[Update: OK, it's the AP's fault, not entirely CNN's] Ok, CNN.com sucks. A few weeks ago a story popped up on cnn.com, yahoo.com, and a couple other places about a teenager who committed some crimes and then told officers who arrested him that he was inspired by Grand Theft Auto 3. This story was of a great deal of interest to me because I have known the kid in question for most of my life. Anyway, CNN's article was so sensationalized and misleading that it distorted the truth entirely. The article's wording leads readers to believe that the teenager stole over 100 cars and then blamed his actions on the video game. What really happened is that around 150 cars were broken into and one was stolen. Property from the cars was stolen, which apparently totalled less than $1000 in value, since a better (yet still sensationalized) article stated that "At the three teenagers' homes, police reportedly found hundreds of dollars worth of stolen property." There is a difference between blaming something and getting an idea from something. "He freely admitted to the crimes and gave us a very lengthy statement implicating himself and two other people," Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Police Chief Brian Wagner said. This does not sound like someone who is blaming his actions on something else. Just because he got the idea from GTA3 does not mean that he's trying to put the accountability for his actions onto GTA3, as CNN implied. I'm not going to defend my friend's actions, and I offer my condolences to the victims of his crimes, some of whom I may know. Still, CNN has caused a rush of reactions based on their crappy reporting, and it pisses me off.