Alex Jones uses his online empire and radio broadcasts to spread the idea that the U.S. government was actively involved in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured about 260 people. A lot of people believe that his stuff makes sense. Alex Jones' follower base is so strong that he has become one of the most popular names in the Internet conspiracy industry.
Alex Jones' show is broadcast by Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) on a channel operated by Clear Channel Communications Inc. Most importantly, the program is sponsored by a company that sells gold—Midas Resources Inc. Some of the notable guests on his show include former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, say Annie Linskey & Prashant Gopal of Bloomberg.
Alex Jones Against Government
Jones' website, Infowars.com, witnessed a 7-fold increase in page views during mid-April, when the United States focused on the Boston bombing, according to Alexa.com. Jones says the government itself is criminal—that it carried out the bombing, and captured someone to blame it upon. He claims they tortured the hell out of the bombing suspects, until finally one says whatever they want him to say.
Alex Jones also attended the annual Bilderberg organization meeting in Britain. He attracted people's attention when he started yelling during the BBC Television interview. The Boston bombing acted as a perfect platform for him to spread his views that the government perpetrates terrorism and benefits from it.
After the 1993 51-day federal siege near Waco, Texas, Jones made documentaries about it. That's when his career as a conspiracy theorist began. He later came in contact with Ted Anderson who ran a radio syndication company, Genesis Communications Network. Ted founded Genesis to promote investments in precious metals. Ted Anderson is the president of Midas Resources Inc. and Genesis Communications Network. He uses Genesis to boost sales of Midas.
Jones has several times raised voice against the Federal Reserve and encouraged people to return to the gold standard. Ted Anderson of Midas Resources Inc. told Bloomberg that people respond when Alex Jones pitches gold. In fact, Ted has done a lot of business with Jones' listeners. Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) broadcasts his show daily from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Apart from gold, fans also purchase water purifiers, radiation sensors and seed vaults.
Alex Jones Spreads Lies
On December 14, a shooting incidence at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut killed 20 children. After the brutal killings, Alex Jones argued on his website, Infowars.com, that shooter Adam Lanza hadn't used an AR-15 Bushmaster to kill children. Jones said that the government authorities lied about it, and used the incidence as a pretext for an assault weapons ban.
The State Police immediately put out a press release stating that Alex Jones is spreading lies.