Tivo Alert: Jack Thompson on ABC's Nightline

December 13, 2006 -
Controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson has contacted GamePolitics to say that he will be profiled tonight on ABC's Nightline program.

Nightline airs at 11:35 PM in the Eastern United States.


Profiled eh? What are the chances of this being objective? Zero, I'd say.

"Hey guys! don't forget about me!" Jack

*sigh* here we go again =P

Hoo boy. Can't wait. Whoopee.

Ok then. Three things we need to do.

1. Inform abc that this will be observed and closely scrutinized. If they show bias, either in favor of jack or against the industry we will know.

2. If they should chose to omit certain key factors about jacks carrer in an effort to keep it from looking like the total wash out it is, we will know and will be informing the industry of it.

3. I may only speak for myself, but I will inform them, that if they do either of the above, i wll request action against them be taken by both the ESA, and the ECA.

You people might think I"m going over the edge, but this is the point I keep trying to Drill into your heads. he will no go away untill the MEDIA knows that it will be to costly and foolish for them to glorify this psychos crusade.

It's why I keep saying, the ESA and ECA should activly and constantly threaten any media outlet that lies, defames, or other wise attempts to smear the industry, the industry needs to tell them, you either stop this shit or we see you in court.

Win or Lose, it would get the point across.

Besides that, I for one would be jsut fine with with jack being shown to be the self rightous bastard he is.

Good thing he can't post anymore. Otherwise, we would probably never hear the end of his appearance on Nightline. He's just found his new "60 Minutes."


Yep, but, he can't post here, so thats good news.

heres hoping that abc isn't stupid enough to be biased like always and actually reports this fairly.

But I doubt it.

Actually ol' Jack has popped up over at an anti-censorship site I visit, www.melonfarmers.co.uk, and there's a link to a religious website on there. It seems that there's some adult toys of two reindeer humping each other and Jack's been involved in complaining about that...

So from government to rap to video games to santa's horny helpers... looks like Jack's career is really taking off!!

Dennis, I should care about the fact that an incompetant lawyer with an obvious inferiority complex that cannot win a single case against the videogame industry, is going to be on tv for maybe the fourth time?

Jack Thompson has already proven to everyone that he can neither
A) Write a constitutionally bulletproof anti-videogame bill
B) Prove that videogames are actually dangerous or
C) provide a logical and intelligent debate.

The man does nothing but grandstand and whore at every chance as has been shown by both the previous times he has appeared on your site. Whether by the times he used to post at GP or the occaisional post on joystiq or even a newspost about something he said. Jack Thompson has proven that he cannot be the game industries worst nightmare and he cannot destroy rockstar because every single time he has tried, he has failed.

I mean even if he DOES appear on Nightline tonight, so what. He will most likely get in about 20 seconds and then boast that he was on Nightline talking about violent games. Jack Thompson obviously has psychological issues and requires attention, that would be the most obvious reason to informing you about it (if that is how it happened, if he emailed you about himself being on Nightline).

Of course regardless of what happens he will try to make games look like supposed murder simulators (which we all know they are not) and claim that videogames are the reason that people are dead. I mean after watching him on Attack of the Show, the tidbits on CNN, and every time he has posted as a whole, the man is nothing more than a publicity stunt in himself.

As much as I respect you Dennis(and I know that it has been a while since a story that had anything to do with JT), I would love to see no more stories about Miami Jack. I mean I use Gamepolitics as one of my main news sources, and that is because I trust to be able to wake up and see that logic has once again prevailed over a videogame law. Besides, it isnt really a big news thing when JT talks, because you already know exactly what he is and isnt going to say.

This to me is the equivalent of seeing an auto wreck; I know I shouldn't watch, but feel compelled to anyway. I just wonder what bile he's going to spew tonight?

You don't suppose that Dennis is doing this because he knows we all love to hate JT do you? Besides. As long as Jack has the media's attention, we're never going to be rid of him plauging the industry because he's ALWAYS going to be pushing for legislation. Failed or not, it's still important to know.


GP routinely issues a Tivo alert for any TV program that may relate to the politics of gaming. Whatever you may think about JT, he is deeply enmeshed in the politics of video games.

I'm all for JT being profiled.

Oh ... wait ... it's another meaning of the word. And here I thought this was about an enemy of freedom coming under more constant police scrutiny. Darn. ;)

Perhaps we will get an update on the hidden blood, nudity, and gore that JT found in Bully. I thought the ESRB's "deadline" passed long ago.

This TV appearance is all JT has left- 2006 has been nothing but a string of failures for him.

If anything, he will take credit for Take Two's dishonesty with their stocks. Even though that has nothing to do with GTA.

Let's make it a drinking game (adults, please)!
- Everytime he says 'pornographers' - 1 drink
- 'Smut peddling' - 1 drink
- 'murder simulator' - 1 drink
- 'vdieo games literally train kids to kill' - 1 drink

Wait. Bad idea. I sense alcohol poisoning from this game.

Ok, seriously now, will someone tape (youtube, whatever) it for me (us)? I refuse to sit through Niteline for what will amount to a 20 second blurb on his 'moral crusade.' And will likely ignore his glaring failures - notably his LA law, which will cost that thin-walleted state tax dollars.

~~All Knowledge is Worth Having~~

Wait. Bad idea. I sense alcohol poisoning from this game.

Bah, pansy! It's not a party unless someone gets their stomach pumped!

Actually I would love to see Jack grilled by someone like Barbara Walters, I know she isn't on Nightline, but she has a habit of making people logically defend their beliefs and playing devil's advocate.

I can only hope thjat the host will point out how much money he cost the state of Lousyana and how similar bills have, and will, cost states even more money.

Hey, guys! let's make our own parody jack L J names like this one....

...And this one!


Hey, now...We should all watch it, maybe for comic relief. Or stress relief as you argue at the TV. And possibly to give fuel to good webcomics.

But, yeah, I hope it gets posted somewhere accessable, as well. I want to see it for the hell of it, but not sit through Nightline while I could be watching other stuff, or, playing video games (a little bit of irony?)!

But isn't Family Guy on at the same time? Makes for a tough decision for those of us without TiVo.

GP, my Dish guide says that Nightline is on at 11:35 Pacific Time, but there's another news program starting at 2:30 on ABC. I'm gonna record both, but I thought I'd mention the discrepancy for everyone's "FYI".

Personally, I like hearing about what JT's up to because I love to see him fail. It's kind of like why I like watching the Lakers, except those bastards actually win.

Really? He's going to be profilled? About time too. I mean, it's taken the FBI long enough.... Oh, you mean... uh... ok....

So ABC is doing a story on... what? Schister lawyers around the world and he's in the list of lawyers who couldn't even make that honorable of a list?

I could go on all day but I think if Dennis keeps making that angry of a look on his face because I'm not behaving, it might stick that way and I don't think his family would be happy with me one little bit. :)

NW2K Software

What does it mean exactly when being "profiled" in this fasion?

We do, however, have to remember one important thing that the average viewer doesn't realize: Such profiles are manipulated by the profiled.

I remember quite awhile back when an issue sprung up about John Bruce being interviewed and he had to send a list of questions to the interviewer for the interviewer to ask. As I recall, Dennis, or someone, pointed out that this is standard practice in many interviews (Dennis or someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to recall this).

There is no doubt that even if ABC News actually prepares a fully unbiased profile, John Bruce can reject the profile if it doesn't meet with the biased view he wants aired by the network.

Otherwise, and I'm only vaugely being sarcastic/funny, he'll threaten to sue them as he did with Amazon and Wikipedia. (Anyone wanna dare to bet against me on that one?)

NW2K Software

I'm all for the drinking game, but I suggest a few changes.

Janet Reno - 2 drinks
2 Live Crew - 1 drink
Bodycount / Ice-T - 1 drink
Batshit insane - 5 drinks
disbarred - 10 drinks
moron (referring to JT) - 10 drinks
Louisiana bill not passing - 2 drinks
JT's love letters to Louisiana AG - 5 drinks
contents of JT's love letters to Louisiana AG - 10 drinks

Because if any of that ever gets mentioned in mainstream media report about him I've clearly already died and gone to heaven and no amount of alcohol can any longer hurt me.

Nightwing...the usual media trick to combat the manipulation is to NOT ask the questions the profiled doesn't want to get asked, but then introduce them into the piece anyway by either interviewing third parties or referring to other sources.

You'd loose the "disbarred" bit because, unless it happened while I wasn't looking, he hasn't been disbarred yet. Last I'd heard, the FL Bar was still investigating the complaints.

NW2K Software

Siftr, looks like they are going to side with him. I read the report on the nightline website, and out of all the 4 pages, nothing was fair or balanced. Everything was about the video game industry being the bad guys, and hes fighting for a "righteous cause" as it said like a million times. Oh well, this is the media were talking about here. They know as much about Video Games as Jack Thompson does, so I didn't except anything balanced anyway.

Jack isn't so much important as the idea of him is. Yes, he got involved in that Louisiana bit, but he pretty much embodies a ceasepool of ignorance and idiocy directed towards the game industry. When I wrote a report on the government and gaming I felt the need to include a section on him, though I also covered people line Clinton and Lieberman.

Anyhow, I highly doubt this will be fair and balanced, but few profiles are. If it is as bad as we think we can just flood ABC with complaints. They have words on their side, but we have facts. Words tend to be louder than facts, but if there's enough of them the words become useless.


Screw that. Colbert's on at that hour.

I have just read the story (Located here: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=2722827&page=1 )

So far my favorite part is on the last page talking about David and Goliath.

Thompson dismisses statistics showing that while the popularity of video games has gone up, violent crime has gone down.

Though the FBI reports that the number of teenagers arrested for violent crimes fell by half between 1994 and 2004, Thompson attributes it not to reduced violence but reduced reportage.

"The experts I talk to in fact indicate that assaults, violent incidents in schools, are up, and they're being handled in-house as opposed to going to the local law enforcement officials because schools don't want to have that stigma," Thompson said.

Talk about trying to warp the facts to fit your cause, but I like this opne even more:

"The murder rate is down because now the emergency response of emergency medical teams is so rapid that people aren't dying like they used to."

People aren't dying like they used to... Damn, that is priceless. Now there is a stretch to explain why official numbers contradict your case. "Back in my day people had the decency to die immediately!" I know that is not what he means, but it sure is what it sounds like.

Allright them, time we contacted the ESA and ECA and ABC, and let them all know that this shit has to stop.

The ESA and ECA should threaten legal action against the network unless it updates that story with several important facts they happened to omit. For example.

1. They talk about the Paducah shooting, but fail to mention that jacks argument was thrown out in court.
2. He once again Quotes that APA report, even after Dennis proved jack wrong on it.
3. They made no mention of bully or his ongoing contempt case, nore his multiple bar complaints.

Thats just for starts, I can go one, given some time, so could you all. We need to get the industry to rally against this kinda crap. Until they do, the media will continue to be against them.

I predict lies, misrepresentation of facts, claims of "murder simulators", and the use of studies that misrepresents their findings (causation/correlation differences, and quotes taken out of context).

“The murder rate is down because now the emergency response of emergency medical teams is so rapid that people aren’t dying like they used to.”

But isn't his other job a medical malpractice lawyer?

This madman is at it again. When oh when will he stop attacking an innocent industry? What is he going to say? When is he going to realize that he's beaten and stop going on T.V.? I'm sick of these T.V. networks giving time to a moron like Jack Thompson. What's the matter with them? They need to stop.

"he had to send a list of questions to the interviewer for the interviewer to ask."

That would be interesting. "Mr. Thompson, how did you become a god amongst men?" "Mr. Thompson, how is it you have this brilliant foresight that the rest of this moronic planet doesn't?"

""It was banned in Canada, taken off store shelves just about everywhere in the U.S., and 2 Live Crew doesn't exist anymore," Thompson said."
...what? They performed at the GotJ in 2005! They had 8 albums after that! I can go and buy it in a store TODAY! What is he talking about?

They should show a line graph of "people willing to associate with Jack Thompson" I'm sure it'll be like the Alpine in the last 3 or 4 years.

It's hilarious he's allowed air time, but with the networks biased so liberally slanted I guess even he can get some time on screen.

On the other hand this means the population of the US might think that it's "news" and not bias tripe. I'm not talking about the people here, or even people smart enough to use a computer, but the people who watch nightline normally will take it as fact.

I remember a time when conservative republicans would just about shit a brick about violent video games, now you have liberals like Hillary Clinton, and Joe Lieberman, and psychos like Jack Thompson (I won't attribute him to any party, neither deserves his brand of psychosis.)

I do advise people to write Nightline if the news story is biased against the video game manufacturers, I'm sure it will be as I'm sure they will ignore us. I won't say video game makers are blameless (just like Hollywood isn't blameless), but it's sure as hell more the parent's fault that they get the games then anyone in the game industry, from the gamestop employee, to Doug Lowenstein.

If 20 years old who have no previous mental problems start carving people up, we should start taking the threat seriously but there's many other factors contributing to these problems.

P.S. Love the fact he contacted you personally. Kudos Jack.

I love how he attributes his failures to the fight not being fair. Then again, narcissists aren't exactly known for their ability to acknowledge their own incompetencies.

Having Thumper on a TV show as an expert on video game violence is like having David Duke on as an expert of race relations.

It's perverted.

It appals me how little research goes into making these "serious" "investigative" pieces that air on network TV. It's ridiculous.

Once again he refers to experts without giving any clue as to who they might be.

MY EXPERTS who have purple skin, devil horns and live in the glowing green mushrooms in my pants assure me that Jack's split personality is the real programmer of all GTA games and the main founder of Rockstar.

See life is good with experts.

What's his problem? We don't even know when GTA4 will be out.

Is the video of the report on YouTube or something? I read the story on ABC's site, but I want to see what they actually said.

Can you really call it "NightLine" when Ted Koppel's no longer there? And Leno and Letterman regularly beat it in the Nielsens.

Anyway, not watching it.

(*reads the story from the link Zdyne gave us*)

I liked the Reno vs. Thompson part...

"I came up with this clever plan of handing her a questionnaire asking her, 'Are you heterosexual? Are you bisexual? Are you homosexual?' And so forth," Thompson said.

In response, Reno approached Thompson, put her arm on his shoulder, and said, "I'm only attracted to virile men, which is why I'm not attracted to you."

CLEVER? That was fucking asinine, Jack. As for Ms. Reno's reply... that was ownage before ownage was ownage.

At least Jack admittied that he made a mistake when it came to filing battery charges... but the sexual orientation question was still inappropriate.

Okay, about the Paducah incident....

"Nobody in their right mind says that video game or a movie can turn a little angel into a demon," Thompson said.

Shit, dude, that's what YOU'VE been trying to tell everyone all these years. Then again, technically, Jack, you're NEVER in your right mind anyway.

There is one potential culprit Thompson refuses to indict: the weapons.

Yeah, and I want to know WHY? Oh wait -- here's "why"...

"Kids went to school for more than 300 years in this country with guns because after school they would go hunt for dinner. And they weren't turning those guns on one another."

Really, Jack? I call bullshit on that one, but can anybody really confirm that?

On the legal front, Thompson is still searching for success.

Yup. Still searching... and still failing miserably. Success is a journey... and it seems Jack can't even leave the house. (Okay, that sounded bad, but you get the idea, I think.)

Thompson also blames his failure in some of his missions on the odds stacked against him. He says it's simply "not a fair fight."

Crybaby Jack just doesn't get it. If he had tried to keep people on his side and worked with them instead of turning against them and burning bridges (oh, I forgot -- "There are no bridges"), then maybe he'd have a better chance of winning. It's basically one man against the "giants" because Jack seems to keep it that way. He can't bring himself to add anyone to the one-man side.

Well, I've said all I could about that story. I've run out of stuff to say that hasn't already been said before. At any rate, I ain't watching JT on ABC.

Nightline's website has a message board. If the segment is a "videogames are evil. Isn't Jack Thompson a wonderful person for looking out for the children" story, I suggest we politely and intelligently post on it telling them a little more about our favorite lawyer.

*suggests someone gets ready to record his idiot comments to Wikiquote*


I believe this is my first time seeing him talk. Bet he sounds as much like a jack@#$ as he looks/his written words suggest.

Ugh here we go......

They called him the Virute Vigilante, like he's doing something noble...

Newscaster is presenting them as a solely-kids media...

"American culture going straight to hell"?!

/sigh, they used "murder simulator"

....."it is perfectly legal to sell them to kids"?

HAHA, they mentioned the gamer hatred for him.

Paranoid about people trying to kill him...

The "clever plan" stuff makes him look like a jackass.

Ah, interviewer brought up "rock and roll was treated the same way". Me like him.

Used a movie AND a game as a scapegoat? Wow, multitasking.

"No one in their right mind says a video game changes an angel into a demon." YOU DO!

He's using technobabble with a picture of a MRI...

Brushes off falling violence levels....

"the experts I talked to" Anyone else wanna see this experts?

This seems fairly NonPOV. Not a bad segment...

Hey, a "Modest Proposal". Too bad they don't mention Penny Arcade with that, and him backing down from money to charity.

Fine with bible violence, but not video games.

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