Gee, no kidding!

Courtesy of The Daily Beast

A former staff member at Alex Jones’s far-right conspiracy site Infowars has admitted to making up stories for Jones about the threat of Shariah law within the U.S. Writing for The New York Times, Josh Owens expressed his regret for helping Jones spread Islamophobic misinformation. The former Infowars video editor said that he made up lies about Islamberg, a Muslim community north of New York City, and accused it of harboring terrorists. After being told in interviews that the people of Islamberg were “kind, generous neighbors,” Owens writes that they decided to lie. “The information did not meet our expectations, so we made it up, preying on the vulnerable and feeding the prejudices and fears of Jones’s audience,” he wrote. “We ignored certain facts, fabricated others and took situations out of context to fit our narrative.” The fabrications led to headlines such as “Shariah Law Zones Confirmed in America,” “Report: Obama’s Terror Cells in the U.S.,” and “The Rumors Are True: Shariah Law Is Here!” Owens writes that he quit soon after the Islamberg assignment.

If you have listened to even a minute of an Info Wars broadcast, and I have shared a few of them here, then you cannot possibly be surprised that Alex Jones manufactures facts to fit his batshit crazy view of reality. 

The guy is constantly making mountains out of molehills, or better yet, our of thin air. 

However, I would also caution people against simply dismissing Alex Jones as a right-wing outlier because his lunatic rantings are virtually identical to some of the things that come out of the mouths of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, or the folks who occupy that couch on Fox and Friends. 

There is big money is pre-packaged, carefully targeted, crazy ass BS. 

Alex Jones has made a career out of spreading it far and wide, and Fox News is using it to alter reality for their millions of viewers. 

This is likely why Donald Trump, a man who used targeted BS to help him win the presidency, is a huge fan of both Fox News and Alex Jones.