Wednesday’s “Two Minutes Hate” by establishment anti-Trump forces found much to berate the billionaire outsider about for his interview with libertarian talk radio host Alex Jones. The activist Jones has built an internet empire over the years with his popular website Infowars.com, a series of films and particularly his long-running radio show that is well known for the host’s gregarious personality as well as his focus on any number of taboo topics. In the terms of the state-corporate media and the oligarchy it serves, he is a “conspiracy theorist” which has long been a useful catch-all pejorative that immediately marginalizes those who dare to ask questions of the power elite. He is also often referred to as a “truther” although he did accurately predict the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center weeks before the hijacked airliners hit the towers. So when Trump spoke with Jones the bloodsuckers were practically rocked by a collective orgasm.
The attacks came fast and furious as is evident by the CNN hit piece entitled “Trump praises 9/11 truther’s ‘amazing’ reputation”:
Donald Trump is heaping praise on a radio host who has asserted that the U.S. government was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down,” Trump told Alex Jones during a Wednesday afternoon appearance on the Infowars.com proprietor’s show.
Jones shared the love, telling Trump that “my audience, 90% of them, they support you.”
Jones, who has advanced a number of conspiracy theories, gained prominence as a 9/11 “truther.”
He has previously asserted on his radio show that there is a “98% chance this was a government-orchestrated controlled bombing.
In October, he said on a show that “there is a cover-up,” and then highlighted Trump’s recent criticism of George W. Bush’s handling of 9/11.
Trump has disputed most officials’ characterizations of 9/11 too in recent days, arguing that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the attacks. The real estate mogul and Republican presidential front-runner tweeted a link to an Infowars.com post supporting his claims.
There was one thing in common with the stories on the interview – they all smeared Trump for his appearance with the controversial Jones but omitted any serious discussion of the issues which is par for the course. A brief sampling of dozens of nasty stories are “Donald Trump Finds His Shooting-Truther Prophet” by the Daily Beast, the Washington Post with “Donald Trump just appeared with a leading 9/11 conspiracy theorist. Because why not”, Vanity Fair with “Donald Trump to Prominent Conspiracy Theorist: “Your Reputation Is Amazing”” and Raw Story with the doozy “Trump interviewed by Alex Jones — who thinks hallucinogenic ‘clockwork elves’ control the new world order”. Another day another shitstorm for Trump.
Now I am personally very ambivalent towards the work of the talk radio firebrand – who I am at least somewhat familiar with – although I don’t count myself among his ardent fans. I have followed his work on and off for a good number of years now and am still not completely sure of what drives him, who backs him and what his true motivations are but he has talent – so much so that Glenn Beck stole a good chunk of his shtick back when he was riding high on cable TV news. Say what you will about Alex Jones and his penchant for the bizarre but he has a loyal following and his show has the potential to reach millions of listeners or in layman’s terms: voters. Trump had to know that he would catch loads of shit from the mercenary media over his appearance but he didn’t become a billionaire several times over by being stupid.