The alt-right widely believes that Alex Jones is controlled opposition. That means he’s a master of the “limited hangout.” He gets part of the truth out, but not all of it. He also diverts attention away from some significant issues using showman tricks.
We have strong evidence that the federal government and the press do not tell the truth all the time. Thus, it’s reasonable to take evidence and form it into a theory about what is true.
The problem that arises is when a wild man like Jones takes a conspiracy theory and pushes it to the point of absurdity.
Yesterday, Alex was being wildly ridiculed for seemingly endorsing a guest’s theory that there are child sex slave colonies on Mars.
If a prominent figure said that pedophile rings operate in Washington, D.C., lots of people would nod their head up and down in agreement. That’s plausible. We’ve seen prominent Washington figures convicted of child sex crimes.
If in the next breath, that figure said that pedophile rings were operating on Mars, then a person might begin to have doubts about the first claim.
Infowars and Alex Jones support Trump and some conservative/libertarian causes. Normally that would be a good thing. But if the public perceives conservative figures, including Trump as loons because of Jones, then it becomes a bad thing.
Does Jones deliberately cultivate nutty conspiracy theories to discredit Trump and discredit the evidence for plausible alternate interpretations of what is going down in the world today?
Even in this age of free-flying conspiracy theories, this one’s a doozy.
On Thursday (June 29), a guest on Alex Jones’ radio show named Robert David Steele claimed that Mars is inhabited — by people sent to the Red Planet against their will.
“We actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20-year ride, so that once they get to Mars, they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony,” Steele told Jones, the founder of the controversial InfoWars website.
t’s unclear why this “ride” would last two decades; it takes just 6 to 9 months to reach Mars using current propulsion technology. Perhaps Steele believes that the kidnapped children return to Earth, as adults, 20 years after being spirited away?
Whatever the details may be, Jones seemed open to the possibility.
“Look, I know that 90 percent of the NASA missions are secret, and I’ve been told by high-level NASA engineers that you have no idea,” Jones told Steele, who the show billed as a “CIA insider.” “There is so much stuff going on.”
Jones went on to add that “clearly, they don’t want us looking into what is happening; every time probes go over, they turn them off.”
The Daily Beast did some due diligence on Steele’s assertion, contacting NASA for a comment.
“There are no humans on Mars. There are active rovers on Mars. There was a rumor going around last week that there weren’t. There are,” Guy Webster, a spokesman at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who specializes in the agency’s Mars-exploration activities, told The Daily Beast. “But there are no humans.”
Alex Jones has supported and promulgated conspiracy theories in the past. He has claimed, for example, that the December 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut — in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 27 people, including 20 first-graders — was a hoax.
Mars has proven to be fertile ground for conspiracy theorists over the years as well. There’s the famous “face on Mars,” of course. And more recently, UFO enthusiasts have claimed that NASA’s Curiosity rover has captured images of a variety of Red Planet animals that resemble rats, lizards, squirrels and crabs.
Jones avoids the Jewish Question, which is a prominent piece of glue holding the alt-right together. Avoiding the question doesn’t harm us as far as I can see. I don’t mind that very much since I can find information about the JQ elsewhere. But venturing to articulate theories that most people will mock does hurt us since Jones sort of claims to be one of us.
Except for fun now and then, let’s keep it focused on real issues here on earth.