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How an unhinged Alex Jones helped usher in a new and dangerous era in American politics

Jones delivered millions of alienated voters to Trump, voters that he desperately needed to win the 2016 election. —

No 2650 Posted by fw, August 5, 2020 —

Below is my embedded video of Frontline’s blockbuster 54:37-minute documentary, United States of Conspiracy. Accompanying the video is a repost of Frontline’s original transcript to which I have added my own selection of 20 topical headings of personal interest, each with a time notation to facilitate its location in the video. (Note, the opening seconds of video included in the repost below are not included in Frontline’s transcript),

Here is a list of my 20 headings with time notations

01:16 — Alex Jones realizes he has played a role in Trump’s election
05:08 –- Alex Jones helped usher in a new and dangerous era in American politics
05:50 –- The story of how “unhinged” Alex Jones helped bring conspiracies into the mainstream
10:24 –- “Conspiracy theory” defined
10:46 — Jones’ manipulation of 9/11 tragedy elevates his website,
13:45 — With social media and the internet, Jones gets a hook into his audience
15:08 — The bigger his lies, the bigger his audience got, the crazier he got
16:11 –- Jones exploited his crazy audience by selling them crazy stuff
17:37 — Making “rock star” money, Jones decided to live like one
19:00 – Jones exploited the Sandy Hook tragedy by adding lie after outrageous lie
23:04 — Parents of 6-year old Sandy Hook causality became victim of Alex Jones’ vicious lies
25:33 — Sandy Hook controversy made Jones more popular than ever
26:37 — Jones exploits race, stoking fear of “mobs of Black people”
28:22 –- In 2015 Roger Stone, chairman of Trump’s campaign, hooked up with Jones’ “big platform” of millions
30:52 –- Recognizing the power of Jones’ massive audience, Trump makes a guest appearance
32:30 — Jones delivers millions of alienated voters to Trump, voters that he desperately needed to win the 2016 election
37:38 — Jones went all-in attacking Hillary Clinton, a “demon from hell”, linking her to a child sex ring in the basement of a pizza parlor
45:14 –- “… many Americans are susceptible to not just false information, but lies that they believe as truth”
45:45 — Facing a lawsuit, Jones claims a “psychosis” made him believe Sandy Hook tragedy was staged
50:11 — By 2020 Jones was exploiting the coronavirus pandemic – Trump’s Achilles heel?

To watch the video on You Tube’s website — without the transcript — click on the following linked title.


United States of Conspiracy, Frontline / You Tube video, July 28, 2020 (54:37-min)

0:20 – Opening music, video clips and accompanying commentary

Male voice: Government orchestrated…

Narrator: The alliance between the conspiracy theorists…

Male voice: He just kept adding more and more outrageous lies to the story.

Narrator: The dirty trickster [image of Roger Stone]

Male voice: Roger delivers legitimacy to Alex Jones and Jones delivers to Trump a disaffected voter

Narrator: The President of the United States — …will not let you down

Male voice: Now those ideas, which used to be on the fringe, are in the mainstream

Female voice: Conspiratorial thinking is a feature of this president.

Narrator: Now on Frontline: United States of Conspiracy

0:50 – Opening music and credits


1:16 — Alex Jones realizes he has played a role in Trump’s election

ALEX JONES: Ladies and gentlemen, it is 10:39 Central Standard Time, 11:39 Eastern. And Roger Stone, who worked in four administrations, been involved in nine campaigns, he’s here tonight.

Election night, 2016

ROGER STONE, Fmr. Trump political adviser: It’s a moment of enormous tension. I’m working the phones very aggressively, working my contacts.

ALEX JONES: But I’ve got to shake your hand. What a strong showing, regardless.

MORGAN PEHME, Co-director, “Get Me Roger Stone”: I was in the studio with Alex Jones and Roger on Election Day. And the metrics were off the charts about how many people were tuning in to InfoWars, numbers that were comparable to the networks.

NARRATOR: Alex Jones, extremist conspiracy theorist, had rallied his audience behind Donald Trump.

ALEX JONES: —is saying Trump is projected to win.

ROGER STONE: As the night drew on, it became clearer and clearer that Trump was likely to win.

MALE INFOWARS HOST: It is officially over. Pennsylvania has been called.

MORGAN PEHME: They had no idea whatsoever that Trump was going to win.

ALEX JONES: You’ve talked to the Trump campaign—

ROB JACOBSON, Fmr. InfoWars video editor: All of a sudden everybody was super-elated. We had some staff members that was just running around the office in a big circle. People were like, “Ahh!” Going crazy that night.

MALE NEWSREADER: Now you see him right there. He’s going to be speaking momentarily. He’s got his wife there. History has been made today.

ALEX JONES: Thank you. Here, cheers. Love you. Love you guys. Love all of you.

MORGAN PEHME: There was a combination of elation and confusion. And they realized that, oh, my God, we just played a role in making the president of the United States.

ALEX JONES: Here goes Trump. Turn it up. Donald J. Trump.

MALE NEWSREADER: He’s going up to the microphones, he’s going to be—

ALEX JONES: The Golden Toad.

MALE NEWSREADER: I assume he’ll mention the phone call he received.

ALEX JONES: Get ready, I tell you. He charges into a goblin’s nest.

ROGER STONE: This is amazing.

MALE NEWSREADER: —President-elect of the United States—

ALEX JONES: As long as he doesn’t kiss a goblin, goblin’s vomit, catch him in bed with a goblin.

ROGER STONE: I don’t think there’s any danger of that.

ALEX JONES: No. He defeated the goblins, he did it. Ha! Ha!

ANNA MERLAN, Author, “Republic of Lies”: Stone and Jones believed that they had been instrumental in getting Donald Trump elected, or that certainly they had driven successful narratives that helped to get him elected.

ROGER STONE: I was exhausted, but euphoric. Jones was exhausted, but he was downcast.

ALEX JONES: It’s almost 3 o’clock in the morning Central Time and we now have President elect-Donald Trump.

ROGER STONE: And I asked him why. And he said, “You don’t understand. This is just the beginning.”

ALEX JONES: Now we are bound forever. And if we don’t deliver this plan and free humanity, we will be bound to the ninth circle of hell. I’m bound to this truth and I will never stop delivering.

JOSH OWENS, Fmr. InfoWars video editor: In that moment it was visible that there was a reaction, because he started crying. I mean, his emotions were evident. They were streaming down his face.

ALEX JONES: I’ve said it. I’ve already run my course. I already know my entire life purpose has been completed. I will continue on, but now I realize I’ve won.

ANNA MERLAN: Alex Jones is part of a bigger phenomenon. What people like Alex Jones and others showed us is that conspiracy theories are an effective political tool. They work. They help shape elections. They help shape public discussion. They help people decide what to believe. Conspiracy theories work.

FEMALE NEWSREADER: All across the country, you will see a lot of conspiracy theories out there—

5:08 — Alex Jones helped usher in a new and dangerous era in American politics

NARRATOR: Alex Jones helped usher in a new and dangerous era in American politics

MALE NEWSREADER: American conspiracy theories are entering a dangerous new phase.

NARRATOR: One where the truth doesn’t matter.

ALEX JONES: COVID-19 is a ChiCom globalist bioweapon!

NARRATOR: Where political opponents treat each other as mortal enemies.

ALEX JONES: Hillary Clinton is a goddamned demon!

NARRATOR: Where lies and conspiracies flourish.

ALEX JONES: Pizzagate is real. Sandy Hook, it’s got “inside job” written all over it.

NARRATOR: “The United States of Conspiracy.”

MALE NEWSREADER: Deliberate disinformation across—

MALE NEWSREADER: —disinformation is having a devastating effect—

MALE NEWSREADER: —the same conspiracy theories that are being—

5:50 — The story of how “unhinged” Alex Jones helped bring conspiracies into the mainstream

NARRATOR: The story of how Alex Jones helped bring conspiracies into the mainstream began on the fringes of America in the 1990s.

ALEX JONES: All right, Austin—

NARRATOR: He was a late-night access TV personality in Austin, Texas, an obscure voice peddling outrage.

ALEX JONES: They are trying to make you dysfunctional. They are teaching you false thought systems, OK?

JONATHAN TILOVE, “Austin American-Statesman”: He began as sort of an underground phenomenon.

ALEX JONES: Society is insane to me, so I am insane to your average dumbbell.

JONATHAN TILOVE: People in Austin would sit home and get high in the middle of the night and watch this crazy guy vent about crazy stuff.

ALEX JONES: Hillary Clinton is a fascist worker of the Rockefeller-Rothschild—

NARRATOR: Unhinged conspiracy theory rants.

ALEX JONES: Biological attack is imminent, imminent!

NARRATOR: Political stunts.

ALEX JONES: —rally, they took me into custody and were going to arrest me for disturbing a public meeting.

MARK BANKSTON, Attorney, Houston, TX: He was on the fringe. It used to be that you would have to be somebody who was deep, deep into conspiracy culture to know who Alex Jones was. You’d have to know things about lizard people, or teleportation pads—these crazy, crazy conspiracy theories.

MALE VOICE [on phone]: If you’re a lunatic, Alex, then I want my sons and their sons to be lunatics just like you.

ALEX JONES: That’s what we need, lunacy!

MALE VOICE [on phone]: Yeah.

ALEX JONES: You know, the world is flat, didn’t you hear?

NARRATOR: As a boy in Texas, Jones was known as a troublemaker.

KELLY “VIOLET” JONES, Fmr. wife of Alex Jones: Alex inherently has a defiance of authority, so I think it appeals to him that he could maybe change the world in his own way.

MALE FEDERAL AGENT [on megaphone]: The time to come out is now.

NARRATOR: As a teenager—

MALE FEDERAL AGENT [on megaphone]: David, don’t do this to your people.

NARRATOR: —he became obsessed with a government raid on a cult compound in Waco, Texas.

NATE BLAKESLEE, “Texas Monthly”: He says that that opened his eyes. That he came away from that feeling like you weren’t getting the truth from mainstream media, and that the truth was out there, but it wasn’t being presented in the way it ought to be. And he says that’s what started him on his mission.

MALE INFOWARS ANNOUNCER: From his central Texas command center, deep behind enemy lines, the information war continues. It’s Alex Jones and the GCN Radio Network.

ALEX JONES: No longer is the new world order some foggy apparition over the next hill—

JON RONSON, BBC filmmaker: At the time InfoWars was broadcast from a child’s bedroom in his house, with little choo-choo train wallpaper and an “Empire Strikes Back” poster on the wall. And Alex is ranting down a little microphone in this child’s bedroom.

KELLY “VIOLET” JONES: – What about me? Because I’m a woman, I gotta stay?

NARRATOR: British filmmaker Jon Ronson is a renowned expert on extremism. He has been following Jones for more than 20 years.

JON RONSON: He was diagnosed as having narcissistic personality disorder [NPD]. And I think that’s a factor, because I think that people with NPD don’t need to care as much about the truth and about society as other people do. I think they consider themselves more important than the truth.

NARRATOR: Jones promoted anti-government conspiracy theories in a series of homemade films. He’d also use a growing radio show to allege, without evidence, secret plots in crisis after crisis.

ALEX JONES: The federal government financed and controlled this attack on the World Trade Center.

NARRATOR: The 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

ALEX JONES: Multiple bombs ripped through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building—

NARRATOR: The 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

ALEX JONES: —and as usual, federal fingerprints were all over this tragic event.

NARRATOR: He called them “false flags.”

ANNA MERLAN: A big element of Alex Jones’ show, and his theorizing generally, is that things are false flag attacks—that is, attacks perpetrated by the government or elements within the government to create fear, suspicion, division or to bring us under the sinister control of the “new world order” or the “one-world government.”

ALEX JONES: —to create yet another crisis, this time to usher in a police state and a war upon the American people.

NARRATOR: Jones’ rhetoric resonated with people around the country who were looking for answers.

10:24 – “Conspiracy theory” defined

NANCY ROSENBLUM, Co-author, “A Lot of People Are Saying”: Conspiracy theory is a theory. It’s an attempt to explain an event. And it says that things are not as they seem. And you explain it by picking up the dots, forming a pattern and showing that that pattern indicates malignant intent by powerful people acting covertly.

10:46 — Jones’ manipulation of 9/11 tragedy elevates his website,

NARRATOR: Then, a moment of trauma on live television.

MATT LAUER, “The Today Show”: We’re back at 8 o’clock on this Tuesday morning. It’s the 11th day of September 2001.

NARRATOR: As a confused country watched—

MATT LAUER: We’re going to go live right now and show you a picture of the World Trade Center, where I understand—do we have it? No, we do not. We have a breaking story, though. We’re going to come back with that in just a moment. First, this is “Today” on NBC.

NARRATOR: That day, broadcasting from Texas, Jones would seize on the tragedy.

MALE INFOWARS ANNOUNCER: You want answers? Well, so does he. He’s Alex Jones on the GCN Radio Network. And now, live from Austin, Texas—

NATE BLAKESLEE: Alex was immediately on the radio on all of his syndicated shows—

ALEX JONES: To bring you up to speed on what’s happened. At 8:50 a.m. EDT, plane hits World Trade Center. 9:30 Eastern, second jet crashes into World Trade Center.

NATE BLAKESLEE: —saying that this attack is an inside job. Yes, the towers fell, but they were not felled by terrorists. They were destroyed by the United States government as a pretext to impose martial law.

NARRATOR: Jones and other believers became known as the “9/11 truther movement.”

JON RONSON: Alex became the world’s leading 9/11 truther. And actually, everything just got worse and darker. 9/11 conspiracy theorists were vicious and brutal.

ALEX JONES: They’re either using provocateur Arabs and allowing them to do it or this is full complicity with the federal government. The evidence is overwhelming. To bring you up to speed on what’s happened—

NARRATOR: Even for the radio stations that had hosted Jones over the years, he’d gone too far this time.

YAMICHE ALCINDOR, “PBS NewsHour”: What you see after 9/11 is a country that is really, really hurting. People were grieving. Where it was a moment where people wouldn’t have imagined that you were going to take that moment, this national moment of mourning, and turn it into a conspiracy theory.

ALEX JONES: I’ll tell you the bottom line: 98% chance this was a government-orchestrated controlled bombing. I’ve been telling you this was going to happen. Just two weeks ago I put the—

NATE BLAKESLEE: Overnight, something like two-thirds of all the Genesis stations dumped him. And it seemed like it was going to be a disaster for his career. And at first it was.

NARRATOR: But it was 2001, and Alex Jones quickly found a new outlet, a new way to reach a like-minded audience: the anarchy of the web—

ALEX JONES: More terrorism is on the way. September 11 was only the latest in a long line of—

NARRATOR: —where the 9/11 truther movement was alive and well.

MARK BANKSTON: It was the manipulation of that national tragedy that really, really opened an eye for Jones about how he could get a hook into his audience.

NARRATOR: His website,, became a hub for conspiracy theories.

13:45 — With social media and the internet, Jones gets a hook into his audience

ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON, The New York Times: We all know a conspiracy theorist from the days before Twitter or Facebook. And those people were sort of isolated and shunned and everybody felt like they had their number. But with social media and the internet, they find each other.

ALEX JONES: You know why the Bush crime family and the CIA—

ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON: And they can push that message to millions of people.

ALEX JONES: You know why the big CFR takeover isn’t going to work? You know why?

CHRISTINA GREER, Author, “Black Ethnics”: The interesting thing about the internet is that it builds community. You can find people who feed into your negativity or your fears or your bigotry. And so that’s what Alex Jones has been able to do. I mean, he’s been able to mobilize people based on their fears—for many, their ignorance.

NARRATOR: As the tech giants grew—Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Instagram, Google’s YouTube—so did Alex Jones.

ANN COULTER, Author, “Slander”: Information that you—would been very hard to get before, it suddenly became easy.

ALEX JONES: We’re on the right side of history.

ANN COULTER: He wasn’t really my cup of tea. It was young men who liked him because he was wild and he was funny.

ALEX JONES: —Nellies, going, “Ah, kill everybody! I get off when I talk about—”

NARRATOR: His audience was mostly white men. It became known as “dude radio.”


NARRATOR: Every week millions watched his programs—

ALEX JONES: I mean, it’s just like scum, Nazi, filth, trash, garbage—

15:08 — The bigger his lies, the bigger his audience got, the crazier he got

NARRATOR: —and his conspiracy movies. It was the type of controversial content that generated clicks. The more outrageous, the better. The bigger the lie, the more clicks he got. And YouTube’s algorithms recommended his videos billions of times.

ALEX JONES: In the near future, Earth is dominated by a powerful world government.

ROB JACOBSON: His films got out to millions and millions and millions of people.

ALEX JONES: The dawn of a new dark age is upon mankind.

ROB JACOBSON: When we put out a film—I remember “Endgame” within something like six or seven days receiving like 30 million views. It was ridiculous. I just remember constantly refreshing and it going up by thousands every time I’d refresh.

ALEX JONES: Charlie’s tired of being held up like the devil. We’ve got the TSA putting their hand down people’s pants. covers it all. We’ve got the banks bankrupting the U.S.—

16:11 – Jones exploited his crazy audience by selling them crazy stuff

NARRATOR: Spreading wild conspiracy theories had made Jones a celebrity, but one question would not go away.

NATE BLAKESLEE: How much of what Alex says on the radio does he really believe? And is Alex really crazy? If he’s not crazy, and he says crazy things on the radio and on TV and on YouTube every day in order to exploit other people who are crazy to make money for himself, then that doesn’t look good at all.

ALEX JONES: —announce DNA Force, ladies and gentlemen.

NARRATOR: But it didn’t matter to Jones or his audience. He had found a winning formula.

NANCY ROSENBLUM: He is the exemplar of a conspiracy entrepreneur. There’s a whole new industry that’s grown up.

ALEX JONES: That’s my second dose today. I need to take it easy. [Laughs]

NANCY ROSENBLUM: He sells potency pills—he’s into virility. And he sells body armor and gold and other things.

ALEX JONES: —next generation in body armor.

NARRATOR: At, they sold gold, pills—

ALEX JONES: —giving children the boost they need.

NARRATOR: —and fear.

ALEX JONES: —radioactive contamination—

ANNA MERLAN: He was smart, because he correctly realized that he had to sell a product.

ALEX JONES: Wars are not cheap. Go check out the amazing specials—

ANNA MERLAN: Especially a survivalist product that people thought they would need under the coming nightmarish new world government, was very prescient.

ALEX JONES: My muscle mass increased, my stamina, my energy levels—

JON RONSON: Alex overnight made a huge amount of money.

ALEX JONES: The point is, I’m a big guy.

JON RONSON, Author, “Them”: I mean, somebody told me that he was bringing in like $100,000 a day.

ALEX JONES: I will only give you the maximum—

NARRATOR: It was rock star money.

ALEX JONES: —the maximum truth.

17:37 — Making “rock star” money, Jones decided to live like one

NARRATOR: He decided to live like one.

ALEX JONES: —because I!

KELLY “VIOLET” JONES: We went from the little house to the slightly bigger house to a really nice house to multiple houses. And you get all this money, and Alex always wanted more and more and more. And I was like, “Alex, what are you doing? We don’t even do these things.”

ALEX JONES: Whey protein—

NATE BLAKESLEE: Somewhere along the line he started making an awful lot of money. And so once that started happening, even if he had stopped becoming a believer, there was a very powerful incentive to continue doing what he was doing.

ALEX JONES: I will go to—I will go to hell before I sit here and I watch this country and the world turned over to these savages!

NARRATOR: Jones’ audience was insatiable. And he delivered.

ALEX JONES: Let me tell me something, you filthy traitors of the government. You pieces of crap!

NARRATOR: More conspiracy. More controversy. More crisis.

ALEX JONES: I’ve had enough of these people, OK? So I’ve been containing this for the last week, that’s why I’ve been in here sweating.

MORGAN PEHME: If you are always on the radio, if you are always on television, you always have to top yourself. You have to create a more wild, more extreme conspiracy theory to keep your audience engaged. You can’t just keep coming out with the same line every single day. And so you force—you are compelled to push yourself to ever-greater extremes.

19:00 – Jones exploited the Sandy Hook tragedy by adding lie after outrageous lie

MALE 911 OPERATOR: What’s your location and emergency?

FEMALE 911 CALLER: Sandy Hook School, I think there’s somebody shooting in here.

NARRATOR: For Alex Jones, there seemed to be no boundary to his increasingly extreme theories.

FEMALE 911 CALLER: They’re still shooting.

NARRATOR: No tragedy too awful to exploit.

MALE 911 CALLER: I believe there’s shooting at the front.

FEMALE 911 CALLER: Please hurry, please hurry!

ALEX JONES: Ladies and gentlemen, it is Friday, thank you so much for joining us, the 14th day of December 2012, and there is a reported school shooting in Connecticut.

MALE 911 CALLER: Please!

FEMALE VOICE [on radio]: I need assistance here immediately!

MALE VOICE [on radio]: OK, ma’am.

ALEX JONES: This is going to be a lot bigger than Columbine, and this is already 18 dead children.

NARRATOR: In the end, 27 killed, 20 of them elementary school children.

Jones seized on the deaths.

ALEX JONES: Boy, wouldn’t you know—I mean, it’s sick. You can go back in the last month, and I’ve said over and over again, and you watch, there’s going to be giant school shootings.

ROB JACOBSON: The moment you see a mass shooting event, the mindset inside is, it’s probably a false flag operation. It might not be, but it probably is.

ALEX JONES: If we start seeing telltale signs of it being staged, we’ll let you know. It has now come out that it was a government program and that person was in a mind-control program.

NANCY ROSENBLUM: And this is conspiracy without the theory. That dispenses with—blatantly dispenses with any evidence or argument. It lives by sheer assertion. No evidence. No argument.

ALEX JONES: —and the doctor he was under was a head Air Force mind-control doctor and he was involved in DARPA brain interface programs and told people he was under mind control in the jail.

MARK BANKSTON, Attorney, Sandy Hook parents: He just kept adding more and more and more outrageous lies to the story. All the pictures of the children inside of it were fake. It was all a CGI construction. For Jones, it didn’t matter how absurd each new layer got. He would put anything on the air, as long as it kept driving the Sandy Hook story.

ALEX JONES: Newtown destroys suspected Sandy Hook shooter’s home.

NARRATOR: Even inside InfoWars, some of Jones’ own staff worried about what he was saying.

ALEX JONES: —but the media still lies and says he did.

JOSH OWENS: Jones had no evidence whatsoever to prove that that didn’t happen. And he said it many times, because that’s just what fit into his worldview. That’s what—I mean, on some level, it felt like that’s what he wanted it to be.

NARRATOR: One of Jones’ employees, longtime editor Rob Jacobson, brought his concerns directly to Jones.

ROB JACOBSON: And I stopped him and I was like, “Alex, man, they’re going to come after you for Sandy Hook,” you know? I was like, “Look, man, you—this is crazy.” And he just stopped and looked at me with no reaction. He had nothing to say to me. He just stopped like a deer in the headlights.

NARRATOR: And he wasn’t alone.

MARK BANKSTON: I think it’s important to note the top editorial person inside of InfoWars desperately warned him and tried to get employees to help warn Alex Jones that what he was doing was very, very bad. He didn’t listen.

ALEX JONES: I’ve looked at it, and undoubtedly there’s a cover-up, there’s actors, they’re manipulating, they’ve been caught lying and they were preplanning before it and rolled out with it.

NARRATOR: Jones spared no one. He even went after the families.

YAMICHE ALCINDOR: And Alex Jones looks at those tiny caskets and these grieving parents and decides that he’s going to make their lives a living hell by selling this conspiracy theory that Newtown is all a fraud, and that all of these people are actors.

23:04 — Parents of 6-year old Sandy Hook causality became victim of Alex Jones’ vicious lies

NARRATOR: Six-year-old Noah Pozner was killed by the Sandy Hook shooter, but his family became a victim of Alex Jones.

LENNY POZNER, Sandy Hook parent: My wife at the time, Noah’s mother, did a few interviews, and she became a target. He accused her of being an actor.

VERONIQUE POZNER: I’m grieving, that’s all.

LENNY POZNER: That became one of the cornerstone conspiracy points for Sandy Hook.

VERONIQUE POZNER: Thank you. I’m going to need it. Thank you.

ALEX JONES: The whole thing was fake. I mean, even I couldn’t believe it. I knew they jumped on it, used the crisis, hyped it up. But then I did deep research, and, my gosh, it just pretty much didn’t happen.

NARRATOR: As Jones added fuel to the fire—

ALEX JONES: We’ve sent reporters up there, man, and that place is like “Children of the Corn” or something.

NARRATOR: —online conspiracy theorists were attacking the families.

MARK BANKSTON: From then on it was an absolute quest to destroy these parents.

MALE VOICE [reading online comment]: What a loser! Crisis actor trash.

MALE VOICE [reading online comment]: Oh, Lenny, you poseur. Take your life.

NARRATOR: It spread on the web—YouTube, Reddit and 4chan.

MALE VOICE [reading online comment]: What kind of faggot name is Noah Pozner?

MALE VOICE [reading online comment]: —probably to a f—— kibbutz just outside of Tel Aviv—

LENNY POZNER: They’re haters. They’re fools. They’re trolls. Anything they can do to trigger trouble in my life, they have done.

NARRATOR: Pozner changed addresses many times, tried to hide his identity. Still, they found him.

LENNY POZNER: I got a call from someone and I had just moved into a new apartment. He read me the address that I had just moved into and he read me my Social Security number.

MARK BANKSTON: A woman began stalking Mr. Pozner and his family in south-central Florida, started threatening their lives.

Police recording

LUCY RICHARDS: You’re going to die you motherf—— n—–. K—. Jew bastard.

NARRATOR: She was an avid follower of Jones and InfoWars.

MARK BANKSTON: And she was soon sent to federal prison for what she was doing. Mr. Jones knew this, he understood this, he absolutely knew what was happening. He wanted Lenny Pozner to suffer harm.

NARRATOR: Pozner now lives in hiding.

JOSH OWENS: Whatever is happening to these families, clearly it didn’t mean anything to him. It’s obvious that Jones isn’t remorseful or apologetic for any of the things that those families had to endure from the words that he dispelled or the ideas that he spread. I genuinely don’t think he cares.

25:33 — Sandy Hook controversy made Jones more popular than ever

NARRATOR: People close to Jones were appalled about what he had done. It was the last straw for his wife, Kelly.

KELLY “VIOLET” JONES: I was very disgusted by what he said. I think I definitely told him, like, “What are you doing? Why are you doing this?” And they were just so excited that they were getting so many views or whatever that they continued to do this.

NARRATOR: They filed for divorce in 2013 and have been in a bitter, sometimes public, feud ever since.

ALEX JONES: Isn’t it fortuitous that we are—

MALE NEWSREADER: The king of conspiracy, radio show host Alex Jones.

FEMALE NEWSREADER: Alex Jones, the king of all internet conspiracies—

NARRATOR: The controversy over Sandy Hook had made Jones bigger than ever.

MALE NEWSREADER: And Alex Jones is pushing a lot of buttons—

NARRATOR: He was now tapping into not just the conspiracy world, but the country’s culture wars and growing populist anger.

ALEX JONES: —because the answer to their 1984 slavery—

NARRATOR: In hard-right politics, he was becoming a player.

ALEX JONES: —total fraud, and the minute people are aware of it, it’s over for you.

26:37 — Jones exploits race, stoking fear of “mobs of Black people”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear—

NARRATOR: And in the country’s first Black president, Jones had another target.

ALEX JONES: You know, the first Black president, from Kenya, born in Kenya. Boom!

NARRATOR: Jones pushed the discredited “birther” theory, questioning President Obama’s citizenship.

YAMICHE ALCINDOR: In birtherism, what you see is a group of Americans who resent the fact that there is an African American president in the White House.

ALEX JONES: Boom! We’re told there is no long-form, it doesn’t exist. Oh, yeah, here it is. It’s fake.

YAMICHE ALCINDOR: And Alex Jones and all sorts of other people, they hand them this excuse, that is, well, he wasn’t born in this country, and this is really all a lie, and that he is actually not who he says he is.

ALEX JONES: This is how they try to start the revolution.

YAMICHE ALCINDOR: Alex Jones appeals to the worst parts of society, and he looks for all the terrible things in society— racism, sexism, misogyny—and he exploits them for his own benefit.

ALEX JONES: This is what they’re trying to get going. This is a race war. This is exactly what we predicted.

NARRATOR: Jones unabashedly exploited race, stoking fear.

ALEX JONES: —of nothing but white people’s cars being stopped by mobs of Black people.

NARRATOR: Sounding alarms.

ALEX JONES: —record numbers of Muslims are being brought in from countries known to be radicalized and who want to attack—

CHRISTINA GREER: Alex Jones is able to tap into some real deep, dark fears that white Americans explicitly have about the future of their country, who’s in it, who’s controlling it and their placement in it.

NARRATOR: He was promoting a politics of conspiracy and lies that would find its moment in 2015—

MALE INFOWARS ANNOUNCER: Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. It’s Alex Jones.

28:22 – In 2015 Roger Stone, chairman of Trump’s campaign, hooked up with Jones’ “big platform” of millions

NARRATOR: —when he invited a special guest on his program.

ALEX JONES: He’s written the New York Times best-selling book, “The Men Who Killed Kennedy.” You’ve probably heard of Good to see you again, buddy.

ROGER STONE: Alex, great to see you, thanks for having me.

ROB JACOBSON: Nobody had any idea at that point that this is somebody that would be coming back again and again and again.

ROGER STONE: Well, Alex, first of all I want to thank you, because nobody has been more effective in terms of revealing the secret game plan of the party kingmakers.

NARRATOR: Roger Stone was a notorious political operator.

AMANDA ROBB, “Rolling Stone”: Roger Stone is a self-described “dirty trickster.”

NARRATOR: A career dating back to Richard Nixon.

AMANDA ROBB: He has a tattoo of Nixon on his back.

MORGAN PEHME: Roger is singular in the political landscape. He is a bodybuilding, pot-smoking, dandy swinger who has had a profound impact upon shaping all of our lives through his savvy and cunning as a political consultant.

ALEX JONES: He was the chairman of Donald Trump’s exploratory campaign. He talked to Trump this morning. You were telling me off-air Trump’s for real.

ROGER STONE: Oh, there’s no question.

NARRATOR: In 2015, Stone had an insight: that Alex Jones’ audience could help Donald Trump.

ROGER STONE: You can’t buy Trump, you can’t bully Trump. Alex Jones is a character. And he has a very, very large, very, very loyal following out there in the blogosphere.

ALEX JONES: Let’s speak of the devil. “Hillary Clinton for Prison” shirts, we’re only selling it, limited edition.

ROGER STONE: His people are very dedicated. They’re very loyal.

ALEX JONES: It just looks like a campaign shirt, “Hillary Clinton for Prison 2016.”

JOSH OWENS: Stone was getting a big platform out of Jones.

ALEX JONES: Where do you want to start, Mr. Stone?

JOSH OWENS: Stone could come on Jones’ show and talk to what would ultimately be millions of people. I think that Jones was getting some type of validation from Stone.

ROGER STONE: They can call us conspiracy theorists—as you know that’s a way to try to discredit us. All we are is truth-tellers. We speak from the heart, like Donald Trump. We speak from the heart and let the chips fall where they may.

NARRATOR: As the first Republican primaries approached, Donald Trump was a long shot. Stone wanted him to make an important connection.

30:52Recognizing the power of Jones’ massive audience, Trump makes a guest appearance

ALEX JONES: Well, I don’t usually get butterflies about a guest on the show. Donald Trump is our guest, ladies and gentlemen, for the next 30 minutes or so. He is the leading 2016 Republican presidential contender. Donald Trump.

ROGER STONE: It was a signal to Jones’ literally millions of followers that Trump was the man to support in the Republican primary.

ALEX JONES: And I’ve got so many questions. But first off, Donald, thank you for joining us.

DONALD TRUMP: Thank you, Alex. Great. Great to be with you.

ROBERT BARNES, Attorney, Alex Jones: Trump recognized the power of Alex Jones’ audience and Alex Jones’ base and had mirrored a lot of Alex Jones’ policies and rhetoric in achieving—in getting to that front-runner status in the first place.

ALEX JONES: I know now from top people that you actually are for real.

MORGAN PEHME: Alex was only too happy to play sycophant.

ALEX JONES: —is epic. It’s George Washington-level, and you understand that office.

MORGAN PEHME: And Trump basked in the glow of his adulation. And so I think it was purely transactional, and it worked out great for both of them.

DONALD TRUMP: I just want to finish by saying your reputation’s amazing. I will not let you down. You will be very, very impressed, I hope.

NANCY ROSENBLUM: He said, “I have so much admiration for you. You have such an audience.” I mean, this is what Trump cared about. “You have such influence. We’re going to be talking a lot. I’m going to be relying on you.”

ALEX JONES: I hope you can help uncripple America. Thank you so much, sir. You will be attacked for coming on, and we know you know that. Thank you.

DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much.

YAMICHE ALCINDOR: Alex Jones, like President Trump, they come from this fringe. They come from a place that people maybe poked fun of them. They come from this place where people maybe didn’t take them seriously. But they claw their way to the center of American politics.

ROGER STONE: They’ve destroyed our economy.

32-40 — Jones delivered millions of alienated voters to Trump, voters that he desperately needed to win the 2016 election

MORGAN PEHME: Roger delivers legitimacy to Alex Jones, and Alex Jones delivers to Trump a disaffected voter that Trump desperately needed to bring to the polls in order to win. And that was, I think in a lot of ways, the difference-maker.

NARRATOR: Jones boasted about his impact on the candidate.

ALEX JONES: And I’ll tell you, it is surreal to talk about issues here on air and then word for word hear Trump say it two days later.

ROB JACOBSON: I mean, sometimes it was verbatim. Like, “Really, Trump? Really? You’re taking his word for it? You don’t have anybody else around you?”

ALEX JONES: As we’ve been saying for three years, Hillary is the founder of ISIS, along with Obama.

DONALD TRUMP: He founded ISIS, and I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.

ALEX JONES: “Was Cruz’s Father Linked to the JFK Assassination? Cuban hired by Lee Harvey Oswald bears striking resemblance to Cruz.”

DONALD TRUMP: You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous—

ROB JACOBSON: I think it was a super power trip for Alex that was irresistible.

ALEX JONES: So he’s going to use executive orders to go after our guns.

DONALD TRUMP: The president’s thinking about signing an executive order where he wants to take your guns away, you hear this one?

JOSH OWENS: Someone in the mainstream, Trump, using the words that Jones had been using for decades, I think that emboldened Jones, and it changed him as a personality.

ALEX JONES: These people are not fricking humans, OK? Hillary Clinton is a demon damned to hell!

DONALD TRUMP: He made a deal with the devil. She’s the devil. He made a deal with the devil. It’s true.

JON RONSON, Author, “The Elephant in the Room”: The big shock was Alex having the ear of a president-to-be. That was the biggest shock. Of all the people I’ve interviewed over 35 years, I can think of a lot of people I would rather have the president’s ear than Alex Jones. [Laughs] It’s a bit of a shame that one of the most spiraling people I’ve ever met is the one who’s influencing Trump.

MALE NEWSREADER: Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio, tomorrow.

MALE NEWSREADER: —eyes on Cleveland, the 2016 Republican National Convention.

MALE NEWSREADER: Republican establishment—

NARRATOR: Almost two decades after peddling conspiracy theories on late-night cable TV—

ALEX JONES: All right, let’s just cover this thing.

NARRATOR: —Alex Jones arrived at the Republican National Convention.

JOSH OWENS: That summer was particularly important for Jones because he was on the rise at the time.

MALE RNC ATTENDEE: I’ve come to see Alex Jones, put that on CNN. Ha ha!

ALEX JONES: God bless you, brother.

MALE RNC ATTENDEE: God bless you, Alex. Thank you.

ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON: Normally you would expect Alex Jones to be outside the barricades with a bullhorn. But all of a sudden, there he was, making his way through. He was a part of things, because this was an administration that not only embraces people like him and like Roger Stone and people who were kind of, you know, practicing the sort of conspiratorial dark arts. Conspiratorial thinking is a feature of this president.

NARRATOR: Inside the convention, Jones immediately sought out controversy.

MALE VOICE: It’s white males—

NARRATOR: He crashed the set of a live left-wing television show.

CENK UYGUR, Host, “The Young Turks”: —is that it overcomes every other demographic advantage Hillary has.

ALEX JONES: I’m going to come sit in your lap.

MALE HOST, “The Young Turks”: Oh. Jesus, come on.

CENK UYGUR: Hey, Alex Jones, how you doing?

ALEX JONES: How’s it going, man? Good to see you, man.


MALE HOST, “The Young Turks”: OK, here—


ALEX JONES: I got something for you right here. It’s rape. It’s Bill Clinton. It says “rape.”

JOSH OWENS: Jones had a contentious relationship with “The Young Turks.”


JOSH OWENS: They both decided to interrupt their live show.

CENK UYGUR: First of all, Alex, this ain’t your f—— show. Roger, this certainly ain’t your f—— show.

JOSH OWENS, Fmr. InfoWars cameraman: There were people everywhere.

ALEX JONES: Are you afraid to debate him?

CENK UYGUR: I’m not afraid to debate him!

JOSH OWENS: And I remember trying to hold my camera up to film what was going on. There were people scrambling everywhere, people screaming at each other.

CENK UYGUR: First of all, let me explain something all right ? This is bulls—!

JOSH OWENS: I mean, it was a spectacle. It was ridiculous.

MALE HOST, “The Young Turks”: No, Cenk! Relax!

CENK UYGUR: We’re against Saudi Arabia, you dumbass! We talk about that all the time!

JOSH OWENS: But, I mean, honestly, that was par for the course. That was daily life with Jones.

CENK UYGUR: You don’t know s—. What do you think, the lizard people are in charge? Is that what you think?

ALEX JONES: No. And you’re pissed because we’re kicking your ass.

JOSH OWENS: For him, it was always like, “Let’s create chaos.”

CENK UYGUR: It’s bulls—!

JOSH OWENS: Because chaos is entertaining, and people are going to tune into that.

MORGAN PEHEME: And they just decided to go for it. They had a preternatural sense that that would be a big to-do. The objective is always to get clicks, to get eyeballs and to convert that into financial gain.

NARRATOR: Chaos. Conflict. Conspiracy. In 2016, Jones and Stone were rewriting the playbook of American politics.

ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON: And that was another moment where you realized, this whole landscape has changed. And these individuals that could so easily be dismissed have become a force to be reckoned with.

37:38 — Jones went all-in attacking Hillary Clinton, a “demon from hell”, linking her to a child sex ring in the basement of a pizza parlor

ALEX JONES: —never a “lesser of two evils” person, but with Hillary, there’s not even the same universe. I mean, she is an abject, psychopathic, demon from hell.

NARRATOR: With Election Day looming, on InfoWars, Jones went all-in attacking Hillary Clinton.

NANCY ROSENBLUM: People loved this conspiracist claim. If you needed more to lock her up, here was the more. But it was really a portrait of her as a woman who would do anything. Anything.

ALEX JONES: I will warn you, this story that’s been the biggest thing on the internet is a rabbit hole that is horrifying to go down. Now, this is tied into Podesta with thousands of emails with, “We’re going to have the 6-year-old, the 7-year-old, the 8-year-old—”

NARRATOR: It was an internet conspiracy theory, sparked by stolen emails from Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta claiming that references to “cheese pizza” were code for “child pornography.”


MALE INFOWARS ANNOUNCER: Why did the Podesta emails mention the code word “pasta” for either “little boy” or “sex” 78 times, code word “cheese” for “little girl” 85 times?

ANNA MERLAN: They were ready to believe just about anything about Hillary Clinton.

MALE INFOWARS ANNOUNCER [reading online comment]: Do you think I’ll do better playing dominos on cheese than on pasta?

ANNA MERLAN: The belief that evildoers are meeting in secret to abuse children is really old. It’s the blood libel. The best-known example of that is from the Middle Ages. It’s the idea that Jews were meeting in secret to murder Christian children and use their blood in rituals. And we can see elements of the blood libel in a lot of conspiracy theories, even through the present day.

NARRATOR: On Twitter they called the blood libel “#Pizzagate.”

ANNA MERLAN: Pizzagate has elements of blood libel within it.

NARRATOR: The allegation: a child sex ring run out of the basement of a D.C. pizza parlor.

MALE VOICE: So Comet Ping Pong is right here in this plaza.

NARRATOR: Comet Ping Pong.

ALEX JONES: Wikileaks have come out with Podesta going to rituals where they drink blood and urine and semen.

AMANDA ROBB: Oh, my gosh, Jones is having the time of his life.

ALEX JONES: Yes, I have a responsibility to cover it, and yes, it’s important—

AMANDA ROBB: I mean, he was in high dudgeon .

ALEX JONES: [Cries] They hurt children, folks.

AMANDA ROBB: He’s crying. He’s weeping. Where like, “This is pure evil.”

ALEX JONES: —cover Pizzagate, we have covered it, we are covering it, and all I know is, God help us, we’re in the hands of pure evil.

AMANDA ROBB: And it ran constantly, because it was a ratings-getter.


ALEX JONES: When I think about all the children Hillary Clinton has personally murdered and chopped up and raped—

NARRATOR: His profile raised by Trump and Stone, Jones was known as a “super-spreader,” a megaphone for internet lies and misinformation.

ALEX JONES: I just can’t hold back the truth anymore. Hillary Clinton is one of the most vicious serial killers the planet’s ever seen.

AMANDA ROBB: A match was struck on Alex Jones’ show and it goes from zero to 100 on Google Trends, 96 hours.

ALEX JONES: Thousands of emails! I’m not ready to accuse these people of this. It’s up to you to research it for yourself, but you’ve got to—

ROB JACOBSON: Yeah, Alex would always encourage people, like, “I can’t do this alone.” He would always encourage people to go out and do those things by themselves.

NARRATOR: Some of them took matters into their own hands.


MICHAEL ISIKOFF, Host, “Conspiracyland” podcast: A volunteer firefighter in North Carolina, Edgar Maddison Welch, hears the stories about Pizzagate being promoted by Alex Jones and others and decides somebody has to do something about it. Somebody has to save these kids.

EDGAR MADDISON WELCH: I love y’all more than anything in this world.

AMANDA ROBB: He’s basically making a goodbye video to his two daughters, in the car, on the way driving north on 95.

EDGAR MADDISON WELCH: I can’t let you grow up in a world that’s so corrupt by evil.

AMANDA ROBB: I mean, he believed it.

EDGAR MADDISON WELCH: I hope you understand that one day.

MICHAEL ISIKOFF: So this guy Welch—

EDGAR MADDISON WELCH: I love all y’all.

MICHAEL ISIKOFF: —armed with an assault rifle, barges into the restaurant on a Sunday afternoon, fires two shots as he goes looking for the mythical basement where the kids are supposedly being trafficked. And, of course, never finds it.

NARRATOR: Welch discovered there was no basement.


NARRATOR: No pedophile ring.

MALE POLICE OFFICER: Get on the ground. Lay prone on the ground.

NARRATOR: Welch would later tell a New York Times reporter, “The intel on this wasn’t 100%.”

DANIEL JONES, Fmr. Senate Intel. Cmte. investigator: These conspiracies, some may think, “Well, they’re harmless.” But then we have somebody who shows up at a pizza establishment with a weapon. I mean, they’re—people will act on these things. We will see violence from this sort of stirring up of hatred and division. And the Pizzagate conspiracy theory is Exhibit A.

ALEX JONES: I’m going to read to you from a statement that’s also posted to that I wrote yesterday.

NARRATOR: Under legal threat from the owner of Comet Ping Pong, Alex Jones would eventually retract his Pizzagate claims.

ALEX JONES: In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments that in hindsight I regret and for which I apologize to him.

NARRATOR: Alex Jones had become a powerful and dangerous voice, his influence confirmed with the inauguration in 2017.

FEMALE NEWSREADER: Final preparations are underway for the inauguration today—

MALE NEWSREADER: —set to become America’s 45th president today.

FEMALE NEWSREADER: —beginning a new era, a new Trumpian era—

NARRATOR: He’d reached the center of American politics and power.

MALE NEWSREADER: Live in Washington, D.C., here is Alex Jones.

ALEX JONES: To make America great again, and the whole rest of the planet, and have a new age of trade, low taxes and peace.

ROGER STONE: Economic growth and peace. Today is a victory for the revolution. Let’s get in there.

MALE NEWSREADER: This is a giant playground for fans of conspiracy theories.

NARRATOR: Conspiracy theories were now emanating directly from the White House.

FEMALE NEWSREADER: He had a larger inaugural crowd than Barack Obama—

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: If they spied on my campaign, it will be one of the great revelations.

NARRATOR: As president, Trump veered from one unsupported claim to the next.

FEMALE NEWSREADER: —claimed up to 5 million illegal votes cost him the popular vote.

FEMALE NEWSREADER: —facing backlash tonight for his denial of Hurricane Maria’s death toll.

YAMICHE ALCINDOR: President Trump is someone who has realized that conspiracy theories work for him. If he’s going to be able to keep his base happy, he has to continue to feed them red meat. And that red meat consists, a lot of times, of conspiracy theories.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, they say the noise causes cancer. You tell me that one, OK?

FEMALE NEWSREADER: —windmills cause cancer, but for fact’s sake, that is just not true.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No collusion, there was no obstruction, everybody knows it. It’s all a big hoax. It’s—I call it “the witch hunt.” It’s all a big hoax.

MALE NEWSREADER: —uranium deal to Russia with Clinton help and Obama administration knowledge is the biggest story that fake media doesn’t want to follow.

FEMALE NEWSREADER: Trump is spreading a conspiracy theory about—

NARRATOR: Jones was on a high.

ALEX JONES: They write my stuff into speeches and Trump approves it. It’s like, with Trump, when he goes, “OK, yeah, that, that’s right.” I have these conversations with Trump, I start talking, he finishes the sentence. I finish the sentence. It’s weird, man. It’s weird.

45:14 – “…  many Americans are susceptible to not just false information, but lies that they believe as truth”

CHRISTINA GREER: And so someone like Alex Jones, who can come in with wild theories and Donald Trump repeats it as fact. You have newspapers printing it as fact. You have media and television shows repeating it as though it’s fact. And then you have Donald Trump tweeting it as though it’s as fact. We are in a position where many Americans are susceptible to not just false information, but lies that they believe as truth.

45:45 — Facing a lawsuit, Jones claims a “psychosis” made him believe Sandy Hook tragedy was staged

NARRATOR: But with influence came a new level of scrutiny.

Deposition testimony

FEMALE VOICE: Would you raise your right hand, please? You do solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?


FEMALE VOICE: Thank you.

NARRATOR: Those parents from Sandy Hook had been pursuing him in court.

LENNY POZNER: I simply had enough, and that was what needed to be done. I’m proud of bringing the lawsuit. It brought a lot more attention to who he really is and what his show represents.

MARK BANKSTON: Can you now admit that you’ve done an outrageous wrong to these parents? Can you admit that?

ALEX JONES: You know, the mainstream media is who always takes it and makes it a huge issue and then says that I’m saying it and gets me to respond. And it’s lawyers like you and people that glom onto this for fame that then try to get the fame and then say that I’m the person that’s promoting it. And it’s obscene, in my view.

NARRATOR: It was at this point that Jones shocked Pozner’s attorney.

MARK BANKSTON: Mr. Jones claimed that the reason that he said that Sandy Hook was fake is because he was suffering from a kind of psychosis.

ALEX JONES: That I’ve—I, myself, have almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged, even though I’ve now learned a lot of times things aren’t staged.

MARK BANKSTON: Because it wasn’t just about Sandy Hook. What he was saying is that, “There’s a psychosis I have, some form of psychosis that makes me believe that every event is staged.”

ALEX JONES: My opinions have been wrong, but they were never wrong consciously to hurt people.

MARK BANKSTON: For Jones, it’s a universal pass.

NARRATOR: Under oath, Jones made a reluctant admission.

ALEX JONES: And so, over the years, I’ve—especially as it became a huge issue—had time to really retrospectively think about it, and as the whole thing matured, had a chance to believe that children died, and it’s a tragedy.

LENNY POZNER: As far as I’m concerned, I’ve already won. Having Alex Jones admit under oath that Noah did die the way it was reported, in his school, that’s a victory for me.

NARRATOR: The lawsuits would continue.

MALE NEWSREADER: Alex Jones banned from Facebook and from YouTube—

NARRATOR: But they were just the beginning of Jones’ problems.

MALE NEWSREADER: Alex Jones has been deleted, digitally deplatformed.

FEMALE NEWSREADER: Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Pinterest and LinkedIn have all removed—

NARRATOR: Jones took his case to Washington.

ALEX JONES: They’re going to have the heads of Facebook and Twitter up there.

NARRATOR: He had been de-platformed—banned by the social media giants for dehumanizing language, glorifying violence, hate speech.

ALEXANDREA MERRELL, Author, “Stand Up to Stalking”: There was a backlash. There was a backlash where people started to really try to examine this person. They started to review, internally, are we monetizing this guy? Are we supporting the horrible things that he’s doing?

NARRATOR: Jones tried to portray it as a conspiracy by the deep state and globalists.

ALEX JONES: I am here because there is a concerted effort by the Democratic Party, multinational corporations and Big Tech to silence conservative and nationalist and populist voices. That’s why I’ve been targeted.

MALE CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER: Sir? Excuse me. Can you step this way for me, please?

ALEX JONES: So, I can’t have a press conference. As you can see, in America, cannot face my accusers.

MARK BANKSTON: The tech giants were incredibly slow to respond to what Mr. Jones was doing. They were more than happy to allow Mr. Jones to make money for their platforms, causing mayhem and hysteria. They were absolutely happy to do it. And at some point, it became too much for them. And some of it became this lawsuit, some of it became Mr. Jones’ conduct.

NARRATOR: Those around Jones saw something else: revenge from the left for Jones’ alliance with Trump.

ROBERT BARNES: My own view is that it has the fingerprints of an organized attack. Within two years of Trump’s election, he faces an onslaught of lawsuits from all across the country like the kind he had never faced before. And he is completely removed from almost every social media platform, and his voice is censored or silenced. It’s an unprecedented attack on any individual that I’ve ever witnessed.

50:11 — By 2020 Jones was exploiting the coronavirus pandemic – Trump’s Achilles heel?

NARRATOR: By 2020, Alex Jones was exploiting another national tragedy: the coronavirus pandemic.

ALEX JONES: —globalists inside our government to create the fear and allow the nation to never reopen. This is a ChiCom globalist bioweapon meant to shut down our economy!

NARRATOR: Fear. Economic collapse. Partisan division.

ALEX JONES: 1776 is alive and well!

CROWD [chanting]: USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

NARRATOR: And he was still in lockstep with the president.

ALEX JONES: Don’t they know they will be blamed later? The Democratic Party, the liberals, are cheering this virus.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it.

NARRATOR: And soon race would emerge again, too.

ALEX JONES: George Floyd, bombed out of his brain on fentanyl, died. So, what’s all this so-called rioting about? It’s not about injustice. It’s about control and power.

CROWD [chanting]: Black lives matter! Black lives matter!

NARRATOR: All fuel for the fire, stoked by Trump and Jones.

FEMALE NEWSREADER: —but they want to keep us locked in our homes.

MALE NEWSREADER: —is a ChiCom laboratory experiment—

MALE NEWSREADER: And guess what? After Nov. 3, coronavirus will magically all of a sudden go away—

NANCY ROSENBLUM: Conspiracism has become a recognized and accepted way of exercising political power.

MALE NEWSREADER: A lot of people are saying it may have been a biological weapon that potentially may have leaked out of Wuhan—

NANCY ROSENBLUM: Creates a kind of polarization in the population that’s much deeper than partisan polarization.

MALE NEWSREADER: George Floyd was actually killed three years ago in Texas—

MALE NEWSREADER: —white supremacist organizations as being responsible for some of the violence.

NANCY ROSENBLUM: It’s a polarization about what it means to know something.

MALE NEWSREADER: Total population control is what the national security—

NANCY ROSENBLUM: I think it’s likely to spread across the political spectrum.

MALE NEWSREADER: A foreign government could try to steal the election by printing absentee and mail-in ballots.

NANCY ROSENBLUM: And whether it returns to the fringes or not will depend on whether people in office can resist using it.


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