Jack Thompson Fox News Video Clip

Anti-game Miami attorney Jack Thompson managed to get onto several national news broadcasts while the Virginia Tech situation was unfolding on Monday.

Thompson, of course, predicted that the killer would be, as he wrote in an e-mail to GamePolitics, a “gamer, obviously.”

This clip is from Fox News: 

Over at Kotaku, editor Brian Crecente analyzes the Thompson clip and finds it long on rhetoric, short on facts.

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    misanthrope says:

    You know, this is never gonna go away. So long as people enjoy something, so long some institution tries to take it away. Started out w/ mainstream religion and their views on sex…moved on to games. Humans can never admit their shortcomings, so they need a scapegoat…basically whatever happens to be popular at the time. It’s never gonna stop. Personally, I’d love to be de-sensitized to violence, that way, nothing provokes an emotional reaction that might cause weakness

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    E. Zachary Knight ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The fact that Fox calls him an expert is a sure sign that we can through his credibility out the window. He said exactly the same thing as he has said before. He showed no signs of a real profiler. All he did was rag about video games. The shooting in Germany that he points out is funny. He says that the kid had a lot of video games but only singles out one that is played by millions of kids with out ill effects.

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    Majestic_12_x ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack seems to be throwing out these assumptions long before anything was known about Cho Seung-Hui. He doesn’t go into one of his “crusades” during the clip, but he seems a little intent on diagnosing the cause of this shooting as a case of “raw sewage” media. He does this while completely ignoring the fact that billions of people absorb this kind of media without ill effect. I wonder if he’s ever even heard of the Turner Diaries, a book which is still being sold (under First Amendment protection) after being linked to the Oklahoma City Bombing.

    I would also like to know how Jack can single out Counterstrike considering the amount of people that play the game. That’s kinda like blaming Coca-Cola for this whole incident simply because the suspect drank Coke products.

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    JB ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Majestic_12_x
    Just to rephrase your statement there:

    He does this [because of] the fact that billions of people absorb this kind of media without ill effect.

    It’s Jack Thompson. And according to Fox News he’s now an “expert” on school shootings. It seems that so long as people can sensationalize events for the media facts are meaningless. There’s no one that can discredit someone when there speaking live and Jack Thompson knows that so he gets away with false comments like that. Propaganda FTL!!

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    jakethe8lf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    To be fair, I think Mr. Thompson should have at least waited for confirmation before appearing. However, from what I’ve seen of Fox, they are rather ‘rapid-response’.

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    Chuma ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The only truely sad aspect of this is that Fox News is still taken seriously by some people despite their high profile propaganda tactics. Hell it’s shameful they are even still broadcasting.

    Oh well, if that’s the company Jack wants to side himself with it only furthers to paint the picture of his character.

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    Berg ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow, it makes me so angry that they call him a school shooting expert and a specialist.

    And Jack crying while talking about his prayer for his son, so people will think he has a soul.
    I will say a prayer for my children that they don’t grow up as ignorant as Jack Thompson, and accept the easy answer that things like this happen because of video games.

    Did anyone notice how the guy said Jack was “so eloquent” about a minute and a half after he pronounced the word demonstratably as “der-monster-ably”.

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    grls-r-gamers-2 says:

    Jack Thompson is a parasite that leeches off of tragedies like this to forward his own moronic agenda. There’s a special place in Hell for him.

    Who wants to bet that the gunman turns out to only own basketball video games or something, if anything at all?

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    Janarius ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It makes me want to bang my head against the wall, but i’m too afraid of the pain. I know it’s inappropriate to laugh, except for his inaccurate claims spelled out in kotaku, but his ending statement, “i’m here with my son (sniffle) (sniffle)… praying to Gog blah blah” It’s funny that he’s trying to be seen ‘compassionate’ and it’s sooo thompson-propaganda. Appealing to audience’s sympathy for his cause. shameful!

    Another point to dispel his credibility, since when lawyers and attorneys are experts in school shootings? In law they are, but psychology and criminology… no way! since when do we trust lawyers and politicians more than teachers?

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    Josh ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    That was laughable at best. I do, honestly, wonder if Foxnews does a backround check on their ‘guests’ prior to brining them on. Hell, they could have wiki’d his ass and seen that it would have been a faux pa to have him on. I guess one simply need say they are an expert without providing the credentials to back it up. One would think that a lawyer would want to tout a win-loss record in order to prove how ‘professional’ they are.Well, one more reason to skip foxnews next time I’m looking for information…that is, unless Jon Stewart goes onto the fox equivalent of crossfire and tears some hack a new one. That will never get old. And the bit about his son was BS. Second rate acting that a community theatre player could have outdone.

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    illspirit ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Err, did he just say Jeff Weise uploaded a Flash version of Vice City to the internets? For all the strange things that have come out of that man’s mouth, that has to be the most bizarre.

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    duncan_922 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Fow News is no more of an media outlet than The Onion!

    If you don’t know what The Onion is, you fail at the internet. Please go downtown and hand in your modem! 😛

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    Howell2751 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    excuse me while i go bash my skull in for even listening to this tard again.

    pop culture is raw sewage? So lets go include comic books to that list, rock music, anything that JT possibly did when he was a kid.

    Another thing I have noticed in that whole fox faux news, JT mentions that our culture glamorizes violence, will I disagree there, believe it or not no i wont, BUT pinning the glamorization solely on games is just dumb. Think about it for about 2 seconds, its one thing to report the incident of the shooting on the news, BUT THAT IS ALL THEY TALK ABOUT AND SHOW on the news giving no more than 5 or 10 minutes to other things. They even go as far as showing the bodies or those that where shot and survived with their bloody bodies.

    Real blood, real bodies, real people. Real life is more influential than games will ever be.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’ve always said that John Bruce uses and abuses the tragedies of individuals and the community just to push his personal, religious, and/or political agendas through misleading and even false information, irregardless of the harm he does to those actually involved, directly or indirectly, in those tragedies.

    But if I wanted to put it more eloquently, I think the Rebecca Walsh piece after the Utah mall shooting said it best.

    NW2K Software

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    Samantha ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I’d laugh, if it weren’t so horribly INSANE it made me want to cry instead. How do these people get on TV?

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    Rob says:

    Actually, and I don’t want to sound like an assumption tossing jackass like Jack Thompson, I wouldn’t be surprised if his prayers were actually for his son to get hurt or shot in school just so he’d have more leverage and supporters who pitty him for what happened to his son.

    I mean the guy is a lunatic, and I find it hard to believe that this guy can really care about another person on any level when he’s able to exploit so many people’s pain and misery on a nearly daily basis. I really think this guy would enjoy having something like that happen so he can play the victim for once and have people siding with him pretty much out of nothing but pity.

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Going back to one aspect, if you notice on the various interviews he’s given, invariably it keeps going back to his son again and again. And I have to wonder if this is really what’s at the heart of his crusade. Even Destructoid picked up on it in the interviews he had with him outside the courtroom. And I have to wonder if that’s what this is really all about with him.

    If that’s true, then it might help to make his “crusade” a bit more understadable. JT then is really an overprotective dad blinded by his beliefs and using his legal muscle to “protect” his son from the percieved evils of the world. It also might help to understand why he thinks of us gamers the way he does, probably thinking we’re out to “corrupt” him somehow. How many of us growing up had parents who told us, “I don’t want you hanging out with ‘those people”?

    It still makes him terribly misguided, but at least it humanizes him a bit. The thing it, this will backfire on him even more terrbily. Jack, if you’re reading this (and I know you must be), while it’s laudable to try and protect your son, you can’t hold onto him forever. He’s already 14 and very soon he’s going to want to forge an identity apart from you if he hasn’t begun to already (despite an earlier assertion from you that he’s “a little clone” of you). The best you can do is give him a good moral compass and hope he turns out ok. But you just won’t know that until he gets out on his own. It’s a fear every parent has, but you’ve got to let him make his own decisions. As much as you want to try, it’s wrong to try to change the world just to protect your son. There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. If it isn’t rap or GTA, then it will be something else.

    From what I understand, even your son is embarassed by your efforts. You may not regret what you’ve been doing, but if you keep this up then your son is going to end up resenting you, and you will ultimately lose him as well as your wife. Love does have limits, and I’m getting the impression that even she may be getting fed up, especially when it it looks like it’s going to cost you your job.

    One last thing, as much as you want to paint us as such, we’re not monsters. We’re not out to harm your son. And we all agree that no one wants children to have access to materials that they shouldn’t, but there’s a right and a wrong way to go about it. And forcing your morals down other people’s throats is not the way to do it.

    I know this is going to fall on deaf ears, but it needs to be said.

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    sabin_blitz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Black Manta

    Sadly, that’s usually the case. The most thought-out, level-headed and sincere argument is often the one that isn’t listened to.

    I still think of him as a Denzel Crocker-esque figure, though.

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    Tigerj says:

    You know why Jack will bring up games? Main reason is that cause the odds are in his favor. Look at how many kids and students plays games through out their lives. Games now are a form of entertainment that it is a billion dollar industry. He can make claim that violent movie caused this and twist it in ways that the user watch violent movies. Cho could say play Counter Strike for only amonth and Jack will say that is the blame. Yet say Cho never played any other type of shoote from then on out.

    If any of you are in school, try to find a kid that has NOT played a video game in his life time.

    Jack needs to be silent and what is going to happen is someone is going to snap and come after him and blame him. He should be worried about his kid, cause that kid is going to get the backlash of society growing up from other kids as they learn about daddy.

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    MaskedPixelante ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If you’re talking about Jack, then no, he can’t be brought up on discrimination charges because he’s above the law. If he was, he’d counter-sue them for violating his first amendment rights, since he thinks he’s the only one allowed to have them.

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    ph03n1x says:

    This goes out to all the politicians with your fake words and fake issues. This goes out to that one half-assed ambulance chasing, attention whoring assclown who tries to pretend to be a lawyer. This goes to the chrome-dome halfwit “psychiatrist” Dr. Phil. This goes out to the news media who pretends to care. Read very carefully. It’s time to get a few things very clear:

    Video games do not cause people to go on murderous rampages! Our American society has constantly sought a scapegoat for the horrible things that happen in this world. Let’s see a few examples, shall we?

    # In the early 50’s, TV was going to rot people’s brains.
    # In the late 50’s, comic books were going to turn children gay.
    # In the late 50’s and early 60’s, Elvis’ gyrating hips were going to turn people into sexual deviants.
    # From the late 60’s to the early 80’s it was rock and roll that was going to poison the children’s minds.
    # In the late 80’s and early 90’s it was primarily rap music that took the heat.

    Today’s most prolific scapegoat, however, is video games. Sure, rock & rap music and movies still face frequent criticism. However, that pales in comparison to the amount of false science, lies, rhetoric, political grandstanding, posturing and money wasting that revolves around the “damaging effects” of violent video games.

    The reality is far far different. Millions of people play video games these days. The average age of someone who plays video games on a regular basis is 29. Nearly 60% of Americans play games on a semi-regular basis. Of that percentage, nearly half are women. No longer are video games the realm of the shy, socially inept kid who never leaves his parent’s basement.

    Today, video games are a part of mainstream society. The video game industry’s annual income is nearly $10 billion, far eclipsing the declining market for music cds and movies at the theater. Video games compete neck and neck with tv and movies for the share of both people’s ever shrinking “entertainment budget” and their free time.

    Nowhere will you see me dispute that video games have become more violent. This is a natural progression of the media. Music has had content that was geared towards adults for decades. Comic books started growing up and becoming darker and more violent in the 80’s and 90’s. It’s only logical that games would do so as well as their target audience grows older.

    Remember, the average age of someone who plays games is 29. Is someone who is in their late 20’s going to want to play some pastel colored kid’s game? No, not primarily. They are going to want games that are similar in tone to their other forms of entertainment. Think of it this way; if you’re in your late 20’s and have an hour of time to watch TV by yourself: are you going to watch Blue’s Clues or The Sopranos? Obviously, The Sopranos. Playing a violent video game instead of one geared towards children is just as obvious.

    Remember also that millions of people play violent video games daily. Millions of people do not then go out and commit horrible violent acts as a result. These games are created for, geared towards, and marketed to adults. There are ratings on games that should be observed. For more info on that, please check out the ESRB’s website (www.esrb.org) There is no scientific proof that these games cause any sort of long lasting violent behaviour in either children or adults. Sure, there are people out there who will exaggerate the truth and trot out as evidence. In truth, as of yet, these have done nothing to prove their point.

    The only facts out there so far are that just like anything else that inspires competitiveness, there is a short term effect. Let me take a moment to illustrate some examples:

    # You watch a Jet Li movie, you feel like you can kick someone’s ass, dont you? The feeling wears off in a short while when reality sets in.

    # You watch The Fast and the Furious, (or Nascar if it’s more your speed) and you want to go 120 down the interstate. The feeling wears off in a short while, doesnt it?

    # You watch or play football or another team sport. You want to kick the other team’s ass dont you? Again, the feeling wears off.

    Would you believe that since the introduction of the original Playstation game system, that the rate of youth and young adult violence have both dropped consistently year over year? Don’t believe me? Look it up, you’ll see it’s true. Could it be that the most outspoken critics are actually wrong? Could it be that playing violent video games is actually cathartic for well-balanced, mentally stable, well-adjusted individuals? Could it be that these games are an outlet that actually prevent said people from going off the deep end? Possibly. That too has yet to be scientifically proven. Just an alternate theory, feel free to do your own research and form your own opinion.

    We must stop shifting blame from those who are truly responsible to whatever the scapegoat of the decade may be. The fact remains that there are very ill people amongst us. If they play violent games, watch violent movies, or listen to violent music, something bad could happen. It’s happened before and it will likely happen again. I’d like to hope that it wouldnt, but let’s remain realistic, shall we? Tragedies like those that Columbine, Paducah, Red Lake, University of Texas, Dawson College, & Virginia Tech are not caused by the games, movies or music experienced by the perpetrators. They are caused by very sick individuals, sometimes with a little help society not seeing or not acting on obvious red flags.

    Video games did not exist in 1966 when Charles Whitman climbed up the University of Texas clocktower and proceeded to embark on a shooting spree in excess of 2 hours. Seventeen year old Brenda Spencer shot into an elementary school across the street from her house in 1979 “because she didnt like Mondays”. Twelve year old Nathan Ferris was tired of being picked on in 1987, so he brought a gun to school and killed the bully before taking his own life. Numerous other examples exist that took place before the current age of violent video games. Every single one is, without a doubt, an unimaginable tragedy. However, the fact remains that these things happened before violent games and they will, sadly, continue to happen in the age of violent games.

    Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, Jeffrey Weise, Kimveer Gill, Michael Carneal and now Cho Seung-Hui; all of these people showed warning signs of impending dangerous behaviour long before they snapped. Nothing was done. Did they play violent video games? Sure, some of them did. Was this the genesis, their breaking point? Very doubtful. The real problems here are not music, movies and video games. Here are the real problems:

    Number one is piss poor parenting. Either they choose to devote their lives to their career, they have to to make ends meet, or they simply dont care. These days a large number of parents simply dont pay the proper amount of attention to their children. It’s always “my child would never do that” or “I cant believe this happened, he’s such a nice kid.” When I as growing up I was educated very clearly by my parents that if I did something bad at school, I would be punished for it. These days parents are more likely to believe their children and blame or sue the school than to punish their child when he or she does something wrong.

    Secondly, lack of concern or ignorance by school officials. This is a direct result of number one really, and one cannot blame the officials too much. Anymore, teachers, counselors, principals and other school officials are too scared of a parent filing a lawsuit to mete out proper punishment for serious offenses. Because of this too often small incidental infractions are blown way way out of proportion while serious problems are overlooked.

    Thirdly, at least in America, our reliance on a cornucopia of pharmacueticals. Children as young as 8 are now being diagnosed and prescribed anti-depressants. The problem with these drugs is that just like Ritalin is an upper for someone with regular brain chemistry and a downer for someone with ADHD, anti-depressants can cause massive paralyzing bouts of depression, suicidal thoughts and violent tendencies if your brain chemistry is actually normal.

    Fourthly, an overbearing hypersensationalized ratings driven news media. Look at how much news coverage the Virginia Tech tragedy has already gotten? The same happens with any such event. Look how much time was spent discussing the private and realistically boring minutia of Anna Nicole Smith’s personal life? The news media throws a sheen of glitz and glamour on tragedy, and they do it willingly in the name of “reporting the news” when what they are really doing is trying to win a ratings war that should not be being fought.

    Lastly, the very act of placing blame on something other than those at fault completes the circle. n. By shifting blame from those who are responsible for such atrocities and pointing the finger at movies, video games, comic books and music, we are only causing yet another generation to grow up neglected, ignored, and bullied. When they finally go off the deep end and kill themselves and/or others, we simply react with shock and horror and then resume our normal course. If the perpetrator lives through their crime and they are put on trial, numerous “experts” and “lawyers” try to push the blame off on the media rather than on the real issues. This only inspires other sick people to see how much fame they can get and how easily they may be able to get away with it.

    Stop shifting blame. As I’ve illustrated, these problems started before video games even existed, yet alone violent, so we must be realistic in placing blame on what has actually caused the problem. For everyone’s sake, please if you have children, start paying more attention to them. If you buy them video games, remember they are age rated. Violent video games, just like R rated movies, are for adults. Your children have no business playing them irregardless of if they cause harm or not. If you are an involved in the education system, start paying more attention to ALL the children you interact with.

    I’m a 29 year old male who’s played video games almost all of my life. I have no interest in doing physical harm to anyone, the very thought repulses me. I am saddened by the tragic and pointless loss of life that we have born witness to this week. I have no interest in seeing anyone else’s life is extinguished pointlessly. Seeing these tragedies happen sickens me to my core. Let’s all do our best to spot the warning signs before something like this happens yet again.

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    Fedule ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    From a recent BBC article on the shootings:

    Speaking at a news briefing on Tuesday, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine said an independent panel would carry out a “thorough” review of the authorities’ handling of the disaster …
    Gov Kaine warned against making snap judgements, saying he had “nothing but loathing” for those who took the tragedy and “make it their political hobby horse to ride”.

    I see interesting things looming.

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    Brokenscope ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I Would blame whoever went after him. You break the law just the same no matter your target and it would only prove Jack right.

    As mentioned before his son is embarrassed by him. He never tells anyone who his father is. Jack himself has said this, and Jack believes it is somehow worth it.

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    upgray3dd ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Cant see the clip cause of lousy school computer. Let me guess. It goes something like

    “We have studies showing games make kids more violent. This kid ws a gamer. This is just like Columbine.
    I predicted correctly that happened. I predict the kid played F.E.A.R. and used it to learn how to enhance his reflexes to the point that he was unstoppable. He was obviously a gamer.”

    Tell me if i’m right.

    “Thompson, of course, predicted that the killer would be, as he wrote in an e-mail to GamePolitics, a ‘gamer, obviously.'” Of course he was. He was a college kid in the U.S. That’s like saying he tried beer at a party. It’s a pretty safe bet.

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    jonc2006 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    thats the first time ive heard counter strike mentioned by him. usually its doom or gta. either way the guy is a fucking idiot.

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    SovietDancnBear says:

    Ahh Fox News everyday you kill the concept of journalism just a little bit. For the record JT is hardly an expert on anything but base less lawsuits and misinformation that feed his political agenda. My fear is he’ll run for something and win.

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    […] Other soap box crap I just can’t get my head around.  The bodies weren’t even cold and even the investigators knew nothing about the suspect (or rather if they knew anything they hadn’t told anyone yet) when JT pounced on the scene blaming video games for corrupting America’s youth, which makes zero sense considering the suspect isn’t even American. […]

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    Hackangel ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The shooter was american. He’s been in america since he was 8 years old. He’s spent 15 years in the United States. It would be more appropriate to say he was of South Korean origin than to say he was South Korean. Just saying he was South Korean tends to shift the blame or the responsibility away from anything american.

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    hayabusa75 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    “As mentioned before his son is embarrassed by him. He never tells anyone who his father is. Jack himself has said this, and Jack believes it is somehow worth it.”

    When was this? More importantly, how the hell did I miss something like that? God, I feel sorry for that kid.

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    beacon80 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You’d think an “expert” on school shootings would remember that the FBI report said the most common violent interest of the various school shooters was their own morbid writings, and even that was only true in about 30% of the cases, I think.
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is an insult to everyone who died at Virginia Tech, Columbine, and every other one of these shootings, and an insult to the friends and family.
    Scapegoating draws attention from whatever really caused this to happen. It makes it that much harder to try to prevent it from happening again.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    A VERY interesting story. But it’s this line that made me sit up and take notice:

    “In another, Cho concocted a tale of students who fantasize about stalking and killing a teacher who sexually molested them.”

    Maybe it is just another violent story he wrote. But… well, we know nothing about his life before he came to the US. And we do know, from this story, that he had to spend some time in a mental facility. We also know that abuse victims suffer from bouts of suicidal thoughts, rage, and even self-imposed isolation.

    Am I grasping at straws being a couch potato psychologist? Maybe. But things are sounding rather… interesting.

    And, frankly, after the Cody Posey case, it wouldn’t surprise me if certain individuals tried to downplay or have such events wiped from the record just so they could push their personal, religious, and/or political agendas.

    Yeah, I know I keep bringing up the Cody Posey case. But, frankly, I find it one of the sickest acts done so far. That of trying to downplay the abuse this kid suffered and nearly suffered just to push an agenda.

    “Cho indicated in his letter that the end was near and that there was a deed to be done, the official said. He also expressed disappointment in his own religion, and made several references to Christianity, the official said.”

    Well, we see why John Bruce is so hyped up to push video games now. Last thing he wants is his religion blamed. (We don’t know the exact details of the letter, so we don’t know how the kid referenced Christianity so it may just be something he, himself, could understand.) Honestly, John Bruce is trying very hard this time to put all the blame on video games. His own REAL motivations should be in question.

    NW2K Software

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    It was at the end of an interview he did with Rolling Stone last summer. His son was about to go to camp and he asked him if it was ok that he not tell the other kids who his father was, obviously ashamed and embarassed. The interview ended with JT saying while he feels sorry his son has to endure that, he doesn’t regret anything he’s done.

    Yeah, real Father of the Year material there.

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    KickFarm says:

    Mr. Thompson, you are an idiot. Get the hell out of my office.

    Ah yes, Doom. The Columbine Killer’s training game. Shooting at the wall to hit a demon a few stories above you sure taught these kids how to handle a weapon. This is why Doom is affectionately referred to as the “broad-side-of-the-barn simulator” by my friend and I, who are both avid lovers of the old Doom games. I wonder if Dylan and Klebod found that damned blue keycard to get into the buildings.

    It seems like no matter what the discussion is (school shootings, street shootings, fights, bed-wetting, jaywalking) JT has to turn it into a crusade against video games. This man is no expert, no specialist. He just has a lot of charisma and he uses that to his advantage. Just listening to him speak you can tell he has no idea what the living hell he is talking about. Super Columbine Massacre, wait…he forgot a word…RPG. RPG. I should not have to explain this. Yes, maybe the game was in bad taste, however, realistic? Definitely not. Counter-Strike Half-Life…what the hell is that? Which one? Cause if it’s Counter-Strike then there’s definitely no hero. This man is just a self-centered and insensitive jackass, who knows nothing of what he speaks about.

    You’re fired Mr. Thompson, clear out your cubicle and get the hell out.

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    Freekill says:

    I didn’t even bother to watch it but I find it amusing anyways. For someone who constantly fails at video game legislation and gets contempt of court charges, he sure likes to pretend he is a credible source.

    I love you Jack! I have a picture of your face cut out into a heart on my wall!

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    darkSide says:

    Well if playing video games makes you kill 33 people then the army should consider changing their training tactics. Screw the oh-so-many-months of hard training, sit them in a chair playing Halo, Gears of Wars and GTA Vice City.

    Then we would have the best army in the world, IF the things about playing violent games is true. if not then we would have the laziest army in the world, since they would all be playing WOW

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    Wolf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @MaskedPixelante, in regards to(ish) DoggySpew

    I had a thought, though. What about some kind of harassment? Especially by those who sent him (polite, aka. unoffensive) emails.

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    Anonymous says:

    While I do think Fox News is trash, I have to ask if Jack really did appear on CNN TV that same day spewing the same stuff as well?

    I have heard from people online claiming he was interviewed, but not so much as a mention on CNN’s page or some youtubed clip.

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    Joe Bourrie says:

    I haven’t read all of the comments here, so somebody else might have pointed this out, but…

    Listen to it again, and pay close attention to the questions that the interviewer asks. He continually tries to get JT to discuss the bigger picture, to talk about more than just games. He continually fails, because JT avoids the questions and instead continues to push his single-minded crusade.

    This means JT is even less credible than Fox News, and that’s saying something :)

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    girlbakura777 says:

    Just a note:

    School shootings have been occuring before video games ever existed. There were ones in the 50’s, 60’s and beyond.

    Games are not The reason people go out and kill others [in school settings?]. There are underlying ISSUES in the people’s lives.

    I wish there wouldn’t be people scapegoating popular forms of media, but we all like to find things to blame.

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    jonc2006 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    thomson really jumped the gun on this one. im watching cnn now and they are saying 2 or so years ago the shooter was declared a “threat to society”
    in court but refused mental health treatment. they are also saying he emailed some sort of threat or plan of this thing to someone at nbc. like ive been saying, its a mental health issue on this one folks. not guns, not videogames. people fall through the cracks and this time the mental health system in this country is really sticking out like a sore thumb.

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    WhskySoldr says:

    Well he was on NBC this afternoon during Hardball with Chris Matthews. He pretty much repeated word for word what he said during the FOX interview. The only difference I saw was that Chris Matthews didn’t fall for it. The shooters suitemates said they never saw him play a video game, yet Thompson argued and stated over and over that he played Counter Strike, so much so that the host finally said “Were you there, did you know the kid? Then how do you know more then his suite mates?”

    I don’t know why they bothered to have him on, but at least they didn’t let him shove his bullshit un-checked down their viewers throats.

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    Moe_13 says:

    JT is so fake it p***es me off! say a prayer for your family and how you’re going to put food on your table once you are disbarred. i just hope he doesn’t make it worse.

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    […] Very sad to see the anti-game crusaders chasing down every school massacre with their complete BS. In the face of the horrible, horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech, Jack gets on Fox News before ANYTHING is known about the killer, proclaiming games to be at fault. Sadder still is that Fox keeps turning to such “experts”. […]

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    Hackangel ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I just watched the msnbc interview on YouTube. Of course Jack Thompson spent the whole interview spouting half-truth and lies. Being a Montreal resident I find it quite annoying when he keeps referring to the Dawson College shooting and claiming that Kimveer Gill trained on Super Columbine Massacre always omitting the “RPG”. We had two other school shootings in Montreal, the other shooters were older, they didnt play videogames. Kimver Gill was the only one that did and he was the one that kill the fewest. He took two lives, that of a young woman and his own.

    Of course, again there is the reference to “Half-Life Counterstrike” but he goes further this time saying the killer dressed up like his hero in a commando garb. Well there’s no commando garb in Half-Life and there’s no “hero” in Counter-Strike, it’s a mutiplayer team-based game of Counter-Terrorists vs Terrorists. I’m a fan of couter-strike, I don’t play often but when I do it’s exciting, it doesnt “train” me to get my heart rate down.

    Like he says “the killer was calm like he was playing a videogame”. Well when I’m playing a videogame, if I have a flat calm face the game is boring and I wont play it for long. How can you rehearse locking doors with a chain anyway? Is there any videogames where that was a part of it? He makes it sound like videogames are totally interactive, like you can do anything in them.

    What annoys me most is that again he is presented as a school shooting expert when anyone who knows the bare minimum about these events know that he says completelty the opposite of law enforcement organizations like the FBI. It’s pure sensionalism. Not news reporting. The worst part is definetely “Ironically I was on this campus years ago, talking about the dangers of these games and now it’s come to that school”. Like he was saying “I told you so”.

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Finally, Thompson got his BS called on national television!:) I wish I could have seen that.

    Any chance someone YouTubed this or it’s on MSNBC’s website somewhere?

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’ll have to watch it later (I’m at work right now). Couldn’t see the first one as it told me I didn’t have the latest Flash player plugin and I can’t download it. The other was that old CNBC interview where he had that ridiculous pink suit and caterpillar moustache (when he was “incognito”). So was that first interview the one he just appeared on?

    It’s nice to see that he’s being questioned by major news outlets and contradicted by those directly involved, whereas circa Paducah and Columbine he got a free pass. Between this and his pending misconduct hearings, it looks like he’s clearly on his way out and he’s being taken less and less seriously.

    I attribute this in part to a wising-up in the news media. Notice how they showed restraint this time around, waiting for the facts to come out and tending to hold Hui more or less responsible for his own actions. I also take some small comfort that while this may have been the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, there is little to no connection to video games that the MSM can pin it on, blowing JT’s arguments clear out of the water despite his vain assertions. And finally, the more he insists games are to blame on this, the more the country sees him for the idiot he really is.

    He’s clearly digging his own grave now. There’s no longer any doubt. And I have the feeling that if hr were to approach any of the victims’ families, they’d tell him at best to go take a hike, at worst something far less polite.

    On a side note, it’d be interesting in the videotape if Hui had any personal words for JT. I wonder how he’d feel about that?

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    Rob says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel jipped. My marksmanship hasn’t improved in the least over all the years of playing violent FPS. Damn it!

    That really pisses me off especially since those Columbine kids were able to improve their’s so much just playing old ass unaimable DOOM. Harrumph!

    *Rolls eyes.*

    I will tell you one thing I’ve learned from video games though. Over the years and through many RPGs I’ve learned to read better and expanded my vocabulary quite a bit.

    Damn those games! They’re evil!

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    ekim1086 says:

    Well isn’t this beautiful I’m gonna go play some Trauma Center to learn how to operate on people… Oh wait maybe I should go play some Phoenix Wright first so I can defend myself during the eventual malpractice lawsuit! I’m sorry but this guy has gotta go. The sad part is no one called bullshit on it until it’s too late. Yeah if Jack Thompson is an expert on school shootings then I’m an expert on Counter Terrorism, why hasn’t Fox News asked me to come in for an interview yet? I’m all he’s doing is using this tragedy as a springboard to further his own agenda, selfish bastard that he is. I have to ask though is anyone really surprised? I mean we’ve all seen what kinda guy he really is he offers money to charity then says it was meant to be satire. He mocks us as we’re grieving over the suicide of a fellow gamer. He’s an inhuman monster, not an expert! I personally think we should write to all the major news stations and show them all the data we have on their so called expert. We could destroy him and his reputation just with the stuff he’s written here on GP, let alone elsewhere. I need to go take out this anger on something, any suggestions?

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    Gameboy says:

    I’m not surprised by Jack anymore. It’s a sin to hate someone, right? Even in a digital landscape now, right? Damn… guess I’m a sinner. Big surprise there, but at least I know Jack will accompany me in Hell. Oh God! That really would be Hell!!

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    Hackangel ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I didnt and I wont. I’ll read about it but wont watch it. It’s what he wanted after all, why he sent the videos. Even if he is in the afterlife, as silly as it may sounds, I won’t give him the satisfaction.

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    Namrepus221 says:

    Has anyone seen the pictures/memo’s that the guy sent to NBC before/during his rampage?

    This kid was out of his f’n mind totally. Video games or not.

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    un1qu3 n3wy0rk says:

    One thing I heard in that video was how Jack described several cases where the killer went to video games to train. To TRAIN. So basically playing video games doesn’t make people killers, it just makes them better at it.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I thought there was an old NBC interview with him in the past 6 months, but apparently, it was an ABC interview where he implied in the interview that one would have to be out of their mind to claim that video games turned people into demons.

    Yet that’s in effect what he’s been saying with these Press Releases and interviews after school shootings or his civil suits.

    Makes ya wanna go “Hmmmm….”.

    NW2K Software

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    myrpok says:

    Why is it every time Jack mentioned Jeffrey Weise, he HAD to add that he was Native American? It served absolutely no point, but he kept repeating it? I don’t know what that means, but I honestly think among the myriad of mental problems Jack struggles with, racism is on of them. Plus, he says that Jeff “trained” on Vice City. Those shootings were don soley in a school on a reservation. Where in Vice City can you go in a school, or rural setting? Little nitpicking things, but he really does insult the memories of those who have died so tragically by not only using their deaths as instruments for his own political purposes, but not bothering to get the facts straight.

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    Father Time ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If and when take two’s suit succeeds it will probably hurt Thompson’s reputation more then we could have (except for Fox news which is a joke of a news program.)

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    Father Time ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack calls himself a christian crusader. Yet according to Dante’s inferno there are places in hell specially designed for hypocrites and falsifiers. Be afraid Jacky boy be very afraid.

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    ekim1086 says:

    @father time

    Yeah, that’s if T2 has the testicular fortitude to actually go through with it, forgive me but I hope the new guy does a better job of dealing with these kinds of things unlike Paul Eibler…

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    Mottom22 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ father time

    If that were in the bible that would be a great angle to throw at em’. but it’s from fiction and also he would just say he is speaking the truth. remember, to him he probably is speaking the truth. he has lied so much that maybe its real to him. alot of fanatics are like that. how he is still a lawyer amazes me. but hopefully that will change

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    He wasn’t introduced as a Video Game Crusader, he was introduced as a ‘School Shootings Specialist’, you know, from hearing Jack talk, it sounded more to me like he phoned in saying he was a specialist in School Shootings just to get the airtime, and then went anti-video game once he had it.

    Maybe I’ve just seen so much of Jacks’ exploits that I wouldn’t put it past him, but I genuinely don’t think he gave a hint of, or that Fox were expecting the ‘Video Games’ angle when they let him on air. We all know that Jack Thompson exists, that’s why he loves us hating him, because it’s attention, but we need to be aware that the one thing that makes Jack Thompson who he is, is his inferiority complex. Most people don’t know and don’t care who he is, it’s his greatest friend and his biggest enemy.

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I saw that latest YouTube video of the interview with David Gregory, which from the looks of things was done before they released Cho Seung-Hui’s name. Even after he was cleverly dismissed by Gregory, I was infuriated that he couldn’t resist getting off that parting shot. I could almost see him smiling as he said it when he mentioned that he had debated there only a few months ago. At that point I just wanted to put my fist through the screen!

    HOW DARE HE?!?!?!?! How DARE he exploit this tragedy in this way!!! Any and all VT students and faculty who saw this should loudly condemn this man and bar him from appearing on their campus ever again!

    At least it’s good to see that even the people in the MSM, who never used to question him before, are starting to get tired of him. They’re starting to realize on some level that violent video games cannot possibly or easily explain what happened there, and by soley relying on that argument, Jack is being seen as someone with very little credibility.

    Still, his disbarment can’t come fast enough. Here’s hoping. (And I’d still like to see his ownage by Brian Williams).

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    TheTopTurnbuckle says:

    Not sure if this was mentioned, but Chris Matthews interviewed one of the shooter’s roommates and tried to bring up video games (specifically Counter-Strike). The roommate quickly said Cho didn’t play any video games.

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    Namrepus221 says:


    I wasn’t suggesting anyone even look at them if they could.

    Hell NBC and the FBI will not release the video footage that he sent, but have only released something like 6 pictures, snippets of his”fanifesto”, and something like a 30 second snippet of the video footage that was sent to NBC that was found this morning.

    I was saying that given what this kid did before he did this…He had some serious. REALLY SERIOUS PROBLEMS.

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    Kobra ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Everything to say about Jack Thompson has been said. Many times over. The man has ruined his own credibility and his own career in his star-struck moment after the Grand Theft Auto controversy. Every day he just proves to more and more people that he’s an idiot and is guilty of each of the following: ignorance, bigotry, arrogance, immaturity, a dire lack of masculinity, a dire lack of common sense, an impeccable sense of self-righteousness, and overall being a pretentious douchebag.

    But we know this. And we’ve all dismissed his credibility. So why does he continue and persist to badger GP and Kotaku in vain attempts to be dragged back into the spotlight on the curtails of a massacre? Because he realizes his life is, in short, over and he is left with only two choices: continue to attack an innocent population of gamers or commit suicide.

    His choice is obvious, and it was obviously the wrong path to take for one so obsessed in his self-image and dignity.

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    […] Tijdens dramatische gebeurtenissen moeten redacteuren razendsnel beslissingen nemen. Soms gaat dat grandioos verkeerd. In het geval van het vreselijke voorval in Virginia komt een activistische advocaat aan het woord die meer informatie lijkt te hebben dan ieder ander op dat moment: “It was a gamer, obviously”. Zijn reactie gaat de hele wereld over en zegt veel over zowel kwaliteiten van de nieuwszender Fox News die een platform biedt aan de man als over de onmiddellijke zoektocht naar een zondebok. In dit geval is de zondebok dat enge, door velen beminde, door weinigen goed begrepen ‘nieuwe’ medium van digitale spellen. Natuurlijk schakelen nieuwszenders over de hele wereld meteen live over. CNN, BBC en Fox News komen met breaking news. Wat opvalt over de berichtgeving is dat er weinig nieuws naar buiten komt gedurende de avond. Is er een schutter of zijn er meer? Wat zou het motief van de dader kunnen zijn? Wie heeft hier schuld? Voor nieuwszenders die live gaan en voor ‘continuing coverage’ zorgen van een ‘developing story’ moet het lastig zijn geweest. […]

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    Keaton2008 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    ….okay. Dammit, JT.

    1- You are not a ‘school shooting expert’
    2- Weise’s movie, Target Practice, was not based off Vice City.
    3- Please stop moving towards these school shootings to make a career for yourself.
    4- When your son does a school shooting, as soon as we’re done mourning, we’ll laigh at the irony.

    NBC got a tape from the shooter. And I have an uneasy feeling he’s going to make some kind of game reference. The reference that comes to mind? Since the shooting was all about killing people with too many privleges (‘brats’), I’m expecting to see that quote from Dead Rising that was also from a poem. “And yet he complained that his belly still wasn’t full”.

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    Rat Bastard says:

    @Grimm22 and qAaRoN

    Your comments are not only unnecessary, but they are EXACTLY the kind of fuel that this asshole needs to continue his crusade. Are you effin stupid? Death threats and wishing he was “killed at Virginia Tech” is not only sick and wrong, but is making us all look like we’re as disturbed as you are.

    The last thing we need is your kind on our side.

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    BeGone says:

    This is such a typical fox news moment. They bring this clown on (probably because he’s such a loyal republican) as the only “voice” and “moderate” out there and as usual they call him an “Expert”. This is the way foxnews pushes their ultra-rightwing agenda and can get away with it because there are so many people willing to give them a pass. This is why we need the fairness doctrine back to give BOTH sides a say in the deabte not what some biased network thinks. This goes the same way with talk radio it amazes me that Rush, Boortz and the rest of the conservative cadre can keep spreading ovcious false “truths”

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