Jones during a 9/11 Truth Movement event on September 11, 2007, in Manhattan
|Born||Alexander Emerick Jones
(1974-02-11) February 11, 1974 (age 39)
Dallas, Texas, United States
|Occupation||Radio host, film producer|
|Known for||Various conspiracy theories such as 9/11 Truth and New World Order theories;|
Alexander Emerick “Alex” Jones (born February 11, 1974) is an American radio host, author, and documentary filmmaker. His syndicated news/talk show The Alex Jones Show, based in Austin, Texas, airs via the Genesis Communication Network on over 70 AM, FM, and shortwave radio stations across the United States and on the Internet. His websites include Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.com. As of January 2012, his YouTube channel, InfoWars, garnered over 250 million views.
Jones has been the center of many controversies, such as the one surrounding his statements about gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He has accused the US government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11 attacks, and the filming of fake Moon landings to hide NASA‘s secret technology and killing of “thousands of astronauts”. Rolling Stone covers his belief that government and big business have colluded to create a New World Order through “manufactured economic crises, sophisticated surveillance tech and — above all — inside-job terror attacks that fuel exploitable hysteria.”
Jones was born on February 11, 1974 in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in the suburb of Rockwall. His father is a dentist. He attended Anderson High School in northwest Austin, Texas. Jones was a lineman on his high school’s football team. As a teenager, he read Gary Allen‘s None Dare Call It Conspiracy which strongly impacted him, and which he calls “the easiest-to-read primer on The New World Order”. After high school, Jones attended Austin Community College.
He began his career in Austin with a live call-in format public-access television cable TV program. In 1996, Jones switched format to KJFK, hosting a show named The Final Edition. During this time, Ron Paul was running for congress and was a guest on Jones’ show several times. The two share many beliefs and have been friends since then. In his early shows, he frequently talked about his belief that the US government was behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, using the incident to put down a growing “states rights movement. In 1998, he released his first film, America Destroyed By Design.
In 1998, Jones organized a successful effort to build a new Branch Davidian church as a memorial to those who died during the 1993 fire that ended the government’s siege of the original Branch Davidian complex near Waco, Texas. He often featured the project on his public-access television program and claimed that David Koresh and his followers were peaceful people who were murdered by Attorney General Janet Reno and the ATF during the siege.
In 1999, he tied with Shannon Burke for that year’s “Best Austin Talk Radio Host” poll as voted by The Austin Chronicle readers. Later that year, he was fired from KJFK-FM for refusing to broaden his topics, his viewpoints making the show hard to sell to advertisers, according to the station’s operations manager. Jones argued: “It was purely political, and it came down from on high”, and, “I was told 11 weeks ago to lay off Clinton, to lay off all these politicians, to not talk about rebuilding the church, to stop bashing the Marines, A to Z.” He began spreading his show via internet connection from his home.
In early 2000, Jones was one of seven Republican candidates for state representative in Texas House District 48, an open seat swing district based in Austin, Texas. Jones stated that he was running “to be a watchdog on the inside”, but withdrew from the race after a couple of weeks.
In July, a group of Austin Community Access Center (ACAC) programmers claimed that Jones used legal proceedings and ACAC policy to intimidate them or get their shows thrown off the air.
In 2001, his show was syndicated on approximately 100 stations. After the 9/11 terrorist attack, Jones began to speak of a conspiracy by the Bush administration as being behind the attack, which caused a number of the stations that had previously carried him to drop his program.
On June 8, 2006, while on his way to cover a meeting of the Bilderberg group in Ottawa, Canada, Jones was stopped and detained at the Ottawa airport by Canadian authorities who confiscated his passport, camera equipment, and most of his belongings. He was later allowed to enter Canada lawfully. Jones said regarding the reason for his immigration hold, “I want to say, on the record, it takes two to tango. I could have handled it better.”
On September 8, 2007, he was arrested while protesting at 6th Avenue and 48th Street in New York City. He was charged with operating a bullhorn without a permit. Two others were also cited for disorderly conduct when his group crashed a live television show featuring Geraldo Rivera. In an article, one of Jones’s fellow protesters said, “It was … guerilla information warfare.”
Reception and impact
Mainstream sources have described Jones as a conservative, a right-wing conspiracy theorist, and a libertarian. Jones see himself as a libertarian and rejects being described as a right-winger. He has also called himself a paleoconservative and an “aggressive constitutionalist“. The Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Files assert that he has “exploit[ed] racial animosities” to “appeal to the fears of the antigovernment Patriot movement“.
Jones has been the center of many controversies, such as the one surrounding his actions and statements about gun control after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and has accused the US government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and September 11 attacks. Jones was in a “media crossfire” in 2011, which included criticism by Rush Limbaugh, when the news spread that Jared Laughner had been “a fan” of the 9/11 conspiracy film Loose Change, of which Jones had been an executive producer. In January 2013, Jones was invited to speak on Piers Morgan‘s show after promoting an online petition to deport Morgan due to his support of gun control laws. The interview turned into “a one-person shoutfest, as Jones riffed about guns, oppressive government, the flag, his ancestors’ role in Texan independence, and what flag Morgan would have on his tights if they wrestled”. The event drew widespread coverage, and according to The Huffington Post, Morgan and others such as Glenn Beck “agreed that Jones was a terrible spokesman for gun rights”. Jones’ appearance on the show was a top trending Twitter topic the following morning.
The Alex Jones Show syndicated radio program is broadcast nationally by Genesis Communications Network to more than 70 AM and FM radio stations in the United States, and to WWCR Radio shortwave. Live-broadcast times are weekdays 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CST and Sundays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. CST. The Sunday broadcast is also broadcast by Emmis Communications’ KLBJ Radio.
As of 2010, he was estimated to have an audience of over 2 million listeners, with a demographic heavier in younger viewers than other conservative pundits. In 2011, he had a larger on-line audience than Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh combined. Author Will Bunch says that Jones was in part a model for Glenn Beck who “synthesized” some of the paranoia of Jones’ commentaries into his persona.
Jones is also the operator of several web sites centered on news and information about civil liberties issues, global government, and a wide variety of current events topics. Several of these sites are www.infowars.com, www.prisonplanet.tv, www.prisonplanet.com, and www.jonesreport.com.
He has been able to mobilize his followers to create “Google bomb” actions that bring particular terms to the top of search engine listing, a tactic which has then inspired other online media, such as The Drudge Report to cover the story.
|1998||America: Destroyed by Design|
|1999||Police State 2000|
|1999||Are You Practicing Communism?||Produced by Mike Hanson|
|2000||America Wake Up or Waco|
|2000||The Best of Alex Jones|
|2000||Dark Secrets Inside Bohemian Grove|
|2000||Police State II: The Takeover|
|2001||Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports: Exposed|
|2001||911 The Road to Tyranny: Special Emergency Release|
|2002||911 The Road to Tyranny|
|2002||The Masters of Terror: Exposed|
|2003||Matrix of Evil|
|2003||Police State 3: Total Enslavement|
|2004||American Dictators: Documenting the Staged Election of 2004|
|2005||Martial Law 9-11: Rise of the Police State|
|2005||The Order of Death|
|2006||TerrorStorm: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism|
|2007||Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement|
|2007||TerrorStorm: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism – Second Edition|
|2007||Loose Change: Final Cut by Dylan Avery||Executive producer|
|2008||The 9/11 Chronicles: Part 1, Truth Rising|
|2008||Fabled Enemies by Jason Bermas||Producer|
|2009||DVD Arsenal: The Alex Jones Show Vols. 1—3|
|2009||The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off|
|2009||Fall of the Republic: Vol. 1, The Presidency of Barack H. Obama|
|2009||Reflections and Warnings: An Interview with Aaron Russo|
|2010||Police State IV: The Rise Of FEMA|
|2010||Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined by Jason Bermas||Producer|
|2012||New World Order: Blueprint of Madmen|
|2002||9-11: Descent Into Tyranny||Progressive Press|
|2008||The Answer to 1984 Is 1776||The Disinformation Company|
|2003||Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11||by Stephen Marshall|
|2009||New World Order||by Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel|
|2009||The Alex Jones Deception||by Troy P. Sexton|
|2010||The Fall of America and the Western World||by Brian Kraft|
|2001||Waking Life||Man in Car with P.A. (cameo)|
|2006||A Scanner Darkly||Street Prophet (cameo)|
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- April 29, 2013, 6:39 p.m. ET
Daniel Kessler: The Coming ObamaCare Shock
Millions of Americans will pay more for health insurance, lose their coverage, or have their hours of work cut back.
In recent weeks, there have been increasing expressions of concern from surprising quarters about the implementation of ObamaCare. Montana Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat, called it a “train wreck.” A Democratic colleague, West Virginia’s Sen. Jay Rockefeller, described the massive Affordable Care Act as “beyond comprehension.” Henry Chao, the government’s chief technical officer in charge of putting in place the insurance exchanges mandated by the law, was quoted in the Congressional Quarterly as saying “I’m pretty nervous . . . Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”
These individuals are worried for good reason. The unpopular health-care law’s rollout is going to be rough. It will also administer several price (and other) shocks to tens of millions of Americans.
Start with people who have individual and small-group health insurance. These policies are most affected by ObamaCare’s community-rating regulations, which require insurers to accept everyone but limit or ban them from varying premiums based on age or health. The law also mandates “essential” benefits that are far more generous than those currently offered.
According to consultants from Oliver Wyman (who wrote on the issue in the January issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries), around six million of the 19 million people with individual health policies are going to have to pay more—and this even after accounting for the government subsidies offered under the law. For example, single adults age 21-29 earning 300% to 400% of the federal poverty level will be hit with an increase of 46% even after premium assistance from tax credits.
Determining the number of individuals who will be harmed by changes to the small-group insurance market is harder. According to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, around 30 million Americans work in firms with fewer than 50 employees, and so are potentially affected by the small-group “reforms” imposed by ObamaCare.
Around nine million of these people, plus six million family members, are covered by employers who do not self-insure. The premium increases for this group will be less on average than those for people in the individual market but will still be substantial. According to analyses conducted by the insurer WellPoint for 11 states, small-group premiums are expected to increase by 13%-23% on average.
This average masks big differences. While some firms (primarily those that employ older or sicker workers) will see premium decreases due to community rating, firms with younger, healthier workers will see very large increases: 89% in Missouri, 91% in Indiana and 101% in Nevada.
Because the government subsidies to purchasers of health insurance in the small-group market are significantly smaller than those in the individual market, I estimate that another 10 million people, the approximately two-thirds of the market that is low- or average-risk, will see higher insurance bills for 2014.
Higher premiums are just the beginning, because virtually all existing policies in the individual market and the vast majority in the small-group market do not cover all of the “essential” benefits mandated by the law. Policies without premium increases will have to change, probably by shifting to more restrictive networks of doctors and hospitals. Even if only one third of these policies are affected, this amounts to more than five million people.
In addition, according to Congressional Budget Office projections in July and September 2012, three million people will lose their insurance altogether in 2014 due to the law, and six million will have to pay the individual-mandate tax penalty in 2016 because they don’t want or won’t be able to afford coverage, even with the subsidies.
None of this counts the people whose employment opportunities will suffer because of disincentives under ObamaCare. Some, whose employers have to pay a tax penalty because their policies do not carry sufficiently generous insurance, will see their wages fall. Others will lose their jobs or see their hours reduced.
Anecdotal evidence already suggests that these disincentives will really matter in the job market, as full-time jobs are converted to part time. Why would employers do this? Because they aren’t subject to a tax penalty for employees who work less than 30 hours per week.
There is some debate over how large these effects will be, and how long they will take to manifest. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on a category of workers who will almost surely be involuntarily underemployed as a result of health reform: the 10 million part-timers who now work 30-34 hours per week.
These workers are particularly vulnerable. Reducing their hours to 29 avoids the employer tax penalty, with relatively little disruption to the workplace. Fewer than one million of them, according to calculations based on the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, get covered by ObamaCare-compliant insurance from their employer.
In total, it appears that there will be 30 million to 40 million people damaged in some fashion by the Affordable Care Act—more than one in 10 Americans. When that reality becomes clearer, the law is going to start losing its friends in the media, who are inclined to support the president and his initiatives. We’ll hear about innocent victims who saw their premiums skyrocket, who were barred from seeing their usual doctor, who had their hours cut or lost their insurance entirely—all thanks to the faceless bureaucracy administering a federal law.
The allure of the David-versus-Goliath narrative is likely to prove irresistible to the media, raising the pressure on Washington to repeal or dramatically modify the law. With the implementation of ObamaCare beginning to take full force at the end of the year, there will be plenty of time before the 2014 midterm elections for Congress to consider its options.
For those like Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who told a gathering a few weeks ago at the Harvard School of Public Health that she has been “surprised” by the political wrangling caused so far by ObamaCare, there are likely to be plenty of surprises ahead.
Mr. Kessler is a professor of business and law at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
A version of this article appeared April 30, 2013, on page A17 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: The Coming ObamaCare Shock.