The Daily Star Admit That They Are Poor Journalists Who Print Lies
Daily Star Apologise For False Story And For It’s Poor Journalism
In 2010 the Daily Star was forced to apologise for a false story about the creation of video game “Grand Theft Auto.” The paper also admitted that the publication of it’s article was due to its own journalistic failings.
Originally The Daily Star claimed that Rockstar Games who is the originator of the Grand Theft Auto games were about to release a version of the fame based on incidents involving killer Raoul Moat. The full statement of their apology is below:
“On 21 July we published an article claiming that the video games company Rockstar Games were planning to release a version of their popular Grand Theft Auto video games series titled “Grand Theft Auto Rothbury”.
We also published what we claimed would be the cover of this game, solicited comments from a family member impacted by the recent tragedy and criticised Rockstar Games for their alleged plans.
We made no attempt to check the accuracy of the story before publication and did not contact Rockstar Games prior to publishing the story. We also did not question why a best-selling and critically acclaimed fictional games series would choose to base one of their most popular games on this horrifying real crime event.
It is now accepted that there were never any plans by Rockstar Games to publish such a game and that the story was false. We apologise for publishing the story using a mock-up of the game cover, our own comments on the matter and soliciting critical comments from a grieving family member.
We unreservedly apologise to Rockstar Games and we have undertaken not to repeat the claims again. We have also agreed to pay them a substantial amount in damages which they are donating to charity.”
Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2010/jul/24/dailystar-medialaw
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