Oliver North’s Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Pitch

Fox News commentator Oliver North has been signed to help Activision sell its next big Call of Duty game, Call of Duty Black Ops 2. North appears on-screen in an infomercial for the game talking about war. We'll leave the characterizations to Fox News (from his bio there as a contributor to the network) and this Wikipedia entry on him, but the short story is that North's past is marked with scandal. In the 1980's he was caught up in the Iran-Contra operation during Ronald Reagan's presidency. The former U.S. Marine Corps Colonel was dragged before congress for his part in the deal in the late 1980's.

North was a National Security Council staff member involved in the clandestine sale of weapons to Iran, which served to encourage the release of U.S. hostages from Lebanon. According to some, North formulated the second part of the plan – to funnel the money from the arms sales to support the Contra rebel groups in Nicaragua. While North was convicted of three felonies, the convictions were later vacated, and the charges dismissed due to a limited immunity agreement granted for his pre-trial public Congressional testimony about the affair. Many feel that North served as a fall guy for President Ronald Reagan and Vice-President George H.W. Bush.

While some might argue that Activision is aiming for a demographic that is decidedly conservative by using North as a spokesperson in its advertising, others would point out that he is also a war historian and a New York Times Best-Selling author.. Pick your side, I guess.

Source: Kotaku. Thanks to Kalil Chernov for sending this in.

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