No official statement has been made concerning FOX News' feelings toward games, but I think we all know the truth by now.
When the local FOX News affiliate questioned the appropriateness of posting ads for Grand Theft Auto IV on Chicago buses and platforms, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buckled under pressure. It's a hot topic, especially in a bustling metropolis like Chicago.
CTA President Ron Huberman informed FOX News through a spokeswoman that the CTA will be closing this ad campaign and removing the advertisements.
Back in 2004, Chicago's Governor Rod Blagojevich spoke out against transit ads for GTA: San Andreas. They were removed, but the CTA claims this was because their $90,000 contract for the advertising campaign was ending anyway. In their own defense, the CTA states that transit ads do adhere to decency standards and are an important source of revenue for them.
According to GamePolitics.com, GTA advertisements have created friction in other cities as well. Boston faced a similar issue in 2006, and Governor Mayor Thomas Menino forced the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to remove transit ads for GTA: Vice City Stories. He justified his actions by comparing M-rated games to X-rated movies (I want to hear the logic behind this one).
In the past, ads for GTA have also stirred up controversy in Portland, Oregon, and Denver, Colorado.
Maybe FOX should start funding video games that promote good health and love for your fellow man.