Jack Thompson Loses An “Ally”

America’s National Institute on Media and the Family sent out an open letter asking Jack Thompson to stop acting as if the institute is an ally in his fight against the video game industry.

Your commentary has included extreme hyperbole and your tactics have included personally attacking individuals for whom I have a great deal of respect. I believe that respect is essential in all our dealings, including respect for those with whom we disagree. Some of the people that you have publicly criticized are not only people of integrity, but are people who have worked to improve the lives of children.

Even though we have no formal relationship your use of my name and your inclusion of my name in correspondence have created the impression that we condone these tactics. We do not. The result is that our position and reputation as a research based, non-partisan, solution-focused organization has been jeopardized. Consequently, I ask that you cease using the Institute’s or my name in any way that would give the impression that we support your efforts. I also ask that you remove the link to our website that appears on your site.

Maybe it might not mean much, but it shows that it isn’t just 13-year video game fans and predatorial game developers who think Thompson goes a bit too far.