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Howard Stern Bashes Dr. Phil and Video Game/Virginia Tech Connection [UPDATE]

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Howard Stern eloquently expressed his opinion about Dr. Phil this morning after hearing the doc’s comments on video games and the Virginia Tech massacre:

“He’s a fucking asshole!”

You’ll have to excuse me because that’s the only direct quote I could get down, the following are half-quotes, half-paraphrased. If anyone can provide a clip of the actual audio, it would be greatly appreciated.

Howard, Robin, and other in-studio personalities ridiculed the idea that video games could have caused the shootings, sarcastically suggesting that “Hitler played Donkey Kong” and “Osama Bin Laden played Grand Theft Auto.”

Howard went on to explain, “You know the reason why Dr. Phil is an asshole? …because whenever something like this happens he wants to play the ‘blame game’.” He and Robin both commented that many people play video games “all day and all night” and do not act out violently. Howard sarcastically remarked that blame is always placed on “the movies or something.” He then concluded the discussion saying what many gamers have been saying for years, “This is so stupid.”

The self-proclaimed “King of All Media” is known as a staunch protector and advocate of First Amendment rights. His show can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio from 6am to around 11am Monday through Thursday.

Ba-Ba-Bouey!

UPDATE 1: Added additional content from the show.

UPDATE 2: Rush Limbaugh gives his opinion on the possible Virginia Tech/video game connection.

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    1. jonahfalcon Says:

      He’s also into harrassing people like me. So much for “freedom of speech”. More like “Stern’s freedom of speech”.

    2. NYCowboy Says:

      I am not a fan of sterns but I am glad some major media figure is standing up in support of the gaming industry. There are numerous studies showing no link between video games and violence:
      Link

      I talk about them (poorly i might add) here
      becauseirant.blogspot.com

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    4. tek Says:

      Good for Howard Stern.

      Someone needs to bash Dr. Phil.

    5. JewelsR Says:

      Dr. Phil is a stooge. Stern gains respect for pointing this out. I have no idea why so many people think that man has anything worthwhile and intellectually accurate to say, Dr. Phil is nothing but a fast-talking Texas salesman, albeit, a good one.

    6. silica Says:

      The Deadites support Howard Stern.

      Baba Booey!

      oh my.

    7. Aletorro Says:

      Blaming video games and hollywood is just easier than taking real meassures, like you know, gun control!

    8. DillDoe Says:

      Every notice its always old people who never play a video game or know anyone that has, are the ones making these stupid comments.
      And how did he lead to this conclusion anyway? I haven’t even heard that the shooter was a gamer.

    9. PENIX Says:

      What’s even more absurd is that reports from the shooter’s roommates say that he didn’t play video games much, if at all.

    10. Rob Says:

      I’m Glad someone in the media said something. Phil (I refuse to call him a doctor till i see a degree.) is a peckerhead and needs to STFU. Everytime there is something like this someone wants to blame video game. Another wants to blame Hollywood, or as at least one person (and you won’t be alone) on here want to blame gun control. I have an idea for ALL OF THEM, how about we start with looking at the parents, or we could look at the fact that this person may have just been an ASSHOLE.

    11. toadc Says:

      i wish the article had some more direct quotes, or why didn’t someone capture an audio file and post it?

      I heard this “bit” yesterday while they where reading the news, it led to discussing quack Dr. Phil. It was very funny while also very true.

      If video games made people shoot-up their school, then everyone would be shooting up schools.
      =============================
      # jonahfalcon Says:
      April 18th, 2007 at 11:48 am

      He’s also into harrassing people like me. So much for “freedom of speech”. More like “Stern’s freedom of speech”.

      Jonahfalcon, I dont know what you’re point you’re trying to make here? I suspect just repeating something you heard your parents or friends say, which is why you aren’t making sense. =)

      think for yourself once in a while.

      thanks for posting this up, S Holmes

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    13. Michael Says:

      “Blaming video games and hollywood is just easier than taking real meassures, like you know, gun control!”

      Gun control is not a real measure either. I just thought you ought to know this.

    14. Craig Says:

      I like Howard but on this issue he is an IDIOT.

      Of course 99% of people wont act out because of violent video games. But there are definitely weak-minded people who can be influenced by them. Movies as well.

      I’m not sure if this particular guy is one of them, the facts haven’t come out.

      It’s funny how all of you people say that there is no tie at all. You need to wake up. It’s been proven that watching even a 30 second commercial can influence people. A disturbed person playing a violent video games for hours on end and being influenced is not that hard to imagine.

      This being said, it is on the persons care givers/parents to notice this type of behavior. Of course once you hit 18, that becomes a lot harder.

      The blood from this case is going to be on the system for letting this maniac slip through. He had a crazy mans rap sheet a mile long.

      Is it all because of video games? Of course not. But don’t bury your head and act like it has not one shred of influence. Remember, I’m not talking about normally adjusted people here.

    15. Billy Says:

      Cops suched the guys room and found 0 video games….that ZERO! So how can doctor Phil say those things? He should wait to find out all the info before opening his month.

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    17. RallyRun Says:

      FYI:
      Jonah Falcon is a guy on NYC PBS that has a show about the Yankees. Richard from the Howard Stern Show prank calls his show relentlessly. Oh yeah, he’s also been on the Playboy channel for his 13″ c*ck!

    18. Courthead Says:

      Anyone who says video games cause people to commit violent acts is, plain and simple, a fucking moron. Why? Because there are HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of counterexamples.

      Every single person that plays video games on a regular basis is an experiment. I hate to break it to morons like Jack Thompson, Dr. Phil, and Craig, but the overwhelming result of these experiments is that gaming does not cause violence.

      Whoop-de-doo, Craig: video games can “affect” people. What the hell does that even mean? Eating a cheeseburger can “affect” a person, too.

      We’re not talking about “affecting” people. We’re not talking about providing “shreds of influence.” We’re talking about outright convincing a person, who otherwise would not, to go on a killing spree.

      The fact of the matter is, the evidence has never shown and never will show that video games do that.

      Sorry to rain on your stupid-parade.

    19. Christopher Says:

      The fact of the matter is that video games are becoming increasingly social activities. Granted many games have been socially oriented (particularily nintendo titles).

      But in general as networking and internet becomes a standard in homes, so to does socially oriented gaming. Titles released for consoles, computers etc. are much more commonly multiplayer, both in the same room and abroad via internet linkups.

      For first person shooters (commonly the most often blamed) titles it is mandatory at this point that they have multiplayer modes. As a simple example, Halo3 which is rather hotly anticipated plans to have an excellent multiplayer side to it.

      That being said, typically social people are less likely to go off on killing sprees for a variety of reasons. So give the TV a rest and get people out and gaming with other people. ;)

      Videogame violence is becoming less and less of a valid excuse as more and more people play them and yet no corollation of a massive crime increase occurs in responce.

    20. fools Says:

      Stop blaming it on video games.

      It was said the VT gunnman never even owned video games, he was probably too busy writing disturbing plays. It has no influence, period, but if you’re going to talk about influence then that’s a whole different story.

      The mind of the crazy can be influenced by anything, are you saying we should stop printing books about murder and violence; movies, TV and magazines too? The reason video games get the blame is because there is no MPAA or big group standing up for them, they have no hero to defend them so they get the blame and always will.

      The point is we need gun control, and LOTS of it. The US has the most gun related homicides bar none.

    21. Al Gates Says:

      I believe both Howard Stern and Dr. Phil generalize way too much. And, of course, both have data (facts) that support their opinion. Isn’t that convenient?

    22. Derrick Schommer Says:

      @RallyRun, you do your homework before posting I see ;-)

    23. arbee Says:

      Craig,

      “Of course 99% of people wont act out because of violent video games.”

      Please do not assume any figure here. There are millions and millions of gamers who play Grand Theft Auto alone and I doubt that more than a few would do something like this, surely not 1%.

      “It’s funny how all of you people say that there is no tie at all. [..] It’s been proven that watching even a 30 second commercial can influence people.”

      But maybe there is no tie at all? It’s one thing being influenced by a commercial about tampons and a totally different thing to kill 30 students because you are outraged with your girlfriend.

      “Is it all because of video games? Of course not. But don’t bury your head and act like it has not one shred of influence. Remember, I’m not talking about normally adjusted people here.”

      People have been killing other people for many millennia, with or without a reason. Yes, people do get influenced, but there are many different ways of getting influence too.

      If this guy decided to kill a lot of people, it was hardly because he was playing games. He had decided to do so because his girlfriend, friends (etc) caused him pain, in which he had to respond in a brutal way. If he was not a video game player, would he then have chosen the diplomatic way?

      The only way that the video games may have “influenced” him – in my opinion – could have been choice of weapons and such, as seen in video games. Now, a Beretta is still just as lethal as any other unknown type of guns.

      I know you mean well with your post and part of me agrees with you, but there is a difference between influenced and INFLUENCED.

    24. jarek Says:

      Have video games and movies influenced me?? Sure they have they made me beilive that evil villians have goates and enjoy evil laughter. Have they influenced me to go on a killing spree and kill 30 or so of my classmates??? hell no!!.
      video games and movies do influence you a little they stimulate you imagination make you creative they dont turn you into a psychotic killer. How many people play grand theft auto?? yet you dont see people just randomly running around outside shooting pedestrians and stealing cars from everyone. Games and movies influence you but they dont turn you into a killer like the shooter at virgina tech. Dr. Phill get your facts straight.

    25. modeams Says:

      Howard’s show will always be misunderstood by mainstream media. The level of satire is often too hard to explain in a 30 second news report. But Howard’s show is consistently the most thought provoking show in modern American culture.

      It does push the level of taste, but Howard has consistently fought for gay and minority rights. He gives people who would otherwise be neglected by society, mentally and physically handicapped, a platform to be heard.

    26. Howard Stern Says:

      Man There is no proof the video games cause violence. The Japanese are very peaceful have low crime and they have super violent games and anime.

      More power to Howard Stern for making it real.

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    28. Sean Says:

      I don’t know if tighter gun control is the answer. For a crazed lunatic like him, he’ll probably find another way, ie. homemade bombs, poison, etc. The answer may be to better recognize disturbed people and take them more seriously.

    29. Lucas Says:

      @Sean
      I think you’re absolutely right. People need to look at the root cause. Did the shooter kill all these people because he had a gun? He killed all these people because he was disturbed. People like the shooter have their minds set on causing all sorts of destruction and will find a way to do it even if he can’t get any guns. If you outlaw something only the outlaws will have them. If the police at VT would have been carrying weapons the amount of casualties would have been smaller. Now I’m not saying lets give everyone a gun, but responsible people, like police, should be allowed to carry weapons.

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    31. Corey Says:

      It’s a good thing nobody killed each other before video games, movies, and guns…

    32. T-roy Says:

      If he didn’t have a gun he would have made a bomb. if he didn’t have a bomb he would have sharpened a lawnmower blade and went all slingblade on everyone. It is hard to believe that people are so ignorant as to think that one thing caused his state of mind. But then again it had to be his diet, because all the school shooters liked pizza. Or it could be homework putting them over the edge they all had homework right?

    33. Motorcycle Guy Says:

      This is just another reason why howard stern is awesome.

    34. EghtySx Says:

      Blaming video games and hollywood is just easier than taking real meassures, like you know, gun control!

      The point is we need gun control, and LOTS of it. The US has the most gun related homicides bar none.

      Gun ownership can stop campus killings. Guns were prohibited at Virginia
      Tech. By administration policy, even those with a state-issued concealed carry
      permit could not have guns on campus.

      That policy didn’t keep the Virginia Tech killer from bringing guns on campus.
      But it did keep law-abiding gun owners from having their guns nearby, to
      possibly stop the tragedy. Syndicated columnist Jacob Sullum points out:

      “In shootings at other schools, armed students or employees have restrained
      gunmen, possibly preventing additional murders. Four years ago at Appalachian
      Law School in Grundy, Va., a man who had killed the dean, a professor and a
      student was subdued by two students who ran to their cars and grabbed their
      guns. In 1997 an assistant principal at a public high school in Pearl, Miss.,
      likewise retrieved a handgun from his car and used it to apprehend a student
      who had killed three people.”

      And Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America notes: “All the school shootings that
      have ended abruptly in the last ten years were stopped because a law-abiding
      citizen — a potential victim — had a gun.”

      * Gun ownership prevents mass killings. In a 1999 paper, economists John Lott
      and William Landes examined all the multiple-victim public shootings in the
      United States from 1977 to 1999. They found that “when states passed right-to-
      carry laws, these attacks fell by 60 percent. Deaths and injuries from multiple-victim public shootings fell on average by 78 percent.”

      * Gun ownership prevents crime. A landmark 1996 national study by John Lott and David Mustard found that violent crime fell dramatically in those states that made it legal to carry concealed firearms.

      Their study found that states which passed concealed carry laws reduced their
      rate of murder by 8.5 percent, rape by 5 percent, aggravated assault by 7
      percent and robbery by 3 percent. An example is Florida, where, in the fifteen
      years following the passage of a concealed carry law in 1987, the homicide rate fell 52 percent.

      * Every day, Americans successfully use guns to protect themselves from crime –
      more than 2 million times a year, according to a 1993 study by criminologist Gary Kleck. Most of these uses are non-violent; merely showing a weapon sends the criminal fleeing.

      * Gun control *increases* crime and violence. The Lott and Mustard study cited above extrapolates that, if those states not having concealed carry laws had adopted such laws, then approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults and over 11,000 robberies would have been avoided — yearly.

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    37. tekno haber Says:

      Good for Howard Stern.

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