Last week, GamePolitics was the first game-oriented site to report on a New Haven Advocate story detailing Connecticut State Senator Gayle Slossberg’s controversial remarks about Grand Theft Auto IV.
The newspaper reported that Sen. Slossberg, a Democrat, was concerned about a possible rape scene in the game and was considering introducing game-oriented legislation in the upcoming session.
The following day, however, Slossberg issued a statement to the effect that her comments were "misrepresented" by the Advocate.
Despite the Senator’s protestations, the paper is standing by its story. Following an inquiry by GamePolitics, we received the Advocate’s statement a short time ago:
The Advocate defends its reporting on this story. Sen. Slossberg was clearly speaking about stricter video game labeling in her capacity as a lawmaker, rather than as a mother or a private citizen. Also, our story said nothing about the senator wanting to restrict video game content, only video game labeling.
While we are sympathetic to the senator’s concerns, there is no privacy protection for public speech. It is misguided to assume a conversation between an influential state senator and a reporter, or reporters, occurring in a public place, is off-the-record. The Advocate is happy to talk on background, if it’s requested. In this case, it was not.