Reprinted with permission from Alternet. We are living in very sick times. But make no mistake—the group that is most obsessed with violence, that worships firearms, defends gun rights to no end and fantasizes about civil strife, is the far right. By late Sunday, everyone across America who had a TV or internet connection had […]
In his first ultra-long-but-incredibly-well-worth-it segment after returning from hiatus on Sunday, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver examined Alex Jones “in his full context.” For the none of you unfamiliar with Jones, he founded conspiracy-based media outlet InfoWars.com and then ate a “big bowl of chili” and lost custody of his kids. Of course, there’s […]
As vigorously hyped broadcast events go, Megyn Kelly’s televised confrontation with Internet conspiracy cultist Alex Jones proved something of a dud. Not because Kelly didn’t give it her best. And maybe not even because the former Fox news-blonde’s best falls considerably short of legendary TV inquisitors such as Mike Wallace or even Barbara Walters. […]
Alex Jones, conspiratorial eminence of radio and Internet fame, already may regret calling out Stephen Colbert at his child custody trial in Texas — because of course the Late Show host had to respond with what might be considered overkill in any other circumstances. Describing Jones with pinpoint metaphorical accuracy as a “furious hardboiled egg,” […]
However fake his act, fans think the Alex Jones performance art is real. They may even act out in response, like the nutcase who showed up at Comet Pizza to search for pedophiles with a loaded gun that he proceeded to fire in the Washington restaurant.
Far-right radio host Alex Jones “is in a custody battle right now, so he’s trying to prove that he’s stable enough to care for children,” notes Stephen Colbert. “Unfortunately he works in front of a camera.” Following a clip of the Infowars host ranting, Colbert notes that the screaming, demented Jones sounds “like a coked-out football coach in a police stand-off.” It’s not a good look for an aspiring parent, but Jones’ attorney offers a creative explanation, saying his client is “a performance artist…playing a character” on his multi-media platforms.
Trump’s ascent would not have been possible without the years of vitriol that the right-wing media directed at his predecessor. After years of listening to anti-Obama vitriol from right-wing talk radio and television hosts, conservatives wanted someone who could match that hate. They found him. And today, he’s the president.
The Trump administration’s reported proposal to move the White House press briefing to a large room that can accommodate pro-Trump sycophants and propagandists is brazen and destructive. But it’s also not entirely new — the Bush administration adopted a similar strategy in 2004.
President-elect Donald Trump is coalescing a network of supportive right-wing media outlets to help push his agenda and attack political opponents, including an online publication owned by his son-in-law, a supermarket tabloid, and a new 24-hour news outlet that has been described as “Trump TV.”
There’s never been such a challenging time to be an informed citizen. The fake news ecosystem is feeding into the worst instincts of humanity while punishing anyone who dares stand up against them — and soon there will be a president who will validate those feelings.
Partisan activists who pose as “citizen journalists” have no stake in getting it right. They are not beholden to editors or to upholding any publication’s reputation. With minimal name recognition and a clearly political agenda, these operatives do have an incentive to get media and public attention by any means.
Most major Russian disinformation campaigns in the United States and Europe have started at Russian-government funded media outlets, such as RT television or Sputnik News, before being amplified on Twitter by others.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been repeatedly warning Trump that “rogue elements” within the CIA are trying to “assassinate” him before he takes office. Trump reportedly speaks to Jones on the phone and watches his videos, and he has previously echoed Jones’ other conspiracy theories and rhetoric.
After an Alex Jones listener attempted to “self-investigate” Pizzagate and ended up firing his gun inside the restaurant — and subsequent media coverage — Jones deleted the damning YouTube video.
While Jones has been attempting to distance himself from his clear promotions of pizzagate, his own content — scrubbed or otherwise — proves that he can’t run away from it.
Right-wing media sought to dismiss news that the CIA concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to actively help Trump by falsely claiming that the report is merely “fake news.”
A growing list of horrified conservative commentators have watched Donald Trump swallow the Republican Party this year, convinced he’s dooming the GOP with a major November loss. One of their key complaints has been that the erstwhile candidate has embraced dark elements of the far-right media; that Trump is just recycling irresponsible nonsense pushed by sites that are blindly loyal to him, like Breitbart News.
The theory that California’s water shortage is all the fault of the Environmental Protection Agency is, like most conspiracy theories, grounded in an actual fact. The EPA has, in fact, caused 800,000 acre-feet of water annually to be flushed into San Francisco Bay to maintain its marine ecosystem.
In times of crisis, we need firm leadership to take decisive action, keen insight to develop judicious strategies, and an unwavering commitment to the sensible, factual, and true. That said, steer clear of each of the following people.