Gameswipe (1-2/5)

Following in the footsteps of his previous Screenwipe and Newswipe BBC programs, Charlie Brooker recently set his caustic sites on the video gaming industry with the same delightfully scabrous sense of humour we’ve come to know and love over the years.

“Allahu Akbar!”≠ Terrorism

Ever since the massacre at Fort Hood — within minutes of the shooter’s name being released, it seems — right-wing pundits (most notably those on Fox News, but also the usual suspects on the web and elsewhere) have been aggressively pushing the assertion that Major Nidal Hassan was a self-radicalized “terrorist” or “jihadist” and that the shootings constituted an act of “Islamic terrorism.” Anyone refusing to automatically endorse this viewpoint is regarded as being unutterably naïve or even worse, politically correct.

Appearing this morning on Fox & Friends, criminal profiler Pat Brown refutes this notion and makes a pretty compelling case that, in her opinion, Hassan was nothing more than “a psychopath who’s failed in his life” and who merely used religion to justify and validate his actions.

So, why does the right-wing find it so incredibly difficult to accept the possibility that Hassan may simply be a lone “nutcase” (to use Brown’s description)?