June 5th, 2006

Conservative Washington Times Rips Video Game Bills, Democrats

Washington, D.C.'s other newspaper, the right-leaning Washington Times, took shots at video game legislation and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in today's editorial.

Noting that the Federal Trade Commission's Hot Coffee report is expected soon, the Times foresees a new wave of video game sales legislation.

(GP: The Times must mean a new new wave, or else they simply haven't been paying attention to the current flood of game-related bills.)

Decrying video game legislation as "mostly symbolic," the Times points out the inevitable First Amendment issues raised by content legislation before getting around to a bit of Democrat-bashing.

Along with Hillary, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) comes under fire for his co-sponsorship of the Family Entertainment Protection Act (FEPA), currently under consideration in the United States Senate.

"Smells like opportunism to us," the Times writes.

Curiously, the Times fails to mention that several conservative Republican senators have also jumped on the video game content bandwagon, including Sam Brownback (R-KS), who chaired a March 29th subcommittee hearing on the topic and Rick Santorum (R-PA). Additionally, Republican state legislators have sponsored video game legislation this year in Minnesota, Maryland, Louisiana and Oklahoma, all states which have either enacted or seem certain to enact video game laws.

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