This Picture is NOT an April Fool's Joke...

April 1, 2008 -
...although you might think it is.

The truth is that this picture, caption included, ran - where else? - on Fox News last Thursday.

Jack Thompson, last seen on Fox as a "school shooting expert" has apparently morphed into the network's "First Amendment Attorney."

Perhaps having a U.S. District Court judge tear apart the Louisiana video game law he wrote on First Amendment grounds somehow qualifies him, in Fox's view.

Or, maybe it was the way he tried to suppress - via baseless legal threats - GamePolitics' recent coverage of his professional misconduct trial by the Florida Bar.

In any case, Thompson was on Fox to discuss a non-game related issue when the comic caption aired.

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I hope someone from one of the other major networks notices this. Is it a broadcasting faux pas to bludgeon a competing network with their own idiocy?

What about just pointing at them while they bludgeon themselves with it?

FOX ....the Jerry Springer of the news world. Jacks just the comedic relief.

1) i'm all for removing this article. it has nothing to do with Games AND Politics.

2) on Fox this morning, Bill O'Reilly spoke for "all white Americans" glorifying intolerance of black people. sickening.

Look on the bright side. When the older generation of conservatives that Fox news caters to are no longer around, Fox news will either probably cease to exist because no one from this generation will watch them, or they will start raving about how great games are to cater to the masses. In the meantime, if you get bored one day, make a list of the companies that advertise on Fox News and write them a letter explaining why you are boycoitting their products.

@Conejo

Yeah it might seem that way on the wacko internet on a wacko liberal internet political blog, but in the real world - you know the world that doesn't try to demonize Fox news every day and where people don't falsely associate wacko's like Jack with them - no not really.

Just the fact that GP claims that jack is "the network's first amendment attorney" is horrible. They know he doesn't work for Fox yet they try to paint him that way in order to push their wack liberal agenda.

I though you weren't gonna post this?

@GryphonOsiris

I would not be surprised if he was.

He's a lawyer for not much longer

*FACEPALM*

@Untouchable

Then he becomes a "First amendment Expert"

Dennis, you made a typo.

It's FAUX News, not FOX News.

Wow. Well, what can you expect from a network who puts Ann Coulter on with a caption that says anything other than "Professional Troll".

my first ammendment would be to cross out that description and write, 'soon to be disbarred, lying , cheating, money grabbing, ambulance chaser expert'

Wish I could get Fox over here - we don't have enough good comedy channels.

If Fox News had a show where JT just ranted like a lunatic about random things I'd watch it.

Apparently the first amendment only applies to JT, and doesn't apply to video game developers, GP, or anyone who disagrees with him.

Ok.... Fox News embarrases(sp?) itself again i see. :)

I'm now indeed curious as to what his tag-line will be after he is disbarred.
Probably something with "expert" instead of attorney, since that's not entirely true anymore after that, not that that would stop Fox.

There's a reason I don't trust Fox anymore.

"anymore"?
Besides, it doesn't say if he attorneys for or against the First. "Bear Expert" includes a person who's an expert at killing bears as much as rescuing them.

Apparently the expertise they want in the first amendment is how to suppress it.

wait... WHAT!?

I can't find the video.

GP: yeah, sorry about that. Looks like Fox  moved it...

Hear Hear to Dan,

I would love to get Fox here in the UK. Sounds bloody brilliant.
We used to have 'Not the 9 0'clock News', this sounds about the same.

Do people over there actually consider that station news for real ?
or is it the tv equivilant of the National Enquirer ?

'Shock News : JT is first Amendment Lawyer, and Elvis is his love child reincarnated as Take Two exec'

Um... pardon me Dennis, but exactly WHY did you fold to that 'demand' of his and actually post this matter unrelated to games? I mean, i'm not gonna whine about it, but i just figured that was reason enough not to post it. That's all.

You're shitting me.

When is he getting his license revoked? Isn't it. like, next week?

How can he be billed as an attorney when he won't be one in less than a month? Not that he was much of an attorney to begin with, but still...

He's a first amendment attorney.

He's just fighting to protect his own first amendment rights.

The link in the article to the player didn't work, but I found it by searching the Fox News player for Jack Thompson.

For those who don't care to watch, basically the mayor of some city in Florida says there are too many American flags flying on some street, and they're not there for patriotic purposes, but for advertisement purposes. While the mayor hasn't done anything YET, they're thinking about making a law or statue or something to lessen the number of flags flying.

Jack basically was there to say that there's no reason to force people to take flags down, no matter what the purpose for their flying it. He goes on to say he might be at the next City Council meeting with a client. He'd better hope that meeting is before April 21.

This isn't the first time he's been given the title "First Amendment Expert" or anything similar.

But, based on his own comments during his Bar trial and a great many interviews, John Bruce is actually an "expert" in the "John Bruce 'Jack' Thompson First Amendment" which states he is free to speak whatever he wants, usually false statements, and everyone else must only speak what HE approves of. Everyone else must go to prison for opposing him.

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@ Bob
Fox News is still trusted by an astoundingly large number of older people. The news program most trusted by younger people (and consequently gamers) is the Daily Show.

The Mouths of the world are laughing at you America.

If you weren't such a cheapass and bought a widescreen TV, you'd see that it actually says "ANTI-First Amendment Attorney". They play a different version of news for old-fashioned TVs.

Just goes to show what Jack Thompson will paste onto his mugshot for the idiots of the world on Fox News. All I can say, he's not an expert on the First Amendment. Here's the Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What he's doing is distorting this Amendment and I won't take it. Too many people have payed with their lives for his freedom and he's distorting it. All I can say is no, no, NO!

From what it seems, Jack Thompson is actually taking up a worthy cause in this, trying to stop the mayor from limiting American flag use. Doesn't make him a good person, but at least he is A soul, albeit an f'ed up one.

Nigthwing's right. This isn't the first time Jack's passed himself off as a "First Amendment Attorney" when he's anything but an expert on the First Amendment. This is not news.

Davcube also has a point. Why did you give into this dickwad's demands, Dennis as he chided you for not covering this story last week? You're only giving this ass the attention he wants.

GP: you miss the point, my friend. I have no interest in the his Fox appearance for its own sake. I just thought that the picture was priceless and a good feature for April 1st...

I presume Mr.Thompson is planning on joining the ACLU's legal staff.

You misunderstand guys and gals...

Thats not the American First Amendment but FOX's..


FOX's first amendment:
"Be proud and turn and bend news to your advantage regardless if its fact, videogames are thy enemy and must be smitten in every way possible"

So yeah, following that JT is labeled correctly

Jack Thompson, Worst Defendant Attorney . . . in the entire history of Florida Bar disciplinary proceedings.

Actually, I am an expert in the First Amendment. What truly is hilarious is the suggestion that Dennis McCauley is a \"journalist.\"

Jack Thompson, First Amendment Expert

seems to be some misunderstanding in regard to this article...

The picture, with its ridiculous caption, is a classic. Thought it would make for a good larf on April 1st, especially since it is real.

We can only hope they accidentally left off "anti-" before the caption.

I mean, really, "First Amendment Attorney"? Surely that is is an oxymoron. Or at least some kind of moron.

@Jack Thompson, Attorney:

I wouldn't call a long and storied history of complete and utter failed attemps to censor speech "expertise." Seems to me, on your track record, that you're "clueless" about the First Amendment.

Shall we start with your "victory" in the 2Live Crew case and work our way forward?

@Jack Thompson, Attorney

Your complete and utter lack of respect for your rivals/competition destroys what very little credibility you have left in the last few days of your ending career.

As an offended, working, sane, respectable gamer (who loves violent games and absolutly oppose the selling of violent games to underaged customers) by your actions ; please save yourself and apologize to the bar for all the strains you have sinked it into to gain some time, really.

P.S.: With all due respect, I humbly ask you not to sue me for diffamation. I might be canadian, but the way I figure it, I can hide behind the First Amendment, LIKE FOX SEEMS TO BE GRANTING YOU.

Thank you, have a nice day, and quit please.

An angry red-headed secretary and gamer.

Jack,

You're as much a First Amendment Expert as I am an astro physics expert. (That would be "not at all.")

Nice April Fool's post anyway there, pork chop.

You should add "Criminal Conspiracy Expert" and "Forged Loyalty Oath Expert" to your resume.

@ Jack Thompson, soon-to-be-ex-attorney

A real First Amendment expert wouldn't promote legislation that is anti-First Amendment.

Practice what you preach: Grow up and get a life.

@Jack Thompson:

The Ol' Bill o' Rights has withstood attack from many like -- and better than -- you. Wanna bet it'll be around long after you're gone?

And that's Bill o' Rights. Not Bill O'Reilly. You do understand the difference, don't you, Jack?

Do you what amazes me about fox? its complete and utter short sightedness.

Simple fact is, one day, WE will be the older crowd, and its current, non gaming, terrified of the 'Sexbox' demographic will be dead.

Fox news is already a joke among us, what will it be in 20 years?

Sad fact is, they're pandering to one demographic now, and in 20 years they're going to find they have no one watching them.

Can't wait

@JDKJ

I doubt he understands that difference. I mean, holy crap that's a real post. Can anyone link to the vid? I wanna see this for myself.
 
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