Following reports that President Obama was considering proposals to strengthen U.S. gun laws, right-wing media figures likened the Obama administration to Nazi Germany and compared Obama to dictators like Hitler and Stalin.
From the January 8 edition of CNN's The Situation Room:
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CNN's Piers Morgan hosted noted radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to discuss his petition to deport Morgan because of his views on gun control. Jones is a 9/11 truther who has a history of inflammatory and baseless remarks.
On Monday's edition of Piers Morgan Tonight, Morgan asked Jones to explain his "Deport Piers Morgan" petition. Jones responded with a lengthy tirade that filled two segments. His comments included pushing the debunked myth that "more guns means less crime," claiming that "1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms," referring to antidepressants as "mass murder pills" that cause people to commit violence, and claiming that "megabanks" have "taken everybody's guns but the Swiss and the American people, and when they get our guns, they can have their world tyranny."
Jones is one of the country's leading conspiracy theorists. Here are just a few examples of conspiracy theories Jones has promoted:
Jones has also pushed numerous conspiracy theories about weather control, mass sterilization, and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. In June 2012, Jones' Infowars.com promoted the myth that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was using drones to spy on Midwestern ranchers. Finally, the radio host has declared that Obama's birth certificate is a fraud.
Jones' lengthy history of pushing absurd conspiracy theories should disqualify him from being mainstreamed on media outlets such as CNN.
Right-wing media outlets have been in full freak-out mode this week, fabricating a myth that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been using drones to spy on Midwestern ranchers. In fact, the EPA has been utilizing manned flyovers -- not drones -- to investigate potential polluters since the Bush administration, in an effort to save money and enforce clean water regulations efficiently.
For the past ten years, the EPA has conducted intermittent flyovers "to verify compliance with environmental laws on watersheds," as Reuters reported:
"EPA uses over-flights, state records and other publicly available sources of information to identify discharges of pollution," said a statement issued by the EPA's Kansas City regional office. "In no case has EPA taken an enforcement action solely on the basis of these over-flights."
EPA has for 10 years used flyovers to verify compliance with environmental laws on watersheds as a "cost-effective" tool to minimize inspection costs, according to the statement.
This article originally said that the EPA was using drones to monitor feedlots, but a representative from Senator Johanns office has alerted us that in actuality manned aircraft have been used to monitor the feedlots. We apologize for the error.
Nevertheless, right-wing commentators began falsely throwing the word "drone" into their reports about the EPA's enforcement mechanisms. For example, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly:
KELLY: You know, you gotta picture yourself, right, as one of these Midwestern farmers, because what's been in the news lately? The fact that President Obama's killed more terrorists with drones than any other president. That President Obama has a so-called "kill list." And that on that kill list, sometimes civilian casualties go as well, because if you're near an al-Qaeda terrorist, they assume if you're of an adult male age in a certain community, you also are a terrorist.
Even an American terrorist, an American al-Qaeda, was killed by a drone. So now you're in the Midwest, and you know you're not a terrorist, but nonetheless, you gotta get a little squeamish when you see a drone going overhead.
On Thursday, WorldNetDaily correspondent and leading birther conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi appeared on 9/11 truther Alex Jones' radio show to engage in yet another round of paranoid ranting disconnected from reality.
Corsi appeared with Jones via Skype from Hawaii, where he is supposedly working with the "cold case posse" organized by Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to investigate Barack Obama's birth certificate. If you thought Corsi's book, Where's The Birth Certificate, which was published a few weeks after Obama released his long-form birth certificate, was the end of the story -- you would be very wrong.
Declaring that he "has had enough" of "national news programs" that mislead American voters, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said he will now aim to tell viewers "every time I see craziness in the national media during the campaign." However, the examples of "craziness" O'Reilly cited, including the myth that "Obama was not born in America," have all been promoted on Fox News -- something he did not mention.
Though Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has received scorn from some in the media, he can count on a loud -- and toxic -- supporter: radio host Alex Jones, one of the country's leading conspiracy theorists and promoters of the claim that 9-11 was an inside job.
The Alex Jones Show and Jones' website Infowars.com have turned into a virtual get out the vote organization for Paul's campaign. Jones has repeatedly urged followers to donate, volunteer and vote for Paul. Jones' attention isn't a one-way street: Paul has appeared on Jones' radio program at least thirteen times since the beginning of 2010 and said he relies on shows like Jones' to "get the truth out."
Jones describes himself as "one of the very first founding fathers of the 9-11 Truth Movement." Jones also subscribes to a wide assortment of conspiracy theories about global elites enacting one-world government; secret FEMA camps; weather control; mass sterilization; the Oklahoma City bombing; the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; vaccines; and the government using products like juice boxes to "encourage homosexuality with chemicals so that people don't have children."
The radio host has declared that Obama's birth certificate is a fraud. Jones also wrote, produced and directed the DVD The Obama Deception, which purports to show that the "Obama phenomenon is a hoax carefully crafted by the captains of the New World Order. He is being pushed as savior in an attempt to con the American people into accepting global slavery."
Despite Jones' radical conspiracy theories, Paul has appeared on Jones' program since 1996. In 2007, Jones donated $1,000 to Paul's 2007 presidential campaign. New York magazine reported that Jones is a "longtime friend" of Paul and he "takes some credit for Paul's rise to prominence, calling his radio show 'part of the concrete slab that the Ron Paul rocket is fueling on.'"
Jones is also a "dear friend" of Fox News senior judicial analyst and fellow 9-11 conspiracy theorist Andrew Napolitano. Napolitano regularly hosts Paul on his Fox Business program and gives him favorable coverage. Napolitano was a guest speaker at a Paul fundraiser in 2009.
This morning on Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy interviewed Popular Mechanics editor-in-chief Jim Meigs to discuss his book, Debunking 9-11 Myths, and fact-check what Doocy described as "wild conspiracy theories and myths" about 9-11. Immediately following the segment, Doocy teased an upcoming appearance by Fox News host Judge Andrew Napolitano, who has repeatedly promoted these same ridiculous theories about 9-11.
During the segment, Meigs and Doocy focused on five of the most persistent myths about 9-11. Among these was the idea that 7 World Trade Center was "professionally demolished," a conspiracy that Napolitano himself has forwarded.
Last November, Napolitano made headlines when he appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' radio show and told Jones that 9-11 "couldn't possibly have been done the way the government told us." (Jones is widely considered one of the leaders of the 9-11 "Truth" movement.) During that appearance, Napolitano said "it's hard for me to believe" that 7 World Trade Center "came down by itself."
A story about a Department of Homeland Security video that began at a website operated by radio host Alex Jones and was then covered on Fox News is just the latest example of how Fox has been moving increasingly toward pushing the conspiratorial views of Jones.
It never ends.
In a new article filed last night at WorldNetDaily, reporter Bob Unruh explains that Donald Trump "reached out to WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi, author of 'Where's the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama is Not Eligible to be President,' with a long list of questions about where the issue is, and where it seems to be going."
Corsi discussed the supposed phone conversation during an extended interview on Alex Jones' radio show yesterday (audio below). Though Sean Hannity (by canceling a scheduled radio interview), and Fox Business Network (by grilling Corsi and calling his theories "debunked"), have seemingly distanced themselves from Corsi, Jones represents the ideal audience for Corsi's increasingly-deranged conspiracies about the birth certificate.
As we've documented, Jones is perhaps the most prominent conspiracy theorist in the country, and describes himself as the founding father of the 9-11 "inside job" movement.
According to the write-up of the interview at Jones' website, Corsi alleged that Trump was "working with Obama" on the birth certificate issue and that Trump's incessant promotion of the issue was "subterfuge":
Appearing on the Alex Jones Show, Corsi said that he now completely discounted the apparent efforts of Donald Trump to force the release of Obama's birth certificate, stating, "I'm completely convinced at this point Donald Trump was subterfuge, that he.... was working with Obama."
Corsi explained how he was contacted directly by Trump, because Trump wanted to know what was going on behind the scenes, and that he requested several copies of Corsi's book before it was released.
Trump's role according to Corsi was to "beat the drums big" and craft a false resolution to the controversy in order to make the press "go to sleep" and get his $60 million dollar television contract with NBC, owned by General Electric, which is closely allied with the Obama administration.
In their article, WND explains that Corsi afforded Trump the opportunity to shake off allegations that he was working with Obama by recommitting himself to hyping the issue. Corsi also indicates that he was regularly in touch with Trump while the latter was making the media rounds and peddling the conspiracy theory:
"I told him he needs to publicly say that the document in the vault, the original long-form birth certificate, needs to be exposed and examined independently," Corsi said. "The doctor's records, the Kapiolani records of Ann Dunham to corroborate she was in that hospital."
"I told him if you don't press these issues you can't be surprised if there are those who think you're working with Barack Obama [on the dispute]," Corsi added.
During much of April Trump made regular appearances on talk shows and news broadcasts, and almost every time either he or the interviewer raised questions about Obama's eligibility. At the same time, he regularly was in conversation with Corsi and others who helped Corsi investigate the Obama eligibility dispute about the evidence that exists.
Enumerating the various evidence Corsi offered on Jones' show to prove that the long-form was "clearly forged," Jones' website lists "an obvious misspelling on the stamp and a 'smiley face' that appears in the signature of the doctor once the document is blown up to 800 per cent."
From the April 15 edition of Genesis Communication Network's The Alex Jones Show:
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From the April 7 edition of Genesis Communication Network's The Alex Jones Show:
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From the April 6 edition of Genesis Communication Network's The Alex Jones Show:
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The feedback loop between Alex Jones and Fox News is becoming more explicit.
Last week, Glenn Beck hosted author and fringe conspiracy theorist G. Edward Griffin, bringing to Fox News a man Alex Jones has called a "trailblazer" and "legend in the alternative media New World Order resistance movement," one of "the great-grandaddies in the fight."
Griffin -- who has peddled a quack cancer remedy he claims the government is conspiring to suppress; who has said that HIV does not exist; and who has claimed that the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency acted not to protect victims of Hurricane Katrina but to control them -- appeared on Beck's show to stoke fears about the Federal Reserve Board.
Today, Jones praised Beck for helping to mainstream Griffin's radical views -- a mainstreaming that Jones himself said was part of Fox News' move to the "quote 'extreme.' "
After commending Beck for doing "a good thing Friday, having G. Edward Griffin on," Jones put Griffin in the cadre of theorists who have supposedly been persecuted and killed for exposing the truth about the coming New World Order. According to Jones, his conspiracy theories are "now mainstream news" as "the train is pulling into the station." He went on to explain Fox News' role in bringing these theories to light:
From the March 28 edition of Genesis Communication Network's The Alex Jones Show:
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