InfoWars bulldozed into the national spotlight during the 2016 election, when President Donald Trump phoned into Alex Jones’ radio prove during the primaries. Since then, InfoWars videos have been aired during Trump rallies, its articles have been tweeted out by Trump campaign operatives, and White House even linked to an InfoWars article in a press release.
Run by Jones, a far-right radio host and renowned conspiracy theorist, InfoWars was once a niche conspiracy site. Today, it receives roughly 4. 8 million unique visitors per month. Unlike far-right news sites such as Breitbart that produce occasional journalism, InfoWars specializes in the blatantly unverifiable, strictly speculative, and utterly fictitious. Alarmist headlines warning of the dangers of Sudanese migrants or the NFL’s campaign of cultural marxism complement Jones’ regular( and loud) radio broadcasts.
Here are some of the most inane conspiracy hypothesis pushed on InfoWars, typically by a scream, boisterous Jones.
10 unbelievable InfoWars conspiracy theories
1) 9/11 was an inside job
Alex Jones is the godfather of the 9/11 truther, laying out his vision for an incident like 9/11 even before the actual attack on the Twin Towers. Back in July 2001, Jones aired a segment of InfoWars that argued that the U.S. government was behind a series of false flag operations, including the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the 1993 World Trade Center attacks, and the Oklahoma City bombing. Jones even mentioned Osama bin Laden on InfoWars prior to 9/11.
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On the day of 9/11, Jones began his broadcast by telling listeners that he was “9 8 percent sure” that the two attacks was staged by the U.S. government. Jones went on to film a full-length documentary, 9/ 11: The Road to Backlash which accused George W. Bush of being an “intimate partner” with Osama bin Laden and argued both could stand to profit from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The resulting backlash from his 9/11 coverage caused Jones to lose most of his radio affiliates and legions of devoted listeners. What he lost, however, he only gained in the following years as public outrage over the wars in the Countries of the middle east grew and suspicions over the cause of the attack became more widespread.
2) The U.S. government staged the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting
In the aftermath of the shooting attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead, Jones posted a YouTube video in which he claimed the U.S. government allowed the attack to happen so it could gain is supportive of gun limited statutes. He also claimed the two attacks was a consequence of Muslim immigration, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the Orlando shooter was a U.S. citizen.
” Our government and the governments of Europe permitted these huge hoards of revolutionary jihadis in, and even allowed them in without vetting them on record, landing in airports and not even checking their passports, IDs or visas ,” Jones said in the video.
3) Sandy Hook never happened
Jones not only believes that the U.S. government was behind the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, he thinks it was a staged event with child performers. HIs listeners ran as far as to harass the parents and family of Sandy Hook victims, accusing them of participating in a hoax.
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