Alex Jones is the godfather of the modern conspiracy theory subculture, rising to prominence by leveraging online video sharing platforms before most people even recognized their value. He took what was once the realm of obscure books, poorly made websites and local patriot groups, and ranted and publicity stunted his way in to the minds of a new generation of ‘truth seekers’, painting himself and his audience as the underdogs fighting against the lying mainstream establishment.
Yet for all the ‘truth’ Alex Jones gets out to the public and for all the people he ‘wakes up’ with his 80s pro wrestling style delivery … sometimes (in fact a lot of the time) he just makes shit up! Then tries to sell you a water filter.
Here are 8 times
Bill Hicks, Eric Cartman, Alex Jones completely misled his audience …
8) The Y2K Incident
Jones has managed to live this one down because it happened before his upswing in popularity and most of the clips have disappeared down the memory hole. However at the turn of the Millennium when the mainstream media were losing their head over the Y2K bug – which was supposed to wipe out computers that couldn’t process the date correctly – a 25 year old Alex Jones decided to add to the hysteria by telling his listeners that the whole of western society was collapsing.
“Cash machines are failing in Britain and now other European countries. They’re finding large amounts of explosives in France … We’re seeing the New World Order really come out in full force. More wars than the past 50 years are going on right now!”
According to Jones a Pennsylvania nuclear plant that had experienced an insulator failure (a relatively common and minor issue) was being shut down because of Y2K. The Military were rolling in to Austin, Texas to quell rioters and troublemakers who were to be locked in the airport, FEMA were on the verge of taking over all AM and FM radio stations, and Russia was threatening nuclear war!
He went so far that fellow patriot Bill Cooper took him to task on his own radio program:
The broadcast wasn’t far off the infamous War of the Worlds radio drama by Orson Welles, but while CBS went on to admit the fictional nature of the show, Alex Jones would go on to make fearmongering about the collapse of civilization a core element of his program. The formula worked and would make him a millionaire.
7) Arabs Own Hollywood
Ironically AJ’s most vocal critics often aren’t the government, mainstream media or skeptic groups, but fellow conspiracy theorists who believe he covers for ‘the Jews’ who are the so called real controllers of the New World Order.
One piece of evidence they say that supports Jones being a ‘Zionist shill,’ is that he once claimed Arabs own Hollywood and virtually everything else in America. In Alex’s defence he did say “Hollywood is owned by the Arabs and the Israelis,” but his claim that the financing comes from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Dubai, is pretty absurd. The portrayal of Arabs in Hollywood movies is enough to know they aren’t the ones pulling the strings.
Of course in reality Jews are the most dominant group in Hollywood as journalist Joel Stein proudly explored in 2008, but how you interpret that is up to you.
6) Infiltrating Bohemian Grove
One of the InfoWars chief’s finest propaganda pieces was his infiltration of Bohemian Grove. That’s not to suggest he didn’t somehow find his way in to the annual event in the Redwoods of California (it looks like he basically just walked in), but the commentary of what happened is completely unsupported by the lacklustre footage. In fact the video conveniently cuts out for most of the time he and cameraman Mike Hanson are actually inside, giving Jones the freedom to tell us what he saw in post production. There’s no visual of any wealthy or powerful people.
The film Dark Secrets: Inside Bohemian Grove is essentially Alex’s own version of the Blair Witch Project (which came out a few months prior). He traipses around the local community putting words in to the public’s mouths and then snaps a few clips of unassuming trees, claiming there to be hidden cameras in them. He says sheriffs and spies came to question him multiple times before he snuck in, but he doesn’t film this.
The most valuable footage other than the brazen close-up of his ex-wife’s tits, was a portion of the Cremation of Care ceremony itself.
However far from a rabid satanic ritual, it was more like a bunch of people politely watching a play.
What’s tragic about the film is that underneath the typical AJ con, is a charmingly produced amateur horror flick that has a real life Twin Peaks vibe about it. Some of the locals were genuinely quirky, if not creepy.
What actually happens inside Bohemian Grove and why is still somewhat open to interpretation, but most of the evidence suggests it’s a rich men’s frat party. Do they plan global policy? Probably. Do they worship the devil and sacrifice people? Probably not.
5) The Boston Bombing
9/11 became such a cash cow for Alex Jones that virtually every western mass casualty event since then is at least vaguely deemed a false flag attack at some point along its media lifespan, even if he changes his mind later or posits multiple conflicting reasons for it being a false flag.
The Boston Marathon Bombing was a clear example of this. Even before the dust had settled and basic facts had emerged, Jones was on air saying it had all the hallmarks of being a state sponsored act of terrorism. In fact he was so certain, that he bragged about predicting it.
“I went on the radio today, hours before this happened, it’s on record, and I said I can see all of the scripting with the TV shows and movies, where it’s the right wing patriots that are staging the terror, they’re going to merge with Al Qaeda, and I said I see them staging it very soon, because I see a crescendo of the preparation.”
Unsurprisingly most people immediately suspected Islamic extremists and it quickly emerged that the accused had a Muslim background. There was no sign of a conspiracy to pin the attack on right wingers.
Jones then seized on the testimony of runner Alastair Stevenson, who said he witnessed a bomb detection drill that morning near the start line. Quite why a security presence at a large public event is tantamount to a false flag is anyone’s guess. Alex always moans about the encroaching police state, but this time it’s an anomaly?
InfoWars reporter Dan Biondi then attended the press conferences with the police commissioner and governor, and asked them directly if it was “another false flag attack, staged to take our liberties,” doing nothing more than feed the conspiracy theory echo chamber. One local resident challenged the loud-mouth when he was filming on the streets of Boston.
Next came the blame game. Overlooking the fact that they’d already implicated police bomb sniffing teams and the FBI, the Jones crew then ambiguously blamed military-like personnel for the attack. This morphed in to private security firm Craft International because one of the men was photographed wearing a somewhat similar hat to the Craft uniform. However it was quite clear from the larger collection of photos that this was actually the National Guard Civil Support Team – something InfoWars would later admit.
So far Jones has yet to form a coherent narrative or produce any solid evidence that the bombing was indeed an inside job, but he routinely goes back to it as if it was a proven fact.
That’s not to say there aren’t some legitimate questions, such as possible prior intelligence and discrepancies in some of the evidence (see: inconsistent backpack colour), but Jones prefers to throw everything at the wall to see what sticks, instead of taking a rational and honest approach.
4) Charlie Sheen Is Clean
Do you know what Alex Jones thought when he met controversial, multiple divorced, woman beating, prostitute fiend and actor Charlie Sheen?
“This guy would be a great spokesperson for the 9/11 truth movement!”
You see Jones doesn’t care about his credibility or that of the groups he endorses, only the number of people that pay attention to his brand of
truth troof. So stroking Sheen’s ego in to filming a dramatic message to the President, calling for a reinvestigation of the attacks, was perfect for drumming up publicity. Even if most people outside of the InfoWars bubble thought it was hilarious.
We wouldn’t blame you if you assumed it was Jones that sent Sheen on a downward spiral of drug induced psychosis. Spending 5 minutes with the guy would probably make anybody go insane, but sadly Sheen was already overdosing and entering rehab clinics as far back as the 90s.
Jones was however ahead of the curve enough to see dollar signs in Sheen’s public demise and was one of the first outlets to give him a platform during his 2011 manic episode. The guy waffled so much nonsense and bitched out so many television bigwigs during the broadcast, that he lost his lucrative gig on Two and a Half Men, and decided ‘banging 7 gram rocks’ and 7 grand hookers was a more worthwhile career choice.
Alex made a number of lies during the interview, not least that Charlie was off the charlie and gave the slightest damn about politics and the truth movement. While Sheen was only succeeding in his own stimulated mind, AJ ended up gaining mainstream attention and was invited on to a number of entertainment news segments including The View.
Sheen now has HIV, a bit like the Truth Movement.
3) The Elite Tried To Kill Nigel Farage
When Nigel Farage was best known for calling European Council President Herman Van Rompuy a damp rag, he was a semi-regular guest on the Alex Jones Show. It’s not the most obvious pairing, but Jones sees the European Union as one facet of the emerging global government and UKIP are the UK’s leading anti-EU party – so there was some common ground.
On May 6th, 2010, Farage hired a piloted light aircraft to display a UKIP banner, but it got caught in the tailpipe mid-flight and forced them to crash land in a field. This was enough for Alex Jones to suggest the elite had tried to off his British companion. “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way,” opened the InfoWars article on the accident. On air Jones repeatedly called it “suspicious” and said Farage should have guards around his hospital bed.
During a broadcast in the June, Farage himself seemed quite happy to play up the rumor. “If those awful ghastly Eurocrats that want to take over my country and destroy democracy think they’ve got rid of me, they’ve got another thing coming,” he dramatically declared.
A similar stunt was pulled in January 2016, when the wheel on Farage’s Volvo came loose while he was driving from Brussels. He told reporters that it had been tampered with, but later backtracked saying he made a “terrible, terrible mistake,” by suggesting there was foul play.
2) Donald Trump and Sarah Palin are the ‘Real Deal’
Alex Jones often rants about the democratic system being a fraud, claiming politicians and the President are bought and paid for by special interests, and that Republicans and Democrats are just part of the same corrupt establishment. Many of his fans were therefore perplexed to see him endorsing Republicans like Sarah Palin and Donald Trump over the past year, calling them the “real deal.”
At least Ron Paul was a consistent Libertarian, which for good or bad is an alternative ideology and a threat to the status quo. Palin is well … Palin, and Trump is an obnoxious flip flopper who would say and do anything to get publicity. Neither’s viewpoints can be considered alternative or radical, unless you class run-of-the-mill xenophobia & race baiting, and typical conservative “American jobs” spiel as radical.
If you’ve bought the InfoWars narrative for the past 15 years, and Donald Trump is supposed to be the one who will save us from the New World Order, where was he during all of the anti-Bilderberg rallies? Why hasn’t he opened up Trump Tower for 9/11 truth activists to use as their New York base? Why doesn’t he fund Alex’s ‘Central Texas Command Center’ or use his fame to ‘get the word out’ about the police state and Globalists?
The “bombshell” live interview with the eccentric tycoon was a 30 minute nauseating circle jerk. Jones challenged him on nothing, even when he called for increased surveillance, a stronger military, and said Bin Laden knocked the towers down. We thought it was an inside job Alex?
Despite painting himself as the underdog and being outside of the mainstream, Jones would do anything to widen his audience and grow his bank balance. His endorsement of Trump is more about Trump endorsing him.
1) FEMA Coffins
There’s a lot of things you can give AJ a pass on, but suggesting Americans would soon be rounded up and sent to concentration camps where they may end up resting in mass produced plastic coffins is not one of them!
The fact is, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has plans to shelter citizens during disasters and other emergencies, while helping to maintain the “continuity of government.” It’s been that way since the Cold War and is not a particularly shocking policy. Anything else you’ve heard about so called FEMA Camps is purely speculation. Could the government theoretically go full Nazi at some point? Sure, but that could happen with or without FEMA and there’s no evidence that such an atrocity is actually being planned.
As for the coffins Jones and Jesse Ventura comically stumble across on the former governor’s “Conspiracy Theory” show, they’re not owned by FEMA nor are they coffins. They’re coffin vaults/containers, used to house coffins when there are ground subsidence and water issues at the cemetery.
Believe it or not millions of people die every year in the United States. Coffins and burial apparatus have to be manufactured to meet this demand. If this was part of a secret conspiracy would the government really just leave the evidence in an open field in Georgia?
What Has Alex Jones Accomplished?
Followers of Alex Jones might want to ask themselves what has he actually done for the truth seeking community? He might have ‘woken up’ a lot of people, but all successful cult leaders and gurus are able to invoke such an experience. What you wake up in to is the more important question. With Jones it’s all about his empire, which is built with divisive walls. Everyone inside is told they are special and have the truth that the sheep are too brainwashed to understand, and everyone outside sees a fat clown with a bullhorn, acting like a complete lunatic.
Within the wider public it is generally accepted that conspiracy theorists are crazy. Jones is one of the most recognized conspiracy theorist in the world. You do the math!