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Alex Jones ... yes, that Alex Jones ... the one of infowars fame ... has become so wildly popular in many areas of the Far Right in American politics that his conspiracy theories are slipping into the policy actions and debates of sitting Republican congressmen/women.  

Most of his conspiracies swirl around how certain actions by the government are really "false flag" operations intended to distract the public with a gruesome / attention-grabbing / tangential action in order to pursue some more evil masterminded plot.

Such as using some sort of weather weapon to spark tornadoes in Oklahoma as a means to fool the public into believing there is such a thing as climate change.

Or that the Boston Bombing was an attempt to assert more government control on the public.
But, a "crazy" thought has occurred to me:

What if Alex Jones IS a false flag operation?

Could it be that Alex Jones is an act put on by a cabal of Democratic operatives to make the Republican party look foolish?  What if he was sent by the Liberal Wing of American politics to feed horrible conspiracy theories into the Right Wing Echo Chamber in order to destroy the respectability of Conservative pundits, politicians and partisans?

If you were to draw-up the perfect False Flag operation to embarrass a political party, its supporters and its facemen; wouldn't a series of horribly construed, barely sane conspiracy theories being trumpeted about like skeletons in rotting lingerie be just the ticket?  And wouldn't it take advantage of the Right's single biggest weakness in the current media era: their inability to fact-check stories before blasting them all the way to the halls of power?

Someone in the Republican Party better wake-up before its too late and figure out who is paying Alex Jones to do more damage to the Republican brand than any poor policy decision ever could.

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  •  Feh! (1+ / 0-)
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    this just in

    There aren't any Democrats that stupid.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:58:28 AM PDT

  •  Shhh. (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    You aren't supposed to say it out loud. Now they'll be on to us...

  •  Easy enough to Verify: Does he drink Latte's and (1+ / 0-)
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    milkbone

    does he drive a Volvo.

    Notice: This Comment © 2013 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:19:36 AM PDT

  •  So, without wild provocateurs, ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim

    GOPers would be wise and well-behaved?

    No.

  •  Haha this has actually crossed my mind before. (1+ / 0-)
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    Buckeye54

    I mean, how can anyone seriously be THAT crazy? This guy makes Glenn Beck seem...normal.

  •  Alex Jones only exists to sell... (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    Alex Jones.  He has a simple formula, you take an issue that really exists, gather info on it that gets 80% of the facts in line, then swing into the tinfoil hat world to get the last 20%.

    That makes the controversy that sells.  And since 80% is correct the remaining 20% gets the 'yoda treatment" (from a certain point of view)

    He is not seen by the GOP and most GOP supporters as speaking for them as he is A$$Bat$h!7 crazy.  Yet they find they end up getting painted by others as part of his ilk and politicians have to answer questions from his cult members.

    I was at a town meeting with my former GOP congressman back in 2006 (Randy Kuhl) who was bombarded with questions about FEMA, FEMA camps, anti-war protestors who were pushing for UN takeover of the US military, GMO crops being forced into the food supply to make citizens compliant, etc.  They came from three people who were handing out stuff they printed off Alex Jones' web page.

    Since it was a town meeting, he had to answer them.  Politicians don't like saying "Uh, that is just stupid" to potential voters or where the press might run with that "Congressman calls district voters stupid"  So he tried to walk the middle of the road with answers.

    Mostly he answered "I don't know much about that, I will have my staff look into it."  Which is a good answer except it implies that you will read their kook stuff and they know when you read the "truth" you will do something about it.  But when you don't you show you are part of the coverup and need to be called out in public about not getting the answers to the questions.

    Remember 80% is right.  They just connect the dots through a tinfoil hat.

    A family member was a friend of Kuhl, and told me that Kuhl hated Jones because of the nuts that would show up and demand answer to crazy stuff.  (and why his answers were all wishy washy)

    Im sure that Dem's get the same problem with radical ecological groups and such.

    Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

    by DrillSgtK on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:35:51 AM PDT

  •  Plenty of diaries here making the same claims. (0+ / 0-)

    Alex Jones is simply more popular.

  •  If the Democrats could be so fiendish (0+ / 0-)

    and so deft, why are they so helpless in the less fraught endeavors?
    Alex Jones is Libertarianism's Frankenstein.
    He's the king of the paranoid Shallows. The semi-smart, the extreme end of the wRongPaul crowd!
    And he's in it for more than the money, he needs followers.
    I'd love to think that Jones is an embarrassment to the CON movement, he certainly should be, but I doubt that group have any shame anymore.
    I'm afraid that he riles up some people who should not be provoked, much the way Glenn Beck does. These guys play on fear. People get unpredictable when they are scared.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:55:37 AM PDT

  •  CT is non-partisan (0+ / 0-)

    I've seen diaries and comments here espousing and  linking to the same stuff; and we'd see more of it if it weren't against site rules in some cases, and strongly pushed back in others.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 11:55:08 AM PDT

  •  Every good lie has a kernal of truth. (0+ / 0-)

    The rest is misdirect and fear porn.  You know, the stuff that jaded people crave because it stimulates their adrenals and makes them FEEL something.  

    Alex Jones loses people as followers because he makes so many claims that simply can't be supported by logic and/or facts.  Even among conspiracy theorists, a lot of folks are simply tired of him and his fear projections-- fear porn.

    Courtesy is owed. Respect is earned. Love is given. (Unknown author, found in Guide to Texas Etiquette by Kinky Friedman)

    by marykmusic on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 05:06:21 PM PDT

  •  Thing is (0+ / 0-)

    Republican officials and lawmakers are busy genuflecting towards crazies like Jones because he now represents their shrinking base. And the more it shrinks, the more toxic the concentration of its fantasies. The party is spiraling in; some in the organization know it and fight; a few more know it and shrug; most buy into those fantasies. It's like a runaway chain reaction. Pretty soon: BOOM.

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