The massive independent news and opinion website Infowars was banned from most of the Internet yesterday. All at once. Facebook banned him. YouTube — even though he had millions of subscribers. Apple deleted every one of his podcasts, ever. Years of them.
They didn’t tell him why.
Perhaps you’ve never heard of Alex Jones. Perhaps you hate him or ridicule him. And that’s fine. But since when is that cause for someone to be un-personed?
Here’s what I do know: Alex Jones is based in Texas. And like everything in Texas, he’s larger than life: Loud, funny, outrageous. He indulges in speculation and even in conspiracy theories.
Sometimes it’s very perceptive. Sometimes he uses hyperbole, engages in logical leaps, to show where we’re headed on some trends. He’s a dissident. That’s what dissidents do — they raise the alarm. They’re not always right. They can’t be. But we need people like them — on the right and the left.
(But only dissidents on the right are banned. A left-wing counterpart to Infowars, called the Young Turks, is full of conspiracy theory-touting kooks on the left.)
What’s worse is that this ban was egged on by the Media Party, who want to silence him — for business competitive reasons, for sure. But also for ideological uniformity reasons.
TONIGHT I'll show you some of the mainstream media's reaction — and why journalists condemning Alex Jones for spreading "fake news" are guilty of doing exactly the same thing.
Alex Jones is the first to go.
But do you think he’ll be the last?
I myself, for the first time ever, was locked out of Twitter over the weekend — for a comment I wrote literally four years ago. It was obviously dug up by some leftist activist group to shut me down.
That’s probably what happened here: A directed, organized campaign likely spent months going through every thing Jones every wrote, said or did, and probably put together a detailed dossier, and shopped it privately to these internet companies, all at the same time.
These companies in Silicon Valley are all Democrats. They know that Trump won in 2016 on the Internet. And they want to derail him for the 2018 mid-terms and the 2020 presidential election.
Alex Jones was one of the biggest things on the Internet — until yesterday. Today, he’s just a rumour. He’s being un-personed. Maybe that will happen to me one day.
Maybe it will happen to you...
NEXT: The world's leading reporter on this beat is Senior Technology Correspondent at Breitbart, Allum Bokhari, who joins me to talk about the Infowars purge and what, if anything, can be done to fight this censorship.
THEN: Toronto Mayor John Tory is using the Danforth mass shooting to propose a gun grab. Andrew Lawton, a Fellow with the True North Initiative, comes on to talk about the persistent myths about gun control measures, especially as they apply to this particular case.
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