Rense's radio program and website promote fringe views such as 9/11 conspiracy theories, UFO reporting, paranormal phenomena, creation of diseases, chemtrails, animal rights, evidence of advanced ancient technology, emergent energy technologies, and alternative medicine. Rense has published political essays in support of Iran citing an anti-Iranian bias in the media.
Rense's first on-air experience came while he was a student at University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1994 Rense self-financed a radio show on Santa Barbara's KTMS. The show was originally broadcast as Sightings on the Radio—a direct reference to the television series Sightings. Around the year 2000 all references to Sightings were dropped and the current title was adopted.
The show was originally distributed by Premiere Radio Networks but was dropped in the late 1990s. Genesis Communications Network took over distribution and carried the show through August 2009 when Rense pulled the show from the network, accusing fellow GNC host Alex Jones of threatening his family. Jeff Rense Program is now streamed through Rense's personal website.
Jeff Rense Program topics and guests
Recurring themes on Jeff Rense Program are a mistrust of the establishment and theorizing about who was behind the September 11 attacks. Regular guests include conspiracy theorists, geopolitical experts, and ufologists. Notable guests have included Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, The Political Cesspool–host James Edwards, paranormal expert Brad Steiger, South African journalist Jani Allan, Jordan Maxwell, David Duke, and Devvy Kidd.
Criticism of anti-semitic content
The Anti-Defamation League determined that Rense promotes anti-semitic views, citing quotes from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, instances of Holocaust denial, and allegations that Jews perpetrated the 9/11 attacks.
Michael Goodspeed, a columnist published by Rense, disputed allegations of anti-Semitism: "If I believed there was even the remotest chance that Jeff was anti-Semitic, I would not even consider contributing to his website."
2015 automobile accident
In April 2015 Rense was involved in automobile accident, suffering broken bones and bruising to the brain.
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