#FakeNewsweek Calls Innocent People Nazis for Criticizing Politics in Wolfenstein II
Newsweek appears to have lost its credibility. Tim Marcin, a staff writer for Newsweek, recently reported on a Twitter dust-up between the creators of the new Wolfenstein II Nazi shooting video game and people who don't like being called "Nazis." The problem started with this tweet.
Obviously, whoever wrote it is insinuating, not very subtly, that America is currently overrun with Nazis and that something must be done to get rid of them. Wolfenstein II is a graphic and violent game famous for allowing the player to kill Nazis in gruesome ways. Perhaps in a bid to increase sales when the game drops this October, the marketing team decided to get edgy. But the tweet linking the cartoonish Nazis who are supposed to portray Hitler's minions to Trump voters is unforgivable. So is Newsweek's response.
It's a hell of a time in America when a video game taking an anti-Nazi stance is considered by some to be too controversial. Yet here we are. The video game Wolfenstein II, the latest iteration of an exercise in killing virtual Nazis, has angered Nazis with an online presence because it is about... killing Nazis.
Wait a minute. Who are the "Nazis with an online presence"? Does Marcin really believe the people objecting to the Wolfenstein II marketing tweet are swastika-wearing Nazis? He can't be that stupid. No one really believes Nazis are a growing problem in the United States. Only dishonest hucksters trying to gin up political points push this fantasy. Consider the tweets Marcin highlighted with his claim that they were "Nazis with an online presence."
I tried to contact the authors of the tweets Newsweek found so offensive. One had been chased offline, but @ckhttp, who goes by Rick, and Nick Villano responded instantly. Rick's comment that triggered the charge of "Nazi" was that politics injected into entertainment is upsetting to consumers. I asked him if he is a Nazi. "No, far from it. I would consider myself a right-wing libertarian." Rick confirmed that Marcin did not attempt to contact him before posting his tweet and calling him a "Nazi with an online presence" in a nationally known publication. "I'm just a college kid. They just posted it with no context and called me a Nazi. It triggered a massive hate mob," he stated, adding: "I'm not white so I don't think [Nazis] would accept me."
Like much of America, Rick has a less than favorable opinion of the dinosaur media. "I don't expect much from places such as the New York Times, Newsweek or Slate anymore."