Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson Bill

March 26, 2009 -

Terming it "a bullet dodged," the Salt Lake Tribune has lauded Gov. John Huntsman's veto of HB 353 in an editorial.

Although it did not mention the disbarred Miami attorney, the editorial was unsparing in its criticism of the Jack Thompson-conceived bill:

Somehow, this misguided piece of legislation zoomed through the Legislature with hardly an opposing vote, and, we suspect, without a thorough vetting...

 

This was patently ridiculous legislation, easily challenged in court as unconstitutional...

The bill ignored the fact... [that] the ratings can provide helpful information to parents, but should not supercede a parent's decision to let a child buy a game or DVD. In that, HB353 flew in the face of Utah's traditional support of parents' rights...

 

Is that really what legislators believed they were voting for... ? Probably not, but the legislation's broad language invited a whole set of consequences that were not intended...

In their misplaced zeal to limit access to media they don't like, our legislators might have eliminated the very tools parents need to set limits on what their children see and hear. We dodged a bullet on this one. Having misfired badly, the Legislature should not bring it up again.


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Re: Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson Bill

A simple truth that not all newspapers in Utah supported the bill.

This one was more informed and almost got it spot on.

Although I don't think that anyone in Utah ever cared who Jack Thompson was, I guess most parents were taken for a ride when they were hearing all about how good the bill was without even reading it.

 

The Language of the law can be a thickle thing, it is not what the politicians say but it is how the law was written that could have been more damaging.

Considering how much of the bill was changed while it was still being discussed in the house, I am glad that the Govenor vetoed it.

 

TBoneTony

Re: Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson ...

How about a link to the article?

 

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Re: Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson ...

Nah, I say give him all the credit in the world for the bill.

Why?

... well, why not? He created a bill that failed, was spat on as unconstitutional and adds to a list of failures in his bid for world domina---I mean, his bid to protect the world from violent video games. Give him credit for creating a bill that utterly FAILED in Utah. It'll settle right next to how he got disbarred. Add up his failures, for maybe, just maybe... if people see this growing list of desperation, the less likely he'll succeed in his mission to rule the wor---Oh, I mean his mission to ban video games.

Just a thought.

Amy Levandoski

Amy Levandoski

Re: Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson Bill

"Although it did not mention the disbarred Miami attorney"

Ooh I bet THAT hurt...

 

Re: Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson Bill

To the person who wrote the editorial,

I commend you. Well said.

Sincerely, 

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"A Chrono Trigger is anything that unleashes its will or desire to change history!" -Gaspar

Re: Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson Bill

The epic fail, it grows.

Re: Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson Bill

I've always said that the best ratings system is our own common sense. When laws attempt to supercede our own brain and our two eyes to judge what's right or wrong, then something bad will happen.

Steam ID: canadakiller

Re: Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson Bill

To tell the truth, i doubt anyone there other than Jack and his allies even know he "created" it, I say now that it's dead, we follow suit (after all, not crediting him probably pisses him off as much as it failing).

Re: Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson Bill

But It's not likely that they would care that much, Given Bigots Like the Eagle forum and all.

 

"This was patently ridiculous legislation, easily challenged in court as unconstitutional..."

Finally Common Sense triumphs all, And im glad some utah people including certain media thought this piece of trash was a waste.

 

 

Magic Taco

Re: Leading Utah Newspaper Applauds Veto of Jack Thompson Bill

I wish they would have put in the fact that Jack was a disgresful lawyer that got disbarred. That what Utah would see his true color.

 

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

 
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E. Zachary KnightIron, I did not Google Search because I figured the ESRB would publish such infor on their site, which is where I looked. http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_process.jsp05/29/2015 - 7:22am
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E. Zachary KnightDoc, Uncalled for. Please keep things civil.05/29/2015 - 7:21am
MattsworknameThey were discussing the appeals process for Esrb ratings Doc.05/29/2015 - 7:21am
DocMelonheadDid IP post something that isn't related to White Supremecy?05/29/2015 - 7:13am
IronPatriotBut hey, you're welcome.05/29/2015 - 5:23am
Andrew EisenEZK did say he didn't find any info on the appeals process. And if all he did was look at the ratings process part of the ESRB's website, he wouldn't have. That's where I would have looked too. But hey, thanks for being thorough and finding the info.05/29/2015 - 5:01am
Andrew EisenDude, again. I am NOT saying there is no appeals process. THERE OBVIOUSLY IS. All I am saying is that the appeals process is not described in the ratings process part of the ESRB's website.05/29/2015 - 4:59am
IronPatriotI googled appeal esrb.org and it is the first and third hits. Second is esrb talking about appeals for web publishers. Gamefaqs is fourth.05/29/2015 - 4:01am
IronPatriotZachary said he did not find any information about a formal appeals process. I did a simple search and found two places on the esrb site with the info. Just sayin.05/29/2015 - 3:57am
IronPatriotOn Google I get "1 Written Testimony of Patricia E. Vance President ... - ESRB" http://www.esrb.org/about/news/downloads/pvtestimony_6_14_06.pdf05/29/2015 - 3:55am
Andrew EisenNow, that post on GameFAQs was made four years ago. It appears the ESRB has since moved the appeals process stuff behind the publisher login on its website.05/29/2015 - 3:32am
Andrew EisenOh, third link on the Google search. Okay. That leads to a GameFAQs message board which quotes a section of the ESRB website that includes a description of the appeals process. But when you follow the link, that quote doesn't exist.05/29/2015 - 3:30am
Andrew EisenThird link down from what? Look, I'm not arguing the existance of an appeals process. There obviously is one. I was merely noting that it's odd that it isn't described on the website's ratings process section but it is on the mobile site.05/29/2015 - 3:25am
 

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