The PBS NewsHour doesn't chop news into soundbites and doesn't mistake banter or squabbling for good television journalism. They actually do TV reporting the way you might hope it would be done.
When the NewsHour invited me to head down to their Washington, D.C.-area studios a few Fridays ago to talk to them about violent video games, I expected I'd wind up being part of a news segment that respected the intelligence of gamers.
I was right.
Last night, the NewsHour aired the piece. It's a 10-minute segment about violent video games. You can watch it above, along with a related excerpt from Frontline.
The NewsHour was examining the idea that violent games could be one of the agents that lead to events like the Sandy Hook school shooting. I think most gamers would dismiss that idea immediately. Millions of us play games and yet there are not millions of shootings by people who play games. But we also know, as our own Jason Schreier exhaustively reported, that there is a good amount of scientific evidence that violent games may raise levels of aggression in kids—though what counts as "aggression" in these studies is a far, far cry from a willingness to murder. You'll see some of what Jason reported recapitulated in the PBS piece by the researchers themselves.