No doubt you’re aware of Alex Jones, who hosts his own paranoid radio show filled with conspiracy theories where he churns out lies so ridiculous that you have to possess a non-fully formed conservative brain to even listen to what he says. You might just as well go stick your head down a toilet and wait for a leprechaun to appear and grant you three wishes.
Most recently, Jones propagated a lie in which he alleged a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., was serving as a front for a child sex slave ring being run by Hillary Clinton. Yes, it’s patently false on it’s face, but one brain-dead follower of Jones took a gun and fired shots into the pizza parlor earlier this week. Words can lead to actions.
Specifically, on November 4 Jones had this to say on his show:
“When I think about all the children Hillary Clinton has personally murdered and chopped up and raped, I have zero fear standing up against her. Yeah, you heard me right. Hillary Clinton has personally murdered children. I just can’t hold back the truth anymore.”
His rant was later seen on YouTube. The video is no longer available, but who knows how many people viewed this bilge? One of them may well have been the moron who decided it would be a great idea to fire a loaded weapon into a place of business where children are often present. Because in the right-wing mind, a gun is the solution to every problem.
Alex Jones is a joke, and it’s hard to imagine anyone with any sense would ever take what he says to be factual. But therein lies the problem: Not everyone has the ability to use reason and logic to discern truth from fiction. These are the kind of people who tend to flock to Jones and other nuthatches on the extreme right.
I am an absolutist on the First Amendment, and I believe Alex Jones has every right to broadcast all the nonsense he wants to. But I also know that tolerance has limits. And the one thing I cannot tolerate is intolerance.
What’s the solution to people like Jones? Education, information, and rejection of what he stands for. Perhaps we also need to fight him with his own tactics, but I’ll leave that to others.
Here’s Jones on his radio show telling his Big Lie about Hillary Clinton:
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org