Hath Frankenstein’s monster begun killing its creator?
Alex Jones, the boisterous voice of a cult of conspiracy that questions, quite literally, everything from the legitimacy of terrorist attacks to the use of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, might have started getting just a tad too paranoid for the community that he’s had such a huge part in building.
Whether he’s ranting incoherently about gun control on Piers Morgan or arguing that the bombing at the Boston Marathon was a government orchestrated “false flag” attack complete with actors, more and more conspiracy theorists are doing their best to distance themselves from Jones.
The latest, and one of the most public, efforts to push back against Jones’ particular brand of government distrust comes from Films for Action, a popular hub for the promotion of alternative, independent films and media.
After being questioned numerous times at their failure to include any Infowars or Prison Planet documentaries, Films for Action took the opportunity to release a statement about why their decision to steer away from Alex Jones was a conscious decision from the get-go.
Here’s a sizeable chunk from their lengthy statement:
Unfortunately, we feel it would be irresponsible to promote Alex Jones, his websites, or any of his films. His films were always overly sensational and hyperbolic, but over the years the assertions he makes in his films and on his radio show have gotten increasingly outlandish and unsubstantiated. There are nuggets of truth and important perspectives hidden in the films, but they are buried under so many wild claims, tabloid style rhetoric, fear-mongering, and misleading conclusions that sifting the valid points from the misinformation would take more time than most folks have the patience for. See this, this, this,this, and this, for a handful of examples.
Most skeptical people will have written off his ideas (and anything associated with it, including, likely, this site) long before the film finishes.
We believe the goal of the alternative media is to eventually become the mainstream media – a media for and by the people, rather than a media for and by corporate interests. The alternative media that we imagine is one that has the potential to be welcomed into the homes of virtually everyone. We want to demonstrate the best of what the alternative media is and could be.
This means presenting information in a credible fashion, and not promoting misinformation or misleading meta-narratives about our world. It means following diligently the ethical principles and standards of the best journalists.
Infowars appeals to a certain niche conspiracy audience, but beyond this niche, it is not of much use for reaching people ‘beyond the choir’ – in fact the presentation and substance of Infowars is quite alienating and off-putting to most people. Right now on Infowars minded sites and Facebook pages, they are focusing their attention on occult messages being placed in the movies The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games that allude to the latest two gun massacres being pre-planned events staged by the New World Order. Stuff like this has become conspiracy porn for a growing audience, which we find quite troubling, as focusing on these types of dead ends keep people distracted from doing anything that could effectively end the systems of power these websites claim to decry.
We must regretfully conclude that Alex Jones does more harm to the movement than good.
That last line seems to pretty well sum up a growing opinion for conspiracy theorists, an opinion that when it comes to spreading the “truth” – their truth, however suppressed, uncomfortable, or bizarre that “truth” may be, Alex Jones is no longer the right man for the job.
- Yes, Alex Jones Is Still Nuts. Want Proof? Here’s Him Going Bonkers On Google & Facebook: ‘Use ‘Em Like A Toilet!’ (illuminutti.com)
- Alex Jones Explains How Government “Weather Weapon” Could Have Been Behind Oklahoma Tornado (illuminutti.com)
- Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a fan of Alex Jones’s InfoWars (illuminutti.com)
- Info-Spats: Even Conspiracy Theorists Are Sick of Alex Jones (disinfo.com)
- Even Conspiracy Theorists Are Sick of Alex Jones (lunaticoutpost.com)
This is a slightly dated story going back to Alex Jones’ completely humiliating appearance on the Piers Morgan show. Still, i can’t help posting anything that criticizes my favorite moron with such humor. Enjoy!
ALEX Jones is the result of an intense conversation between Adolf Hitler and the angry midget prospector, Yosemite Sam, psychiatrists have confirmed.
Brain experts leapt into action after millions of people saw Jones being interviewed by Piers Morgan and immediately asked what on earth was wrong with him.
Dr Martin Bishop said: “Like Hitler, the International Jewish Banking and/or Communist Conspiracy is the foundation stone of his meandering, psychotic paranoia.
“But it is mingled with the indomitable wild west spirit of the greatest outlaw philosopher north, south, east and west of the Pecos.
“I suspect that if we peer inside Alex Jones’s head when he is being quiet we would see either Hitler writing Mein Kampf in Landsberg prison, or Yosemite Sam being lifted into the air by firing his guns directly into the ground.
“I would not be surprised if Jones is writing a 3,000-page book about rabbits.”
Jones left Morgan almost speechless with his theory on how ‘international bankers’ want to take his guns and his gold, before advising the CNN presenter to ‘say his prayers’.
Bishop added: “Like Sam, Jones will never surrender his weapons despite being blown-up repeatedly by his own dynamite.
“But most importantly he will never admit defeat to a no-good, low-down, varmint. Who is also from New York. Like Woody Allen.”
- With Absolutely No Evidence, Alex Jones Calls Boston Marathon Explosions a ‘False Flag’ Operation Conducted by the Gov’t (illuminutti.com)
- Was The FBI Responsible For The Attack At The Boston Marathon? Alex Jones Seems To Think So (addictinginfo.org)
- Alex Jones, Un-patriot, the first to spout off about “false flag” conspiracy (doubtfulnews.com)
- Alex Jones on CNN: ‘1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms’ (bobusnr.wordpress.com)
via The Soap Box
While there are a lot things I could say about radio host/conspiracy theorists Alex Jones (and it would be a lot) I noticed a few things he seems to do quite a bit.
So here are five things I’ve noticed about Alex Jones:
• 5 – His sites have a lot of advertisements on them.
If you go to either of his two main websites (Infowars and Prisonplanet) there are a lot of advertisements on the right side of those websites. Not only are there ads for other people’s products, but also for his own products as well (mainly his videos).
And his websites have their their own shop pages where you can buy more of his videos and other merchandise.
• 4 – He always tells people he is not crazy.
Alex always seems to need to remind people that he is not crazy (in his view). I don’t know why he feels the needs to do this. I don’t know why people would believe he is crazy in the first place…
Maybe it’s because he does stuff like this:
• 3 – He’s against fascism and totalitarianism… unless it’s in another country.
While Alex Jones is a notorious outspoken critic of anything that he perceives as fascism and totalitarianism in this country, he apparently has no problem with it in other countries (especially countries that the US has very poor diplomatic relations with).
A good example of this would be . . . MORE . . .
- Alex Jones’ ‘Real Wife’ claims he is CIA and Part of The Holy See? (usahitman.com)
- BREAKING: Alex Jones of InfoWars Makes American Gun Owners Look Really, Really Bad (thetruthaboutguns.com)
- Glenn Beck: I Believe Alex Jones Is A Fascist (dprogram.net)
- Twelve real reasons why Piers Morgan is crazier than Alex Jones (earththreats.com)
- Alex Jones, the new face of gun rights in America, warns that he is being targeted for assassination by Michael Bloomberg’s NYPD [Followup] (fark.com)
Ah, conspiracy theories.
Talk radio personality Alex Jones attracted attention for his petition to deport Piers Morgan. Then he showed up on Monday night on Morgan’s CNN show and attracted more attention, spewing conspiracy theories right and left. He spouted off about 9/11, the New World Order, suicide pills and at one point began speaking in a fake British accent. He leaped straight to Mao and Hitler without pausing to reflect on Godwin’s Law. All in all, it was a remarkable show. Morgan won the debate, but only, as Tim Stanley noted, because Jones did not let him get a word in edgewise.
This is saying something. The last time Piers Morgan won a debate was against Clint Eastwood’s Invisible Chair Obama, and that was because most of the chair’s comments were too ripe for cable. Once an actual straw man came on, but they tied. Jones, as a talk radio personality, is as close to a living straw man as you can hope to get.
There are reasons that people do not embrace conspiracy theories, aside from the high level of organization that they require us to believe is going on beneath the surface at the Denver Airport. The people who embrace them most tightly tend to yell and spit when they talk. There is a reason the only verbs associated with conspiracy theories are “spout” and “spew.” No one ever says, “And then he sat down and explained quite reasonably, calmly and without bursting out into a full-body sweat, what was Really Going On with the suicide pills and 9/11.” The reason they and their arguments are not featured more often on national news is not that they are being suppressed, exactly, as that producers fear that once they started talking, they might never stop. This only feeds it. “I’m being suppressed!” they yell.
“You just chewed through a sound cable,” we say, “and you’re frightening the houseplants.”
Perhaps to compensate for years of silence, the tendency of conspiracy theorists is never to stop talking. And this is problematic. You hear an argument that might, in isolation, be convincing, but it is quickly followed by the observation that
Congress is comprised entirely of malignant lizards Congress is doing a great, productive job! “I was with you until the New World Order,” you say.
Sometimes the best argument against an argument is its adherents. “I’ll have the opposite of what he’s having,” we say, pointing at the man in the black shirt who has just called someone a “hatchet man of the New World Order.”
I was all for deporting Piers Morgan, if only to pump excitement into the post-cliff news cycle. But after reading the piteous pleas of numerous Brits who had just put in so much effort to get rid of him, it seemed cruel. And after seeing the person who is leading the deportation charge — well, there must be some merit to keeping him that I’ve overlooked.
Besides, there are few more cutting responses to an American waving his arms and shouting about factoids than a person with a British accent saying nothing. Even if it is Piers Morgan. We can’t deport him now.
Editor’s note: I did find a video of the show on YouTube. I haven’t watched it yet and i don’t know how long it will remain posted before YouTube takes it down. Get your popcorn.
A short version:
- Deport Piers Morgan founder rants in face of his nemesis (guardian.co.uk)
- Alex Jones Berates Piers Morgan On CNN (buzzfeed.com)
- Creator of the ‘Deport Piers Morgan’ Petition Loses It on Piers Morgan’s Show (theatlanticwire.com)
- ‘Deport Piers Morgan’ Petition Creator Goes Ballistic In Faceoff With Morgan On CNN (deadline.com)
- Creator of the ‘Deport Piers Morgan’ Petition Loses It on Piers Morgan’s Show. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Alex Jones to Piers Morgan On CNN: “You’re a hatchet man of the New World Order!” (sgtreport.com)
- Pro-gun advocate Alex Jones rants at Piers Morgan in studio ‘debate’ (metro.co.uk)
- WATCH: Alex Jones Blows Up at Piers Morgan (schnittshow.com)
- WATCH: Alex Jones Blows Up at Piers Morgan (mega949.com)