aside The Source Of The President’s Alternate Facts

Related imageThe issue of our republican President Donald Trump frequently spouting out incorrect information (“fake news”) is extremely problematic, especially when he, his administration and republican legislators are creating policies based on erroneous data. For example, republican led states are operating a full speed ahead to enact legislation to restrict voters’ access to the ballot box based on the belief that millions of peoples are voting illegally. This conviction has been debunked over and over again.

He is in the process of creating a new travel ban based on fake news massacres by refugees like the “bowling green” and the recent “Swedish” incidents. Image result for recent photos of trump at rallies

Where is he getting these stories? Here is the rest of the story…

On 2/19/17, Jim Rutenberg of NY Times penned the article, “In Trump’s Volleys, Echoes of Alex Jones’s Conspiracy Theories.” 

Excerpts:

“Way back on Friday, President Trump declared that several news organizations — ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, The New York Times — were “the enemy of the American people.” You know who’s not the enemy, in his book?”

“Alex Jones.”

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“Mr. Jones, in case you aren’t aware, is the conspiracy-theorizing, flame-throwing nationalistic radio and internet star who’s best known for suggesting that Sept. 11 was an inside job, that the Sandy Hook school shooting was “completely fake” and that the phony Clinton child-sex trafficking scandal known as Pizzagate warranted serious investigation (which one Facebook fan took upon himself to do, armed with an AR-15).”

“Mr. Jones, 43, has been around for a while. Like every media outfit in the Trump era, his platforms have gotten record traffic and, he told me last week, seen increases in revenue, with ads for water purification systems and for supplements to enhance “brain force” and virility.”

“But he is apparently taking on a new role as occasional information source and validator for the president of the United States, with whom, Mr. Jones says, he sometimes speaks on the phone.”

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“Millions of listeners and viewers tune in to Mr. Jones on his websites (Infowars chief among them), on Facebook and through old-fashioned radio, and their loyalty partly explains how Mr. Trump maintains a hard-core faithful who don’t believe a word they read about him in a newspaper like this one.”

“His audience, Mr. Jones told me, is “the teeth of the Trump organization on the ground — the information-warfare, organic internal resistance.” Sure enough, on Saturday the journalist McKay Coppins of The Atlantic tweeted from Florida, “Spotted at Trump rally: More than one InfoWars t-shirt.”

“Where Mr. Jones’s content fits in Mr. Trump’s broad media diet isn’t clear. White House officials declined to talk about it in detail. (Hey, Mr. President, I’m trying.) But as Mr. Trump pushes full steam ahead on his effort to delegitimize American journalism, he is lending credence to a number of out-there Jonesisms, adding yet another “pinch yourself, this is happening” element to our national journey into the upside-down.”

“You can look no further than Mr. Trump’s description of the press as “the enemy of the American people” on Friday, which was reminiscent of Mr. Jones’s use of the same phrase in 2015, as Mr. Jones noted on Sunday on Twitter.”Image result for photo of alex jones

“Two weeks ago, Mr. Trump’s quickly debunked allegation that the news media covered up terrorism by Islamic extremists echoed reports on Infowars, including one headline that blared: “Scandal: Mass Media Covers Up Terrorism to Protect Islam.”

“Before that, there was Mr. Trump’s false claim that millions of unauthorized immigrants voted illegally for Hillary Clinton, which Infowars had asserted in November and then repeated, giving “oxygen to the lies,” as CNN put it then. Then again, others in the right-leaning internet ecosystem had forwarded the illegal voting report, too.”

“Mr. Jones’s influence could be seen more directly last spring when Mr. Trump told a crowd in California that “there is no drought” —oh, yes, there was — and suggested that reports of one were part of a plot to protect a “three-inch fish.” It was very similar to reports in Infowars suggesting the drought was manufactured and promoting the fish theory.” cartoon-alternative-facts-118_191603

“Mr. Jones demurred when it came to his influence on Mr. Trump, which he said the “MSM” (mainstream media) overstated to undermine the president. “MSM tries to say Alex Jones is an eight-headed kook with all these warts and Trump’s copying everything he says,” Mr. Jones told me. “It’s just not true.”

“For instance, he said, when he urged Mr. Trump to address illegal voting allegations during one phone conversation, “he said, ‘I already know, I’m making a speech in two days.’” (Mr. Trump, he said, “was an Infowarrior before I was born.”)

“Mr. Jones said that conversation had taken place earlier in the campaign, not on the phone call immediately after the election that my colleague Maggie Haberman reported on, in which Mr. Jones said the president had thanked him for his support. Mr. Jones told me that he had spoken with Mr. Trump since that call, though an aide to the president, communicating on the condition of anonymity, played down the frequency of their contact.”cartoon-spicer-w-reality-glasses-download

“Either way, Mr. Jones is hoping his organization will qualify for a coveted White House press credential. He says it’s not something he’s pining for or needs, but he doesn’t see why Infowars shouldn’t get one when “Trump’s calling CNN fake.”

“The White House said it had yet to receive a proper application from Infowars and therefore could not comment on whether it would get one. Mr. Jones said the delay might be related to a bureaucratic snag. “They say it’s going to get rectified,” he said.”

“One ally in his corner is Roger Stone, the longtime Republican operative and informal adviser to Mr. Trump, whose matchmaking brought them together and led to the 2015 Infowars interview during which Mr. Trump told Mr. Jones that “you have an amazing reputation.” cartoon-dt-la-la-land-download

“Two of the major internet tracking companies, Quantcast and Alexa, reported that in January Infowars had an average of around eight million (Quantcast) or 8.7 million (Alexa) global visitors, who viewed its pages nearly 50 million times. As of Sunday Quantcast ranked its traffic above that of the fact-checking site Politifact.com.”

“Those numbers miss the audiences for his national radio show and his team’s videos on YouTube, where the biggest of his 18 channels has 1.2 billion views, and on Facebook, where they draw many millions of views. (One, by his editor at large, Paul Joseph Watson, lists 18.1 million views.)”Image result for cartoons of trumps alt facts

“When I was first dealing with Alex, he had a staff of three people and was broadcasting his apocalyptic messages from” a spare bedroom “with choo-choo wallpaper,” said the author Jon Ronson, who wrote about Mr. Jones in his 2002 book, “Them,” and revisited him in “The Elephant in the Room” last year. “In the summer, he had a staff of between 50 and 75 people in this huge industrial space as big as a mainstream TV network.”

“Mr. Jones says it’s hardly CNN-size (and, for the record, he says, he believes Sandy Hook may have happened).”Related image

“Last week, Mr. Jones’s conspiracy workshop was busy making the case that the leaks that forced Michael T. Flynn’s resignation as Mr. Trump’s national security adviser were part of a “counter coup” by what he has called “criminal, corporate elements inside the C.I.A.” working “to basically overthrow Trump.”

“It’s the sort of message that resonates with his segment of Trump voters because, Mr. Jones said, “the public doesn’t have any trust in the system.”

My thoughts: Our president is a consumer of the same news outlets as the vast majority of his followers, like Alex Jones of Infowars; Breitbart News; Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report; etc. This means that they are all part of an alternate bubble that places the rest of us in a state of shock.

6 comments

  1. Didn’t the top honchos want Trump to win. They said a Trump presidency would be good for the ratings. It’s their fault, and tbh, I don’t give a hoot about MSNBC and CNN anymore.

    • Dear Renxkyoko,

      I do blame the media for helping DT tp win. The media decision makers didn’t start to be as critical as they could have been until it was too late.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Jones is the source of perpetuating the 3 million illegal voter fraud issue, which was invented by a blogger. One of my favorite Jones’ lies is the Sandy Hook school shooting was staged. Maybe we should ask Jones to share that with the families whose children are dead.

    Pence said Trump reserves the right to call the press on the carpet. Well, they reserve the right to ask him where he gets such inane stories. This stuff can be checked, so he may want to get daily briefings at least of the real stories. If he wants to make up BS from there, that is his own choice, but he certainly should not govern off what he thinks is happening.

    • Dear Keith.

      My major worry is how does DT’s buy in to fake news influence his policy making for the us.

      If he is relying so heavily on the purveyors of fake news while avoiding intelligence and objective data briefings, then we’re the ones in trouble.

      It is my opinion that the press has to spend more time focusing on DT’s policies.

      Ciao, Gronda.

      • Agreed. To your point, just take the environment. He hates wind energy, but Reuters reported today that Texas is the largest wind energy producer in the US with 12.8% of its energy from wind. And, the top states for wind energy are mostly red states. These are facts, but my guess is this is not widely known among his sources. Keith

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