Last month, we noted that politicians from both parties were getting together for some unconstitutional election-year fun, in blaming violent video games for all sorts of youth problems (conveniently ignoring, of course, that youth violence continues to drop as these games get more popular). The Daily Show had a spot on segment pointing out some of the more ridiculous statements from some of the politicians. Now, Dual writes in to point out that one of the Congressman called out by Jon Stewart, Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania, is angry at the Daily Show and Comedy Central for the way they "portrayed" his words. The problem, though, is that all the Daily Show really does is let the Congressman speak for himself, suggesting that inner city kids are less able to tell the difference between video games and reality, but that "a wealthy kid from the suburbs" would have no problem recognizing it's just a video game. In fact, they let him speak for quite some time, and his words are pretty clear. It's hard to see how his words were portrayed incorrectly. In complaining about it, he then goes on to say that various tragedies, such as Columbine, help prove his point that these video games are a problem. Of course, as has been pointed out repeatedly, the problem here isn't video games, but children with serious problems. It's not the video games that make children do bad things. Most people understand the difference between reality and video games. People who can't separate the two have much bigger problems than what type of video game they're playing. Whether or not Jon Stewart portrayed this Congressman's words out of context, it seems Joseph Pitts has no clue what he's talking about -- but that won't stop him from trying to pass some legislation on the matter.
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