Rachel Maddow did a wonderful job exposing Alex Jones for the fraud he is on her show Wednesday night, as she tackled conspiracy theorists and radical extremists with intelligence and facts. In her opening segment, Maddow played a series of clips showing how Jones uses pretty much every tragedy that happens in our country as an excuse to pull the “false flag” card and claim the government was behind it.
Watch the segment here, courtesy of MSNBC:
What people like Alex Jones do is prey on the weakest and most easily influenced in our country, feeding their fear of the government with ridiculous conspiracies and turning that into an easy profit. It’s the same kind of tactic used by frauds like Glenn Beck and pseudo-journalists like Matt Drudge. Usually the people they cater to already have a deep-seated hatred or fear of the government, and they feed off of the reassurance that they should be afraid. Big bad government is coming for your guns, practicing martial law in order to implement it in larger cities and confiscate all weapons! This kind of fear mongering garbage is what leads to people like Timothy McVeigh, or Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, thinking that they must do something to fight back.
In reality, people like Alex Jones are doing a terrible disservice to the healthy idea of questioning your government and its intentions. We should be analyzing what our government is doing, the laws they’re passing and any possible ulterior motives they may have in their actions. But to cry wolf anytime something bad happens in our country, immediately screaming about how “Obama did it,” is just absurd–and deals the overall notion of questioning your government a massive black eye. It really makes you wonder what Alex Jones’ true motives are when he’s yelling about everything from Aurora, to Sandy Hook, to Boston all being false flag operations. Not to mention pretty much every tragedy before these as well.
I’m all for the First Amendment and I feel anybody has a right to speak their mind, even somebody as obviously crazy as Alex Jones or Glenn Beck. What I’m not for is when they’re using those first amendment rights to prey on vulnerable minds, leading them in the direction of violence in order to “keep their rights.” I’m sick of nutjobs like Jones and Beck using every tragedy as a golden opportunity to push their anti-government agendas and conspiracies, all while spitting in the faces of the victims of these tragedies. All they care about is spreading fear for profit with no regard for truth, reasoning, or mental well-being. That’s a dangerous proposition when you think about how many people actually believe the crap they’re spewing on a daily basis. Kudos to Maddow for the solid segment pointing it out–here’s hoping more will catch on and reject the madness in favor of intelligent discourse.
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