On Friday, MSNBC ran a lengthy web feature detailing how video games were being blamed for the Virginia Tech massacre in some quarters, most notably by controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson.
Included in reporter Winda Benedetti’s story was this acid quote from Jason Della Rocca, executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA):
It’s so sad. These massacre chasers — they’re worse than ambulance chasers — they’re waiting for these things to happen so they can jump on their soapbox.
On Saturday morning, Thompson was interviewed on MSNBC. He rehashed his theory that madman Seung-Hui Cho trained for the VTU rampage on Counter-strike some five years ago, when the 23-year-old mass murderer was still in high school. Nothing new there; it’s the same thing Thompson has been saying for days.
Near the end of the interview, however, anchor Alex Witt threw the Della Rocca quote at Thompson, whose anger was palpable. Check out the video: