This week’s outrage concerns that lovable lug, that veritable force, the one and only — Alex Jones.
Chances are you either don’t know about him and his InfoWars site, or you know him and either think he’s a good dude or an unmitigated crackpot – gay frogs and all.
No doubt you’ve heard what happened to Alex this week:
Talk about a rough Monday morning. Pundit Alex Jones found his radio and video show, and other content produced by the far-right site Infowars, removed from Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube.
The cumulative actions represent the largest efforts yet against Jones, a conspiracy theorist who most famously promoted the idea that the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting never happened and was staged. Several families affected by the shooting, and an FBI agent who responded to the attack, have sued Jones for defamation. He is seeking to have the cases dismissed.
Facebook said on Monday that four pages belonging to Jones were removed for violating the social network’s policy against hate speech. Also on Monday, the entirety of hundreds of episodes of “The Alex Jones Show” had been removed from music streaming service Spotify.
Those takedowns came just hours after Apple late Sunday removed all episodes of the show hosted by Jones and four other Infowars-related podcasts from Apple’s iTunes and Podcast apps.
And later Monday, YouTube removed Jones and Infowars’ channels from the video sharing service, with some pages labeled with the declaration the account was terminated for violations of community guidelines.
I get it. Alex Jones is the Morton Downey Jr. of the podcast world. Across the web, he’s the cheesy villain in a low-rate soap opera who looks like a giant wad of bubble gum got basted in a spray tanner. Other than insulting the families of Sandy Hook by claiming the 2012 shooting that claimed the lives of twenty innocent children and six innocent teachers was staged, he‘s generally harmless.
I want to introduce you to a dramatically worse individual by the name of Joel Davis. He, my friends, is an admitted pedophile. Read the criminal complaint at your own risk. Honestly, this darkened my soul. But Joel Davis, the man who admitted to possessing child pornography and who arranged a date for the purpose of having sex with a child, this is the guy who has five – FIVE — social media accounts that are still active.
Here’s the organization he founded, Youth to End Sexual Violence, that still has pictures of him on its site.
Tell me, media overlords, why did you pick a harmless podcast host to ban — which, by the way, made him more famous — but you left alone the social media accounts of a man who admitted in a criminal complaint to having sex with a 13-year-old boy and who possessed child pornography?
Did you know he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize?
Double standard? No, this isn’t liberal versus conservative, and these self-proclaimed gatekeepers of hate speech aren’t acting for the benefit of their social media platforms, stakeholders, and communities. Because they don’t believe in anything beyond their leftist religion, these moral midgets are actively engaged in nothing but promoting their totalitarian agenda, common decency and the protection of children be damned.
But Alex Jones…
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