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Monday, June 5, 2006
Cliff Kincaid and Jack Thompson: Together At Last
Topic: Accuracy in Media
A June 5 Accuracy in Media column by Cliff Kincaid praises the new book (well, not quite so new; it was released last November) by Jack Thompson. Kincaid leads by recounting that "sewer-mouth" Howard Stern once called Thompson a "lunatic lawyer," an epithet Thompson now wears with pride.

But despite his current "mission to protect children from the violent and obscene video games, music lyrics, shock jock radio shows, and television programs he says are creating a culture of violence and degradation," Thompson does live up to the "lunatic lawyer" description. Before embarking on his current crusade, Thompson was a rabid anti-Clintonite and even more rabid anti-Janet Reno partisan. As we've detailed, Thompson ran against Reno in 1988 for a district attorney seat in Florida; during the campaign, Reno was unfit for the job because, as a closeted lesbian with a drinking problem, she was great candidate for blackmail by the criminal element. Thompson also, during a public debate during this campaign, presented Reno with a form demanding she fill it out. It read: "I, Janet Reno, am a 1) Homosexual; 2) Bisexual; 3) Heterosexual." Reno was expected to check an appropriate answer. The form went on to say, "If you don't respond by such a date, then you will be deemed to have checked one of the first two boxes."

During the Elian Gonzalez saga in 2000, Thompson was NewsMax's "Man in Miami," filing regular reports. Thompson attempted to blackmail Kendall Coffey, a lawyer for Elian's Miami relatives, in a open letter in which he recounts a certain stripper-biting incident involving Coffey, then added: "I am scheduled to appear today on a national television program to discuss all of the above. Therefore, I would suggest you arrange my meeting with [Eilan's relatives] so that your withholding crucial information from them not be continuing at the time of the broadcast."

Thompson has also threatened to sue anyone who criticizes him anonymously.

Kincaid doesn't mention any of this, nor does he mention that one current target of Thompson's anti-violent-video-game crusade is ... the U.S. military, which developed and gives away the game "America's Army." If Thompson is bashing the military, why isn't he getting the same treatment from conservatives as, say, Jack Murtha? Hmmmm...

Given that Kincaid and Thompson share a obsession with lesbianism, real or imagined (Kincaid's, you'll remember, involves Rachel Maddow), these two should get along just fine.

UPDATE: Edited final paragraph to reflect that while we don't know whether Janet Reno is a lesbian, Thompson is obsessed with the idea that she is.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:51 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, June 5, 2006 5:17 PM EDT

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