Forget The Wii Porn Menace; Perhaps We Should Be Worried About Reporters Getting Their Facts Wrong
from the just-saying dept
Remember the sensationalistic story from earlier this week about great big Wii porn menace? The one that seemed somewhat disconnected from, well, reality? Rick Klau read the story here and decided to investigate a little bit. In the story, the reporter claims that kids are already using their Wiis for porn, saying: "Young kids get it. In a blog, one child boasted, "The first thing I thought of when I downloaded the Wii browser was also porn." That made Rick a little curious, since the sourcing was entirely anonymous. He went searching through the various blog search engines to find the "one child" who made that "boast." What he found was that it wasn't in a blog post, but in a comment on the gaming blog Kotaku... and that the commenter is pretty clearly not a kid. In fact, his actual comment was taken out of context. What he said was: "Like any red blooded American male ages 18-45, the first thing I thought of when I downloaded the Wii browser was also porn." In other words, he's not a child at all, and actually said it in the quote -- but that didn't fit the reporter's story, so she apparently left it out. Furthermore, that sentence was immediately followed up with a comment about the Wii filters (which the reporter claimed didn't exist) and a joke. The line about the porn was a setup to the joke. So, just about everything about it was wrong. The comment wasn't from a kid. It wasn't serious. And, most importantly, the comment pointed out that there were Nintendo filters, which the reporter claims don't exist. I have to admit that I'm a lot less worried about kids surfing porn with their Wiis than I am about the training of some reporters these days.