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Info Wars and MSNBC

Info Wars and MSNBC
August 13
17:29 2018

Before getting to the gist of this commentary, I have to say that I am very serious about the subject matter. I am not trying to create some bizarre or hyperbolic comparison based on visceral partisan motivation. I believe in every word I write. That is understood by those who like what I write as well as those who do not.

It seems that never-ending controversies surround Alex Jones and his InfoWars broadcasting operation like the uncountable space debris that fills the Kuiper Belt circulating around our solar system. The latest has to do with a number of social media organizations blocking him from their platforms.

Even as I follow the daily news very closely, InfoWars is not on my beat. I have seen his performances on a few occasions and was totally repulsed. He is like a guy who gathers alcoholics together in order to pass out cocktail recipes.

Since I am not much of a conspiratorial theorist, his content holds no appeal. His claim that the Sandy Hook mass killing of children was a hoax is neither journalism or entertainment – as he later tried to peddle. I have never hated a person in my life, but Jones is on the prospect list should I decide to start. So, now that I have made my opinion of Jones very clear, let’s examine his style.

Jones provides very little actual news. Rather he uses the tools of propaganda to create false narratives. He cobbles together unrelated statements and events to make things appear to be what they are not. He goes beyond taking things out of context – a common media habit — by offering up things that have no original context in the first place. Jones strains conjecture to the point where it becomes fiction.

While I am a very ardent devotee of the First Amendment right of free speech — even repulsive and offensive speech — I do respect that it is not an unlimited right. If it were, we would not have slander and libel laws. In limiting speech that provokes violence or disaster, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that we do not have a right to “falsely cry ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.” We are not allowed to incite a riot or lie to the FBI – although that latter restriction bothers me a bit.

In claiming Sandy Hook to be a fraud, Jones unleashed some of his “alcoholics” on the families of victims – often with threats of violence. We can also recall the gun man ready to shoot up the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C. He was not an unhappy customer but acted in the belief that the Clintons were dishing out pedophile prostitution along with the pepperoni.

With the smallest of facts and a perverse talent for stitching them into sinister specious theories, Jones spews out bogus narratives every day. In the Jones world, there are no alternative viewpoints – just a steady stream of his one-sided mendacity.

Weeell … that got me thinking about MSNBC. For sure, that offspring of a journalistic assignation between Microsoft and NBC is huge. If they are one of the Olympic pools for journalism, then Jones is little more than an over-inflated kiddie pool.

It occurred to me, however, that there were quite a number of disturbing similarities between InfoWars and MSNBC. While they represent opposite ends of the political and philosophic continuum, they both propagandize the news. Most airtime is devoted to one-side opinions, analysis and conjecture.

They both rely heavily on out-of-context conclusions – opinions presented as fact-based. They both exclusively interview likeminded guests. In both cases, their biases hang out in full view much like Stormy Daniels’ breasts.

In terms of pure viciousness, such MSNBC personalities as Lawrence O’Donnell, Mika Brzezinski (and her newly trained lap dog paramour, Joe Scarborough) and Rachel Maddow give Jones a run for the gold in the coarseness of their reporting. Neither InfoWars nor MSNBC have any claim to fairness, balance or objectivity.

Neither InfoWars nor MSNBC provides news. They wallow in prosecutorial briefs in the court-of-public-opinion. They both have a narrow partisan political objective – to destroy their perceived enemies. To achieve that goal, they both dip their proverbial pens in the inkwell of personal character assassination and the maligning of those with whom they disagree.

They both use their platform to promote action, even if it might lead to violent action. Jones provokes (by suggestion) people to hate the goblins of the left and MSNBC endorses (by implication) harassment of those on the right. Recently, Washington Post writer, Eugene Robinson, opined that in this volatile political environment “someone is going to get killed.” Robinson needs to be informed that they already have been killed – a young demonstrator in Charlottesville and several police officers assassinated in several cities around the country.

Those who rely on InfoWars or MSNBC as their primary source of information may be the most misinformed people in America.

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Deb
    Deb August 14, 17:14

    All politicians are alike. They have to be to stay in the game!

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