Alex Jones is a fiery extremist who uses his radio show and his Web site InfoWars.com to spin out some of the country’s wackiest conspiracy theories. A month ago, he accused President Obama “and others” of funding radical Islam and “letting Ebola in.” Last June, when two police officers were killed in an ambush in Las Vegas, Jones said the event was “absolutely staged” by dark forces: “I kept telling, they’re getting ready to false flag, and it happens right in Harry Reid’s district, right in his state, right in his city, with his police department.” In a famous gun-violence tilt with then-CNN talent Piers Morgan, Jones said, “The U.S. No. 1 cause of death is suicide now because they give people suicide mass murder pills.”
Such far-outness has managed to sneak into a campaign for the Austin City Council. Laura Pressley has advanced to a Dec. 16 runoff for the District 4 seat on the city council, and the campaign is unearthing some uncomfortable aspects of her past, including a November 2013 appearance on Jones’s “InfoWars” show. Austin American-Statesman columnist Ken Herman breaks down that appearance, which covered issues such as how the smart meters of Austin Energy made Pressley’s legs twitch every 25 seconds. Pressley’s activism on this problem, reports Herman, prompted Austin Energy to enable its customers to refuse the meters — something that Jones declared “a major victory against the globalists …”
Herman shows skepticism toward Jones, though not nearly enough. Here’s the false-equivalence-loaded paragraph that he uses to sum up the shock jock’s place in the world:
To some, Jones is the only person telling the truth about government gone wild. To others, he’s a supercaffeinated paranoid nutball. Our planet is large enough for both schools of thought. I’m more aligned with the one that thinks he ought to occasionally consider the decaf option.
Jones ought to be very pleased with that assessment.