Who Is Alex Jones? His Top Five Conspiracy Theories Ahead of NBC’s Megyn Kelly Interview

NBC host Megyn Kelly’s interview with noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, scheduled to air on Sunday, never really seemed like a good idea. Sandy Hook parents have called for NBC to pull the interview, due to the controversial right-wing radio host’s previous statements promoting conspiracy theories about the school shooting. And Jones has now fired back at Kelly, leaking recorded audio in which Kelly tells him she thinks he is “fascinating” and promises the interview won’t be “some gotcha-hit-piece.”  

Jones is the founder of Infowars, an outlet that proclaims, “There is a war on for your mind!” He has promoted conspiracy theories ranging from the Sandy Hook Shooting being faked to the government creating homosexuality.

Kelly’s scheduled interview with Jones put both NBC and Kelly onto the defensive for giving a platform for Jones. JP Morgan Chase has pulled advertising from the show until after the interview airs.

“Every week. 5 years later. Still harassed by truthers. You do NOT give crazy a platform. You’re better than this @nbc,” Nelba Marquez-Greene, whose daughter, Anna Grace, was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, tweeted Monday.

Kelly’s defense of the interview has centered on President Donald Trump’s promotion of Jones. Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone also often appears on Jones’ show, and Trump appeared on the show during the campaign and told Jones, “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down.”

Jones’s conspiracy theories have reached a wide audience. Infowars.com has averaged 6.72 million unique visitors a month so far in 2017, according to Quantcast. Jones’s business model revolves around selling dietary supplements to his devoted followers.    

Comments from Jones’s own defense team during his recent custody dispute have raised questions about whether he actually believes the conspiracies he is peddling.  Jones’s ex-wife Kelly Jones won the right to decide who the children live with in the April trial. Kelly Jones said Alex Jones is “not stable” and expressed concern about their children watching his show. Jones’s lawyer said that Jones was “playing a character” and is “a performance artist.”  

Here are five of his Jones’s prominent conspiracy theories.

1. New World Order  

Most of Jones’s other conspiracy theories revolve around this one, which argues the world’s elites are planning on “exterminating” 80 percent of the world’s population “to live forever with the aid of advanced technology.” Jones made a documentary exploring this theory, which proposes “globalists” are planning on using eugenics to eliminate a large portion of the population. On his radio show, Jones often rails against these “globalists.”  

2. 9/11 Was an “Inside Job”

Jones has described himself as “one of the very first founding fathers of the 9/11 truth movement.” He made a film titled Martial Law 9-11: The Rise of the Police State, in which he called 9/11 an “inside job” orchestrated by “globalists” in the U.S. government who were trying to enslave the world. He has also appeared at a 9/11 truther conference where he called 9/11 a “hoax” and a “fraud.”

3. Major Shootings, Bombings Were “False Flag” Operations

Along with 9/11, Jones has accused many other major shootings and bombings of being faked by the government to promote the interests of globalists. Jones sees “false flag” operations orchestrated by elites in many events, including the Oklahoma City and Boston Marathon bombings. He also questioned the mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado; Columbine, Colorado; Tucson, Arizona; San Bernardino, California; Orlando, Florida; and Newtown, Connecticut. Listeners of Jones who believe these theories have harassed family members of victims in the years following the shootings.    

4. Obama Is “Global Head” of Al-Qaeda

 Jones was one of many right-wingers to target President Barack Obama aggressively following his election in 2008. Jones called Obama “the global head of Al-Qaeda,” accusing him of funding and arming the terrorist organization to achieve his own political goals. He also called Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton literal “demons.”   

5. Government Creates Homosexuality

 Jones has said the government is using juice boxes to make children gay to slow and eventually reverse the growth of the population. In one of his most popular videos (often used to mock Jones online), the radio host proclaims that chemicals in the water are “turning the freaking frogs gay.”  

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