"Journalist" Who Wrote Fake GTA Story Ridicules Gamers

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"Journalist" Who Wrote Fake GTA Story Ridicules Gamers

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The "journalist" who made-up the story about Grand Theft Auto Rothbury in yesterday's Daily Star says he's "baffled" by the uproar and has responded to complaints by ridiculing adult gamers.

A quick update in case you missed it yesterday: Jerry Lawton, a "journalist" with the U.K. news site Daily Star, wrote a story about a new version of Grand Theft Auto based on real-life killer Raoul Moat. He even extracted an obviously anguished quote about GTA Rothbury from the grandmother of Moat's ex-girlfriend, one of his victims. The problem? There is no such game. Lawton found a fake cover of the non-existent game online and proceeded to build an anti-gaming story around it.

The uproar eventually led to the story being pulled, albeit without any kind of apology, explanation or even an acknowledgment that it existed at all, but the man behind it is entirely unrepentant. In fact, he claims to be surprised that people are upset by his story and seems oblivious to the fact that Grand Theft Auto Rothbury doesn't actually exist at all. He even took the opportunity to ridicule adult gamers on his Facebook page, which has since been set to private.

"Baffled by the fury of adult gamers," he wrote. "These are grown (?!?) men who sit around all day playing computer games with one another who've today chosen to enter the real world just long enough to complain about my story slamming a Raoul Moat version of Grand Theft Auto! You would think I'd denied the Holocaust!!! Think I'll challenge them to a virtual reality duel....stab....I win!!!"

Let me remind you that this is a "real journalist" speaking and although the Star is a notoriously trashy rag, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a certain minimal level of integrity in its reporting, even if only to the point of not passing off outright lies as real news and then making fun of people who call them on it. Is that really so baffling, Jerry?

Source: Destructoid

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This is why you don't do drugs, kids!

The daily star? Thast even more a of piece of crap than the Sun, nothing they publish is news worthy. Seriosuly, its audience consists of people who find the Sun to hard to understand.

My only question, who the hell is Raoul Moat? He killed what, 3 people? So what? Honestly? Why would GTA make a game off of him? When the US has how many 30+ serial killers? Not to be mean, or say that what he did was a minor thing, but seriously? Who the hell would believe this?

And thus not only do I get the image of The Poor Victim in the top right, but I also get an idiot being the worlds most idiotic man. I could think of much harsher words, but I refuse to lower myself to that.

Calumon: Silly man is VERY silly.

And...this man is clearly what is known as an "douche", children.

Print journalism is a dying medium as it is, I think we could spare the writing efforts of this jerk.

He's just an epic fail

So you lie about something, thet get all buthurt when said somethings fan base is angry at you? How about trying to not be a lying fraud instead of being a smug dick?

I find it ironic that we're making much, much more sense than him.

gilthanan:
My only question, who the hell is Raoul Moat? He killed what, 3 people? So what? Honestly? Why would GTA make a game off of him? When the US has how many 30+ serial killers? Not to be mean, or say that what he did was a minor thing, but seriously? Who the hell would believe this?

He killed one guy and failed to kill a policeman with a shotgun to his face.

Also, British Media is full of cunts.

Because, obviously, sitting around playing video games all day is far, far worse than making up stories out of whole cloth and attempting to pass them off as "news" in order to generate controversy (and, of course, site views for his column).

The man is a cancer on the face of the Internet and should be ridiculed at every turn. And the grandmother he interviewed should sue him for causing mental anguish and using her name to promote lies.

Thank you for putting journalist in quotes, because it needed to be done. Isn't the daily star a tabloid? the name rings a bell, but i can't remember exactly what it is. in which case, anything read in that thing should be immediately dismissed as talentless writing concocted from the mind of someone who can't get a real career.

Perhaps "grown men" don't sit on FaceBook godmodding and bitching about being caught making libellous comments?

Oh, you can if you're Chief Crime Correspondent of the Daily Star can you?

Would that be the Jeremy Giles Lawton, 43, from Essex, btw? Who has 3 pseudonyms on the electoral roll?

In fact, this man,
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The man that wrote this headline:
HAM SARNIE MUSLIMS SUE JAIL FOR 2M

Just a tip. Those Gamers. Not good people to get riled.

I challenge you to a writing duel, Jerry!
I wrote that I win, so I am the victor!
How did we get there? Is there any logic behind this process? I am merely making statements with no sources and covering it up with insults?

You didn't take these things into account, neither shall I!

This is like me writing a story of how Russia declared war on America and afterwards when everyone pissed caused they spent last 5 hours building bombshelters get pissed at me and me responding... "Well maybe Russia should go to war with America."

gilthanan:
My only question, who the hell is Raoul Moat? He killed what, 3 people? So what? Honestly? Why would GTA make a game off of him? When the US has how many 30+ serial killers? Not to be mean, or say that what he did was a minor thing, but seriously? Who the hell would believe this?

This the UK and shooting people simply isn't British outside of a gentlemanly duel

Unfortunately, completely making up a story is not new here. Our tabloid journalism makes it a habit. Fact checking is a lost art. Journalists just hear a rumour, or see another article in another paper and run with it. It's crapulous nonsense at best, hatemongering filth at worst. It's the reason I don't rely on tabloid newspapers for current events.

Sounds just like Uwe Bold speaking XD

I am sensing a bit of annoyance in the last paragraph there.

But seriously, crap like this is just annoying. I mean, could be not be bothered to do a google search for the supposed title of the game. When nothing legitimate came up shouldn't he have stopped writing. Idiots like this just annoy me. Actually strike that, people who are not smart enough to reserch their claims annoy me. I can tolorate an idiot, people like this are a waste of a brain. [/endrant]

Needed to get that off my chest...

This guy is a grade A troll, I'd applaud him for the lengths he appears willing to go in trying to keep trolling the gaming industry, but unlike a normal troll people listen to this idiot.

Any word on 4chan striking out against this douche?

Did he just invoke Godwin with that Holocaust quote?

I'd say yes, so he loses be default.

I like how he instantly goes to "They travel outside long enough to read this" as opposed to "Oh shit, they actually are outside rather frequently."

He's an anti-gaming hack, hopefully he gets fired, and nobody's going to be able to take him seriously anymore. Karma's a bitch, aint it?

Ah, Jerry Lawton, you're logic will be in our hearts forever.

I challenge you to a virtual duel!
I win! Who cares if you had no oppurtunity to respond, or if this even made sense, I wrote an article because the internet fooled me, and I can type "I win", so clearly, I am victorious!

KeyMaster45:
This guy is a grade A troll, I'd applaud him for the lengths he appears willing to go in trying to keep trolling the gaming industry, but unlike a normal troll people listen to this idiot.

Any word on 4chan striking out against this douche?

OMG i wish that would happen that would be pure justice

OT: this guy is a smug dick(wonder what that actually looks like) i mean he makes up a story then says well gamers r a bunch of shut ins so why not

I challenge you to a virtual reality integrity battle! STAB, WE WIN.

KeyMaster45:

Any word on 4chan striking out against this douche?

For once, I'd actually support Anonymous if they did.

He stacked exclamation marks...

That's not even grammatically correct...

This man is paid to write articles for a national newspaper and doesn't even know a basic rule of grammar...

This man makes me ashamed to call myself British... nay, to call myself human.

Oh... Dear... God.

I would say that the Daily Star lost what little credibility they had... but they had none in the first place.

To those who are baffled about why Rhaoul Moat is such a big faff in Britain, is because he is in fact the second person to go on a killing spree within this month, and he also wrote a novel-length letter about how he hates the police, will not stop killing them till he's dead, etc etc - people have been concerned about the connection between the two incidences, how people are reacting to this, etc etc.

To make a fake story like this and not apologise, and infact claim to be a 'real' journalist is not only insulting to the gaming industry (as well as the film and book industry who were also accused of similar fake stories), but highly insensitive to the friends and families of the victims.

Andy, there is NO integrity to be found within that site. As I pointed out in yesterday's topic, this is what they replaced the story with:

This isn't a publication, it's a trashy tabloid that's pretending to be an actual news site. And this man's attitude disgusts me. It would have been low enough if he had just denied that the story is fake, but instead of even that he chooses to insult the people who complained? Well, I'll give the Daily Star credit. Their staff quite obviously deserves to be working for a trashy tabloid magazine.

Must resist urge to deconstruct and critique those quotes...
So much ignorance!

Baffled by the fury of Daily Star "journalists", these are grown (?!?) men who sit around all day coming up with stories and photoshopping celebrity faces onto porn stars with one another who've today chosen to enter the real world just long enough to complain about gamers who noticed the story slamming a Raoul Moat version of Grand Theft Auto was completely ficticious! You would think they'd denied the Holocaust!!! Think I'll challenge them to a virtual reality duel....stab....I win!!!

Oh wow, it DOES work both ways!

I'd like him to be fired. If he's so quick to insult entire groups of people that he clearly doesn't understand, then his opinions shouldn't be printed into words. We did fuck all wrong here and yet a story about a serial killer has now turned to... video gamers?

I like how journalist is in quotations.

But I mean if you ever wanted a way to generate alot of attention for yourself, while ensuring you'll never have a real job that matters ever, this is probably one of the most effective ways to do it.

What a sad, bitter man.

Pretty sure this whole thing's falls foul of the Press Complaints Commission's Code of Practice. Especially part 5i

In cases involving personal grief or shock, enquiries and approaches must be made with sympathy and discretion and publication handled sensitively. This should not restrict the right to report legal proceedings, such as inquests.

Someone file a complaint.

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