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- Overall, InfoWars/Alex Jones is a crackpot, tin foil hat-level conspiracy website that strongly promotes pseudoscience. The amount of fake news and debunked conspiracy claims, as well as extreme right-wing bias, renders InfoWars a non-credible source on any level.
Bias Rating: EXTREME RIGHT
Factual Reporting: VERY LOW
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1999 by Alex Jones, InfoWars is a far-right American conspiracy theorist and fake news website and media platform. The radio program originates from Austin, Texas, and is broadcast on over 100 radio stations. InfoWars routinely reports fake news that has led to harassment lawsuits against Alex Jones. InfoWars is most famous for promoting the fake false flag idea that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings were staged by actors and directed by the government. This has resulted in numerous lawsuits against Jones by grieving parents who lost their children in the mass shooting. Further, during a child custody case, Jones’s attorney admitted that Alex Jones is a “performance artist.”
In February 2018, Alex Jones was accused by former employees of antisemitism and sexual harassment of women staff members. Jones denied the allegations. In August of 2018, InfoWars/Alex Jones content was removed and banned from Facebook, Youtube, Spotify, and Apple due to a violation of community standards through hate speech promotion.
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Analysis / Bias
In review, InfoWars is a Tin-Foil Hat Conspiracy multimedia source. Alex Jones has become famous for selling fake stories and debunked claims to a large audience. There are simply too many crazy conspiracies to list, and with that in mind, here are some of his more famous/infamous claims:
- The New World Order run by Pedophiles (Pizzagate)
- 911 was an inside job
- San Bernardino False Flag
- Man-made Hurricanes and Tornadoes
- Mind Control Operations
Editorially, Infowars presents with an extreme right-wing bias with virtually all stories favoring the right and denigrating the left such as this: ADD ONE TO CLINTON BODY COUNT, JEFFREY EPSTEIN KILLED DURING SUICIDE WATCH. There obviously isn’t any evidence to support Infowars’ claim and hence why it is a conspiracy.
Failed Fact Checks
Needless to say, a Factual Search reveals an incredible amount of failed fact checks. Below is a shortlist.
- Says explosive devices mailed to prominent Democrats and Trump critics confirm the “deep state (is) launching false flag against (mainstream media)/Dems to blame Trump & pro-America forces.” – FALSE
- Democratic judge said “we’re going erase all the computer files … on Wednesday morning.” – PANTS ON FIRE
- Emails show Democrats, Hillary Clinton and George Soros instigated and orchestrated racial protests in Charlottesville by trying to “control” and keep people “desperate.” – PANTS ON FIRE
- Says police officers smoke marijuana once a year as part of their jobs. – FALSE
- “Election fraud: Democrats are voting twice in Maryland” – PANTS ON FIRE
Overall, InfoWars/Alex Jones is a crackpot, tin foil hat-level conspiracy website that strongly promotes pseudoscience. The amount of fake news and debunked conspiracy claims, as well as extreme right-wing bias, renders InfoWars a non-credible source on any level. (7/20/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 4/10/2021)