I'm not a fan of Alex Jones. I've tried to work out why: I've come to the conclusion it's not so much that he's wrong about everything, he isn't, no one is, but I think it's just I don't like people being lied to.
All his work seems to be about conning the gulable out of their hard earned cash for the enrichment of one A Jones.
And that's sad.
There are numerous examples of this. Probably the most blatant and sick is the adverts he runs selling his expensive quack medicine by telling his fans that America has the highest level of cancer in the world so they should divvy up and by his incredibly expensive and useless garbage to protect themselves against cancer.
The trouble is that America doesn't have the highest cancer rates in the world: it has the six highest level. It's still too high, as it is in every country, but that's not the point. Jones lies to make money. The fact that the US is a rich country who is aware of health issues and spends a fortune on health means that cancers that would be missed in other countries are picked up in the US meaning the actual rates of detected cancer are different to the actual rates of cancer. This is one of the main reasons why poorer and underdeveloped countries are low in the list of cancer rates. Poor countries don't have the health structure to catch cancer in their people so they die early and undiagnosed.
This is Jones using fear to make cash.
He is deeply sexist with his rants and rather sick fantasies of beating up a woman. His pathetic homophobia and obsession with gay people is plain nasty. There are stores of him getting people banned from TV if he doesn't like them, and him bullying people and being backed into a fight due to his attack on a vulnerable person but rather than fighting with fists like a man running for his gun and being smacked about and crying for his daddy, then getting his family in the FBI to go after the man who won the fight, see the below.
He's not a nice man.
However the other thing that gets my goat is the cynical way he uses patriotism to make money. Ad after ad in his programme, usually voiced by himself, tries to sell pricey crap by telling us that it is made by patriots, for patriots. His programme and rants are full with him telling us how patriotic he is (and brave, manly, sexy, powerful, deadly, brilliant, knows more than any lawyer, doctor, or anyone).
This recourse to patriotism is deeply seedy and it reminds me that false patriotism is the last resort of the rogue.
The thing that gets me is his exploitation of patriotism is actually the opposite of the lies he spills about the country he is supposed to be patriotic about. Every programme is full of how god awful America is. He pushes the meme that America is insane, genocidal, and evil. Jones takes the side of anyone America doesn't like.
Iran? Jones likes them and blames the US. Syria? America to blame. North Korea? America's the villain.
And the list goes on.
However Jones supports Russia and its attacks on the Ukraine. According to him it's all the fault of the US for using Ukraine or attack Russia to ....... Well I'm not entirely sure why but whatever it's all Americas fault.
Jones paints Russia as blameless and Putin as a brave beacon of brilliance.
The fact that Putin is corrupt, and Russia has a truly horrific record of murdering journalists and killing people who are in his way, is ingnored.
This is a dangerous strategy in my opinion. If you whip up your
cash cow sorry I mean audience by pushing the view that you are a über patriot and their leader and super American then is it a terribly good idea in constantly attack your country and side with the traditional enemy?
If there is an escalation or war between the US and Russia which I don't believe will ever happen by the way, and the patriotic public then what happens to Jones' audience? Would he survive being seen as a quisling in bed with their enemy?
Could his multimillion dollar empire survive the hit?
The fact is it is easy to laugh at the fat Jones and dismiss him as an idiot. That would do him a injustice. Fair enough he is fat and I worry about his health but he isn't stupid. He has made a fortune promoting a sellable fiction to a hungry audience.
He is however dangerous. His constant push of the idea that inoculations are part of a plot to kill us all means that people don't inoculate. The idea of a dastardly plot Jones promotes is picked up by religious extremists and used to stop inoculations all over the world and murder nurses and doctors. He is used as a respected expert in Pakistan and other counties to justify the attacks on medical staff and the stopping of children being protected from deadly disease.
Jones' words are geared to make him money but his conspiracies lead to thousands of children dying thousands of miles away.
It is no surprise that some of the most violent extremists have been proved to be fans of the plethora of Jones' conspiracies. I'm not necessarily blaming Jones just saying that the fiction he promotes fits into the insane paranoia the violent extremists follow.
The idea promoted by Jones is the inverse of the old adage of 'my country right or wrong'. To him his country is always wrong: send him all your money.
It would be nice to make money. But to make it in the way Jones does is despicable.