Alex Jones, the bombastic, conspiracy and hate-mongering commentator, turned to Donald Trump today (Aug 6) with a near hysterical plea for help after Apple and Spotify axed nearly all of his podcasts, Facebook banned several of his pages and YouTube dropped most of his videos.
Jones was finally called out for his false and inflammatory broadcasts. In his most vile act, he repeatedly claimed the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Connecticut was staged by “crisis actors,” inflicting untold emotional damage on parents of victims and survivors.
Six families of victims killed in the shooting and an FBI agent who responded to the scene filed a defamation lawsuit against him in May.
Jones made the same baseless claims in a YouTube video last February. He asserted that the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was another staged event.
YouTube docked him with a “strike” and pulled down the video. YouTube declared today (Aug. 6) that Jones’s statements violated its terms and policies.
Apple deleted Jones’s podcasts the day before. Spotify also removed all episodes of “The Alex Jones Show” from its service.
Facebook imposed a 30-day ban on Jones’ personal page last week. Then, it followed up today and axed four Infowars-related pages — the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the Infowars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page, according to Fox News.
Jones has the right to appeal the Facebook ban. He may well make a challege. Today, though, he issued a groveling appeal to President Trump, asking him to take action against the tech giants.
Jones went off on another bizarre tangent, blaming his predicament on China, and what he called the “ChiComms.” He said in the rant:
We know China owns the majority of our debt after the [unintelligible] of the Federal Reserve. We know they now own Hollywood. You’ve helped block some of them buying up American Bandstand, a few final things they didn’t own.
But he didn’t stop there. He claimed the People’s Army of China “has been caught running Diannne Feistein’s operation. “We know their penetration is hundreds of times that of the Russians,” he ranted.
He also claimed China “owned Hollywood” and branded Democrats “anti-American globalists.”
His screed turned into one gigantic conspiracy theory, from the ChiComms, radical Islam and the “unelected” European Union and to George Soros, all leading to “deplatforming me,” and “financing fake lawsuits.” He goes on:
I believe they’ve won the battle but they’re going to lose the war if you with your vision continue to take action and make free speech and this internet anti-trust garbage the number one issue and move against them now. If you don’t, they’re going to steal the midterms.
He calls on Trump to sponsor an “Internet Bill of Rights and anti-trust busting on these companies.”
Jones’s ban has led some of his supporters to evoke the First Amendment and cry censorship, claiming he is merely offering his “opinion.”
But the First Amendment isn’t absolute, and Jones’s screeds are far from opinions. They are more like falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater.
In any event, being banned from social media is far from “censorship.” Jones is still allowed to make his outlandish claims freely on any street corner in America.