Alex Jones is the leader of the conspiracy theory subculture and has risen to fame by leveraging his online video sharing platforms prior to most people even recognized their value. He takes what are consider obscure books for his theories, poorly made websites and local patriot groups and rants and publicity stunted his path in to the minds of new generation of “truth seekers”, making himself and his audience believe they are the underdogs and the only ones fighting against the entire government and mainstream establishment.
But for all the “truth” Jones puts out to the public and for all those that he “wakes up” with his 80s delivery style Jones often just makes up shit! Then he tries to sell water filters and other survivalist products for those that will have to go underground when the government comes for them. This is where Jones makes his money – his advertisers. He has in the last 5 years been able to hire reporters, outfit a new TV studio and has become rich with an audience of millions around the world.
According to journalist Will Bunch, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, the show has a demographic heavier in younger viewers than other conservative pundits due to Jones “highly conspiratorial tone and Web-oriented approach”. Bunch has also stated that Jones “feed[s] on the deepest paranoia”. According to Alexander Zaitchik of Rolling Stone magazine, in 2011 he had a larger on-line audience than Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh combined.
But there are times when he frankly just misleads his audience and we will write about several of these times. Here is an early one in order for you to get the idea of what this man does. And he is a Trump supporter.
Jones has been able to live this one down only because it happened before his rise in popularity and because most of the clips have disappeared. However at the turn of the Millennium when the MSM was losing their minds over the Y2K bug – which was going to wipe out computers that could not process the date correctly. Jones at the time was only 25 and decided to add to the hysteria by telling listeners that the entire western society was collapsing.
Jones started broadcasting that a Pennsylvania nuclear plant had experienced insulator failure (a minor and common issue) was being shut down because of Y2K. The military was rolling into Austin, Texas to stop rioters and were being locked up in an old airport. FEMA was on the threshold of taking over all AM and FM radio stations and the Russians were threatening nuclear was. He went so far that a fellow patriot Bill Cooper took him to task on his own radio program:
(this clip has a long introduce – keep with it as it will show an important point)
This is when Jones begin to understand how people could be motivated by fear!
Others will be published later. There are many examples where Jones just lies to his audiences and they believe him. He is almost like a cult leader and his audiences are so blind believing everything Jones says. These are the people who elected Donald Trump.