John Stossel Tackles Videogame Violence and Jack Thompson in a Show About ‘Popular Nonsense’

In the latest episode of Stossel, Libertarian host John Stossel tackles what he views as "Popular Nonsense" including Hollywood's use of global warming as themes in movies, income inequality, and video game violence causing real-world violence. At around the 31:14 mark in this YouTube video of the show Stossel talks about violent video games and is joined by disbarred Florida attorney and long-time anti-video game critic Jack Thompson.

We'll let the segment speak for itself, but it's the same old same old from Thompson about how video games turn people into trained killers. If ever there was a way of thinking about games that could be called nonsense, this is the epitome of it. Enjoy a blast from the past.

Thanks to Avalongod for pointing this out. The show originally aired last Sunday on Fox Business.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    Here is the GP rundown of the disbarment ruling.

    • [Thompson] made false statements of material fact to courts and repeatedly violated a court order
    • [Thompson] communicated the subject of representation directly with clients of opposing counsel
    • [Thompson] engaged in prohibited ex parte communications
    • [Thompson] publicized and sent hundreds of pages of vitriolic and disparaging missives, letters, faxes, and press releases, to the affected individuals
    • [Thompson] targeted an individual who was not involved with respondent in any way, merely due to "the position [the individual] holds in state and national politics"
    • [Thompson]falsely, recklessly, and publicly accused a judge as being amenable to the "fixing" of cases
    • [Thompson] sent courts inappropriate and offensive sexual materials
    • [Thompson] falsely and publicly accused various attorneys and their clients of engaging in a 
      conspiracy/enterprise involving "the criminal distribution of sexual materials to minors" and attempted to get prosecuting authorities to charge these attorneys and their clients for racketeering and extortion
    • [Thompson] harassed the former client of an attorney in an effort to get the client to use its influence to persuade the attorney to withdraw a defamation suit filed by the attorney against respondent
    • [Thompson] retaliated against attorneys who filed Bar complaints against him for his unethical conduct by asserting to their clients, government officials, politicians, the media, female lawyers in their law firm, employees, personal friends, acquaintances, and their wives, that the attorneys were criminal pornographers who objectify women.

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    faefrost says:

    I might be wrong on this, but I could swear he was disbarred for among other things abuse of a judge and the court and refusing to take a court / bar ordered psych exam as part of his disciplinary hearing. The state bar found reason to presume that he was in fact clinically and legally fraking nuts. 

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    Thomas Riordan says:

    "and he (the head of Take Two) did destroy me vocationally. I'm no longer a lawyer"

    When did you become the head of Take Two, Jack? Because I'm pretty sure it was you answering the questions at your disbarrment. It was you sending gay porn to the judges.

    The look on his face when Stossel tells him the real reason he was disbarred is priceless but of course Jack comes up with an answer out of Jackyland for why he was really disbarred.

    "No, I was disbarred for appearing on 60 Minutes to warn the American people that something like Sandy Hook was coming."

    Jack and reality split up years ago. Reality thought he should start seeing other people and apparently he has at least been talking to some of these other people in his head if not seeing them.

    I am surprised that Jack actually could shut up and let the guy speak though. This is far different than his normal modus operandi of just keep talking talking talking and not let the host get a chance to argue against your bullshit.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    It's like after he was disbarred Jack printed out everything that confirms his bias, canceled his internet service, and lived in a vacuum ever since.

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    black manta says:

    The early 2000's called. They want their moral panic back.

    Poor guy.  I think being disbarred caused him to have a break with reality.

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    black manta says:

    I have to wonder if Jack's said this stuff so often now he believes it?  To use a Solomon Short quote, "Not all lawyers know when they're lying.  Only the good ones do.  The best can conceal even this fact."  I remember when he submitted to a psychiatric evaluation, although the results of that are up for debate as it was conducted by a member of his Presbyterian church.  He may not have Narcisstic Personality Disorder, but I'd say by now he's willfully delusional.

    Case in point: the reasons he gave for being disbarred.  They fly in the face of officially documented public record.  It's clear by now the guy is operating on another reality.  It'd be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.

    While I think Stossel sold out long ago to Fox News, at least it was good to see him call JT on his BS where so many others would let him just blather on unchallenged, even if JT continued to willfully deny reality.

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