may end up voting Republican on this one. Ugh.

-P

Of course, her problem with games would vaporize overnight if the game industry and high profile game developers threw themselves (and lots and lots of their money) wholeheartedly in support of her her campaign.

Hey, it worked for Hollywood.

@ Vaminion

The Republicans are worse. Vote Obama.

Every single American gamer of voting age, should not only vote against Mrs. Clinton (hey, whoever you want to pick is fine on any side, as long as it's not her), but should also write the Senator to let her know exactly why she lost your vote - even if she didn't have it in the first place.

Let her know you cannot vote for someone who does not support the first ammendment, and that anyone who lies, creates statistics and uses the fear du jour to get votes doesn't deserve a place in the countries political system. Enough of those letters, and, who knows? Maybe she'll realise games and gamers aren't the easy target she thinks they are.

I'd do it myself but, even though I live in the US, I'm not a citizen, so my voice doesn't really, well, count in politics.

HELL NO! That guy is liberal to the extreme! He will end up taxing us dry and pulling the troops so fast that it will be Vietnam all over again. Im going to vote for whoever is not a complete douche bag.

Well, she has never had my support, and if she's elected, I will probably move out of the country. At least she didn't call the research of video violence fact. I am voting Edwards, if he doesn't make it to the primaries, then I'm not voting. I would agree with Zachary Knight though, republicans are worse, but it looks like all the (R) candidates are just screwing up at every turn, ruining their chance to take the office.

And by that i mean its not going to be Obama or Clinton. Im indipendant. Extremism is going to lead us to WWIII, IHMO

its time . . .

aflred e neuman for president!!!

As a none-American, I obviously don't get a say in 2008, but as you're the world super power, every other person in the world really does have a view point on this... so...

Please not Clinton. Do you realise how terrible it looks on the US if your presidential roll call for 20 whole years is

Bush Clinton Clinton Bush Bush Clinton

I personally would like to see Barak Obama get the ticket, but unfortunately being black and having the middle name Hussein will not help him in any way.

@EZK

What if we never get the chance to vote for Obama?

Translator mode:

"When I am Head Dictator... er... president, I will work to protect children from inappropriate video game content by dictating what is and what is not appropriate for other people's children because, after all, MY family is morally superior to all of you and if you don't live your life MY way, then you need me to do it for you."

"Improperly performed Research has shown that violent and sexually explicit media contribute to aggressive behavior, early sexual experimentation, obesity, and depression, but don't worry, we didn't bother to compare or contrast it to other things that might affect your children because to do so would show that no one factor is to blame for anything any individual does. In fact, we take out the recognition of the complexity of the individual and merely create misinformation and stereotypes so that we have something to blame when something bad happens. After all, no one is responsible for our... er... their actions."

"Whenever I meet young parents… they tell me that they are worried about losing control over the raising of their own children and about ceding the responsibility of implicating values and behaviors to a multi-dimensional media marketplace over which they have no control… But don't worry, my morals and those of my family are superior to yours so I'll just take over raising yours kids how -I- think they should be raised instead of giving you an education in the resources availalbe to you so that you can make YOUR OWN decisions, even if they don't jibe with mine, for YOUR OWN children."

"Studies have found that exposure to TV violence can increase the risk of aggressive behavior in children and may be related to attention problems later in life. And some experts say that time spent watching too much TV or surfing the Internet or playing video games may detract from the time children spend interacting with their parents, participating in physical activity, or using their imaginations. And don't worry, I'll keep pointing out the negatives and not telling you about ANY of the positives (such as the social benefits of communicating with others online in a variety of situations, the health benefits of the physical games such as DDR, the various Wii sports games, and other potential physical video games available, or the benefits of opening children's minds to the various fictional settings available in many games, the world building potential of games that allow one to create their own stories, games which challenge the mind, etc which all builds on the imagination process. Remember, everything I don't approve of is bad. And if you disagree, then you are a bad Parent."

Nightwng2000
NW2K Software
Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

@Glen Essex

Edwards won't even get the nomination, and he shouldn't, because he, like hitlery, is an idiot.

The concept of autonomy is dieing in this nation because the citizens are content to deliver their decision making rights to what they believe to be authoritative figures. At what point did people forget that we place officials in governmental positions, thus we are the true authority. If true, the young parents Clinton spoke to have forgotten the foundation of our nation.

". . .the supreme authority of the just state extends only to those matters which it is proper for a state to control."

What may be proper for a small group of inexperienced, confused people does not extend to those of us who would rather make the mistakes, so long as they are our mistakes to be made.

instend of keeping kids safe from tv,and vg.
keep the others safe from war,drugs, and guns.

As I said,the first female president won't be alone if it's HER in the seat, however she will likely win it on that alone

I'd like to once again remind everyone that the forums are Open and taking new members. I'd also like to point out that it IS a JT free area.

Hitlery won't be our first female president. She has a penis.

Also, she won't win, God willing.

Wow. This next presidential election is really turning into a 'no good options' race.

Just vote for Obama.

@BlackIce
Obama won't win the primary because he's too green. He has no experience and has done essentially nothing with his career so far.

Folks, I just IP-banned a longtime user.

Please keep your comments within GP's comments policy.

@Austin Lewis

That doesn't usually stop people.

And he is closing the gap on Hitlery.

it wasn't me was it?

Just to check he didn't ban this IP..

I think it was Pandralisk..

@BlackIce
Well, here's the thing.

The one thing that the populace, for the most part, knows about Obama is that he went to a maddrassa, where many Islamic ZEALOTS go too.

Now, with the wealth of information that the internet places at our fingertips, you would think that the people would look into him more.

But they won't.

Besides, the young crowd that would vote for Obama doesn't actually turn out to vote ever anyway.

@BlackIce
I concur my good man.

Some people have theorized - and I really hope that this is true - that because the 2008 campaign has been raging for so long, people will start to get weary of campaign news by the time the election rolls around. Hillary may be the frontrunner now in some polls, but she may have trouble maintaining that much momentum for long, especially when people start getting tired of hearing her.
I'm also willing to wager that if the Dems nominate Hillary (who a lot of people despise) and the Republicans nominate someone equally unlikeable (Romney's pissed a lot of people off) then we'll see a very strong showing from a third party candidate. Even if it's not a strong enough showing to win, it might shatter the myth that a third party candidate can't be a serious contender.

@Austin Lewis

I'd be suprised if anyone under the age of 50 votes. They all hate the Republicans, and the Democrats don't have anyone apart from Obama who, as you said, won't actually have anyone turn out to vote for him.

@BlackIce
A lot of people don't. Less than 1/6th of the country voted in the last election, and less than 1/4th of the registered voters actually showed up to vote.

i like a lot of the positions that ron paul (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_paul#Political_positions) takes. i think he'll have my vote unless someone can find a better candidate.

@Austin Lewis

Which then leaves you with the problem of a President elected by a minority. Worst case scenario would have Romney elected.

Nah, Blackice, looks like you are safe.

Nightwng2000
NW2K Software
Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Oh, pandering bells, pandering bells,
Pandering all the way
Oh, what fun it is to pander
In a one horse open race
Pandering bells, pandering bells,
Pandering all the way
Oh, what fun it is to pander
In a one horse open race

I get inspired this time of the year.

If Clinton gets the Democratic nomination and someone horrible like Romney gets the Republicans nomination, then vote Libertarian, or Green or Independent. Anyone but the douche or turd running for president.

The best way to handle this problem a couple of weeks before the primaries is full-blast protesting. Let the politicans know that these idea's are seriously messed up. The gaming public HAS to raise a big stink about this.
 
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