Alex Jones and Donald Trump

Alex Jones started his career in Austin with a live, call-in format public-access cable television program. In 1996, Jones switched to radio, hosting a show named The Final Edition on KJFK ” America Destroyed By Design.”

″If you come out before the midterms and make the censorship the big issue of them trying to steal the election. And if you make the fact we need an Internet Bill of Rights, and antitrust-busting on these companies, if they don’t back off right now,” Alex Jones declared

Trump’s online base of support often appears like a machine, one that creates and amplifies narratives supporting the president into the mainstream and attacks anyone perceived as his opponent. The machine works so well that, as was the case in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., its combative, conspiratorial tone has been absorbed by a larger portion of the right-wing Internet. But Syria has always been a dividing point between the pro-Trump Internet and Trump. Almost exactly a year ago, the United States responded to another suspected chemical attack with airstrikes, and the Trump Internet erupted in fury. “I’m officially off the Trump Train,” tweeted one Infowars correspondent.

His most recent rant has been that the “deep state” planted a spy in his campaign. People familiar with the matter said that person was not a mole but an F.B.I. source, an American scholar who had worked for years with Republicans. He had been finding out what Trump campaign officials who had contact with suspected Russian agents knew about the Russian hacking of Democratic emails. One of those officials has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the special counsel, Robert Mueller.

Then he paused, contemplated the middle distance, tugged on his right earlobe, and suddenly became grave as if the mention of a funeral had psychically transported him to one. “I think they’re going to kill Trump,” he said resignedly, a transition so jarring it was comical, despite the macabre subject matter. “Or they’re going to have an assassination attempt on Hillary. All hell’s going to break loose.

Many believe the right solution to bad speech, John Stuart Mill told us the solution to bad speech is more speech. Censorship is profoundly dangerous and it’s wrong. And if Facebook or anyone else thinks that what  Jones is saying is wrong, is nutty, the right way to respond to it is the purpose, here’s why you’re wrong, to engage it on the merits. It’s not simply to say, we’re banning you from speaking and we, the Star Chamber – mind you, this is one company but it is a company that is the portal of communication for most of Americans. It is a company with power – by any measure the big tech companies today, they are bigger and control more market than Standard Oil did when the federal government broke them up under the anti-trust laws.

It is fine to say that you are defending Alex Jones’ right to say despicable things not because you agree with him but precisely because you don’t agree with him. Cruz was, in fact, victimized as he says he was by InfoWars.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Alex Jones is in the middle of a custody lawsuit, and his ex-wife has declared his fiery rants prove he is not a fit parent. “He’s not a stable person,” Kelly Jones has said, according to the Statesman. “He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.”.
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