RT: Do American Video Games Cause Suicide Bombings?

How long did it take for the moral scolds to blame the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on video games? Much longer than it took for RT, the Kremlin’s English-language propaganda channel, to blame the Moscow terror attacks on the video game Call of Duty. A good catch from The New York Times’ Robert Mackey, who notes that the piece repeatedly reminds viewers that this is an American video game—one that could have inspired yesterday’s terrorist attacks (because the 1999 siege of Grozny is a less likely culprit, clearly). The heavy-breathing correspondent is like an unsophisticated Vladimir Posner for the Xbox generation.

Of course, in a time of tragedy, it is always a good time to cart out RT’s favorite conspiracy theory monchichi (and paid contributor), Wayne Madsen, who desperately attempts to blame the attacks, which most presume to be the work of radical Islamists from the North Caucaus, on American policy and some 2008 Jamestown Foundation conference on the Circassian nation. Or something.

Watch the full clip only because Madsen’s is a perfect example of the paranoid mind, and note the attempt to redirect every question back to the perfidy of Washington, even when it has nothing to do with the issue at hand. The conversation gets really dumb around ten minutes in when Madsen, with the encouragement of a terrifically clueless host, attempts to tie the Heritage Foundation to terrorist groups that blow up Russian airports. And if you hang around until the end of the video you will hear Madsen weigh in on Call of Duty, which is obviously connected to the American military industrial complex!

If you unfamiliar with Madsen's lunatic oeuvre, which might be an Andy Kaufman-inspired piece of performance art, here he is explaining that President Obama is a “CIA creation”; his hilarious “report” that George W. Bush was fond of  getting loaded in the White House (in 2007) and calling his wife a very dirty word that rhymes with “grunt”; a piece exposing Dick Cheney’s “coordination” of the 9/11 attacks, published in something call the Tehran Times; and this classic, in which Madsen suggests that the Mossad was behind Elliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal.

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  • Almanian||

    Do American Video Games Cause Suicide Bombings?

    Jeebus H, RT!

    1) Sarah Palin
    2) BOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooosh
    3) Rush Limbaugh

    Guess the Rooskies are new to the whole "eliminationist-rhetoric-as-the-cause-of-all-evul...if-it-wasn't-Bush's-fault" reasoning. Get a grip, Ivan and Natasha.

  • Apogee||

    Gentlemen, we cannot allow a hyperbole-gap. The Russians are moving fast on this. If the United States doesn't ramp up the panic levels quickly with irrational scaremongering, I'm afraid that we will be sapped of our precious bodily fluids.

    Peace on Earth. Purity of Essence.

  • Almanian||

    If we move now, I think we could keep the losses to 30 million....tops

  • Meh||

    We need to land hyperbole on the moon.

  • Hugh Akston||

    It's a matter of national pride.

  • ||

    Instead of landing some isolated hyperbole on the moon, we need to generate hyperbole so grand that it spans the distance from earth's surface to the moon.

  • Almanian||

    God - that would be the coolest thing EVAR!

  • juris imprudent||

    Fools! You play around with that much hyperbole and you risk it collapsing into a singularity with the entire universe being sucked into Wayne Madsen's asshole.

  • Paul||

    I only care if the nutbag ranting on TV is prominent enough to have influence on Henry Waxman.

  • dave c||

    I don't understand why you Reason guys keep going on RT.

    Putinland is hardly libertarian. They just hate Yanks. And make excuses for Stalin.

    Yeesh.

  • Merkin||

    Geez, if I only went places they didn't hate Yanks I'd never leave the house.

  • dave c||

    Fair enough, but these RT folks aren't exactly subtle.

  • yonemoto||

    Alyona. I'd whore myself out to other RT shows for her, too.

  • cynical||

    Yes, it was 'Splosion Man what done it.

  • ||

    And if you hang around until the end of the video you will hear Madsen weigh in on Call of Duty, which is obviously connected to the American military industrial complex!

    My buddy got Black ops last weekend and I was able to play the zombie mini-game as Stalin.

    I totally outlasted the guy playing Hitler.

  • Almanian||

    You know who else outlasted the guy playing Hitler...

  • ||

    You know who else outlasted the guy playing Hitler...

    FRD?

  • Anonymous Coward||

    The guy playing Francisco Franco?

  • ||

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SOhG8GCrDU

  • Old Mexican||

    A good catch from The New York Times' Robert Mackey, who notes that the piece repeatedly reminds viewers that this is an American video game — one that could have inspired yesterday's terrorist attacks (because the 1999 siege of Grozny is a less likely culprit, clearly).


    C'mon, Michael! You're being too cynical!

  • Old Mexican||

    Watch the full clip only because Madsen’s is a perfect example of the paranoid mind[...]


    No need to: I got the perfect picture by exposing my eyes to Lawrence O'Donnell, once.

  • Old Mexican||

    "Remember: NO Russian!"

  • ||

    I told you, we libertarians are pawns in Putin's secret media war against the US.

  • benthamite||

    100% agreed...
    it does no good to libertarianism to be the court americans for a kremlin propaganda outlet

  • ||

    Shhh!

    Or, Thhh!

  • aga||

    al-Hurra is a pentagon-funded satellite TV channel the US govt uses to propagandize middle easterners. RT is a cable/satellite channel russia uses to propagandize the US. honestly i think RT's propagandizing is no more blatant or offensive than the boot-licking that goes on in the corporate "independent" US media, and RT's implicit positions on israel, US human rights abuses, corporatism, etc. are relatively mainstream among non-US, western media (eg Spain, England). i was in spain when the gaza flotilla incident happened, and there were protests of israel at the college i was at (because israel committed war crimes), and the newspapers treated it as a significant and horrible international incident. how much coverage did those war crimes get in the US? any protests?

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