One can only wonder if Merkel actually understands that news that she doesn't want to be reported does not equate to "fake news?" Based on what I know about her, I'm guessing that the answer to this question is "NO!!!"
The very fact that the major broadcasters have not insisted that Nielsen properly track cord-cutting says more about them than Nielsen.
It tells me that the major networks are operating under the "self-licking ice cream cone" model of business analysis and paying Nielsen to tell them what they want to hear, rather than what they need to know to offer programming that the viewing public wants to see.
As broadcast television continues to become less and less relevant, it will remain ever clueless about the self-planted seeds of destruction that have sprouted, flourished and consumed it.
I know that I could not face the Internet every day if I did not know that brave heroes like Anne Rice were out there fighting the evil Internet hordes to keep me safe from exposure to things that hurt my feelings and make me sad.
Worse than a paper cut are the vicious comments of a faceless Internet troll and/or grammar nazis.
Or, you know, save all that money and respond with evidence that the claim is false, using links, citations and other information. It's a whole lot cheaper and it keeps you from being portrayed as a thin-skinned legal bully, something Internet Lawyer Charles Carreon has some first-hand experience with.
That's all well and good if the comments to which you object are false. However, since many of these complaints are likely more true than false, there's little point in trying to rebut them like a normal, civilized person.
I'm fairly certain that video games do have effects beyond what Techdirt likes to acknowledge. Just this past weekend, after spending some time playing Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, I felt the uncontrollable urge to go pick up my nephews and visit the Lego store in a nearby mall.