Good afternoon Austin:
Yes, Alex Jones, for all his bravado and bluster, says he’s being bullied by a high school senior.
Hogg is bullying me.
` Look how ugly you are. You’re a piece of crap. You’re a this (shit) journalist’ – I can’t use the cuss words on air.
‘You got sued.’
All of this is defamatory. None of it’s true.
And he’s saying he wants to debate, and I’d bet a lot, and maybe I’m wrong, but I’ll bet you a chicken fried steak and all the beer you can drink, that Hogg does not get on this show live with me.
And I’ll be totally polite, because they want me to try to crucify him.
It’s stupid baiting, whosever handling that account.
This is a potentially consequential moment for Jones, the Austin-based radio and internet broadcaster.
From Jennings Brown yesterday at Gizmodo:
If Alex Jones’ Infowars YouTube channel gets one more strike within the next three months, it will be banned from the site, where it has 2.2 million subscribers.
Infowars—a far-right media outlet that often suggests mass shootings like those at Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas are orchestrated, staged events—claims it got its second strike from YouTube on Tuesday morning, for a video about the Parkland mass shooting, the Hill reports.
The Hill campaign editor Will Sommer shared the alert on Twitter:
Let’s get a better look at that
Looks like Alex Jones was ratted out by Mr. Goody Two-Shoes over at CNN – Anderson Cooper.
From CNN on Saturday:
(CNN) InfoWars, a far-right media organization run by Alex Jones and known for peddling unfounded conspiracy theories, is on thin ice with YouTube after it posted a video that portrayed the survivors of the Parkland school shooting as actors.
The Alex Jones Channel, Infowars’ biggest YouTube account, received one strike for that video, a source with knowledge of the account told CNN. YouTube’s community guidelines say if an account receives three strikes in three months, the account is terminated.
That video focused on David Hogg, a strong voice among survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The attention has given him a powerful platform — but it has also made him the subject of demonstrably false conspiracy theories that claim he’s so skilled as a public speaker that he must be a paid actor.
On Wednesday, YouTube removed the video from InfoWars’ page for violating its policies on harassment and bullying. The video was titled, “David Hogg Can’t Remember His Lines In TV Interview.”
“Last summer we updated the application of our harassment policy to include hoax videos that target the victims of these tragedies,” said a YouTube spokesperson. “Any video flagged to us that violates this policy is reviewed and then removed.”
But CNN has identified three YouTube videos from InfoWars that cite such hoaxes and asked if they also violated YouTube’s policies. The YouTube spokesperson said the videos sent in by CNN were flagged to the policy team for review on Thursday evening.
CNN has sent repeated inquiries to YouTube on the outcome of that review, but has not received a response.
According to the warning letter, the first of the two strikes was for – What is to blame for the Florida high school shootings –
This YouTube video, from Feb. 15, which, for whatever reason, is either still up or back up, features not Jones but his protege, Owen Shroyer, who has his own show on InfoWars.
The second strike is a Feb. 22 YouTube video, The truth about crisis actors in the Florida shooting.
It too is either still up or back up, and it features an appearance with Jones by Milo Yiannopoulos.
It begins like this:
AJ: Are we saying the shooting didn’t happen? Are we saying they are all actors faking that something happened? No.
Instead, Jones said that what he is saying is that Hogg, whose father is FBI (actually former FBI), appeared on “Fake News” CNN with “known CIA operative” Anderson Cooper, making Democratic talking points on guns, shielded from legitimate questions or criticism by dint of his youth and recent traumatic experience.
But Jones says, addressing Hogg, “You’re not a child, you’re a senior in high school.”
Milo Yiannopoulos: And there’s a subtlety here that’s important to grasp. Nobody I know, nobody that is reasonable is saying that this was a setup and it didn’t happen and the kids are actors.
AJ: No, school shootings happen. There are evil people.
MY: Nobody is saying that.
AJ: But the media says we’re saying it.
MY: Because it suits …
AJ: To let it happen.
MY: Because it suits their purposes, not to aggressively investigate and get these people off the street.
AJ: You just said it. Let me devastate the whole thing …
Jones goes on to explain how the event is being manipulated to take guns away from law-abiding citizens.
Here is Jones on Sunday:
AJ: There is a public attempt to eradicate us off the internet using lies and using hoaxes.
I am putting CNN on notice of their criminal action …. You’re on notice of not just civil violations but criminal violations of my civil rights, and racketeering. You are complete journalistic frauds that stage debates, stages town halls, give Hillary the questions before, it’s basically in WikiLeaks, how you run with the Democratic Party and George Soros.
But now, on Friday, they put out this big article saying Alex Jones said that nobody got killed at Parkland in Florida and Alex Jones said the kids are crisis actors and that Alex Jones bullied them.
But you don’t show a quote and you don’t show a video.
And then you brag that your’e talking to YouTube about my account and what’s going on inside my own personal and corporate operation, which is tortious interference, racketeering.
Open and shut.
I’ve already got the lawyers.
The problem is we’ve got so many lawsuits that we’re looking for the right one, but I think this is it.
Jones said he didn’t say they are crisis actors, but that they are four students among many, all members, he says, of the school’s drama club, who the media has settled on as the true voice of the students because it suits the political narrative they prefer.
AJ: Television is the David Hogg Channel now. I can’t turn anything on. He’s on Good Morning America. He’s on the Sunday shows. He’s on everywhere. And I know scripted PR when I hear it.
“Oh the police officer who didn’t come in, he’s a wonderful person.”
“Oh, I’m not anti-gun. Just turn your guns in.”
AJ: It says “activist” under him, but if I even criticize what he is saying on television as a young adult, then I’m bullying him, but I wasn’t really bullying him, even though he and his buddies are up on stage at the town hall, yelling, “Dana Loesch, you’re a murderer. Burn her, burn her,” like a Monty Python skit.
Billboards: Kill the NRA. They’re bullying NRA members, kicking them out everywhere.
AJ: The media, they are using David Hogg, who’s a handsome, well-spoken son of an FBI agent, his mom works for CNN.
Well, maybe not.
This is the photo that started the rumors that Rebecca Boldrick was somehow connected to CNN. She shared the picture on her Facebook page in March 2016 and tagged it “CNN World Headquarters, Newsroom.” The pictures shows her children, David and Lauren Hogg, sitting behind an anchor desk.
No, this isn’t an indication that she works for CNN. It’s actually from a tour taken of CNN in Atlanta, which is a normal thing for an aspiring journalist like David Hogg to want to do. Boldrick even labeled the series of photos on Facebook as a “Great VIP Tour.” “VIP Tour” is actually the name of a tour package that you can purchase when you visit CNN. The tour currently costs $33. The description for the tour reads: “Enhance your experience with VIP treatment and get expanded access into live newsrooms, the HLN control room and a state-of-the-art studio that CNN uses daily.”
AJ: But he’s the main of the four horsemen of the anti-gun operation. He’s the main one everywhere.
And so we have students on and eyewitnesses and local news saying there’s multiple shooters and police showed up and didn’t go in for ten minutes, and all that, which has all come out to be true.
We all broke that the day after it happened, and they’re pissed.
Now, I don’t know what’s going on with multiple shooters, Maybe they were confused. They were all eyewitnesses. I just reported it. They were on my show. It was reported on local news as well.
I know that the police stood down. They’re now admitting they did.
They wouldn’t go in.
Now this guy, who calls himself an activist, launching a national movement, he’s admittedly an actor in the drama department, Buzzfeed reports, and a young journalist in the journalism department, I am simply saying he’s being given scripted statements, out of 3,000 students, why is it only four?
Jones said his argument went viral because it is so cogent, so obvious and so resonating with the people, and number one on YouTube when we talk about it.
Of course we’re number one, they can’t deal with us. Nobody wants to hear from Dan Rather who made up fake memos about George Bush and got caught.
I couldn’t find the Buzzfeed report Jones referred to, but I found this Feb. 21 story from Brianna Sacks: Nope, The Florida School Shooting Survivors Demanding Gun Control Are Not Crisis Actors.
Right-wing talk show host Alex Jones published several videos on his InfoWars YouTube channel also accusing Hogg of forgetting his lines during a TV interview.
One video has now been watched more than 9,200 times and has sparked dozens of copycat takes. Another video claiming that the Florida school shooting was a “giant false flag” has 170,000 views. The channel has more than 2 million subscribers
Jones warned Trump yesterday that he was making a mistake suggesting some changes in gun regulation.
Give a dog bone, they want the whole cow.
And Jones said that InfoWars is just the tip of the spear of outlets that YouTube is trying to silence.
It’s thousands of sites, I can’t even keep track of it.
And there’s no news coverage of the purge.
And then the president, when he gets told about it he says, “They’re not going to censor me.”
But, Jones said, “They’re censoring everything that magnifies the Make America Great Again agenda.”