Alex Jones

Alex Jones

Credentials

  • Alex Jones briefly attended Austin Community College, taking part-time classes after he graduated from high school in 1993. [1], [2]

Background

Alex Jones hosts The Alex Jones Show, a nationally syndicated talk show, as well as the website Infowars.

Jones has been described as  “the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit which tracks hate groups. Rolling Stone magazine has described him as “the most paranoid man in America” and New York magazine described Jones as “America's leading conspiracy theorist.” [3], [1], [4]

According to his profile on Infowars[5]

“Jones is dedicated to libertarian and constitutionalist ideas, in addition to what he has coined '1776 worldwide' - promoting a true culture of liberty, transparency and freedom on a planetary scale to empower humanity, while vehemently opposing Agenda 21 and the globalist threat to national sovereignty.” [5]

Infowars claims to have the goal of “Seeking the truth and exposing the scientifically engineered lies of the globalists and their ultimate goal of enslaving humanity.” [5]

Jones has been criticized by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has labeled him an “extremist.” In an interview, the SPLC's Heidi Beirich described Jones as a “gateway drug for people who end up in harder aspects of the movement,” such as neo-Nazi groups. [6], [7]

SPLC notes the Alex Jones Show has about two million weekly listeners, and is syndicated to 60 radio stations as well as Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.com. The Alex Jones YouTube channel has more than two million subscribers.

In his show, Jones regularly stirs up fear of “globalist” forces.

SPLC writes: “The way Jones sees it, shadowy groups within the U.S. government orchestrated — or at least refrained from preventing — the 9/11 attacks, the Boston Marathon massacre, the bombing of Oklahoma City's Murrah federal building, and the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. He has even suggested that President Obama was responsible for the 2013 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.”  [3]

Jones has interviewed numerous climate change deniers on his show including Lord Christopher Monckton, others include Marc MoranoJohn Coleman and James Delingpole. Jones has promoted the idea the United Nations seek a “global government” and has described the UN as “the founders of the global tyranny” when criticizing the 2009 Copenhagen climate change negotiations. [8]

Jones also sells Infowars-branded products, among which include T-shirts, books, and Infowars-branded dietary supplements and cleansers. He also offers a $1,797 “Infowars Life Select” one-year “survival food kit.” [9], [10]

Conspiracy Theory & Fake News

Jones has made many claims that acts of terrorism and attacks taking place in the U.S. were staged by the government, including the 9/11 attacks, the Columbine school shooting, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Sandy Hook shooting, and the Boston Marathon bombing, among others. Some have suggested that President Trump's “dabbling into conspiracy theory” could be influenced by Jones. Austin American-Statesman reported that Jones “ might as well be the voice in Donald Trump’s head.” [11], [12], [13], [14]

Jones has also lent legitimacy to the debunked “pizzagate” conspiracy, saying “I may just have to take off a week and just only research this and actually go to where these places are and stuff,” Jones said. “Fact, I'm looking at getting on a plane. […] I can't just say something and not see it for myself. They go to these pizza places. There's like satanic art everywhere.” [6], [15]

Alex Jones's Infowars has been included on lists of “Fake News” sites, sometimes alongside Breitbart News. One list, created by an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, was since taken down as “a safety measure in response to threats and harassment she and her students and colleagues had received.” [16], [17]

Jones has also fought against the censorship of “fake news,” appealing to Trump for aid in 2016 in an online petition: [18]

“In an effort to try and censor the liberty movement and free speech, the mainstream media is now attempting to label legitimate news sources like Infowars as ‘fake news’ to push towards a government-led shut down of Infowars.com,” Jones wrote on his website. [19]

We are calling on and asking President-Elect Donald J. Trump to take a stand against the establishment media’s ‘fake news’ attacks and to stop the impending censorship of independent media platforms like Infowars.com and others,” He wrote in a statement, which included a form where visitors can “ask Donald Trump to fight back against ‘fake news’ attacks.” [19]

Some have also noted Jones as a moon landing denier, given that he had claimed “sources inside NASA” told him that “they put on some fake stuff for you—see, there was a lie. It’s not just ‘did we go’ or ‘didn’t we go.’ You were shown the tinker-toy stuff because you’re not supposed to see what they really got.” [20]

Accuracy in Media has also described Jones' Infowars.com as “a reliable outlet for pro-Russian propaganda.” [21]

    Stance on Climate Change

    December, 2015

    Shortly before the 2015 Paris climate talks, Jones delivered an “epic rant” on how he believed that the sun was “the complete driver” of the climate.” [22], [23]

    Jones suggested that the goal of the climate talks is “global government” and “global taxes.”  [22]

    “You're a criminal gang who wants to make money on all human activities” he said. [22]

    “The ice sheets have both gotten bigger. The planet's going into a cold stage because the sun's going partially dormant. It's a known cycle. it was predicted by all the astrophysicists 50 years ago. […] The sun is the complete driver!” [22]

    ”[…] these people feed us pure lies like we're idiots.” [22]

    Key Quotes

    October, 2016

    Jones called President Obama and Hillary Clinton “literal demons.” [24]

    Jones said  “We are dealing with demons here.”  [24], [25]

    On Hillary, Jones aid “She is an abject, psychopathic demon from hell, that as soon as she gets power is going to try to destroy the planet. I'm sure of that.” He added, “I'm telling you. She is a demon. This is biblical. She is going to launch a nuclear war.” [25]

    I been told this by high up folks and they tell me Obama and Hillary both smell like sulphur,” he said. “They smell like hell.” [25]

    March, 2016

    Speaking on the Alex Jones Show, he declared: [26]

    Humanity has got to get off-world. We need access to the life-extension technologies. Talk about discrimination, forget skin color. I want the advanced life-extension! I want to go to space! I want to see interdimensional travel! I want what God promised us and I won’t sit here and watch Satan steal it!”  [26]

    November 3, 2014

    Alex Jones claimed that he helped to found the Tea Party movement: [27]

    “I have never openly endorsed the tea party, even though I was part of its founding,” he said on the InfoWars program. [27]

    June, 2013

    Alex Jones argued that same-sex marriage was  “eugenicist globalist” plot “to encourage the breakdown of the family” and “get rid of God.” [28]

    April 15, 2013

    On Twitter, speaking of the two explosions Boston Marathon, Jones suggested it was a “false flag” attack: [29]

    2013 (?)

    Speaking on Info Wars, Jones said: [30]

    “Everybody should be part of the John Birch Society, or at least get their materials, because they're the best you're going to find anywhere.” [30]

    March 22, 2010

    Speaking with climate change denier James Delingpole on InfoWars, Alex jones says: [31]

    “I don't even call them Liberals. A control freak cult that hates everyone and loves to run people's lives.”  [31]

    To which Delingpole replies, “Yes. Absolutely. Absolutely.”   [31]

    November 27, 2009

    In an interview with Lord Christopher Monckton on “Climategate,” Jones denounced an unspecified “they” —presumably mainstream climate scientists, the United Nations, and environmentalists—as “little Hitlers.” Holding up and waving a copy of Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, Jones declares: [32]

    “I mean, they keep saying the science is all settled when they're all manifest quack frauds who, all of them, write books about planetary governments forcibly cutting off resources to kill the majority of us, drugging our water supplies to sterilize us. I mean, these people are Hitlerian. And as you know, being a man of letters in history, that Hitler got his ideas from the eugenicists in England and the United States and that these are simply a bunch of little Hitlers masquerading as Liberal bleeding hearts. They are murderous, criminal control freaks.” [32]

    Climate Change Denier Appearances

    Christopher Monckton

    Marc Morano

    James Delingpole

    John Coleman

    Christopher Horner

    Harrison Schmitt

    Howard Hayden

    Piers Corbyn

    Key Deeds

    June 1, 2017

    Climate change denier Christopher Monckton was a guest speaker on the Alex Jones Show, where he suggested he had found key flaws in the methods used by scientists to calculate rising levels of carbon dioxide. Regarding his new equation, Monckton said that “this is going to change everything,” although he went on to admit that he was having difficulty getting published in any scientific journals. [47]

    The real idea of this climate change nonsense is to take America down,” said Monckton. “That’s the objective here — it’s got nothing to do with the climate.” [47]

    November 22, 2016

    Alex Jones interviewed Christopher Monckton on Infowars. Jones compared Hillary Clinton to a “demon” during the interview: [33]

    “Clearly, when you have Wikileaks coming out, clearly when you see how truly nasty these hundreds of thousands of emails are, like you'd have to work even if you were a demon to write this nasty and this hateful. But it shows, it's really a college of scumbags that have bad will, and they're just manipulating people.” [33]

    ”[…] I see total victory of Trump presses and does not back down. I think he absolutely must appoint an attorney general, which he's doing, that will prosecute the Clintons. […] They've committed massive crimes. They must be prosecuted.” [33]

    Monckton said that he had personally met with Steve Bannon the last time he had been in the US. “I was very impressed by him,” Monckton said. “And I was glad […] when he pretty much ended up masterminding Trump's campaign.” [33]

    November, 2016

    According to Alex Jones, President Trump had pesonally thanked him and the Infowars audience for their support. Both Trump and Jones have promoted the idea of globalism, reported the New York Times. In Jones's video, he pointed to the upcoming destruction of “the globalists that hijacked the country.” [34]

    This is America battling back to restore humanity and to break the chains,” Jones said. “There’s not gonna be any détente. We know you’re scum, and we’re just here to let you know you’re scum.” [34]

    September 20, 2016

    Alex Jones' Infowars published a piece by Christopher Monckton, where Monckton claims that “The much-vaunted 'climate consensus' turns out to have been wrong all along.” Monckton claims to have found a “a very large and very serious error” that he had initially written about in the journal Energy and Environment (which has been a noted platform for climate change deniers). [35]

    “The climate scare is now officially over. What scam will the totalitarians dream up next? The world will not be so willing to trust the profiteers of doom a second time,” Monckton writes. [35]

    December 2, 2015

    Donald Trump appeared on The Alex Jones Show for a 30 minute segment. Jones strongly supported Trump. “What you are doing is epic, it’s George Washington level,” Jones told Trump. [36]

    Speaking to Jones, Trump said, “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down. You will be very, very impressed, I hope. And I think we’ll be speaking a lot.” [36]

    April 4, 2014

    Alex Jones, on “special report” on Infowars, claimed to dissect “the greatest hoax of the century, 'Man Made Global Warming'.” [37]

    “There is no consensus,” Jones said. “In fact, the facade of the consensus is collapsing.” [37]

    ”[…] Bottom line: we have an authoritarian movement on the so-called left that is seeking to not just tax every form of human activity, and track it, but to also silence anyone that would dare challenge it. These people are not liberals. They are out-of-control authoritarians.”[37]

    February 4, 2013

    Christopher Monckton was a guest on Alex Jones' Infowars, speaking about “the role solar activity plays in global warming.” [38]

    January, 2013

    Alex Jones expressed pro-gun control views in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre. He appeared in a televised debate with CNN's Piers Morgan, telling him that taking away guns would result in government tyranny. [39]

    Jones yelled,

    “1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms. It doesn't matter how many lemmings you get out there on the street, begging for them to have their guns taken. We will not  relinquish them. Do you understand? That's why you're going to fail. And the establishment knows no matter how much propaganda, the Republic will rise again when you attempt to take our guns.”  [39]

    June 24, 2010

    Alex Jones interviewed climate change denier Lord Christopher Monckton on Infowars in a segment titled “Real Data Disproves Al Gore's Global Warming Theory.” [40]

    November 27, 2009

    Alex Jones interviewed Lord Christopher Monkton in an hour-long series on the debunked “climategate” incident where climate researchers' emails were hacked and then released to the public. Notably, nine independent inquiries by multiple agencies since arrived at the same conclusion: that the “climategate conspiracy” was nonsense. [41]

    Jones introduced Monckton as Margaret Thatcher's “key policy advisor” with “so many other important key positions.” Jones said “we popped champagne last week when they came out, those emails.” [42]

    Monckton said that climate scientists “should not only be locked up for concealing and destroying data that had been requested under the freedom of information act by other scientists, they should also be locked up for financial fraud and international racketeering.” “Well said, sir,” Jones replied. [42]

    Monckton goes on to describe those mentioned in the emails as “malevolent, crooked scientists.”  He added, “These are the people who, between them, have conspired to invent and then maintain the scare of global warming.” [42]

    Jones summarizes, “they talk about, temperatures are dropping, how do we fix it, how do we spin it? How do we hide the decline? […] I mean, this is racketeering.”[42]

    Again talking about the climate scientists, Monckton declares, “All of this scare comes out from these idiots and these crooks and these criminals.” [42]

    “It is a conspiracy from top to bottom,” Monckton said. “These people deserve to be locked up, and locked up for a very, very, very long time. And never, ever again to be allowed to hold any position of public trust or be paid a single penny of taxpayer's money.”

    […]”I think we're going to have to send some of them to the international criminal court for crimes against humanity,” he added. [43]

    After a commercial break, Jones declares that “man-made global warming is meant to destroy industrial society,” asking Monckton to expand on the supposed “global government” proposed by the UN.  [43]

    Setting up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as a political body rather than a scientific one would be the Trojan Horse by which the UN would achieve its long-held ambitions of turning itself into a dictatorial world government,” Monckton replied. [43]

    “They want nothing less than total world domination […]” he added. [43]

    Later in the show, Jones denounced an unspecified “they” —presumably mainstream climate scientists, the United Nations, and environmentalists—as “little Hitlers.” Holding up and waving a copy of Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, Jones declares: [32]

    “I mean, they keep saying the science is all settled when they're all manifest quack frauds who, all of them, write books about planetary governments forcibly cutting off resources to kill the majority of us, drugging our water supplies to sterilize us. I mean, these people are Hitlerian. And as you know, being a man of letters in history, that Hitler got his ideas from the eugenicists in England and the United States and that these are simply a bunch of little Hitlers masquerading as Liberal bleeding hearts. They are murderous, criminal control freaks.” [32

    Monckton replied to Jones, “Well you put that even more strongly than I would. I think there is, certainly, an element of deliberate desire to control population by killing people in large numbers, deliberately, as necessary. I think they don't care about that as long as they're not among those who get killed.” [32

    “This is the key juncture with Copenhagen,” Jones says in the final portion of his video. He adds that in order to achieve a “victory” that “We must do everything we can. Calling in local talk shows, letters to the editor, calling Congress, supporting you [Monckton] when you go to Copenhagen. Because if we defeat them on this, does this not a deal a substantive, perhaps even a death blow to this global government tyranny?” [32

    Monckton replies, “I think what we're going to have to do is close down the United Nations […] We would all save billions if we shut down the UN and just about all of its hideous bureaucracies.” [32

    Jonesc cut in with a conclusion, declaring the UN “a criminal menace.” “It must be dealt with,” Jones aid. “I agree; abolish it. Arrest the criminals. Charge them.” [32

    Affiliations

    Social Media

    Publications

    Movies

    Books

    Resources

    1. Meet Alex Jones,” Rolling Stone, March 2, 2011. Archived April 20, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/7aUwu

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    15. Gregor Aisch, Jon Huang, and Cecilia Kang. “Dissecting the #PizzaGate Conspiracy Theories,” The New York Times, December 10, 2016.  Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/CvWfD

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    19. PETITION: DEFEND INDEPENDENT MEDIA FROMFAKE NEWSATTACKSInfowars. Archived April 20, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/kw9nP

    20. Olivia Nuzzi. “Dear Moon Landing Deniers: Sorry I Called You Moon Landing Deniers,” The Daily Beast, July 29, 2014. Archived April 20, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/G2R2M

    21. Cliff Kincaid. “Russian Disinformation for a Conservative Audience,” Accuracy in Media, June 20, 2014, Archived April 20, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/W7Z5a 

    22. EPIC CLIMATE CHANGE RANT!” YouTube video uploaded by user The Alex Jones Channel, December 1, 2015. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

    23. Graham Readfearn. “Introducing Alex Jones: A Rage Machine Who Thinks Clinton 'Smells of Sulphur' and Global Warming is a Total Hoax,” DeSmog, October 16, 2016.

    24. Liam Stack. “He Calls Hillary Clinton a ‘Demon.’ Who Is Alex Jones?The New York Times, October 13, 2016. Archived April 20, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Zl7Id

    25. Hillary Clinton: Demonic Warmonger,” YouTube video uploaded by user The Alex Jones Channel, October 16, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

    26. RWW News: Alex Jones Will Save Humanity From Satan,” YouTube video posted by user RWW Blog, March 18, 2016.

    27. The Alex Jones Show(1st HOUR-VIDEO Commercial Free) Monday November 3 2014: News & Calls,” YouTube video uploaded by user Ron Gibson, November 3, 2014. See timestamp [22:37].

    28. Alex Jones on 'Same Sex Marriage',” YouTube video uploaded by user englandl77, June 10, 2013. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

    29. Alex Seitz-Wald. “Alex Jones: Boston explosion a government conspiracy,” Salon, April 15, 2013. Archived April 20, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/mnhg3

    30. Alex Jones: Everyone Should Join the John Birch Society,” YouTube video uploaded by user VisionLiberty, July 14, 2013. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

    31. Journalist James Delingpole Foresees State Rationed Healthcare on The Alex Jones Show 3/4,” YouTube video uploaded by user The Alex Jones Channel, March 22, 2010.

    32. Lord Christopher Monckton on Alex Jones Tv 3/5:Lord Monckton Talks About Climategate,” YouTube video uploaded by user The Alex Jones Channel, November 27 2009.

    33. New Information Could Shut The Climate Change Movement Down Forever,” Alex Jones via Facebook, November 22, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

    34. Liam Stack. “Globalism: A Far-Right Conspiracy Theory Buoyed by Trump,” The New York Times, November 14, 2016. Archived April 20, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/jONNF

    35. SCIENTISTS ADMIT FAKE CLIMATE CHANGE PREDICTIONS,” Infowars, September 20, 2016. Archived April 20, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/9Qiva

    36. FULL INTERVIEW: Donald Trump On The Alex Jones Show - Wednesday 12/02/2015,” YouTube video uploaded by user Ron Gibson, December 2, 2015. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

    37. Special Report: Climate Change,The Trillion Dollar Heist,” YouTube video uploaded by The Alex Jones Channel, published April 4, 2014. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

    38. Lord Monckton: Climate Tyranny Hits Australia,” YouTube video uploaded by user The Alex Jones Channel, February 4, 2013. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

    39. Alex Jones’ pro-gun tirade at Piers Morgan on British presenter’s own show - video,” The Guardian, January 8, 2013.

    40. Lord Christopher Monckton: Real Data Disproves Al Gore's Global Warming Theory - Alex Jones Tv 5/6,” YouTube video uploaded by user The Alex Jones Chanenel, June 24, 2010.

    41. Kevin Grandia. “Debunked Conspiracy Climategate Five Years Later,” DeSmog, November 19, 2014.

    42. Lord Christopher Monckton on Alex Jones Tv 1/5:Lord Monckton Talks About Climategate,” YouTube video uploaded by user The Alex Jones Channel, November 27, 2009.

    43. Lord Christopher Monckton on Alex Jones Tv 2/5:Lord Monckton Talks About Climategate,” YouTube video uploaded by user The Alex Jones Channel, November 27, 2009.

    44. WHO IS ALEX JONES AND WHAT IS THE INFOWAR? …AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?Alex Jones' Prison Planet. Archived April 20, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/e2xbf

    45. Aviva Shen. “REPORT: Drudge Funneled At Least 30 Million Visitors To Conspiracy Websites In The Last Year,” ThinkProgress, July 18, 2012. Archived April 20, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/pE910

    46. Members’ Hall of Honor,” Freedom Force International. Accessed April 20, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/0ajqh 

    47. BREAKINGGLOBAL WARMING CLIMATE MODEL COMPLETELY DEBUNKED: Human accelerated climate change is a total fraud,” InfoWars, June 1, 2017. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. Archived July 1, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/EIIni

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