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…