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  • Alex Jones criticizes “liberal trendies” who were victims of the Manchester terror attack

    Jones: Victims are “the same people -- god love them -- on average who are promoting open borders, bringing Islamists in”

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    From a May 22 video posted on Alex Jones’ YouTube channel:

    ALEX JONES: Trump didn’t just sign a deal for $350 billion over the next decade, the first tranche $105 billion to be paid out in the next year by Saudi Arabia and United States in an arms deal. He transferred to them linkage into a threat fusion center, the biggest in the world that’s been publicly shown. They won’t show the NSA and FBI threat fusion centers, they won’t show the CIA ones either, but they showed this giant center and I covered it earlier tonight, it’s on Infowars.com. So they’re transferred the weapons, they’re transferred the technology, they’re transferred access into the surveillance grid. And less than 24 hours after President Trump finishes that speech, a big bomb goes off at a pop star’s rock concert bombing a bunch of liberal trendies. The same people -- god love them -- on average who are promoting open borders, bringing Islamists in.

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    Alex Jones’ website Infowars broadcasts from the White House press briefing room

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  • Alex Jones’ website Infowars broadcasts from the White House press briefing room

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON & ERIC HANANOKI

    Conspiracy website Infowars’ Washington bureau chief, Jerome Corsi, conducted a live broadcast from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House, telling viewers that Infowars had obtained a temporary pass and was working to obtain permanent White House press credentials.

    Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones operates Infowars, a disreputable outlet that has pushed conspiracy theories about tragedies such as the 9/11 attacks, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Boston Marathon bombing, and Oklahoma City bombing. The site also posts false information in support of Trump, and it promoted the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory. Jones has said that he communicates with President Donald Trump and offers him advice.

    The outlet hired Corsi in January. Corsi has made a living pushing false conspiracy theories, including the claim that former President Barack Obama has a fake birth certificate, which he was instrumental in spreading.

    During the livestream, Corsi discussed an embargoed budget document and then used an iPad to give viewers a tour of the nearly empty briefing room.

    Corsi said that Infowars does not yet have permanent press credentials but that he wanted to emphasize that the site had obtained a temporary pass and was able to physically broadcast from the White House.

    While giving the tour, Corsi added, “We’re here. I think that makes clear we’re going to get press credentials and we’ll do what we need to do to get here on a regular basis to get permanent press credentials.” He signed off by saying, “Let’s kind of end this now by just saying we’re here, we’re going to get more established as we go along, and I’m very, very pleased to have made this step today.”

    Earlier today, Corsi wrote on Twitter, “Jerome Corsi, Washington Bureau Chief, http://Infowars.com. We have WH PRESS CREDENTIALS. I'm in WH May 22, 2017”:

    An accompanying Infowars article said that the outlet delivered “an epic blow to the mainstream media’s control of the narrative” by gaining access to White House press briefings and that “Alex Jones may even attend some White House press briefings in person.”

    Earlier this month, Jones announced that Infowars had been granted a weekly press pass to the White House and was working “very hard” to get permanent credentials. In January, Jones claimed that his site had been offered a White House press credential. The White House press office denied the claim. Jones later claimed he meant that Infowars “can get them if we want them, guaranteed.”

    Infowars’ access means yet another dishonest, far-right entity is in the press room.

    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) wrote on Twitter that Corsi’s presence in the White House made him want to “throw up” given Infowars’ ongoing role in promoting conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook shooting:

  • Alex Jones Says Trump Begged To Come Onto His Show, But Jones Said No

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Conspiracy theorist and Donald Trump media ally Alex Jones claimed that then-President-elect Trump called him and begged to come onto Jones’ show, but Jones demurred, claiming the appearance would be used to hurt Trump.

    During his May 12 broadcast, Jones said that Trump called him following the election and repeatedly asked to come on The Alex Jones Show in the near future. Jones said that he refused, saying that he told the president-elect, “I think at this time that they might use that against you, and you’ve got too much going on” and that “I really don't want it to then be used against you. Just get your agenda, cut the taxes, and defend the Christians that are being murdered.”

    Jones expressed fear that critics would “misrepresent what I’ve said,” noting that they “take stuff out of context that I’ve done” to hurt Trump. He used the conversation to bolster his own image, stating, “Who else you think does that with Donald Trump? Nobody. Nobody. So the media can stick that in their pipe and smoke it. I don’t need Donald Trump, even though I admire him and think he’s a great guy.”

    Later, while musing about the reported conversation, Jones questioned his previous decision to decline Trump’s repeated requests to come on the show, saying, “And quite frankly, maybe it would be good just to have Trump on because it’s all about defeating them, throwing it in their face, destroying them, showing how they don’t care.”

    In November, Jones talked about a different conversation he had with Trump following the election, saying in a video that Trump told him, “I wanted to talk to you to thank your audience, and I’ll be on in the next few weeks to thank them.” In the video, Jones also said, “You’ll hear Trump on the show.”

    Following reporting on that video, Erica Lafferty, whose mother Dawn Hochsprung was principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed during the 2012 mass shooting at the school, published an open letter to Trump urging him not to appear on Jones’ radio show because Jones has called the Sandy Hook shooting “a giant hoax.” Trump had appeared on Jones’ show in November 2015 and praised Jones’ “amazing” reputation.

    Jones has promoted other toxic conspiracy theories including that the United States government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and the tragedies at Columbine, Oklahoma City, and the Boston Marathon.

    Jones has claimed that he speaks with Trump regularly. In a video Jones released in February, he touted his connections to the president, saying that he regretted having “missed” Trump’s phone calls, and claimed that Trump "or his sons" watch his videos and show “every night.” He has also said that Trump calls him to ask if he’s “happy” with his performance as president.

    More of Jones’ discussion of his conversation with Trump:

    ALEX JONES (HOST): So Donald Trump was president-elect and he gave me a call to congratulate me on being married to my second wife, my dear wife. And we were sitting there talking -- I’m at the airport, I’m talking to the president about some issues I won’t get into -- and he was like, “Well I got to do the show soon. Let’s do it in the next few weeks.” I said, “No sir,” I said, “I think at this time that they might use that against you, and you’ve got too much going on.” I just said, “Maybe just down the road come on.” He goes, “No, no, let’s do it soon,” and I said, “No.” I said, “I really don't want it to then be used against you. Just get your agenda, cut the taxes, and defend the Christians that are being murdered.” He goes, “I will, I will, [unintelligible] keep my promise.” I said, “Absolutely, sir.” I just said, “They will misrepresent what I’ve said and they take stuff out of context that I’ve done,” and I just said, “Let’s just hold off.”

    See, I didn't have Donald Trump on when he was ready to come on the next week. When he called up and talked to my wife for five minutes and told her stuff I won’t say off record. That’s the kind of guy -- I didn’t even call Trump to say I was getting married. No one knew; it was a secret. I’m telling you about it right now. I was in Hawaii and Donald Trump called me. That’s the kind of guy Donald Trump is. I said, “Sir, you don’t need to come on the show, OK? I believe they might --” I just said, “I’m not 100 percent sure in my gut that’s the right thing.” He said, “No, let’s do it. I told you.” I said, “No.” He said, “All right, all right, well.” See. Who else you think does that with Donald Trump? Nobody. Nobody. So the media can stick that in their pipe and smoke it. I don’t need Donald Trump, even though I admire him and think he’s a great guy.

    [...]

    JONES: So the truth is I told the president -- I’m like, “Down the road some time, once we’ve got the big agenda through, please come on.” And he’s like, “How about soon? how about, yeah, I want to come on. How about next week?” “Sir, I’m not sure that would be good. I’ve said a lot of things -- a lot of things out of context. I’m just not sure about that.” He just paused. See. See how that works? It isn’t about me. It’s about victory. It’s about defeating the globalists. And quite frankly, maybe it would be good just to have Trump on because it’s all about defeating them, throwing it in their face, destroying them, showing how they don’t care. They try to demonize me, they try to say I’m a horrible person, they try to lie about me, and it still fails, they still can’t destroy our audience, they can’t get rid of our listeners, we still go on. So maybe in that moment I was hesitating, scared that they would use me against Trump, but maybe he’s right that he needs to be radical and out there in the open and show what a joke they are and call them out. Did I make the wrong decision? I went with my gut. My spirit said, no don’t have Donald Trump on next week. Don’t do it. Because they’ve already sat there and hurt him by taking more radical things out of context. But then that kind of gives them the power. They’re always going to lie anyways, so I don’t know. It’s one of those things where actually kinda not sure, but I made the decision.

  • Alex Jones: “Sources Close To The President” Tell Me Spicer And Priebus Will Be Fired Soon

    Jones’ Website Claims Fox News Host Kimberly Guilfoyle Is “The Favorite To Replace” Spicer

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Donald Trump media ally Alex Jones said “sources close to the president” told him that White House press secretary Sean Spicer will be fired within a week and that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus will be fired sometime in the near future. Jones’ website claims Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle “is currently the favorite to replace” Spicer.

    During the May 11 broadcast of The Alex Jones Show, Jones said, “Now I have some sources close to the president, and we’ve talked to those sources yesterday and this morning, and we know who the next shoes to drop are going to be  -- and that’s going to be Sean Spicer, the press secretary. Reportedly he’s going to be axed in the next week. … And then he’s looking for a replacement of Reince Priebus right now.”

    An article by editor Paul Joseph Watson at Jones’ website Infowars.com initially reported that “White House sources tell Infowars that Sean Spicer is set to be fired as President Trump begins a purge of establishment advisers who he feels have failed to properly investigate leaks coming from within the administration.”

    The article also stated that “Infowars can reveal that Spicer will be gone by next week and that former prosecutor and current Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who was previously considered for the role, is currently the favorite to replace him.”

    Later during the broadcast, Jones said a different White House source called him and took issue with the Infowars article. Jones said that he stood by the story but would clarify the piece to make it clear he is saying Spicer will be fired as opposed to suggesting -- as the original headline had -- that Spicer had already been fired. The article's text has since been softened after that reported White House call. 

    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

    He routinely claims to be in touch with White House officials. For example, after Trump ordered a military strike against Syria in April, Jones said that he “talked to folks very close to the president” about the United States’ policy concerning intervention in the Syrian civil war.

    Jones also claims to speak with Trump regularly. In a video Jones released in February, he touted his connections to the president, saying that he regretted having “missed” Trump’s phone calls, and claimed that Trump "or his sons" watch his videos and show “every night.” He has also said that Trump calls him to ask if he’s “happy” with his performance as president.

    Trump appeared on Jones’ show in December 2015 when he was running for president and praised Jones’ “amazing” reputation. During the campaign, Jones claimed that he talked to Trump to give him political advice.

    Jones has been a harsh critic of Priebus. After he was named chief of staff in November, Jones said, “I would give Donald Trump about a 99 performance rate right now. Appointing Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican Party, who stabbed him in the back over and over again? I don’t like it” and called Priebus a “RINO neocon galactic-level weasel.”

    Jones has also accused Priebus of trying to “sabotage” Trump’s agenda and has called his hiring a “mistake.”