Note To Future Politicians: Being A Geek Can Only Hurt You If You Let It

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Note To Future Politicians: Being A Geek Can Only Hurt You If You Let It

Jake Rush as The Flash

A Florida Republican's LARPing is being used against him, but his response, and the national reaction, suggests nerdy stuff won't be fair game for much longer.

Editor's Note: I've removed the more inflammatory language which was originally in this post. We usually give a lot of leeway to our writers to express their opinions on news, but I felt a line was crossed by using epithets. We'll continue to keep a keen eye on our news and revise when necessary. Thank you to those readers who pointed out this post to me. - Greg Tito

When one is running for congress, it helps not to have any embarrassing skeletons in one's closet. You want to avoid cheating on too many of your wives, you probably want to avoid picking up a nasty cocaine habit until after you're elected, and you definitely don't want to be a chronic dicpic sender. But how far must people police themselves to ensure they aren't ritually humiliated before the crusading hypocrites of America's moral guardians? Supporters of Gainesville, Florida Republican congressman Ted Yoho hope the answer is "anything we consider weird", but it looks like they might be wrong.

An aspiring Republican politician named Jake Rush (that's him dressed as The Flash), who hopes to replace Yoho in the upcoming primary later this year, has found himself in the middle of a mild freak out thanks to his cosplay hobby and his participation in Vampire: The Masquerade. Rush, a member of the Mind's Eye Society (fans of The Camarilla) was outed yesterday as a LARPer in what can only be called a creepy hatchet job published on Saint Petersblog.

The post itself is a wonder to behold: filled with breathless (and frankly hilarious) astonishment, it rips into Rush's role playing in tones normally reserved for accusing people of communist sympathies in the 1950s. If, that is, the person writing the screed had never actually heard of communism prior to flipping out about it:

Mind's Eye, or MES, is a nationwide community of gothic-punk role-players who come together to take on personas of vampires and other supernatural beings (known as Kindred), dealing with night-to-night struggles "against their own bestial natures, hunters, and each other."

MES has a number of different sects, with names such as Vampire: The Requiem; Vampire: The Masquerade; Changeling: The Lost; Geist the Sin Eaters; New World of Darkness and Werewolf the Forsaken, among others.

Using various "domains" - through both table games and "live action"- Rush participated as dozens of "characters," with names like Darling, van de Winst, Johan Gambrys, Zane Daily, The Kriesler, Archbishop Kettering and more.

Note the scare quotes? The full post is well worth a read - in addition to what amounts to blatant shilling for Rush's primary opponent, it takes a shallow look at the shibboleths of Rush and his LARPer pals, drawing attention to several posts he made to the Mind's Eye Society's wiki (sans context of course), as well as ridiculing him for his nom de jeu, "Chazz Darling." "Rush is certainly living a double life," the post exclaims. "One that would rival Jekyll and Hyde - except it is all too real."

The story quickly went national, though the reaction of most publications has been more bemusement than shock. Closer to home, a longer article appeared in The Gainesville Sun that took a slightly less critical position, but still treated LARPing as a kind of alien concept. Perhaps understandably, when speaking to The Sun Rush at first appeared to downplay the matter. Fortunately for sanity (if not for the voters of Gainesville, who are essentially arguing about which Republican to send to Washington), he soon defaulted to a refreshing lack of apology or embarrassment. In a press release issued late yesterday, Rush expressly defended not only himself, but his LARPing without apology. We've excerpted his statement here:

As a straight shooter, yes, I play and have played video games, role playing games, board games, Yahtzee, Clue, and I have acted in dozens of theatre productions," states Jake Rush.
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"All my life, I've been blessed with a vivid imagination from playing George Washington in elementary school to dressing up as a super hero last Halloween for trick or treaters. Any cursory review of the Internet will show that I have played heroes and villains," continued Jake Rush.

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"As a practicing Christian, I am deeply offended that the opposing campaign and their supporters would take a gaming and theatre hobby and mischaracterize it," continued Jake Rush.

"The very definition of acting is expressing ideas and thoughts that are not your own, just like I don't believe I am MacBeth, which I have played, I am none of the characters," continued Jake Rush.

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"Bottom line - There is nothing wrong with being a gamer.

Football Fans Are Real Grownups

This isn't the first time in recent memory someone's gaming habit has been used against them. In 2012, Maine Republicans attempted to derail the State Senate campaign of Democrat Colleen Lachowicz by turning attention to her World of Warcraft hobby. That effort failed, and Lachowicz won her election. Of course, Central Florida is a far different place from Maine. The region is far more conservative, and Yoho, a Tea Party Republican who himself unseated an incumbent in 2012, is now talked about as a potential Gubernatorial candidate. He's also secured the endorsement of Rand Paul and appears to be popular with constituents. Rush may yet lose his bid to unseat the man. But even if he fails, Rush's refusal to act as though there's anything wrong with Cosplay and LARPing is heartening.

If nothing else, it's evidence that much like with serious social issues such as gay rights and sexual freedom, the world is changing far faster than the get-off-my-lawn crowd can process. After rock and roll, comic books, rap music and That New Sex The Teens Are Having were all exhausted as reliable sources of unhinged moral outrage, gaming reliably filled the void for almost two decades. But now it looks official: gaming is a mainstream pastime to the point that even conservative Republicans are willing to proudly declare their enjoyment of it.

This is a nice change from the usual conversation, which assumes that putting on full body paint before getting rip-roaring drunk at a sporting event is an appropriate activity for fully-grown adults, but expressing creativity by making elaborate costumes and role-playing is just strange and creepy. It's also an important lesson for people with political aspirations: The day will soon come when the people trying to make hay out of your pastimes will look weirder than they're hoping you do. So go crazy.

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I suggest you keep your political opinions out of news posts. they are news posts not editorials.

Thankfully the kind if people who really care I would hope are. the kind if people who hate gender equality abs gays

Increasingly irrelevant

Meanwhile, I am keenly aware of the irony in defending the hobbies and privacy of a man whose chosen political party is devoted to the precise opposite behavior. Fortunately, I'm sure this ridiculous episode will encourage him extend the same courtesy to other peoahahahahahahah. Just kidding.

Ok seriously this is pathetic, its fine that you strongly disagree with Republican policies but a news article, even a fluff piece like this one, is not the place to make those types of statements. Keep it professional and save it for an editorial or blog.

OT: Damn straight there is nothing wrong with being a gamer, glad to see this kind of opinion spreading.

Eric the Orange:
I suggest you keep your political opinions out of news posts. they are news posts not editorials.

While I actually agree with Ross's opinion, I'd also suggest saving the editorializing for a blog, not a news report.

Eric the Orange:
I suggest you keep your political opinions out of news posts. they are news posts not editorials.

I think this isn't actually a straight news piece, but that last paragraph was poorly done nonetheless. I am amused by the phrase "Teabagger Republican", though, whether or not it was intentional.

King Whurdler:

Eric the Orange:
I suggest you keep your political opinions out of news posts. they are news posts not editorials.

The only real political stance Ross seems to be taking is that the so called 'get off my lawn' crowd are a bunch of uptight fools. What's wrong with that?

He either implied or believed that every republican/conservative is that kind of fool, which is silly and as stupid as the attitude he lampoons.

deathbydeath:

King Whurdler:

Eric the Orange:
I suggest you keep your political opinions out of news posts. they are news posts not editorials.

The only real political stance Ross seems to be taking is that the so called 'get off my lawn' crowd are a bunch of uptight fools. What's wrong with that?

He either implied or believed that every republican/conservative is that kind of fool, which is silly and as stupid as the attitude he lampoons.

Yes, I apologize. I failed to notice the last bit, but it's been edited accordingly.

I think we're losing sight of the big picture. It doesn't matter whether they were Republican or Democrat, it's an outrage either way. Actually, it goes more like this; video games, LARPing, etc aren't necessarily under attack rather than just catching all of the flak from politicians trying to discredit one another via half-assed mudslinging.

Side note: Come on guys, lets be honest. Republican, Democrat, at the end of the day, their both just total assholes who wink at each-other when we're not looking.

Wow. I gotta be honest. Rush seems to have way more class than the one "reporting" this.

You do realize that just because someone is a member of a political party different than you, doesn't mean they hate all the things you think they do, right? Or how ignorant and hypocritical that is? You behave like you claim they do.

RossaLincoln:
Snip

Wow... Biased much?

Guess dem Democraps better stop giving all my moneyz to dem illegals and druggies. The world is moving faster than the oh-I-broke-a-nail crowd can handle. Can I haz newz roomz contributor now?

OT- It's cool that politicians are willing to stand up for their legal hobbies. I don't care if the ones doing the attacking are Republican or Democrat, they deserve to lose any race bullshit tactics like this are employed.

RossaLincoln:
Meanwhile, I am keenly aware of the irony in defending the hobbies and privacy of a man whose chosen political party is devoted to the precise opposite behavior.

Please stay objective in your articles Escapist. Not everyone is as easily manipulated or distracted by partisan politics, especially when both parties are guilty of acting like idiots.

Good for Jake Rush. I'm sure in another generation it's not going to even be worth bringing up that a political candidate games and LARPs or whatever. But for now, it's politics as usual.

I'm a libertarian, or as many patrons of this site would say conservative. I love games and the content that this site puts out is very entertaining and the forums are full of interesting people. The only problem is, the overall liberalism of this site is working it's way into the published content. I come here to enjoy media and discuss games with people of the same interest, not read journalist' political bias.

Wow. Way to stay classy escapist.

I used to only come here for a couple videos, but then I found the articles written here to be thoughtful and fairly professional.

NOPE! Not anymore! Going back to just watching the funny videos, thank you very much.

Eric the Orange:
I suggest you keep your political opinions out of news posts. they are news posts not editorials.

First, You are silly to post this!
Second the 'editorial' bit is clearly offended that the hobby he most identifies himself with and its various crossovers of the fanbase is being treated like they're a bunch of, punch drinking, satan worshiping, blood sacrificing cultists with ill intentions. And since you are on this site and bothered to make an account for yourself I would imagine you at least understand where he might be coming from.
Third, this isn't the new york times nor even IGN where the idea of having opinion on gaming is not limited to just 'CoD, best game ever?'.
FOURTH the idea of actual important life changing news as unbias is a myth and can't be done unless you get it from a primary source. Like say watching Cspan where the unblinking and unthinking camera has no opinion and you are not asking it to witness and digest it then compare it to its own knowledge to give you the facts that are the most important in a given event which thus makes that an opinion no matter what.
Fifth! and final. You know that this is an absurd case and thus there really is no relevant 'well what does the otherside think so that viewers can have the most important information made available.' So why bother demanding one here?

Scorpid:

Eric the Orange:
I suggest you keep your political opinions out of news posts. they are news posts not editorials.

The fuck are you talking about? FIRST off, stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid YOU ARE SO STUPID!
Second the 'editorial' bit is clearly offended that the hobby he most identifies himself with and its various crossovers of the fanbase is being treated like they're a bunch of, punch drinking, satan worshiping, blood sacrificing cultists with ill intentions. And since you are on this site and bothered to make an account for yourself I would imagine you at least understand where he might be coming from.
Third, this isn't the new york times nor even IGN where the idea of having opinion on gaming is not limited to just 'CoD, best game ever?'.
FOURTH the idea of actual important life changing news as unbias is a myth and can't be done unless you get it from a primary source. Like say watching Cspan where the unblinking and unthinking camera has no opinion and you are not asking it to witness and digest it then compare it to its own knowledge to give you the facts that are the most important in a given event which thus makes that an opinion no matter what.
Fifth! and final. You know that this is an absurd case and thus there really is no relevant 'well what does the otherside think so that viewers can have the most important information made available.' So why bother demanding one here?

Wow. And I thought I was pissed off. I won't even mention the grammatical issues, but I just wonder if flagrantly insulting (even if in a childish way) another average forum goer is grounds for a warning?

LysanderNemoinis:
In an event that surprised me about as much as the sun coming up in the morning, I got a warning for my post. Damn, I'm just racking these little babies up, aren't I?

You advocated Ad-blocking. That's what got you a warning. Kinda stupid to post that by the way

forgo911:

LysanderNemoinis:
In an event that surprised me about as much as the sun coming up in the morning, I got a warning for my post. Damn, I'm just racking these little babies up, aren't I?

You advocated Ad-blocking. That's what got you a warning. Kinda stupid to post that by the way

Ah. Forgot about that. However I don't think I advocated it so much as saying that the politics of The Escapist (though it was Yahtzee's PC back peddling on one of his videos that started the ball rolling) is the reason why I'm doing it. Well, live and learn. Apologies to The Escapist for accusing them of censoring me for my speech...this time.
My views on other topics (which will go unmentioned due to not wanting to make this a debate on something else entirely) did get me a fair share of warnings in the past.

You know what the best thing about this ridiculous story is...? The Comments >.< I understand that a conservative reader is likely to feel a bit battered by the article, but perhaps you shouldn't be acquiring your serious-beeswax news through a DECIDEDLY LEFT WING VIDEO GAMING WEBSITE!!! It's hardly like The Escapist is in the deep politics beeswax; if a story intrigues you which falls out of the bounds of gaming and general geek culture, then your best bet is to follow links elsewhere to further study it!

OT: Hahahaha, America... I'd crack a joke about you, were the rest of the world not just as bad >.< RUUUUULE BRITANNIA! BRITANNIA is owned by the tory party.

Scorpid:

Eric the Orange:
I suggest you keep your political opinions out of news posts. they are news posts not editorials.

First, You are silly to post this!
Second the 'editorial' bit is clearly offended that the hobby he most identifies himself with and its various crossovers of the fanbase is being treated like they're a bunch of, punch drinking, satan worshiping, blood sacrificing cultists with ill intentions. And since you are on this site and bothered to make an account for yourself I would imagine you at least understand where he might be coming from.
Third, this isn't the new york times nor even IGN where the idea of having opinion on gaming is not limited to just 'CoD, best game ever?'.
FOURTH the idea of actual important life changing news as unbias is a myth and can't be done unless you get it from a primary source. Like say watching Cspan where the unblinking and unthinking camera has no opinion and you are not asking it to witness and digest it then compare it to its own knowledge to give you the facts that are the most important in a given event which thus makes that an opinion no matter what.
Fifth! and final. You know that this is an absurd case and thus there really is no relevant 'well what does the otherside think so that viewers can have the most important information made available.' So why bother demanding one here?

Calm down kid and let me explain.

I understand the thrust of the article and that supports my point all the more. The reason for the post is that role playing is being less demonized than it was before. There is no reason for him to put his political opinions about how he dislikes republicans. It's not part of the discussion, it's irrelevant to the discussion and thus unnecessary. Look at the comments, more posts are about his political leanings than the actual topic of the post, and thus making the post less effective.

And I know that it is impossible to be completely unbiased, but you can be less biased. There was no reason to say things like "(if not for the voters of Gainesville, who are essentially arguing about which Republican to send to Washington to ruin the country)".

And nobody gave a shit because he's working for the Antediluvians that run the Republican party IRL anyway.

Interesting article, though more of an editorial. I mean, yeah, bias is going to show up, but you're being so bias that I feel like this entire piece was set up to take a jab at the other party versus actually reporting about the important thing here, which is Rush's reaction to the news articles picking him apart in a bias filled manner (Which is eerily similar to what you're doing about THEIR work...)

Mutie:
I understand that a conservative reader is likely to feel a bit battered by the article, but perhaps you shouldn't be acquiring your serious-beeswax news through a DECIDEDLY LEFT WING VIDEO GAMING WEBSITE!!!

Yeah, the sad fact is that much like the media at large, the gaming press is pretty much all on the left. I don't know about you, but can anyone name any gaming site that so much as sits to the right of Engles? Actually, I don't even want a conservative gaming site. I'd just like to be able to go through one day without having some smug liberal shove their holier-than-thou attitude in my face. Especially when it comes to gaming...which is one of the things I turn to to get away from said smugness. That's all I'm asking for. I mean, can't conservatives and liberals at least agree on ONE thing that doesn't become a political football?

LysanderNemoinis:

Mutie:
I understand that a conservative reader is likely to feel a bit battered by the article, but perhaps you shouldn't be acquiring your serious-beeswax news through a DECIDEDLY LEFT WING VIDEO GAMING WEBSITE!!!

Yeah, the sad fact is that much like the media at large, the gaming press is pretty much all on the left. I don't know about you, but can anyone name any gaming site that so much as sits to the right of Engles? Actually, I don't even want a conservative gaming site. I'd just like to be able to go through one day without having some smug liberal shove their holier-than-thou attitude in my face. Especially when it comes to gaming...which is one of the things I turn to to get away from said smugness. That's all I'm asking for. I mean, can't conservatives and liberals at least agree on ONE thing that doesn't become a political football?

Anyone who thinks any media outlet isn't pushing an agenda of some kind is a fool, especially when it comes to political writing. I can understand wanting actual coverage of political discourse to be partisan as hell, especially in a country with a stupid system (2 parties enter, one party leaves: THUNDERDOME! (Yes I'm also applying this to my nations politics as well)). But understandably, when a gaming website... gaming a hobby that has received years of flak from both parties but undeniably more so from the right than the left, gets to cover a story like this, of course there is going to be bias, and more than a little smugness about it.

If you wanna get your gaming done a-politically, then don't read political articles on the subject, don't read articles published by gaming media outlets on politics and don't listen to politics who talk about gaming. It's not that hard.

As for Conservatives and Liberals not agreeing on something, maybe that wouldn't be such the case if more people stopped defining themselves exclusively as one or the other and looked for alternative options that actually appeal more towards your views. And before the "I dun wan throw away mah vote!" parade kicks in; if you all actually dropped the "all or nothing" attitude with such things as political leanings, maybe it wouldn't be such a 2 horse race.

As a practicing Christian

What does that have to do with ANYTHING here? Would anything change if he was a practicing Muslim? Do Jews enjoy being harangued over their choice of hobby? Would there be any particular difference if "Mormon," "Red Sox Fan," "Pro Wrestler" or "lesbian?"

(Don't take this as mocking Christians or anyone else listed. The statement popped out me and baffled me)

deathbydeath:
He either implied or believed that every republican/conservative is that kind of fool, which is silly and as stupid as the attitude he lampoons.

Unless it's been edited, he did no such thing. He indicated the party to which the guy belongs to is one which engages in shame, ridicule, and invasions of privacy. He did not indicate or imply every member of the party did it nor that they were alone.

On a similar note, the 2012 GOP platform specifies stances on gay marriage and abortion. Bringing that up doesn't mean that every Republican feels the same way, merely that this is the party line.

I don't get why people are missing this.

Nowhere Man:

Please stay objective in your articles Escapist.

I also don't get why people are suddenly up in arms about the "objectivity" of Escapist news stories. In fact, people routinely seem to like the editorialising the News Room does. There's this apparent pattern where people only come out and start chastising them when they editorialise (or merely quip, in some cases) on certain topics.

LysanderNemoinis:

Yeah, the sad fact is that much like the media at large, the gaming press is pretty much all on the left.

Assuming that to be true, I don't know why we don't see the conservative gamer do what conservatives have done in every other field: make their own sites dedicated to whatever spin makes them feel comfortable. We now have conservative news, conservative wikipedia, conservative science (because apparently, facts have a known liberal bias) and conservative mathematics. It's become increasingly easy to shelter one's self from the evil liberal menace.

And gaming seems a great place for it. There's already a site for pretty much everyone. There are news sites for Sony fanboys, Microsoft fanboys, Nintendo fanboys, Steam fanboys. There are (gaming) news sites for the PC Gaming Master Race and the Filthy Console Peasants. There are news sites for social justice warriors and MRAs alike. For women, and for people who think women should get back in the kitchen lest they incur rape. I find it hard to believe if one is so horrified one cannot find their own niche site to coddle their politics.

But then, I'm not even sure the sentiment is true. "Liberal bias" has been this battle cry for people not hearing what they want to hear for the last 20 years, to the point that Bob Dole and John McCain have been accused of being RINOs. So when I see claims of a liberal media (news, gaming, Nashville), it's hard not to look at it as a complaint that people aren't getting their way. For comparison, see the debate on video games causing violence. Studies that back up a notion of a link are automatically false and studies that disprove a link are lauded as reliable by gamers, and the flip by--to use as nice a term as I can--watchdogs.

Murais:
And nobody gave a shit because he's working for the Antediluvians that run the Republican party IRL anyway.

Maybe this is all part of upholding the Masquerade.

I love how large swatches of the world see the world in strictly black and white... with each side thinking they are on the white. Life isn't black and white or even grey- It's a rainbow of colors with little bits above and below our visible spectrum. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." as they say. I also think it's interesting how people are politically typecast by their hobbies. "You like nerd stuff so you must be an X" or "You like science so you can't like religion." These are arbitrary rules by arbitrary people: forget about them. Like what you like and believe what you believe so long as you don't force others to the same. So long as they aren't hurting anyone, what does it matter? There's enough garbage in the world to get enraged about (The Ukraine anyone? Syria? Let's dust off that old chestnut.. Darfur? Anyone? Bueller?) so picking apart a person's political affiliation should be last thing on the list, right below preferred pizza toppings (If you can't agree on that, just get another pizza, jeez. I know the coupon is only good for 1, but suck it up. It's like an extra 12 dollars so everyone needs to chip in at least two bucks more. Crap, we forgot the tip. Who has the tip? I don't have the tip. Because I have a twenty that's why. No! We are not giving quarters. It's demeaning, I'm telling you.) Anyway, I digress. What was I talking about?

Zachary Amaranth:

Nowhere Man:
Please stay objective in your articles Escapist.

I also don't get why people are suddenly up in arms about the "objectivity" of Escapist news stories. In fact, people routinely seem to like the editorialising the News Room does. There's this apparent pattern where people only come out and start chastising them when they editorialise (or merely quip, in some cases) on certain topics.

It's because, in those other cases, people actually agree with the quips.

LysanderNemoinis:
I just wonder if flagrantly insulting (even if in a childish way) another average forum goer is grounds for a warning?

Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't.

And it's quite funny if you consider that mentioning a certain web browser add-on, is often more rigorously moderated than blatant insults are.

Can we please stop referring to these as "news" articles? These are clearly editorials, and should be labeled as such.

Not that there's anything wrong with editorials, but it would be constructive to properly categorize it.

So, an editorial political advertisement in the news room now. Looks like regular advertisement isnt enough anymore.

Zachary Amaranth:

What does that have to do with ANYTHING here? Would anything change if he was a practicing Muslim? Do Jews enjoy being harangued over their choice of hobby? Would there be any particular difference if "Mormon," "Red Sox Fan," "Pro Wrestler" or "lesbian?"

This is a candidate for election in US speaking. Of course it matter. In US mentioning your a christian = automatic charisma stats increase.

Unless it's been edited

It has.

LysanderNemoinis:

Yeah, the sad fact is that much like the media at large, the gaming press is pretty much all on the left. I don't know about you, but can anyone name any gaming site that so much as sits to the right of Engles? Actually, I don't even want a conservative gaming site. I'd just like to be able to go through one day without having some smug liberal shove their holier-than-thou attitude in my face. Especially when it comes to gaming...which is one of the things I turn to to get away from said smugness. That's all I'm asking for. I mean, can't conservatives and liberals at least agree on ONE thing that doesn't become a political football?

I support Jim Sterlings opinion on this subject. Most of what he does is as centristic as it comes and it takes special kind of extremist to think its left or right wing stuff. And while this article was leaning pretty much left, that sort of was intention seeing as it was political advertisement. Escapist on the whole however isnt leftist, and there are plenty of right wing news outlets. I think the misconception comes out of US. Mainly because you imagine that you have a left party. You have a right wing party and an extremist right wing party. However from your point of view anything less than extremist right is left, which is where the misconception comes from.

Zachary Amaranth:

Murais:
And nobody gave a shit because he's working for the Antediluvians that run the Republican party IRL anyway.

Maybe this is all part of upholding the Masquerade.

I mean, they do a shit job, then. You seen some of those pallid corpse fucks? If they ain't Nos, they're ugly as sin for any other clan. And I guarantee half their voter-base is ghouled. Either Absimiliard has finally knocked his cobwebs out and gives zero fucks, or we're about to see some full-on Justicar-consented purging soon.

I love being English, it means I have no idea what Americans are talking about when they argue about politics. Nor do I care.

RossaLincoln:
(if not for the voters of Gainesville, who are essentially arguing about which Republican to send to Washington to ruin the country),

Meanwhile, I am keenly aware of the irony in defending the hobbies and privacy of a man whose chosen political party is devoted to the precise opposite behavior. Fortunately, I'm sure this ridiculous episode will encourage him extend the same courtesy to other peoahahahahahahah. Just kidding.

Considering how much I've seen this site's news stories mock Fox News, this is ludicrous hypocrisy. I actually agree with what you are saying, but when you work on a site that regularly calls out other news outlets for being biased, this sort of post is ridiculous.

I understand that most news isn't 100% free of bias. However, usually they're a little more subtle. This is why I come to the Escapist less and less for news. When you're being this biased, how can you be trusted to report the news? I still read editorials, and watch the shows, but the news I'll get elsewhere.

"if not for the voters of Gainesville, who are essentially arguing about which Republican to send to Washington to ruin the country"

There goes your objectivity, pal. Don't you think it's hypocritical to bash small-minded people for ridiculing LARPers and then turning around to ridicule all Republicans just for being Republican? Can't you just talk about what's going on in this story, or if you have to take a side make it one of "Open-minded people vs closed-minded witchhunters"?

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