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Alex Jones
Alex Jones thumbs up.jpg
Jones in 2009
Born Alexander Emerick Jones
(1974-02-11) February 11, 1974 (age 42)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Radio host, film producer
Known for Various conspiracy theories such as 9/11 Truth and New World Order theories
Political party Libertarian[1]
Religion Christianity (Protestantism[2])
Website infowars.com

Alexander Emerick "Alex" Jones (born February 11, 1974)[3] is an American radio show host, documentary filmmaker, writer,[4] and conspiracy theorist.[5][6][7] He hosts The Alex Jones Show from Austin, Texas, which airs on the Genesis Communications Network[8] and shortwave radio station WWCR[9] across the United States and online.[10][11] His website, InfoWars.com, is considered by U.S. News & World Report to be a fake news website.[12][13]

Jones has been the center of many controversies, including his statements about gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[14] He has accused the U.S. government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing,[15] the September 11 attacks[16] and the filming of fake Moon landings to hide NASA's secret technology.[17][18][19] He says that government and big business have colluded to create a New World Order through "manufactured economic crises, sophisticated surveillance tech and—above all—inside-job terror attacks that fuel exploitable hysteria".[20] Jones has described himself as a libertarian, paleoconservative and an "aggressive constitutionalist".[21][22] Jones has been described by others as conservative, right-wing, alt-right,[23] and a pro-Russia propagandist.[24]

New York magazine described Jones as "America's leading conspiracy theorist",[25] and the Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America".[26] When asked about these labels, Jones said that he is "proud to be listed as a thought criminal against Big Brother".[25]

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in 1974 in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in the Dallas suburb of Rockwall and the city of Austin, Texas. His father, David Jones, is a dentist and his mother is a homemaker.[15] In his video podcasts, he reports he is of Irish,[27] German, Welsh, mostly English, and partially Native American descent. He was a lineman on his high school's football team and graduated from Anderson High School in Austin in 1993.[15] As a teenager, he read Gary Allen's None Dare Call It Conspiracy, which had a profound influence on him and which he calls "the easiest-to-read primer on The New World Order".[28] After high school, Jones attended Austin Community College.[1]

Career[edit]

Jones began his career in Austin with a live, call-in format public-access cable television program.[29] In 1996, Jones switched format to radio, hosting a show named The Final Edition on KJFK (98.9FM).[30] Ron Paul was running for Congress and was a guest on his show several times.[31] In his early shows, Jones frequently talked about his belief that the United States government was behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing,[32] using the incident to put down a growing "states' rights movement".[33] In 1998, he released his first film, America Destroyed By Design.

In 1998, Jones organized a successful effort to build a new Branch Davidian church, as a memorial to those who died during the 1993 fire that ended the government's siege of the original Branch Davidian complex near Waco, Texas.[34] He often featured the project on his public-access television program and claimed that David Koresh and his followers were peaceful people who were murdered by Attorney General Janet Reno and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms during the siege.[30]

In 1999, he tied with Shannon Burke for that year's "Best Austin Talk Radio Host" poll, as voted by The Austin Chronicle readers.[35] Later that year, he was fired from KJFK-FM for refusing to broaden his topics. His views were making the show hard to sell to advertisers, according to the station's operations manager.[30] Jones stated: "It was purely political, and it came down from on high ... I was told 11 weeks ago to lay off Clinton to lay off all these politicians, to not talk about rebuilding the church, to stop bashing the Marines, A to Z."[30] He began spreading his show by Internet connection from his home.[32]

In early 2000, Jones was one of seven Republican candidates for state representative in Texas House District 48, an open swing district based in Austin, Texas. Jones stated that he was running "to be a watchdog on the inside"[36] but withdrew from the race after a couple of weeks.

In July, a group of Austin Community Access Center (ACAC) programmers claimed that Jones used legal proceedings and ACAC policy to intimidate them or get their shows thrown off the air.[37]

In 2001, his show was syndicated on approximately 100 stations.[32] After the 9/11 attack, Jones began to speak of a conspiracy by the Bush administration as being behind the attack, which caused a number of the stations that had previously carried him to drop his program, according to Will Bunch.[38]

On June 8, 2006, while on his way to cover a meeting of the Bilderberg Group in Ottawa, Jones was stopped and detained at the Ottawa airport by Canadian authorities who confiscated his passport, camera equipment, and most of his belongings. He was later allowed to enter Canada lawfully. Jones said about the reason for his immigration hold, "I want to say, on the record, it takes two to tango. I could have handled it better."[39]

On September 8, 2007, he was arrested while protesting at 6th Avenue and 48th Street in New York City. He was charged with operating a megaphone without a permit. Two others were also cited for disorderly conduct when his group crashed a live television show featuring Geraldo Rivera. In an article, one of Jones' fellow protesters said, "It was ... guerrilla information warfare."[40]

Radio and websites[edit]

The Alex Jones Show is broadcast nationally by the Genesis Communications Network to more than 90 AM and FM radio stations in the United States,[41] including WWCR, a shortwave radio station.[42] The Sunday show also airs on KLBJ. In 2010, the show attracted around 2 million listeners each week.[43]

According to journalist Will Bunch, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America,[44][45] the show has a demographic heavier in younger viewers than other conservative pundits due to Jones's "highly conspiratorial tone and Web-oriented approach". Bunch has also stated that Jones "feed[s] on the deepest paranoia".[38] According to Alexander Zaitchik of Rolling Stone magazine, in 2011 he had a larger on-line audience than Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh combined.[46]

Jones is the operator of several web sites, such as infowars.com and prisonplanet.com, centered on opinion pieces, news and information about civil liberties issues, global government, and a variety of current events topics.

Views[edit]

Jones during a 9/11 Truth movement event on September 11, 2007, in Manhattan.

Politics[edit]

Mainstream sources have described Jones as a conservative,[47][48][49][50] a right-wing conspiracy theorist,[51][52][53][54] a libertarian[55] and an outlet for pro-Russia propaganda.[24] However, Jones has described himself as a libertarian and denied being a right-winger.[56][57] He has also called himself a paleoconservative [58] and an "aggressive constitutionalist".[21][22]

Following the 2016 Republican National Convention, Jones and Roger Stone began plotting the removal of Ted Cruz from his Senate seat in 2018 via potential challengers Katrina Pierson and Dan Patrick.[59] Jones supports Donald Trump and has consistently denounced Hillary Clinton.[60]

Religion[edit]

Jones is a Christian and expresses high regard for the Bible, often citing its more prophetic books:[61] "I just want to try to be a pure and virtuous person. I want to try to transcend my flesh and be the true leader that we're all meant to be ... I feel the spirit of the Creator and it embraces me with chills ..."[62] He has stated that he believes Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to be possessed by demons, that they smell of sulfur and are perpetually swarmed by flies.[63]

However, he views organized religion as part of the New World Order, saying, "One of the biggest problems in the United States is organized religion. Not just Christians, but Hindus, Muslims, other people. The leaders of their denominations have been funded openly by governments and corporations to preach doctrines of submission to government, submission to tyranny."[64] He is also very critical of Pope Francis and considers him to be a socialist advocate of a global government and a global religion, but ignoring traditional Catholic issues, such as abortion.[65]

Controversies[edit]

Jones has been the center of many controversies, such as the one surrounding his actions and statements about gun control after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[14] He has accused the United States government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing[15] and the September 11 attacks.[16] Jones was in a "media crossfire" in 2011, which included criticism by Rush Limbaugh, when the news spread that Jared Lee Loughner, the perpetrator of the 2011 Tucson shooting, had been "a fan" of the 9/11 conspiracy film Loose Change of which Jones had been an executive producer.[46] During the 2016 presidential campaign Jones was attacked by Hillary Clinton by name in a speech in Nevada, after which Jones accused Clinton of lying about his stance on the Sandy Hook shooting.[66]

Television shows and interviews[edit]

In January 2013, Jones was invited to speak on Piers Morgan's show after promoting an online petition to deport Morgan because of his support of gun control laws.[67] The interview turned into "a one-person shoutfest, as Jones riffed about guns, oppressive government, the flag, his ancestors' role in Texan independence, and what flag Morgan would have on his tights if they wrestled."[67] The event drew widespread coverage,[67] and according to The Huffington Post, Morgan and others such as Glenn Beck "agreed that Jones was a terrible spokesman for gun rights".[68] Jones's appearance on the show was a top trending Twitter topic the following morning.[69]

On June 9, 2013, Jones appeared as a guest on the BBC's television show Sunday Politics, during a discussion about conspiracy theories surrounding the Bilderberg Group meetings with presenter Andrew Neil and journalist David Aaronovitch. A critic of such theories, Aaronovitch implied that they either do not exist or that Jones is a part of them himself. Jones began shouting and interrupting, and Andrew Neil ended the interview, describing Jones as "an idiot"[70] and "the worst person I've ever interviewed".[71][72] According to Neil on Twitter, Jones was still shouting until he knew that he was off-air.[70][71]

Media[edit]

Films[edit]

Alex Jones and fans at the Première of A Scanner Darkly, a film by Richard Linklater, in which Jones has a cameo[32]
Year Film Notes
1998 America: Destroyed by Design
1999 Police State 2000
1999 Are You Practicing Communism? Produced by Mike Hanson
2000 America Wake Up or Waco
2000 The Best of Alex Jones
2000 Dark Secrets Inside Bohemian Grove
2000 Police State II: The Takeover
2001 Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports: Exposed
2001 911 The Road to Tyranny: Special Emergency Release
2002 911 The Road to Tyranny
2002 The Masters of Terror: Exposed
2003 Matrix of Evil
2003 Police State 3: Total Enslavement
2004 American Dictators: Documenting the Staged Election of 2004
2005 Martial Law 9-11: Rise of the Police State
2005 The Order of Death
2006 TerrorStorm: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism
2007 Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement
2007 Endgame 1.5
2007 TerrorStorm: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism – Second Edition
2007 Loose Change: Final Cut by Dylan Avery Executive producer
2008 The 9/11 Chronicles: Part 1, Truth Rising
2008 Fabled Enemies by Jason Bermas Producer
2009 DVD Arsenal: The Alex Jones Show Vols. 1–3
2009 The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
2009 Fall of the Republic: Vol. 1, The Presidency of Barack H. Obama
2009 Reflections and Warnings: An Interview with Aaron Russo
2010 Police State IV: The Rise Of FEMA
2010 Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined by Jason Bermas Producer
2012 New World Order: Blueprint of Madmen
2012 Strategic Relocation Producer and director

Author[edit]

Year Book Publisher
2002 9-11: Descent Into Tyranny Progressive Press
2008 The Answer to 1984 Is 1776 The Disinformation Company

Film subject[edit]

Year Film Notes
2003 Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 by Stephen Marshall
2009 New World Order by Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel
2010 The Fall of America and the Western World by Brian Kraft

Acting[edit]

Year Film Role
2001 Waking Life Man in Car with P.A. (cameo)
2006 A Scanner Darkly Street Prophet (cameo)
2016 Amerigeddon United States Senator (cameo)

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