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It was widely reported Monday that Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify removed content from right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars network from their platforms.

Joseph Holt

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Jones peddled the bizarre theories that the tragic shootings in 2012 at Sandy Hook were a hoax, and that Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff ran a child-sex ring out of a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. He is a morally repugnant windbag and I don’t want to listen to him. But I do want to live in a country where he can spout his nonsense and be seen and dismissed for the detestable jackass he is.

Private tech companies are certainly free to set the terms of their user agreements, but they should err in the direction of inclusivity when doing so — as Twitter has done in keeping Jones’ account live for now.

Removing Jones’ content from big tech platforms lends credibility to his narrative about a left-wing conspiracy to silence him and other conservatives. The Infowars homepage Monday offered the following dire warning: “The war on your mind is in full swing as globalists remove outlets of liberty and truth, starting with the tip of the spear: Alex Jones.”

And Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Tuesday, “How long before Big Tech and their Democrat friends move to censor and purge @BreitbartNews, @DailyCaller and other conservative voices from their platforms?”

It is better to allow Jones to make a fool of himself than to make him a free speech martyr.

Furthermore, there is the risk of banning Jones and then falling further down the slippery slope of censorship. Once private censorship by tech giants begins, where will it end? I find much of what conservative radio host Mark Levin has to say needlessly hateful, divisive and offensive — ditto for Samantha Bee at times. But I don’t want them removed from social media.

The censorship danger is great because big tech companies have unprecedented power to control the distribution of information in society, and they respond quickly to public pressure. Vox reported Monday that the bans came “after mounting public backlash against Infowars’ pernicious rhetoric.” We won’t have a free and robust marketplace of ideas if those who control the flow of information silence whoever they are pressured to silence whenever they are pressured to do so.

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Banning Jones and his ilk from major social platforms could also ultimately drive them underground where it would be harder to track the mischief they are up to. It is a safe bet that Jones will spout conspiratorial nonsense so long as he breathes. I would rather him do it openly than in the dark recesses of the web removed from any scrutiny whatsoever.

Banning Jones also will not solve the problems of hate speech or false information. Devotees of Jones are still free to post videos from his website to their Facebook pages and to YouTube. And as The New York Times reports, there are hundreds of smaller outlets promoting similar conspiratorial nonsense with millions of followers reposting the content.

Finally, we are all big boys and girls and can decide for ourselves whom to listen to. We should have the confidence in our discretion that President John Kennedy praised in a speech in 1962:

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

Big tech companies should do a more effective job than they have to check Russian interference in our elections. They also should remove any particular content that incites violence, such as Jones’ rant in July, livestreamed on his Facebook page, accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of covering up child rape and then pantomiming shooting Mueller.

I appreciate the moral stance of the tech companies against hate speech and the glorification of violence. And I appreciate the desire Apple conveyed Sunday in a statement to Buzzfeed News to “provide a safe environment for all of our users.” But a social environment in which there is censorship whenever there is public pressure for it is not a safe environment for all of our citizens.

Apple, in its statement to Buzzfeed, said, “We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.” But if big tech companies kick off everyone who is sometimes disrespectful of those who hold opposing views from their platforms, how many would remain?

Communications technology has changed a great deal since Benjamin Franklin was publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazette, but the principle underlying his apology in 1731 to those who were angry with him “on the Account of printing things they don’t like” remains valid: “That if all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”

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Joseph Holt is an ethics professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

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Buggs Raplin

When I push the button to 'awake' my computer in the morning I get MSN, a their 24/7 attacks on President Trump. There are other stories on current events from a liberal perspective. Then there are the tales and tribulations of our troubled celebrities. Those stories go on forever..and forever augmented by...drum roll..stories on the Royals...who will attend Beatrice's wedding; did Meghan violate protocol; what about Kate and Pippa's wardrobe; why is Harry inheriting more than Will..ad nauseum for an intelligent person, but scintillating for a gullible. Now here's the point...this is the point.. MSN, like most of the propaganda media wraps their bullsh*t into a family sort of tent. Agree with their liberal spiel, and you're a family member and welcomed into the comfort of the tent. However, if you call the bullsh*t, bullsh*t, like Alex does, you're kicked out of the tent.

oldhomey

Gosh, Buggs, I thought we lived in the same world and country. I am not all besieged by the things you say you are besieged by. If I see something I don't agree with and it seems to be pointless to read it, why, I just. don't. read. it. Problem solved. I hardly know a thing about current trials and tribulations of television, moviedom and pop music celebrities. I see stories about them. I. just. don't. read. them. Same thing with British royalty. I love living in a country that encourages free will. You ought to practice free will, yourself. But you seem to be chained to the bullsh*t machine of alt media and can't set yourself free. Here is a suggrestion: Just. don't. read. it.

johnnybragatti

The American public needs a vaccination against whackjobbin" hate mongers like Alex Jones.
That whackjob is not good for the country or anything else for that matter. He makes George Wallace look like a "nice guy".
Anyone ,anywhere,anytime,anyhow , who can"t see that,
is inattentive to reality.
If there is a bonafide ,100% freak, on the American scene it is Jones, who truly needs to be banned.

Buggs Raplin

I note another lengthy comment from the fraud known as oldhomey. I don't read hisw lengthy stuff any more because I've dealt with him for a long time. He's a master of lies, half-truths, obfuscations, and distractions. If he can't knock down a fact without looking ridiculous, he just doesn't address it. Sort like the mainstream media and the 9/11 Commission's treatment on the collapse of Building 7. Sharyl Atkisson has a ten minute video on 'astroturf.' If you want to see a detailed examination of oldhomey. Watch that video.

oldhomey

Here is a short reply, Buggs: Offer up one of your "facts" that I have not addressed.

oldhomey

Buggs?

oldhomey

Gosh, Buggs, I think even Sharyl Atkisson would consider you a rank coward for ducking like you are ducking here. But, if you have nothing credible to say in your own defense, I guess the comfort of hiding in the weeds is your way out. Right?

Buggs Raplin

Happy, healthy baby..vaccination..brain damaged autistic baby; happy, healthy baby..vaccination..brain damaged autistic baby; happy, healthy baby..vaccination.. brain damaged baby. Autism was unknown..got that unknown some 70 years ago. Now it strikes one in 45 kids. And our vaunted scientists have ignored the reason for this catastrophe-the MMR vaccine. They've ignored it in deference to Big Pharma, the maker of the MMR vaccine. And the propaganda media has covered it all up as Big Pharma is their major advertiser. God bless you Alex Jones, Jeff Rense, Mike Adams, and Mike Rivero for bringing us the truth. Again: happy, healthy babies..vaccinations..brain damaged autistic babies.

oldhomey

Buggs, I have to restrain myself in saying what I really want to say about you. However, suffice it to say that dedicated doctors and nurses all over the world have been working with child patients for centuries, and what they hold most sacred is their dedication to the health and well-being of their patients. They see everything from the front line trenches. They know what the threats are, and they are not going to be silenced by anyone if they see people enriching themselves by doing damage to children. Big government, Big Pharma, Big Insurance, big bullies, you name it. They would not be silenced by any of them. You and your completely stupid, silly, lunatic conspiracy theories are nothing less than rancid, poisonous lies. The medical community has gone into this deeply and methodically for decades. The results are in. Vaccines are not only safe, they are a miracle of our time, saving lives, ending crippling diseases and sparing hundreds of millions of children and their parents of agony and sorrow. You are an elderly punk to be picking up and carrying the scare banner against vaccines. You are lower than dog doo doo.

Buggs Raplin

The documentary, "Vaxxed" was green lighted by has-been actor Robert DeNiro for his Tribeca film festival a few years ago, but then Big Pharma began applying pressure and has-been actor DeNiro caved in. The actor, who hasn't made a decent movie in 20 years, would add 'luster' to his name with a profane speech at the Tony awards, for which he received cheers from all the clapping seals in the audience. In another example of placing truth in the gutter, a long time contributor to the Huffington Post reviewed "Vaxxed" and gave it a positive review. The review was up for an hour or two before the censors at Huffpo pulled it. Just another reason to celebrate Alex Jones, and all the others in the truth media.

oldhomey

Right. We ALL know how knowledgeable celebrities are about complex issues. That is why we ALL are all ears when any movie star, current or has-been status does not matter, when they weigh in on current events. I know I always figure out who I am voting for by consulting first with how the stars are going to vote. On the other hand, unlike Donald Trump, who doesn't budge an inch whenever he is told and shown how his positions are totally wrong and based on faulty information, some has-been star might have been chastened when confronted by those who know better pulled him aside and said, "Look, you have been gulled by the conspiracy theory alt-left. Here are the actual facts. You can stand by what you said, but you will still be wrong." The embarrassed has-been actor then did the good and noble thing, which Trump cannot make himself do, and apologized and withdrew his erroneous statement. The truth hurts sometimes, Buggs, but only momentarily, once you acknowledge it. Try it sometime.

oldhomey

Excuse me "alt-right", though I guess there may well be a conspiracy theory alt-left, too. In either case, they are loony toon places to go looking for any actual information.

Buggs Raplin

The trailer for the documentary, Vaxxed is easily seen with a google.

oldhomey

Sheesh, Buggs, since I had cataract surgery a couple of years ago, I don't googles anymore to see stuff like documentaries. I saw Vaxxed with clear eyes, and it was b.s. Perhaps you should consider the surgery, too, so you won't continually get the wool pulled over your eyes.

johnnybragatti

Buggs was obviously never vaxxed for anything ,nothing... unless alcohol is one.
Good thing he never had any kids.
You can bet the kids are glad too, no?

Buggs Raplin

Sharyl Atkisson was a long time investigative reporter for CBS News. During her tenure, she won 5 Emmy awards and an Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting. In her book, "Stonewalled" she reports on a little girl named Hanah Pohling, who became autistic after vaccination. The government paid the family over a million dollars in compensation. The truth media, and people like Alex Jones are reporting on the dangers of vaccinations, especially the MMR vaccine. The propaganda media is covering it all up. I had a letter to the editor censored by Rusty Cunningham on the danger of the MMR vaccine especially when given to kids between 12-18 months. Look, who is the major advertiser on your evening newscasts? Big Pharma. Who makes vaccines? Big Pharma. Connect the dots. People. Connect the dots.

oldhomey

So you cite as your bonded-in-gold, proof-positive, slam-dunk end of argument evidence the story from a reporter out of the mainstream media that you otherwise treat with utter contempt, Buggs? What gives? MSM does not claim that everything it produces is God's own truth. It claims that it does its best to find and report the truth without fear or favor, but if it gets its facts wrong, it will tell the world that its report was wrong and apologize profusely for it. Her story on CBS about vaccines was roundly and soundly repudiated by the medical community. Ms. Atkisson was steadily taking a right-wing approach to her stories, something responsible news organizations, like CBS, do not allow -- right or left-wing. So she and CBS parted ways, and she has been making a living writing right-wing books and doing work for the extremist right-wing Sinclair broadcast group that owns hundreds of local television stations and actually send out right-wing slanted scripts for stories and editorials that local news readers are obligated to read on air word-for-word without comment. I have a pencil ready to connect your dots, Buggs, but your dots are so hard to find and so far distant from one another that it is impossible to make the connections. That seems to be one of your basic problems, inability to make the connections in all sorts of things in life.

martian2

I see we have a die hard believer in Jones here. There is always one in the crowd. Well here is some here is a head line for ya. Six more Sandy Hook families are suing Alex Jones for defamation. You can hear all about it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7KR2RKWIlw
Sooner or later lies always catch up to you, especially when you compound them with more lies. Soon the courts will sensor Jones with all these law suits.

oldhomey

Yes, and legal channels like lawsuits probably are the best way to see to it that Mr. Jones is held accountable for his lies. He is making a fortune selling worthless vitamin supplements to acolytes like Buggs Raplin. Nothing illegal in that, but he relies on his dog whistle fake news reports to attract the distracted, people like Buggs, and get their attention long enough to sell the to the gullibles his worthless goods. Losing millions to people he has injured with his lies will certainly make him more cautious, and the more cautious he becomes, the less shrill and loud his dog whistle becomes.

Buggs Raplin

Whenever the Black Ops people plan a false flag, they schedule a training the same day. This is done should anything go wrong with the plan, they can say it was part of the training that went amiss. There were training exercises on 9/11, the 7/7 London bombings, and the Boston marathon false flag. The same day of the Sandy Hook event, a FEMA training was held a half hour away from the school dealing with disasters to children. Anyone believing the official version of Sandy Hook is a gullible.

Cassandra2

Wow, Chippy, you are a pathetic little loser aren't you? What kind of trauma happened to you that made you develop such paranoid and antisocial fantasies?

Buggs Raplin

Typical baby girl response. Don't address the 'facts' because these are facts you don't agree with so they're not facts in Cassieworld, where illusion reigns.

johnnybragatti

@Cassandra2, absolutely spot on,!!!
Buggs is no doubt stuck at the Gates of Delirium/Tremens
and has a whole lotta bugs crawling on his ceiling

martian2

black ops, false flag, deep state, grand conspiracy, all key words made up by alt media. It reads like a cheap dime store novel, but this time there are actually people who believe it. That's what makes it sad and laughable at the same time. They use those terms which are self fulfilling and gives them a chance to define their meanings, and somehow believe that makes them viable. Making up terms to suit your narrative is an age old practice. But when you boil it down to the nitty gritty, it still comes out the same, a big lie! And Alex Jones is still a loathsome windbag.

Buggs Raplin

You're obviously brainwashed if you mean what you just said.

oldhomey

So martian2 states the truth more capably than most of us on here are able to do, nailing down exactly what you and the lunatic fringe is doing, Buggs, and the best you can do is come back and call him "brainwashed". You, who along with new2, Snow Cougar, crank, bozo, Ricky and several others resemble closely Manchurian Candidates in that as soon as one of the dog whistle prompts come out from a Trump tweet or elsewhere from the weird world of the alt-right, you are all on here repeating your same dizzy bullsh*t that you always chant in good, zombie-like fashion. Brainwashed, indeed.

Buggs Raplin

Just a note on the corruption of the mainstream media, which certainly includes the Tribune. Yesterday, Mike Tighe had a column condemning Donald Trump. I defend to the death his right to write such a column. But on-line comments were critical of what Tighe had to say. So what did the Tribune do? They took the thing off screen; yes it was there in the ether, but it was off screen, the crucial aspect. People didn't see it anymore on their computer screens. Today Dr. Zorba Paster had a column urging parents to get their kids vaccinated denying any link between vaccines and autism. That is a lie, a dangerous lie that endangers children..because in 2002, a CDC study found a link between the MMR vaccine and autism; it caused autism in some children. The authors of that study, including William Thompson, then CRIMINALLY deleted data to obscure the link. Many children today are autistic because they believed the MMR vaccine given at 12-18 months was safe; it is not. But Big Pharma rules these days. It's the major advertiser on the propaganda news. So..I commented on this early today.. on this creep..this horrible creep, Dr. Zorba Paster, and the Tribune took my comment off screen within an hour after posting it. Alex Jones wouldn't have done that; the truth media wouldn't have done that, but the La Crosse Tribune did it. Shame on them. Rusty, don't you feel in guilt in this. Kids lives are at stake.-Chip DeNure

PhysicsIsFun

I just looked at the Zorba Paster column about vaccination. Your stupid comment is there for all to see. Like Alex Jones, you are a loathsome windbag.

Buggs Raplin

Watch the documentary 'Vaxxed.' Meet some of the parents of autistic kids. They tell the same story: happy, healthy baby-vaccination-brain damaged baby.

oldhomey

Those parents do the same thing that true conspiracy-believers do. They are deeply hurt and wounded by events, they are confused about what has happened, and they find comfort, in an odd way, that there is an ambiguous "they" villain that they can blame present circumstances on. It is easier to have a villain to blame rather than to process the actual, complex reasons behind the situation they find themselves in. It it suits a narcissist like Buggs to get up in public and say HE knows the score! He knows what's going on! Just listen to HIM!

oldhomey

This is probably Buggs' most despicable hobby horse that he refuses to get off of. His allegations about vaccines have been dispelled for more than a decade now. But by helping to keep the lie alive, Buggs contributes to the unfounded fears that young parents continue to have about vaccinating their babies, thus making their own babies and others vulnerable to diseases that simply should no longer present any threat. Even William Thompson, the man he cites in the discounted autism study, has publicly stated that vaccinations are safe, life-saving and parents should absolutely have their children vaccinated for their protection. Shame on Buggs. He is a wigged out narcissist of the first order who continues to retail this very, very dangerous lie simply to call attention to himself. What a first class jerk.

johnnybragatti

Trumptards will not replace us....
neither will Trump-Humpers.

capedcrusader

Alex Jones isn't being subjected to anything more then Howard Stern was years ago. He was sued numerous times just for language incidents alone. He paid fines, got fired, got tired, and finally moved on from terrestrial radio. What you don't understand like so many others is that there really isn't "freedom of speech". The owners of companies have rules, rules that these guys are privy to when they sign their contracts. If or when these guys break the rules or the terms of their contracts they can be held responsible and disciplined up to and including termination. In my opinion a guy like Jones is worse because he takes something like an idea and has to keep building upon it. Even if it's untrue and getting traction. You can only talk about aliens for so long and you would lose your audience. So, what he does is keep coming up with things and adding to them and it just perpetuates. I don't even think Jones believes some of the cr*p he spews on a daily basis. Now, when these guys break the rules or their contracts the owners take action because THEY DON'T WANT TO GET SUED. They don't give a cr*p whether Jones or Stern get sued. THEY don't want it. By taking action they are sending a clear signal both to the party and the listeners. Even a paper like this could get sued for knowlingly and willingly printing plagiarized material. Just as you can't shout Fire in a crowded movie theater, don't buy into that freedom of speech and censorship jargon because there is much more to it then meets the eye.

oldhomey

Jones probably doesn't believe a word of the krappe he spews, caped. He is catering to the ill-formed minds of the public who are vulnerable to his sales pitch for his pricey, useless vitamin supplements that crowd the medicine cabinets of Buggs, new2, Snow, crank, et al.

martian2

its a good thing the FDA does not monitor what goes into vitamins and supplements, otherwise folks like A Jones would be proven again to lie, this time about what is in them. Cant trust him with the news, why in h*ll would you trust him with your health.

Buggs Raplin

You're probably the most ignorant blogger on these boards. This comment confirms it. Howard Stern was not purged. Alex Jones was. For telling the truth.This from Chip DeNure. Care to give your name? Or are you afraid to?

Buggs Raplin

Comment directed at Caped; homey is such a coward he'll never give his real name.

oldhomey

Would knowing my name make your awful lies any more true -- dangerous lies when it comes to your hogswill about vaccines and autism? What is the point, Buggs, my name or the fact that you are continually circulating horrible lies, even long after they have been exposed?

oldhomey

By the way, Caped, being singled out by Buggs as you have been means you have gotten under his skin. It is a badge of honor to be worn proudly on these comment boards. Congratulations.

Cassandra2

Chippy, please explain your claim that Jones was "purged" and how you can support your claim that he has a "right" to be heard on private Internet platforms.

johnnybragatti

Never seen Jones before yesterday. Thank God we don"t have cable.
This loser makes Hitler look tame, above and beyond a scary whackerjob.
It also made me realize that Climatehoax , Rickzerocok,Buggs and the Exlax2New boy,
despite their own extremely severe mental illness level,
are.in essence Jones wannabees. We now know why
Their nonsense comments are always plagiarized versions of Jone"s lies , rants, and murderous bullkrap., verbatim !!!
That"s why us smart folks don"t read them,
and neither does anyone else.

Buggs Raplin

johnny is oldhomey's brother. The former incoherent; the latter, the biggest liar on these boards. I think even gullible liberals are on to their bullsh*t.

oldhomey

How would you know, Buggs? You NEVER read my comments, especially the longer ones. You have told us that over and over again. To judge them as lies and bullsh*t would require that you have read them. And if you have read them, it would be prima facie evidence that you lied about not reading them, confirming that you are, indeed, a liar. But anybody who follows you on these strings has long been aware of that fact.

Buggs Raplin

JFK pretty well nailed it. The Deep State is afraid of the people. As viewed by the Deep State, the people are sheep that need to be controlled. That's the job of the propaganda media. Think of them as shepards. For a long time this arrangement worked splendidly. Then came the internet and people like Alex Jones telling the truth, and destroying the necessary illusions of the propaganda media. This phenomenon has the Deep State in a panic. The truth media was the BIG reason the Deep State's candidate lost to Donald Trump. A serious movement is now underway to get rid of the truth media and the threat it poses. The first strike was launched with Big Tech purging Alex Jones in a coordinated action worthy of Josef Stalin. Stay tuned. As Bette Davis would say, 'it's going to be a bumpy ride' from here on out.

oldhomey

It will be the very people you most loathe, progressives the ACLU, who will champion the return of Alex Jones to these sites, Buggs. That is because they operate on something that you know nothing about -- sacred principles.

PhysicsIsFun

This is a good column. My favorite part is, "Alex Jones is a loathsome windbag."

oldhomey

Amen, Physics

Cassandra2

Jones has ZERO right to spread his lunatic theories and hateful rhetoric on private networks. If he wants to spread this BS he is free to establish his own Internet platform. People like Chippy are always claiming their "right" to use these networks, but those rights simply don't exist.

Buggs Raplin

Grow up Cassie, quit acting like a baby. Please, someone, anyone, change her diapers.

Cassandra2

Once again, unable to support his ridiculous arguments with any kind of facts or evidence, Chip DeNure makes lame schoolyard taunts. He's a pathetic loser who desperately needs mental health care.

Buggs Raplin

Yeah, again with the mental health thing. When someone tells the truth contradicting the official government explanation;( the doubt based on the evidence), he/she is then told to get back on his/her meds. The facts presented contrary to the government explanation need no refutation in 'CassieWorld' cause Cassie only accepts facts she agrees with. Grow up Cassie. Quit being such a stupid. There is truth out there that you don't like. A rational being would acknowledge it. But you're not a rational human being are you...hiding there in your anonymity. What a coward.

Cassandra2

Chippy, there's an old problem solving principle known as "Occam's razor," which basically states that the simplest solution to a given question is usually the correct one. Your constant ranting and denial of the facts in favor of the most outlandish conspiracies and your incessant defense of those outrageous notions is proof of your mental instability. QED. And then you play the victim card. Such a pathetic loser.

oldhomey

It appears Buggs is confessing to another of his strange fetishes. I doubt that Cassie would be a willing consenting partner in such an endeavor.

Buggs Raplin

oldhomey, please change Cassie's diapers. She's smelling up the web site

oldhomey

I have NEVER entered into a conversation about Cassandra and diapers, Buggs. If I have, you would have to provide the proof. And to provide the proof, you would have to read my posts, but we all know that you have sworn NEVER to read my posts again. I don't to make a liar out of you, Buggs. Not when you do such a good job of that by yourself.

Buggs Raplin

A prime example of the deceit of the propaganda media is the Parkland tragedy where two students who were there described multiple gunmen. One said there were three shooters; the other that she was actually walking with Nicholas Cruz when shots were fired in the building. Alex Jones and others in the truth media reported this; there are videos of the two students. The propaganda media ignored the two eyewitnesses. This was an obvious false flag to try to achieve a Deep State agenda item-gun control.

oldhomey

So, once again Buggs leaps on the "witness" of one or two outlier people when thousands of others who saw the same event first hand testified that what they saw was totally different, and what the thousands saw holds together as a consistent picture of the event. Buggs no doubt picked up on his "two witness" account of the shooting from Alex Jones. Let Jones say what he wants, let fools like Buggs pass it along, but the overwhelming weight of facts will sink them and reduce them to what they are, objects of ridicule.

Buggs Raplin

Alex is represented as a conspiracy theorist by the propaganda media. The public has been brainwashed to believe a conspiracy theorist is a nut. The CIA used the term to denigrate JFK assassination researchers who presented evidence that JFK was killed by the CIA. Conspiracies are the dominant feature of world history. They are real when based on solid evidence. And you don't get that evidence from the propaganda media. They cover it up.

oldhomey

Gosh. Maybe the MSM should instead call Alex Jones a "conspiracy investigator". But that of course would soon become a deservedly much ridiculed descriptive phrase, too, wouldn't it Buggs, when it simply is a cover label for the same horsesh*t lunacy that Mr. Jones will continue to spread?

Climatehoax

What Maxine Waters called for against this administration is equally appalls what jones says, has she been banned?

Cassandra2

Hoaxer, you are so full of shite. Comparing Waters' remarks to the toxic and dangerous rhetoric spread by Jones just shows the depths of your desperation.

Buggs Raplin

This was a fairly decent column. Thank you Tribune. I sincerely mean that. The quote from JFK was superb. The denunciation of Alex Jones is off target. Alex has been telling the people the truth. The mainstream media has not. That's why the Big Tech companies silenced him. The alternative media has become a very real threat to the Deep State. That's why Big Tech did what they did. The necessary illusions doled out by the propaganda media have lost their appeal to an increasing segment of society. Truth is preferred. Anyone studying the Sandy Hook evidence knows the official version is full of holes. Pizzagate is real. Andrew Breitbart, before his mysterious death, tweeted that Hillary's campaign manager, John Podesta, was a 'cover-upperer of a child sex slave operation.' Podesta's e-mails were hacked revealing coded references to having sex with children. Those e-mails are available for viewing with a google. Many people mistakenly believe that truth-tellers are valued by society in general. They are not. The truth is upsetting to many; they prefer the illusion, and resent it when its disturbed. So God bless you Alex Jones, and his many fans. You are the Resistance.

Cassandra2

Alex Jones' comments have been proven time and time again to be lies. Your crazed rantings notwithstanding, Chippy, all of the nonsense you and Jones spout is nothing but utter nonsense that has been repeatedly debunked. But facts simply don't matter to you. You will reject anything that goes counter to your paranoid fantasies.

Buggs Raplin

Cassie, we all know in your world, truth is only truth if you agree with it. Grow up; show a little maturity.

Cassandra2

Chippy, we all know that in your paranoid fantasy, NO amount of evidence or facts will sway you from your ill-informed opinions. Get yourself checked into a mental health care facility before you hurt yourself or others.

oldhomey

Ahem. Buggs, show us a little truth that you have picked up from Alex Jones. That would be more to the point.

oldhomey

Buggs tells us: "The alternative media has become a very real threat to the Deep State." No, Buggs, the alternative media has invested itself heavily in the false concept of a "Deep State" as a red herring to detract from its use of falsehoods to make its arguments. The only threat to this nation that the alternative media represents to this country is the enormous amount of dunderheads such as yourself who have temporarily (one would hope) lost their grip on insanity and are following the lead of various scammers and shysters like Alex Jones and Trump's former BFF, Steve Bannon. How are Jones' expensive, useless vitamin supplements working out for you, Buggs?

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