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  • Infowars Denies It Promoted “Pizzagate” Conspiracy Theory After Deleting Content From Its Website

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    A piece on the notorious conspiracy theory website Infowars.com blatantly lied about the site’s promotion of the so-called “pizzagate” conspiracy theory, after the site’s creator Alex Jones deleted evidence he promoted the conspiracy.

    In a February 24 article for Infowars.com, editor Kit Daniels falsely claimed that “the discussion around Pizzagate largely occurred on Reddit, 4chan and Twitter -- but not Infowars,” in an attempt to rebut claims made by former Clinton campaign chair John Podesta during a discussion with John Heilemann.

    In fact, Alex Jones promoted the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory on his radio show, urging his listeners “to go investigate it for yourself.” Jones urged his audience to “go to the report, Pizzagate Is Real,” and stated “Something’s going on. Something’s being covered up. It needs to be investigated”:

    ALEX JONES: Now I want to be clear. Not everybody in the WikiLeaks is involved in this. Clearly. You have to go investigate it for yourself. But I will warn you, this story that’s been the biggest thing on the internet for several weeks, pizzagate as it’s called, is a rabbit hole that is horrifying to go down.

    […]

    Let’s go ahead and go to the report, Pizzagate Is Real. The question is: How real is it? What is it? Something’s going on. Something’s being covered up. It needs to be investigated. To just call it fake news -- these are real WikiLeaks. This is real stuff going on.

    During that broadcast, Infowars producer Jon Bowne said Clinton allies were “using a code to communicate child sex trafficking as casually as ordering a pizza,” and Alex Jones suggested he would be “getting on a plane” to visit Comet Ping Pong” because “it’s just like Bohemian Grove and stuff, I can’t just say something and not see it for myself. They go to these pizza places, there’s like satanic art everywhere.” Infowars has additionally published articles headlined “Pizzagate: The Mysterious Death Of A Human Trafficking Investigator,” and “Pizzagate Is Global.”

    One week after Jones’ promoted the “pizzagate” conspiracy, gunman Edgar Welch told The New York Times that he listens to Alex Jones, and reportedly went to Comet Ping Pong with an assault rifle to investigate the conspiracy. Days later, Alex Jones attempted to scrub pizzagate content from his website, and downplayed his role in promoting the conspiracy theory, while stating Welch was an “admitted actor,” claiming “the whole thing is classic scripting. I’m not saying it’s scripted -- it has all the telltale signs, they’ve been caught doing it before.”

  • Alex Jones Apologizes To Donald Trump For Missing His Calls

    9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Also Claims That Trump And His Sons Watch His Show “Every Night”

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Radio host Alex Jones issued a bizarre and rambling message to President Donald Trump during which he touted his connections to the president, stated that he regrets having “missed” Trump’s phone calls, and claimed that Trump and his sons watch his videos and show “every night.” Jones also told his perceived enemies: "We're going to get you, assholes. ... How about you die?! Kill your fucking selves, you fucking globalists!”

    Jones is a toxic conspiracy theorist who has claimed that the United States government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and the tragedies at Columbine, Sandy Hook, Oklahoma City, and the Boston Marathon, among others. Trump has helped mainstream Jones and his once-fringe website Infowars and has reportedly consulted him for political advice.

    Jones posted a February 21 video headlined “Emergency SOS To Donald Trump,” which features the host talking to a camera while driving a car and warning the president that his political enemies are attempting to censor pro-Trump media like Infowars and Breitbart.

    During the video, Jones repeatedly bragged about his access to the president. He stated: “I know that I have missed more of your calls than I’d like to, sir. I wish I always had the phone glued to me when you call. And I know that you’ve expressed your appreciation for the audience and what we do for this country.”

    He later said that Trump and “his sons, they end up watching these. They watch every night. We’re not bragging. We brought the president where he is -- doesn’t mean he didn’t have the will like a ship to be on the ocean, but we were on the ocean that Trump was on. He knows that.” Jones added, “People are like, ‘Oh, you want access to power.’ You goddamn idiots. We’ve got the frickin audience, dumbasses. But we don’t care about the audience for some peacock stuff -- we care about it to change destiny, to change the will of the people.”

    The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg recently reported that “where Mr. Jones’s content fits in Mr. Trump’s broad media diet isn’t clear. White House officials declined to talk about it in detail.” He noted:

    Mr. Jones demurred when it came to his influence on Mr. Trump, which he said the “MSM” (mainstream media) overstated to undermine the president. “MSM tries to say Alex Jones is an eight-headed kook with all these warts and Trump’s copying everything he says,” Mr. Jones told me. “It’s just not true.”

    For instance, he said, when he urged Mr. Trump to address illegal voting allegations during one phone conversation, “he said, ‘I already know, I’m making a speech in two days.’” (Mr. Trump, he said, “was an Infowarrior before I was born.”)

    Mr. Jones said that conversation had taken place earlier in the campaign, not on the phone call immediately after the election that my colleague Maggie Haberman reported on, in which Mr. Jones said the president had thanked him for his support. Mr. Jones told me that he had spoken with Mr. Trump since that call, though an aide to the president, communicating on the condition of anonymity, played down the frequency of their contact.

    Jones has repeatedly bragged about his communication and influence with Trump, stating in August that it’s “surreal to talk about issues here on air and then word for word hear Trump say it two days later. It is amazing.”

    During the February 21 video, Jones also accused unnamed “globalists” -- his term for corporate and political elites who are purportedly trying to destroy the world -- of trying to kill Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and successfully killing Justice Antonin Scalia, claiming:

    ALEX JONES: Clarence Thomas was called in -- and everybody knows, because he was the only other conservative guy and they killed the other one -- he was told, “It’s all over. Shut up. It’s over.” They threatened him. And Thomas wanted to leave the country. They threatened his life. And I didn’t get that from Drudge, so I’m not going to have a source. I got it from two other people. They told Clarence Thomas, “We’ll kill your ass, OK? Shut your fucking mouth and stop ruling like this or you’re going to be dead.” And then they killed the other guy, Scalia, because he wouldn’t go along with it. That’s the fucking shit we’re dealing with, people!

    He also issued a violent warning to unnamed globalists, stating: “We’re going to get you, assholes. Just know that. It doesn’t mean we’re perfect. But we’re not out to screw women and children and hurt people. You understand that, assholes? You hate humanity because you project your own hatred of yourself on us, asshole. You wanna kill us? How about you die?! Kill your fucking selves, you fucking globalists! Go ahead, [Infowars writer Rob] Dew. … Fuck yeah, fuck them! I’m sick of their shit, I don’t fucking care anymore!”

  • Trump Ally Alex Jones Warns About Reince Priebus: “Sabotage,” “Worst Of The Worst,” Connected To George Soros

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Radio host Alex Jones, who has served as an information pipeline to President Donald Trump, is pushing for the president to replace White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Jones has claimed that Priebus is attempting to “sabotage” Trump’s agenda, said that he is “the worst of the worst,” and implied that he is connected to liberal financier George Soros.

    Politico reported that Trump “is complaining to friends and allies about some of his most senior aides” and that people who have “talked with the president have begun to wonder about the future of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Several Trump campaign aides have begun to draft lists of possible Priebus replacements.”

    Alex Jones is a toxic conspiracy theorist who has claimed that the United States government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks, Sandy Hook school shooting, and other catastrophes. He is a leading media ally for Trump, who has appeared on Jones’ program and repeatedly echoed his conspiracy theories. Jones has used his platform to warn Trump about perceived threats against him, such as supposed voter fraud. He is now warning Trump about Republicans like Priebus who are purportedly trying to “sabotage” his agenda.  

    During Jones’ February 9 program, Infowars Washington, D.C., bureau chief (and discredited birther) Jerome Corsi said that he is “very suspect” of Priebus working in the White House because he is “totally GOP establishment.” Jones replied that Priebus “represents the GOP establishment that is bought and paid for by George Soros. It’s a fact.”

    Jones later said that his “sources” have told him Priebus is blocking Trump’s people from playing roles in his administration. He also said Priebus “looks like a weasel out of central casting” and that he is “the worst of the worst that tried to steal the nomination from Trump and said our votes didn’t count as citizens.”

    JEROME CORSI: There are a lot of Trump people around willing to play a role in the administration and in the media. Now Donald Trump realizes that the mainstream media is shutting out those of us who would help Trump when he realizes that the departments are still packed with John Kerry and Barack Obama supporters. There’s going to be a massive firing out of the bureaucracy and we need a bigger press room in the White House, we need more access for the internet reporters and bloggers who truly support Donald Trump. Donald Trump wants to turn the press narrative around. He is going to get these mainstream --  

    ALEX JONES: That’s right. And that’s all being blocked by Spicer under orders of Priebus. And I know for a fact, from multiple sources, Priebus is going in with anybody Trump wanted and brought in that he’s known and saying, “The president’s fired you.” And the person’s, “I want to hear from the president.” And then a day later, Spicer goes, “Let’s be friends. Let’s be friends.” Classic tactics that Reince Priebus is engaged in. I mean, just look at the guy. He looks like a weasel out of central casting. But then look at his pedigree. He is the worst of the worst that tried to steal the nomination from Trump and said our votes didn’t count as citizens. I mean, this is crazy. So Trump is delivering on his promises so far, day 18 or day 19 -- I love him, it’s amazing. The problem is you can see him being opposed in real time by his own people.

    Jones added that he can tell his audience that Priebus is “on about half-an-inch-thick ice, and the sun just came out.” He added that Trump can see “right through” Priebus’ “sabotage games” and “knows what’s going on.”

    Jones also issued a February 11 “EMERGENCY” YouTube video in which he claimed that he knows for “a fact” that Trump is “aware that it’s Reince Priebus that’s leaking most of the stuff in meetings. … He believes that Trump is going to go or something is going to happen. And he’s currying favor with the big banks, with the power structure, with those that financed the Republican Party, who've been against Trump.”

    Jones continued attacking Priebus on his February 12 show, stating: “Who is the problem? Reince Priebus. And who is holding everything up? Reince Priebus. Isn’t that just special?” Infowars posted video of Jones’ remarks on YouTube under the headline “Paul Ryan Minion, Reince Priebus, Working Against Trump.”

    After Trump hired Priebus in November, Jones said, “I do not trust Priebus at all. He is a RINO neocon galactic-level weasel. And when I learned yesterday morning that that’s who they were probably going to appoint, I just obviously wasn’t happy about it,” but he noted that he trusted Trump’s judgment.

    A likely source of Jones’ animus toward Priebus is longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, who frequently contributes to Jones’ program and Infowars network. Stone has regularly attacked Priebus, labeling him a “douchebag” and calling for him to be “prosecuted” for corruption.

  • 104 Actual Headlines From Alex Jones’ Infowars

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI & BEN DIMIERO

    Alex Jones has claimed that his Infowars website will soon receive credentials to attend President Donald Trump’s White House press briefings. But Infowars has no credibility; it has repeatedly posted bizarre and dangerous conspiracy theories along with false claims and hoaxes.

    Jones and Infowars have claimed that the government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and the tragedies at Columbine, Oklahoma City, Sandy Hook, and the Boston Marathon, among others. The site’s editor, Paul Joseph Watson, apparently has no editorial standards and has repeatedly posted fraudulent information.

    The incredible number of events Infowars can filter through a conspiracy lens would be hilarious if the site and its proprietor weren’t influential with the president and his closest allies. Headlines about Lady Gaga performing a “satanic ritual” during the Super Bowl halftime show share space with stories labeling most major terror attacks “false flags” and warnings about the New World Order “opening thousands of portals to ancient demons” or staging an “alien invasion” from space.  

    Jones recently announced that the purported news organization would be attending White House press briefings and that it has hired widely discredited reporter Jerome Corsi as its D.C. correspondent.

    Infowars appearing in the White House briefing room would mean press secretary Sean Spicer would be questioned by one of Trump’s most sycophantic outlets.

    Trump and his campaign have repeatedly elevated the once-fringe website. Trump appeared on Jones’ program during the presidential campaign and apparently called Jones after the election to thank his audience for its support. Trump adviser and regular contributor Roger Stone told The Washington Post that Trump “has watched Infowars.” Trump has also tweeted a link to Infowars. 

    Here are over 100 headlines demonstrating the type of coverage and credibility Infowars would bring to the White House press corps. The headlines are separated into the following sections: 9/11 conspiracy theories, “false flag” events, fringe/bizarre/incendiary conspiracy theories, Sandy Hook, women/sexism, Obama conspiracy theories, environment and science, LGBTQ, culture, and pro-Trump. (These are just a sampling of the many terrible headlines on Infowars.)   

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  • Alex Jones’ Former Editor Trashes Him As A Trump Sellout Who Plays “The Race & Religion Card” For Business

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Kurt Nimmo, a longtime former editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, has been publicly trashing his ex-boss as a “snake oil salesman” who sold out to support President Donald Trump.

    Alex Jones and his Infowars.com are known for pushing conspiracy theories, including claiming the government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and the tragedies at Columbine, Oklahoma City, Sandy Hook, and the Boston Marathon, among others.

    The site’s editor, Paul Joseph Watson, apparently has no editorial standards and has repeatedly posted fraudulent information. Jones recently announced that the purported news organization would be attending White House press briefings and that it had hired widely discredited reporter Jerome Corsi as its D.C. correspondent.

    Infowars has become one of the leading sources of pro-Donald Trump boosterism. Trump’s presidential campaign repeatedly tweeted out links to Infowars content in 2016. Trump himself tweeted out a link to Infowars.com’s aggregation of a conservative blog post to claim that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks. (In fact, no evidence supports that.) Trump appeared on Jones’ program during the presidential campaign and apparently called Jones after the election to thank his audience for its support. Trump adviser and regular contributor Roger Stone told The Washington Post that Trump “has watched Infowars.”

    Nimmo states on his LinkedIn page that he worked for Infowars.com from October 2008 through July 2016 and “built [the] current website from the ground up in 2008.” He now operates his own website Another Day in the Empire and is a content producer for Newsbud.

    Nimmo has repeatedly trashed his former employer for turning into “infotrump.” He tweeted that the site has become “the Trump branch office in Austin” and that Jones "turned over his audience to the #Trump Borg hive." He’s also called Jones a “snake oil salesman” who is “playing the race & religion card.” Nimmo responded to the site’s hiring of Jerome Corsi by writing: “#Infowars hires neocon, joins Republican effort to rekindle Cold War. Imagine my surprise.” He has also suggested that Jones has purged personnel who have disagreed with his new direction.

    Here are some of his tweets trashing Infowars.com and Alex Jones:

    (Jones sells “male vitality” through his Infowars.com store) [Twitter]

  • When Right-Wing Media Was In Love With Paid Protesting

    Current False Accusations Of Paid Protesters Don’t Match Up With Tea Party Adoration

    Blog ››› ››› BOBBY LEWIS

    Many right-wing media figures have accused anti-Trump protesters of being “paid” on a widespread basis to demonstrate against President Donald Trump. Not only do these allegations lack any evidence of a systematic effort, they also ignore the fact that the conservative tea party protests of the early 2010s were “astroturfed” -- heavily supported and organized by large, outside groups.

    Evidence-free claims and suggestions of paid protesters driving anti-Trump sentiment have circulated throughout right-wing media for years but have increased since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Both Trump himself and White House press secretary Sean Spicer have repeated the claim that anti-Trump protests are, in Spicer’s words, a “very paid astroturf-type movement.” Rush Limbaugh warned that the airport protests against Trump’s Muslim ban were “bought and paid for by George Soros, prearranged. … and waiting for the moment to be cued to action.” The Daily Caller wrote that protests directed against a vocal Trump supporter at the University of California, Berkeley were “backed by a progressive charity that is in turn funded by George Soros, the city of Tucson, a major labor union and several large companies.” The claims have also circulated among fake news purveyors and state-owned Russian propaganda

    Despite the charge being leveled at nearly every anti-Trump protest, there is no proof that they protesters were systematically paid by any group. Recently, claims that a group called Demand Protest was paying people $2,500 a month to protest Trump nationwide were exposed as a hoax, much like a viral claim during the election season of craigslist ads offering $3,500 to protest Trump, which ended up being a lie created by a fake news writer to generate profit.

    Right-wing media’s concerns about supposed liberal paid protesters also conveniently forgets times when they were enamored by protesters who were financially supported by outside groups.

    During the 2016 presidential race, Trump ally Alex Jones’ website offered a cash reward to protesters that interrupted Hillary Clinton rallies, an open attempt to pay protesters. Even more significant, right-wing media was also an ally of the Tea Party movement during the first term of former President Barack Obama, which was widely documented to be backed by big money donors.

    The Tea Party, described as “the biggest Astroturf operation in history,” was heavily financed and supported by billionaires, most prominently Charles and David Koch. In addition to financial support from conservative billionaires, the Tea Party enjoyed glowing coverage across right-wing media, most prominently on Fox News, which encouraged its viewers to head to the “conservative Woodstock.” “Party on!” Fox hosts, such as Sean Hannity, attached themselves to and tried to boost the protests, and Tea Party activists even thanked the network for its assistance in spreading their message.