Mark Levin and Glenn Beck’s conservative website and multimedia network The Blaze used Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones to gin up subscriptions this week.
The far-right conspiracy theorist appeared on two Blaze shows: the September 29 episode of You Are Here, co-hosted by Elijah Schaffer and Sydney Watson, and the September 30 edition of Louder with Crowder, hosted by Steven Crowder. On both occasions, Jones appeared on the YouTube version of the show before it continued behind a paywall; The Blaze heavily pushed people to subscribe to see the full conversation.
Best known as the founder and head of Infowars, Jones has called the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax, claimed 9/11 was an inside job, and perpetuated the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. Just yesterday, hours after Jones’ appearance with Crowder, a judge issued legal defaults against Jones in two of several cases brought against him by families of Sandy Hook victims, meaning he is liable for all damages. A jury will determine how much Jones owes the families.
More recently, Jones has turned Infowars into a hub of coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories, insisted that the 2020 election was stolen, and helped fund and foment the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Jones’ appearances on The Blaze were heavily promoted by Crowder and the network as a way to attract attention. Both shows also have large followings on YouTube, where portions of the interviews were livestreamed. YouTube banned Jones from the platform in 2018, but the platform has continued to profit from his appearances on other channels and programs.
A portion of Jones’ appearance on The Blaze TV’s Louder with Crowder streamed on YouTube and currently remains on the platform. At the time of this article’s publication, the video has over 1 million views.
While on YouTube, Jones pushed a series of lies and conspiracy theories about the pandemic. Just this week, YouTube announced its intention to more seriously combat coronavirus misinformation on the platform.
In one 10-minute span, Jones made the following claims:
- Jones said that by instituting fines for organizations that do not comply with vaccine mandates, President Joe Biden is “holding you hostage.”
- Jones falsely claimed that Biden chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci misrepresented coronavirus death totals in June of this year. “Remember three months ago? He said 99 percent of people dying have not had the vaccine. Well, he used statistics from 2020, when no one was vaccinated. So you see, it’s all pure deception.” As The Guardian reported at the time, Fauci was referring only to people who died in June 2021.
- Crowder and Jones misrepresented the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines by making a false comparison to other vaccines. Jones said of vaccines for diseases like the measles and rubella, “they’re actual vaccines.” To which Crowder responded, “Right, because they’re actual vaccines and they work. No one goes onto an airline and says, ‘Uh, Delta, are you checking for the rubella cards?’ why? Because they work.”
Once the show stopped livestreaming on YouTube, Jones and Crowder continued to push false claims about the vaccines and the pandemic. Jones repeated the dangerous conspiracy theory that the vaccines weaken and sometimes destroy the immune system. “So they’re literally turning everybody’s immune system off to make them permanent jellyfish bubble boys that have to have Big Pharma giving them constant shots to keep them alive,” Jones said.
Crowder falsely claimed that “natural immunity is significantly more powerful, and no one is actually arguing against that at this point.” In August 2021, the Centers for Disease Control issued a report saying that vaccinations offer a higher level of protection than previous infection alone.
Jones responded to a clip of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul urging people to get vaccinated by falsely claiming the mRNA vaccine changes one’s DNA. “You’re getting baptized in Big Pharma’s GMO, that changes your DNA, that alters and irrevocably marks you,” Jones said. “ Crowder pushed back on that a bit, asking, “Are you sure the vaccine changes your DNA?” I don’t know that. I don’t know that. I know it’s an RNA vaccine and I have problems with it, but I don’t know that it changes your DNA.”Jones said he could cite articles in “major” publications that proved his claims were true, but he did not produce any, and they moved on.
And despite Crowder’s repeated insistence that the vaccine is not, in fact, a microchip, Jones insisted that while “they’re not putting microchips in the Moderna, in the Pfizer, in the AstraZeneca, any of that,” there is a plan to inject people with microchips as part of the debunked great reset conspiracy theory. Jones went on to perpetuate the widely debunked conspiracy theory that Bill Gates has funded an operation at major universities to embed people with microchips.
Jones closed out his appearance with Crowder by tying the pandemic to the Great Reset and easily debunked conspiracy theories about depopulation efforts by globalist forces like Gates and the United Nations. “They kill you with the lockdowns, they kill you with the tainted poison vaccines that lower your immunity, and that give up the new vaccine variants that are coming out,” Jones said. “So this is the depopulation plan, where they then blame it on the unvaccinated, and then that’s the plan, blame us, put us in camps.”
Jones’ appearance on You Are Here also began as a simulcast livestream on YouTube. But about an hour into the program, the hosts ended the feed. Co-host Elijah Schaffer encouraged viewers to go to The Blaze, where, he said, the show can “hide away from the censors.” The livestreamed portion of the interview with Jones is no longer on the show’s channel. After the show was removed from YouTube, Jones launched a series of hate- and conspiracy theory-filled monologues.
Shortly after the show moved exclusively to The Blaze TV, Jones made a series of hateful statements about trans women. “It’s men invading women,” Jones said. “We used to call them bullies and scumbags and perverts. And I’m not saying all the trans people are like that, but I’m saying the main arm of it, saying all the women’s sports are going to be dominated by men, is an assault on women’s spaces.” He then went on to say criticism of author J.K. Rowling, who has a history of transphobia, was “terrorism. This is, this is bullying.”
Jones and co-hosts Schaffer and Sydney Watson all perpetuated a series of lies and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines. “I have family members in the hospital, in and out. I have people getting rare forms of cancer. What is going on with these shots? Please tell me. Because I don’t think they’re good long term,” Schaffer said. Coronavirus vaccines do not cause cancer. But that did not stop Jones from repeating the debunked claim that “they know what they’re doing. They have scientists around the country that run major labs, that say they’re seeing a 20 times increase in cancers in people that have taken these shots.”
Recently the Biden administration has taken steps to purchase and equitably distribute Regeneron’s monoclonal antibodies, a therapeutic sometimes used to treat coronavirus patients. Right-wing leaders like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has opted to promote such treatments instead of the vaccines, criticized the measure and cited it as a roadblock to curbing cases in the state. Jones echoed such talking points when he said Biden's plan was “proof they are trying to kill us.”
Jones ended his appearances by pushing lies about the 2020 election and the recent results of the bogus “audit” in Arizona’s Maricopa County. “The Arizona thing, I looked at it. 50-something thousand votes they can prove that should have gone to Trump or were fake. Trump won that and this is massive election fraud,” Jones said. The data Jones cites has proliferated among right-wing figures and is easily debunked.
On the October 1 episode of The Alex Jones Show on Infowars, Jones celebrated his media tour with The Blaze from his studio back in Austin, Texas. “So talented, so smart, and so awake,” Jones said of his hosts. “It’s a good world. I’m in good company. And I’m very, very blessed to be here.”
And he added an optimistic note: “So the fact that Infowars is being so widely accepted across the board now really shows that we’ve got a fighting chance because we have been the tip of the spear.”