Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Radio Conspiracy Theorist Claims Ear Of Trump, Pushes 'Pizzagate' Fictions; NPR, 12/6/16

David Folkenflik, NPR; Radio Conspiracy Theorist Claims Ear Of Trump, Pushes 'Pizzagate' Fictions:
"Jones has claimed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were an inside job, that the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax, and that President Obama would round up people into concentration camps.
"He comes out of this kind of '90s fusion paranoia background where it's really more about opposition to the powers that be from any old direction," says Jesse Walker, author of The United States Of Paranoia. "It really is this idea of people's autonomy and freedom and health being threatened by this grand amorphous force that's within the big institutions of society but larger than them."
Walker contends Jones' all-encompassing assault on authority does not fall neatly along conservative or liberal lines.
That said, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, says his attacks inspire a strong following among racists."

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