GP Readers Choose Spitzer as Gaming's Biggest Political Hypocrite

April 10, 2008 -

When it comes to video games and politicians, disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is, by a wide margin, the biggest hypocrite.

Spitzer was the runaway choice of GamePolitics readers in a poll we ran this week, gathering nearly 46% of the vote.

To be fair, his selection should come as no surprise. After all, Spitzer complained about GTA's cartoon hookers (right) in campaign speeches and then get caught paying big bucks for the real thing (left) as governor.

Here are the numbers:

Spitzer: 45.7%

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: 21.8%

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino: 18.7%

MP Keith Vaz: 9.3%

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius: 4.6%


Comments

Cool. Real hookers always beats out virtual hookers.

Go Spitzer, you just got labeled as the most hypocritical detractor of gaming today, just one level above JT's lunacy.

So does he get a trophy?

Spitzer wins for the hypocrisy of going after hookers, both real and virtual, while hiring hookers himself.

Arnold is in second for his roles in several violent movies and games based on the movies, but it seems that he honestly believes that that's what the people of California want, so he's not as hypocritical as it could be.

Menino and Vaz are morons.

Sebelius may be breaking a few laws/

when you make your career based on being pure, you can't get more hypocritical than doing the things you've said to everyone else are wrong to everyone.

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Let's just be clear...everyone on this list is a winner!

Kind of saw that one coming, something about whining about how immoral something is when you have a wife and a high class hooker on your arm.

yay i voted for spitzer (as for the trophy i think he should get one)

I will say this, though, she was hot.

Not 10,000 dollars a day hot though

I think it would be cool if we DID send him a trophy... or a medal... or diploma. Ya know, cuz it really is quite an achievement to stand out in this crowd.

I still say Schwarzenegger hands down, that man made his career and fame through violence and then he has the nerve to support the bill he supported. And let's not forget, he didn't just support the bill, it's not like he simply signed it into law, but after it was ruled to be unconstitutional he made the decision to appeal, so he was behind that thing 110%. Even if he was never featured in a violent video game (which he was in several) that would just show hypocrisy that he seems to not consider having movie after movie based primarily on the pretense of him going around and blowing random people's heads off that big of a deal.

Digg it.

@Marlowe:

I'd be inclined to agree with you IF he were still making such movies. As such, he is not... and I would be inclined to agree with you further if he were to resume making violent movies after leaving office.

This is unlike Spitzer who was clearly two faced within the same segment in time.

I voted for spitzer, but just because he's the only one thats been caught... so far.

Arnie was who I voted for, I thought that profiting massively from extremes of fake (but okay because it's only a movie) violence & then coming down against fake (But deadly because its a game) violence was if nothing else a stab in the back, kick in the bollocks & slap in the face to everything he got rich & famous (which certainly motivated his current career) doing. If he goes back to it with "Terminator: Skynet's Retirement Home" after he's finished being an ersatz politician then that'll be his winning move in the game of Hypocrisy.

I do agree that Spitzer should get some kind of reward for this achievement but I hesitate about the trophy. Dare I ask what shape it would be in? Would it be something akin to the instrument of his downfall?

Here is your hardl earned trophy Spitzer:

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2004/reviews/919220_20040114_screen...

Excellent work.

hard earned not hardl. Stupid typos.

Voted for Spitzer myself, probably because I find cheating on someone one of the more reprehensible things a person can do in life.

A prize? How about some vouchers for the Bunny ranch?

Cangrats Spitzer, a De-dede award well earned. I voted for Thomas Menino my self. I guess thats just because I live in MA and get to see his ugly mug on TV every time something stupid happens. *cough lightbright cough*

if a documentary was made on Spitzer (not that he deserves one) would it be called "Spitzer Swallows?"

Okay, that was in bad taste, especially because that sounds like the next pornstar name.

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

@ Kincyr

If he did that would mean he proformed the acts and paid himself to proform those acts.... more I think about it, would he be ridiculed for
1. Being Homosexual
2. Hiring a prostitute
3. Being a prosititute
4. or proforming lewd acts while in office

those thoughts boggle my mind and want me to vomit.

That's not a hooker in GTA SA, btw...

Man, I voted dead last in this race. Does that say something about my sense of irony?

It is yet another case of people who think they are better than everybody else. It is okay for him to have fun with a call girl, but you can't. See, he is a responsible adult who can handle these sort of things, but its not only not okay for you to have fun with a call girl, you shouldn't even been pretending to be with a call girl, and quite frankly you shouldn't even be trusted that you won't allow minors to pretend then are with a call girl.

i still feel that JT should be in the list...
but as most of you said.. he's no politician

[...] GamePolitics brings us the result of their most recent poll,  “Who is the Biggest Political Hypocrite?”  Guess who won?  Yes the GTA bashing former mayor of Liberty City New York. [...]

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paul Says:

"April 10th, 2008 at 11:13 am
I will say this, though, she was hot.

Not 10,000 dollars a day hot though "

I heard he paid $2400
and at least he picked a winner
Still crazy expensive but hey if its the tax payer's money...

@ MonkeyFace

In his level of pay for sex. It not just about the sex you also are pay for a nice conversation and the subject to be clean. He was in level 1 there are actually 3 level above him. Level 3 is were you pay 10k for one night and sex is not guaranteed. This is according my political science professor who was sighting from a social scientists findings on prostitution (sry i dont have a link). And it wasn't the tax payers money he was using his on finances. However they were look in to him for money laundering and corruption becuase he was hiding assets to do this. He was hiding them for his wife. Personal i think it was inappropriate for the government to use this law in this means but that is nether here nor there.

But i do think that he is a hypocrite. But i don't know about being number one.
 
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