By Patrick Garratt, Saturday, 16 February 2008 19:13 GMT

The Murdoch-owned New York Post has linked the fact that Stephen Kazmierczak – the guy that shot five people dead at North Illinois University earlier this week – played Counter-Strike four years ago to the other fact: he was sick as a sack of hats.

“He played a lot of video games, especially Counter-Strike, really loud,” dorm mate Ben Woloszyn, 24, told the paper.

In a story headlined, “COLLEGE KILLER CRAZY FOR VIOLENT VID GAME”, the Post describes Counter-Strike as “ultra-violent”, adding, “In the game, players use imaginary money to buy shotguns, pistols and other equipment they need to move around an imaginary world in which they’re constantly under threat of being killed by roving terrorists.

“In real life, Kazmierczak – who had become ‘erratic’ recently after shunning medication for an undisclosed illness – purchased weapons like those used in Counter-Strike, including a Glock handgun and a pump-action Remington shotgun, which he bought legally on Feb. 9.”

Sensible, responsible journalism. Half the internet’s already kicking the shit out of Jack Thompson for this astonishing Fox News interview on the subject of the shooting, so it should come as no real surprise that other areas of Fox are jumping in. Note the word “Fox”. Starting to see a pattern?

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