Alex Jones and his Infowars network are a media entity that make their money spinning and repackaging conspiracy theories. These ideas are mostly designed at the far-right, but there are plenty of folks on the far-left that buy into his conspiracy mongering. Take for example the fact that the charlatan of “healthy eating” – Vani Hari (AKA Food Babe) has appeared on his program, along with Natural News’ Mike Adams.
Based on his latest claims, Michelle Obama is really a man, and she found a way to murder Joan Rivers for some bizarre reason. Alex Jones seems to have slim grasp on reality, as do his thousands of devoted followers who believe in bizarre ideas like chemtrails, shape-shifting lizard/humans, or government mind control using fluoridated water. Or perhaps a more logical answer is that Alex Jones is a master manipulator who knows there is a small but highly profitable industry in selling hatred and fear.
Here is one example via Right Wing Watch:
“The national media takes it when I talk about this and acts like I’m crazy,” he said. “Listen, there’s hundreds of millions views on YouTube.” (There are also millions of views on videos claiming that Obama and other leaders are shapeshifting reptilian humanoids, another conspiracy promoted by Jones.)
He went on to say that the first lady acts like she’s “god” and that the president wants schools to “teach five-year-olds how to be trannies.”
“Don’t forget,” Jones said, “the famous comedienne Joan Rivers said, ‘Of course everyone knows she’s a tranny.’ She’s dead serious, ‘She’s a man.’ Deader than a doornail in a routine operation where basically she had fire poured down her throat and was a fire-breathing goblin. Dead on arrival. Shoot your mouth off, honey, you will die.” (Source)
This reasoning is beyond bizarre, but it is par for the course in 2016 where conspiracy-mongering and hate speech has gone mainstream, thanks to the elections. Just like Alex Jones, “alternative” media sources are hyping speculative stories that usually turn out to be gross exaggerations at best.
We’re seeing this with the usual election fraud accusations when someone’s preferred candidate didn’t win. The Fox News crowd is still beating the dead Benghazi horse even though Trey Gowdy admitted that the military couldn’t have intervened in time, and some insane Bernie Bots are repeating the Rush Limbaugh talking points about Hillary’s emails.
The lunacy of Alex Jones’ Infowars is something that sane liberals and progressives have mocked in the past. We’ve wondered how anyone in their right mind could believe any of these far-fetched stories. Now we are witnessing the far-left and the far-right going right down that rabbit hole before our very eyes.