Does it Really Matter That Tamerlan Tsarnaev Liked InfoWars?

Some online sources are reporting that accused (and very much deceased) Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev liked Alex Jones’ InfoWars website. Does that really matter? I’m not the biggest fan of InfoWars, personally, but painting Alex Jones as some kind of guilty party just because some accused murderer liked his work doesn’t seem fair to me. It reminds me of the Satanic Panic of the eighties: Cops, educators, preachers and parents tried to blame Dungeons & Dragons and heavy metal music every time a fan of either committed a crime.

For all we know, Tsarnev was a disinfo.com reader. Or a cracked.com fan. Or a Redditor. Maybe he liked banana pudding, or enjoyed playing Extreme Frisbee.

It doesn’t matter. Alex Jones isn’t accused of setting off bombs in Boston, and InfoWars sure didn’t direct Tsarnaev – or anyone else – to go out and murder and maim innocent people. It no more fair to blame Jones than it would be to blame Tsarnaev’s religious faith (incidentally, his local mosque won’t give him an Islamic funeral) or choice in toothpaste. He was the one who chose to turn the marathon into a bloodbath and the responsibility lies with him.

Via Daily Dot:

That Tsarnaev was a fan of Jones is ironic to say the least. On the day of the bombings, April 15, Jones took to Twitter to state that the tragic events were a false flag. The following day, he made the claim that the animated series Family Guy had predicted the explosions. He and his cohorts also contend that YouTube and Google were trying to censor him when a clip was pulled down from the video sharing site.

For his part, Jones acknowledges that Tsarnaev may have been a listener, but that the link between the two is nothing more than a ploy by the government.

“I’ve seen this before,” Jones told BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray. “The federal government trying to connect me to tragedies. That’s the media and the government’s own conspiracy theories.”

Jones asserted that he and his show are decidedly anti-terrorist. He also doubled down on the theory that the bombings were executed by the FBI, which necessarily suggests that the Tsarnaev brothers were innocent.

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  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    We’re so desperate for easy answers to extremely complicated issues. And politicians love to exploit bullet points to further their agenda. Blame it on videogames & heavy metal if you’re a conservative; blame it on religion if you’re a left-wing liberal.

    But the fact of the matter remains, that even when we factor in all these elements into the equation, the same result appears over & over: human behavior is unpredictable.

    • ishmael2009

      You hit the nail on the head my friend. Really don’t know where people get off people so eager to condemn anyone who thinks differently than them.

    • Charlie Primero

      Edward Bernays demonstrated that human behavior is very predictable, and manageable.

      • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

        On a collective scale, maybe —and only for a limited time.

        But I’m talking about the individual scale. A single human being’s behavior is as indeterminate as a single electron :)

        • http://iuwus.deviantart.com/ Threedinium

          I wish that applied to me. I have unbelievable difficulty tearing out of habit. If I ever got stalked I’d probably survive by boring the pants off them.

          • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

            Oh yeah, don’t forget to pick up your dry-cleaning later.

          • Calypso_1

            ; )

          • http://iuwus.deviantart.com/ Threedinium

            Oh geez that was you? All this time I thought it was a sasquatch living in that tree.

        • Calypso_1

          the methods of automated behavior analysis continue to advance regardless to what degree indeterminism exists for any actor.

  • gamemonkey
  • rtb61

    To be more accurate, there are many progressive Liberals who visit right wing web sites to monitor activities and there are many conservative religious fundamentalists who visit left wing web sites to monitor activities. They comment and participate but it doesn’t mean they like the message or the people producing it.
    At the end of the day, still no bomb lab, still no final trigger money being the most likely considering they were living in a untidy dump. I wonder who they owed money to and who they paid back and how they would react to ensure they kept that money.
    Likely the money man has already left the country and wont be coming back.

  • Aipeed Teaitchse

    Alex Jones is a crackpot kook don’t listen to him! Block his antisemitic website so your kids can’t see it and get brainwashed by his theories which, in my opinion, are beyond the pale! Infowars is EXACTLY why we need internet censorship! The information on that website is dangerous and leads people to believe they can’t trust their government and tricks them into joining radical underground terrorist groups! This is America and if you don’t like it you can leave any time! Alex Jones incites terrorist attacks, as we can all clearly see now, and the only way to shut him up and stop this madness is to PASS CISPA! For more information about the importance of CISPA please visit http://chaffetz.house.gov/CISPA and PRAY that the Senate is as smart enough to realize how important it is if they pass this to keep us safe from any more attacks. You’re either with us or you’re against us!

    • http://www.facebook.com/andybev1 Andy Beveridge

      OMG! save us.

    • ishmael2009

      Are you trolling? Really, i’m asking. Because if so, that’s actually quite clever. If not then god help us.

      • Aipeed Teaitchse

        Nevermind those other posts under my name. I think some anarchist must have hacked my account and posted all that crypto-commie-fascist bullshit. Hopefully none of those messages resonate with anyone. The important thing now is shutting down Infowars and passing CISPA. I’m just glad to see so many intelligent people on here putting their knowledge to such good use and utilizing name-calling so well against the idiotic morons that believe a word uttered by that COINTELPRO stooge Alex Jones because let’s be honest, that’s what works. It’s all really inspiring.

        • Guest

          PAssing CISPA – yes, that will be the only way you will win an arguement – no one left to argue with.

        • http://www.facebook.com/andybev1 Andy Beveridge

          Also, if you did not alreeady know, I believe that CISPA was passed (I may be wrong) on the day that the news was good to hide bad news, i.e. the day that the boston bombing happened.

          Your next move will be to shut people up who diasagree with you altogether….well maybe just do away with your wonderful bill of rights altogether instead.

          I can only surmise that you are a paid member of the shadow government, on here to colour the arguement in their favour, since there is no way anyone who is a normal citizen of the US (with any intelligence or moral fibre) would want to go against some of the main precepts of your countries constitution.

          ******’intelligent people putting intelligence to good use by Name calling because that is what really works and is inspiring’ *******

          Only a person of low intelligence ccould come up with that. Check the people slowly moving away from you……..YOU, MY FRIEND, ARE A WOMBAT!

          • Aipeed Teaitchse

            People people PLEASE. If you’re going to insult someone’s intelligence Please use spell-check. This forum automatically tells you if you’re spelling a word wrong. It’s a nice feature honestly. The word spellcheck for instance is underlined in red right now. That doesn’t bother me so much so I’m just going to leave it there. But come on now. People in other countries could be reading this and now we just look like a bunch of typical American stereotypes that can’t spell our way out of a hat with a cat under it. In the meantime I do hope you’ve contacted your senators about CISPA so they can protect us. I only hope they will add in a provision to censor misspelled words and bad grammar. If you haven’t done so, here’s the number: 202-224-3121 We can do this!

    • Juan

      If you want this to work, you need to start with this type of comment. Doing it later kinda waters down the effect. Anyway, nice try;)

      • Aipeed Teaitchse

        (i agree 100% and this was in fact my 1st comment on this thread)

  • http://www.facebook.com/andybev1 Andy Beveridge

    So it has begun! Trying to vilify the non-mainstream media, and by association its subscribers, so that it can then become a target of the fascists that run the US. I wonder if the fact that the news that is coming out from Infowars (and other non mainstream media) that there is very strong evidence that this was another false flag operation, the powers that be are trying to throw mud so that people will not listen with an open mind to this evidence.

    • Andrew

      When I’m being tortured by the CIA for posting on Disinfo, I’m going to name everyone I know who supported torture during the Abu Ghraib scandal as my accomplices.

    • eric82

      How is a radio show produced and syndicated by Emmis Multinational Communications Corporation, which owns 50 radio stations, a dozen TV stations and 6 magazines, “non-mainstream media?”

      typical Jones Drone who dances to the marketing fluff

      • http://www.facebook.com/andybev1 Andy Beveridge

        Non-Mainstream in that the majority of the populus of the US and in my case the UK does not watch it…I believe that would be the definition of non-mainstream more of less. the evidence still speaks for itself, the ‘dead suspect’ is seen getting into a police car very much alive and his aunt verifies it is him – I do not go for marketing, I prefer facts….but, as for the drone jibe…..F*&ck you too! :)

        • eric82

          By that definition the Super Bowl is the only mainstream broadcast program that exists. There is nothing else viewed by “a majority.” I understand Jones Drones may not realize that.

          • ishmael2009

            Geez, you really are an insufferably pompous twat aren’t you? I dislike engaging in argument on forums, as it’s largely pointless, but you’ve reeled me in, I admit it.

            Okay, here we go, Einstein: The commentator you replied to said that he defined non-mainstream as something that “the majority of the [population]” doesn’t watch. Note that it’s a negative definition.He’s saying that non-mainstream means something appealing to, or pursued by a niche group or sub-culture in society. He’s defining it by reference to mainstream (the dominant culture or ideology in society) and has done a very good job in defining it in my opinion.

            Your counter-example of the Superbowl was risible. It is telling that you miss the subtle connotations of the terms and go straight for a simplistic numerical definition, one that gives security in simple mathematical terms.

            You, sir, are a perfect example of the “mainstream”. You have clearly defined ideas of right and wrong and condemn and caricature anyone who holds substantially different views than you. I sneak myself towards the suspicion that if you are on a campus lab, then it is in some relatively lowly post in the sciences, rather than the humanities. Your lack of subtlety and empathy, and your need to reduce truth questions to binary values speaks volumes about your world view.

            Just something to consider.

          • eric82

            tl;dr

          • ishmael2009

            Oh but you did, Eric, you did. Don’t fib now

          • Juan

            Puts hands over ears, shouts, “la, la, la, la, I can’t hear you.”
            Nice, dude.

  • eric82

    It matters because people like Jones and Rudkowski spin a knowingly fictional narrative for personal profit, preying on the poorly educated and feeble minded. They should not be held legally liable, of course, but absolutely morally liable. And, the corporate multinational Emmis, Inc. that puts out Jones show for a quick dollar should consider their own ethics. As should other outlets who give a voice to for-profit secular apocalypticos like Jones and Rudkowksi.

    November 12 of last year – Alex Jones says “this” is bigger than can be dealt with through elections and calls for an armed revolution. A Jones Drone plots and executes the opening blast in an armed revolution. Extreme Frisbee never called for an armed revolution for the sole purpose of running up their ad rates on companies that market to GED diploma holders.

    Would you let Marshal Applewhite spew his predictions of imminent global catastrophe and then shrug and say “nunnamyfault” when some idiots actually drink the Flavor-Aid? After that event, where it was shown Heaven’s Gate members had been listening to the Hale-Bopp apocalypse guests that had been on Coast to Coast AM in the run-up, Art Bell – at least – took personal, adult responsibility as a mature broadcaster and stopped having “the Earth will end tomorrow” guests on and limited it to the less dangerous Y2K nutters.

    • Matt Staggs

      “Would you let Marshal Applewhite spew his predictions of imminent global catastrophe and then shrug and say “nunnamyfault” when some idiots actually drink the Flavor-Aid? ”

      I did, and I would again.

      • eric82

        I didn’t doubt it for a second.

        • Matt Staggs

          Excellent.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        We can’t go back once we’ve drunk the flavour-aid.

        • Matt Staggs

          I’m not a fan of InfoWars or Mr. Jones. However, he has a right to speak his views and I believe that individuals of the age of majority can, and should be expected to, think for themselves. Their crimes are their own. Blaming dangerous ideas instead of the people who act on them moves us that much closer to the thought police some people seem intent on creating.

          • eric82

            As a matur(ing) adult you need to learn the difference between liability and responsibility.

            No one is suggesting Jones and Rudkowski be compelled to stop their three-ring, for-profit acts.

            I think a road-side preacher should be allowed to sell snake-oil to
            dying senior citizens without interference. However, as a mature and
            responsible adult, I would personally make the choice not to provide
            said preacher lists of the senior citizens I know or float him a loan to
            get his business started.

            The Emmis Multinational Media Corporation, as a free actor, can make the choice to put people over profits and discontinue Jones’ show, which preys on the mentally infirm and feeble minded in society. However, if they want to continue making big $$$s they should also be absolutely free to continue broadcasting it. We are, similarly, free to criticize the Emmis decision.

          • Matt Staggs

            I understand the difference perfectly. I simply disagree with you.Yes, it is entirely the choice of his corporate sponsors whether or not they sponsor Jones, as it is your choice – or mine, or anyone’s – whether they listen to him or anyone else. In my opinion, you’re shifting some of the blame away from people – free actors, all – who choose to commit violent acts and placing it on the people they listen to. I understand the urge, but I also think that it’s paternalistic. I strongly oppose it. If you disagree with that, then that’s fine, Assuming a supposed lack of maturity on my part, or ignorance, or both as being the reason I don’t reach the same conclusion as you seems condescending, but that’s the problem with text: It’s easy to credit attribute malice where it may not be intended.

            EDIT: Incidentally, you may want to check your security settings. It looks like you’ve got about eight different alt-identities using the same IP address. Just a heads up.

          • eric82

            A child or a mentally infirm person is not a free actor. It’s the responsibility of the mature not to enable people who take advantage of children and the mentally feeble.

            P.S. I’m logged-in from a campus lab.

          • Matt Staggs

            And who might decide who is a “mentally infirm” person? Who gets to decide who is “mature”? How do you define either? It is clear that you and I are both mature people by my own definition, and while I disagree with you regarding your perspective on these matters, I wouldn’t assume you to be a mental defective of any sort.

            I believe that you’re assuming a level of general consensus regarding what is acceptable media versus unacceptable media when in actuality all of us have our own perspectives. You and I may agree that we find this or that movie or radio program repulsive, but should we have the right to decide that others may not sample it and decide for themselves?

          • eric82

            You decide for yourself. That’s what being responsible is about. If you see someone inciting the easily beguiled into irresponsible action, you make the choice – by your own initiative – not to contribute to empowering them. If you see someone selling snake oil to the elderly, you don’t give them a small business loan. If you see someone running a money-making scam that takes advantage of GED grads by whipping them into hysteria, you don’t give them a stage.

            You seem to think I’m advocating Alex Jones be “shut down” or government stormtroopers raid his studio. For the third time, I’m suggesting nothing of the sort.

          • Matt Staggs

            “It matters because people like Jones and Rudkowski spin a knowingly
            fictional narrative for personal profit, preying on the poorly educated
            and feeble minded. They should not be held legally liable, of course,
            but absolutely morally liable.”

            I disagree that Jones is responsible in any way for this incident. I don’t think that you mean a government agency should intervene here, but I do think that you’re making some dangerous assumptions regarding who is mature or educated enough to make their own decisions without someone else making it for them. You’re advocating something like that in a round-about way, particularly so in Jones’ case. I may be reading you wrong, though. Could be. I get the sense that we clearly understand each others’ positions and that we disagree. That’s perfectly fine. I respect your opinion.

          • eric82

            I would challenge you to point out where I said people need to have decisions made for them.

            You seem to think I’m advocating Alex Jones be “shut down” or government stormtroopers raid his studio. For the fourth time, I’m suggesting nothing of the sort.

            You see a mentally ill person, you can grab him and put him in an institution, leave him alone or walk over and hand him a gun. I’m suggesting we leave him alone. You’re suggesting we need to hand him a gun so he has the full range of options of what to do next.

            The choice is proactive positive, neutral or proactive negative. I’m choosing netural, you’re choosing proactive negative. That’s just as bad as proactive positive.

          • Matt Staggs

            “It’s the responsibility of the mature not to enable people who take advantage of children and the mentally feeble.”

            No, you’re framing choices in this manner, and your “giving guns to the mentally ill” is a ridiculously constructed straw man argument…. unless you’re talking about some kind of Idea Gun.

          • ishmael2009

            Define “mentally infirm” It sounds to me like you are defining it by the type of media people visit and the views they hold. Give us a definition, rather than some dubious “catch-all” phrase.

          • http://www.facebook.com/andybev1 Andy Beveridge

            The alt id’s are sockpuppets.

          • TennesseeCyberian

            It is foolish to “blame” Alex Jones for the Boston Bombing, just as it was foolish for the MSM and others to “blame” Marilyn Manson for the Columbine shootings. However, it seems clear to me that the general messages of both the radio host and the rock star correlate with these violent behaviors.

            As has been said many times here, Jones peddles paranoid fantasies of an overarching, conspiratorial government which seeks to destroy all that is good under its shadow. It should come as no surprise that such a message would fire up the amygdalas of anyone who believes him, and that this anxiety might lead to violent outbursts that stem from self- or group-preservation instincts.

            To me, Alex Jones’s culpability is not one of causation, but of emotional resonance. He is not the shredding guitarist, he is the amplifier.

            He should not be silenced, he should be brutally fact-checked.

            As much as I hate to admit this, it made me happy to see that slimy Limey Piers Morgan out-douche Mr. Jones on his show. I suppose it takes strong douche to clean out the media’s figurative organ.

          • Matt Staggs

            I can’t disagree with any of what you’ve said. Fact checking and critical thinking skills are both vital and necessary skills. In my opinion, however, people prone to these kinds of horrific acts will probably do them no matter what. Pointing fingers at everything the bomber liked as a possible reason for his behavior isn’t helpful. I’m sure there are many, many things that he enjoyed, and sifting through for just one that supports how we feel about the guy seems disingenuous.

          • TennesseeCyberian

            Agreed. I think there are numerous factors which play into these killings. Most are uncontrollable. They are certainly out of the hands of proles like me.

            Alex Jones’s influence is indisputable, and yet unquantifiable. Pointing fingers is…err…pointless. But it is impossible not to take notice.

          • Charlie Primero

            I heard Judas Priest made some kid in Arizona commit suicide. :-)

          • TennesseeCyberian

            Because he couldn’t stand the sound of cheesy metal for another moment?

          • ishmael2009

            Absolutely. Jones is jejune and more than a bit kooky, but we can’t start deciding who’s acceptable and who isn’t. History shows us that when that’s attempted it is always the liberal voices who are actually the first to be silenced.

          • eric82

            As individuals we absolutely can decide who is acceptable and who isn’t. We make this choice every day. I buy Dannon yogurt instead of Yoplait because I have made the choice that Yoplait tastes bad. That doesn’t mean I’m going to prevent my friends or neighbors from buying Yoplait if they want. However, I’m certainly not going to promote Yoplait either.

          • Matt Staggs

            Alright, Yoplait? Now we got a problem! It’s Oikos or nuffink!

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        I drank the Kool-Aid and realized it was all a merry prank too

    • Daenerys_Targaryen

      Supposing there were an armed revolution, really. Could things be any worse afterwards?

      • eric82

        Having lived in Georgia, whose own revolution was relatively mild, I can tell you – absolutely – yes. It could be much worse. Only a fat, plump American, dreaming of revolution from his Lazy-Boy while listening to Alex Jones on his HD radio before popping off to microwave his favorite 4,000 calorie snack would say “could things really be any worse?”

        you don’t have a clue what bad is, bucko

        • Matt Staggs

          No reason to insult the guy/gal for asking a question. I agree with you that things could be much, much worse. Incidentally, I probably despise Alex Jones as much as you do – we both agree on two things right off. I suspect that ripping into commenters here won’t be especially constructive for you or them.

          • Daenerys_Targaryen

            I’m a girl.

            I’m not sure about Calypso, if he/she is reading this maybe I’ll find out.

        • http://www.facebook.com/andybev1 Andy Beveridge

          you sound like the frog in the warm water as it heats up on the stove – the frog does not realise it is getting too hot before it is too late. Just because it could get worse does not mean it will not and is not. It obviously is. .

          p.s. eric, Ad hominem attacks are ultimately self-defeating. They are equivalent to admitting that you have lost the argument. I rest my case.

          • eric82

            What language is this?

          • Matt Staggs

            Be nice.

          • http://www.facebook.com/andybev1 Andy Beveridge

            Latin of course

        • Andrew

          Not only could things be a lot worse, they will be.

    • Guest

      Man, you really are deluded – it is the people who think they are the smartest who are usually the least able. Carry on.

      • ishmael2009

        You got that right. Love the way he claims to be writing in from a campus lab earlier. Like that’s relevant. I’ve tutored post-grads like that before. They think they are in possession of absolute truth and manage to alienate just about everyone with their arrogance. Douche.

        • http://www.facebook.com/andybev1 Andy Beveridge

          I missed that – he must desperately want to be taken seriously – as if.

  • Heath

    Jones is to anti-terrorist as he is to actual fact, wrapped up neatly under the guise of a patriot. Now a flouride infomercial brought to you by fraggle rock..

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    I actually think Alex Jones stirs up real hatred against certain people. Muslims, the LGBT community, socialists, occult practitioners and pagans. He operates on peoples fear and makes a lot of money doing it. I wish disinfo wouldn’t publish his propaganda, we should be about exposing disinfo, not promoting it.

    • Matt Staggs

      Publishing Alex Jones’ propaganda? News to me, MSMD.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        The DVD ‘New world order’ looks published by disinfo. Don’t get me wrong, I love this site and when presenting ideas pushed to the edges every now and then crap eventually gets through. I’m just not sure if Ickes’s and Jones’s message is altogether harmless, and in the name of free speech we should destroy their message with all the tools of reasoning we have at our disposal.

        • Matt Staggs

          Oh! I’m sorry, I thought that you meant the website, MSMD. Yes! Incidentally, I strongly agree with your sentiment.

        • ishmael2009

          ” in the name of free speech we should destroy their message” – what kind of Alice in Wonderland reasoning is that? Free speech is only free speech if it’s comprehensive. Unless it’s directly threatening or severely degrading to specific people it should be allowed.

          And who gets to make that determination? David Ikes was chief spokesman for the UK Green Party before he went solo – many people at the time thought their agenda was extremist and dangerous. Imagine if their message had been “destroyed” in its early days like you’re suggesting.

          • echar

            What kind of Wizard Of Oz logic do you communicate from?

    • http://www.facebook.com/plop.bopp Justin Leinbach

      He has Muslim, LGBT, Socialist, and Pagan guests on regularly so not sure what hatred you speak of. I am often inspired by Alex to love and inform others. I also fall into two of the categories you claim Alex wants his listeners to hate. I assume you have not listened to his show by making such a comment.

  • Daenerys_Targaryen

    Whats the betting there’ll now be a wave of hactivists now calling for more censorship of inconvenient anti-government media? Alex Jones being the perfect straw man to justify crackdowns on all of us…

    Oops! Its already started…

  • Hadrian999

    people people, this is all a smokescreen used to cover up what really happened in boston, it was obviously a joint Mossad/Bilderburg black op carried out by reptilian elites on the behest of their overlords, the multidimensional DMT clockwork elves

    • TennesseeCyberian

      I guess somebody had to let the cat out of the bag.

    • nubwaxer

      obama obama obama. amiright?

      • Hadrian999

        whatever floats your boat man but trusting a chicago politician will only work out for you if you are a masochist

  • BT THEG

    Yes it does matter. Alex Jones’ idiocy and cheering on violence is not harmless.

  • BrianApocalypse

    The worst aspect of mentioning Jones in this context is the inevitable feedback-loop it creates between him, the ‘mainstream media’ and his audience. Citing him as an influence simply feeds into his own paranoia and hyper-inflated ego. To Jones and his supporters, demonization by the mainstream is validation. The most effective strategy they could employ to oppose him would be to utterly ignore him. (But that will never happen due to the economics of sensationalism).

    Reading through the various articles on this story with a trained eye, it seems Tsarnaev had a general interest in conspiracy theories beyond Infowars (the reported Jewish/Zionist elements to his conspiracist interests are evidence of that. Jones rarely tackles that subject, something which many other ‘truthers’ in fact attack him for.) But as Infowars is the most widely known example of that culture among the general public, it kind of makes sense from a journalistic point of view to mention it.

    Tsarnaev’s interest in Infowars doesn’t necessarily mean it was an influence on his actions, but if it *was* I would not be shocked. I commented some time ago on here that I thought it was only a matter of time before Jones’ brand of conspiricism inspires a terrorist act.

    • ishmael2009

      Just wanted to say, I love the way that someone whose username is “BRian Apocalypse” is talking about paranoia. Awesome stuff. Carry on.

    • Charlie Primero

      True. The MSM ignored Jones for as long as possible. That failed. Now they switch to ridicule. That will backfire as millions more people become aware of his media products. It’s a win for the freedom movement.

  • ishmael2009

    It’s ironic and a bit disappointing to see so many Disinfonauts condemning Alex Jones for running a website.

    I’m not an Infowars fan, so I’m not that familiar with them, but suggesting that they’re inspiring people to violence is bullshit. In that case, do movies inspire people to violence? Do computer games? Do classic books? (Catcher in the Rye, anyone?)/

    The answer is that those who conceive of a violent hatred against a society or a group of people will seek out information which supports their view. If Infowars is inspiring violence, then so is Disinfo, so is Alternet, so is every critical website, book, or thesis every published. Get a grip people.

    • VaudeVillain

      Alex Jones has openly advocated for violent revolution against the American State. If that is not the very definition of inspiring violence, or at least trying to, then I don’t think anything will ever qualify.

      I’m definitely not on the Alex Jones Lynch Mob bandwagon, but it’s hardly a stretch to suggest that one of his listeners engaging in violence might be following his clearly and unambiguously stated exhortations.

      Beyond that, I don’t think anyone is condemning Alex Jones for running a website. People are condemning Alex Jones for promoting views that they believe to be antisocial, paranoid, homophobic, anti-Semitic, jingoistic, uncharitable and fascist. The fact that he promotes these views in large part through a website which he runs is a largely secondary concern.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andybev1 Andy Beveridge

      Very good point – It answers the heading.

  • echar

    Perhaps he was studying conspiracy theories to spin a strange loop, and what better example to use than Mr. Jones? I heard he breathed air and walked on the ground. He also ate food.

    • James Phillip Schmitt

      don’t get me started on those thumbs.

      • echar

        Are you an inquisitor, armed with thumb screws?

        • James Phillip Schmitt

          if I was would you be expecting me?

          • James Phillip Schmitt

            my chief weapons are surprise, surprise and fear.. my two chief weapons are…. aww crap I guess thumbscrews are rather low on the list.

          • echar

            bwahaha, no one expects that.

          • echar

            no one expects that.

  • nubwaxer

    if you want to see how far imagination can go in concocting infinitely complex conspiracy theories where simple and reasonable explanations are most likely the true explanation of an event then you want to visit infowars. p.t. barnum and l. ron hubbard are amateurs when compared to alex jones and his wacko commandos.
    just for fun consider any event and try to explain it by letting your imagination run amok, then see what the truly gifted by delusion can do with the same material.

  • Juan

    Lol:)

  • Matt Staggs

    I prefer “Incipient Paranoia Based on Unfounded Speculation” brand toothpaste, along with a nice swig of “Complicated Events Scare Me” mouthwash for that minty, fluoridated feeling. ;)

  • Ittabena

    Oh, very nice!

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