In the recent child custody trial featuring Alex Jones and his ex-wife, a psychiatrist noted that Alex Jones fits the model known as a Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
During the coverage of that trial, an April 19, 2017 Op-Ed piece was published at latimes.com entitled, Is Alex Jones an extreme conspiracy theorist or a giant troll? Here’s why the answer matters. The author, Ken White is a criminal defense attorney and 1st Amendment litigator at Brown, White & Osborn LLP in Los Angeles.
Ken White asks, “Is there a difference between the persona we offer to the world and the person we truly are? That question is as old as philosophy, poetry or adolescence. But here’s a modern American twist: What’s the legal difference between the personas we offer to the world and our true selves? This week, infamous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been exploring that subject in a Texas courtroom as he resists his ex-wife’s attempt to secure full custody of their children.” Click on the link in the prior paragraph to follow the author’s discussion of the question he has raised.
Matthew 12:34-37 says, O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
The Christian Alternative Media has several radio hosts who assert that they are Truth-Tellers, and should their voices be silenced, truth will also be silenced. Does it matter what the character and heart of such men are, who give their voices over to the airwaves of the Prince of the Power of the Air?
The Bible indicates that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). There is a tipping point, a point of no return for many who mishandle the truth of salvation; when such are turned over to Strong Delusion, by God himself (2 Thess. 2).
Presently, several Alternative Media radio hosts are claiming that Mainstream Media, politics, bloggers and others are trying to shut them down. Is there any real basis in fact for this complaint? Or does the real problem lie within these men who have mishandled the facts and Truth itself, for narcissistic personal gain? Have they ever regarded the sound counsel of others as worthy of their attention? Or does their I Phone have only one phone number on their speed dial, as the following cartoon so cleverly illustrates?
On April 30, 2017, Douglas J. Hagmann published an article called The War Against Truth and Truth-Tellers on his website HomelandSecurityUS.com.
Hagmann wrote, “On Friday, April 21, 2017, a female Michigan blogger and former Fox News contributor appeared on the Pat Campbell Show on KFAQ in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the wake of Bill Reilley’s departure from Fox, she made accusations suggestive of sexual harassment against Sean Hannity that reportedly happened over a decade ago.”
Because he also noted that she had made prior accusations of plagiarism, but refuses to state her name, we are forced to look beyond Hagmann’s article to discover that the person in question is none other than Debbie Schlussel who had written an article on August 18, 2006, almost eleven years ago, entitled, UH-OH! Northwest “Intelligence” Network Steps In It: Fake “Terrorism Expert” Douglas Hagmann Admits Plagiarism, Fabricated Info.
With regard to the Hannity story, according to heavy.com, “In an interview with LawNewz, Schlussel tried to clarify her story. She said Hannity never sexually harassed her, but she still thought the incident she described on April 21 was “weird”. “I would never accuse him of that. Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that”, Schlussel told LawNewz….Sclussel also told the site that Hannity’s legal threats were “laughable”, adding that his claim that she’s a “serial harasser” is “defamatory”. “Everything I said was true, and truth is an absolute bar to defamation. He on the other hand has a murky record on truth,” Schlussel told LawNewz.
Heavy.com in the same article, also posted this copy of Hannity’s legal threats:Doug Hagmann uses this incident, which is of little concern to 99.99999% of Americans, to voice his own personal grievances. He states, “Last Monday, Mr. Hannity opened his show with a strong rebuttal, denying her claims about this issue and others raised in the past, stating that he would respond with appropriate (and in my opinion, well-deserved) legal action. He also stated, nearly verbatim, many of the same things I have been reporting on my radio show for the last year- that there are individuals who have been tasked with transcribing nearly every word spoken by the politically conservative hosts in the media (and many larger voices in the “alternative media”.)
He adds, “One might legitimately ask why someone would engage in such a mundane and tedious task. There are multiple reasons for this, yet all lead to the same objective: Silence and forever shut down conservative voices exposing the criminality and evil of the Progressive, Communist Left.”
“The process is to de-contextualize our statements and republish the content in such a manner that would simply but effectively impeach our credibility. Such is consistent with the Progressive’s use of the phrase “Fake News,” which has already become a tiresome moving target of meanings.”
He goes on to declare “Another purpose strikes at the heart of shutting down independent researchers whose only goal is to report the unvarnished truth: to use such de-contextualized material as a weapon to dissuade potential sponsors and to “scare off” existing sponsors, thereby silencing the conservative voices by cutting off our revenue.”
I ask, Doug Hagmann, please give us one detailed example for our readers where the transcription of your words were de-contextualized.
So while Douglas Hagmann is whimpering that he has drawn fire from “various bloggers, authors, detractors, disruptors, serial stalkers and litigants”, the very next day on May 1, 2017, Alex Jones published a short video extolling the virtues of being relentlessly attacked. These opposite positions are in fact two sides of the same coin.
I found it amusing that Alex Jones personally demonstrated to all viewers of his video, including the lawyers representing Chobani Yogurt, why their defamation damages are probably more extensive than even they imagined.
The title of this curious speech by Alex Jones was entitled Infowars Traffic Explodes Under MSM Attack, and can be located on the Alex Jones Channel at this link.
Here is a partial transcript of his argument:
There are people that believe Mainstream Media and believe the hype and there are people that don’t. (The screen shows INFOWARS.COM YOU ARE THE RESISTANCE!)
This morning I was talking with one of my friends and he said to me, he said, “Alex, man you’re-Infowars is going to be shut down soon! Wow, your traffic’s down 85% and you don’t have any audience-everyone’s turning against you.”
And I asked him, I said, “Where’d you get that information?”
He said, “Uh, I saw it on Infowars.com being spammed in the comments.”
And I looked at my friend who I’ve known for more than a decade and I said, “Well, you know that’s part of a PR campaign of disinformation, right?”
He looked at me and said, “Is it really? I mean they attack you every day on every major news channel almost every night on the Late Night Shows, from Jimmy Kimmel to Stephen Colbert…you’re on CNN or MSNBC every night saying you’re Fake News, saying you’re a liar, saying you’re an actor, saying you’re a fraud, … how could you survive that?”
And I looked at him, I said, “We’re bigger than we’ve ever been. We have more traffic, more people, more affiliates, more listeners and more revenue than Infowars has ever had in 22 years.”
And my friend looked at me like I was a liar and said, “We’ll see”.
And if you could understand that statement, you could understand everything in this world today. There are people that believe Mainstream Media and believe the hype and there are people that don’t. But if Mainstream Media can get enough people to believe something and get enough people to buy into it then it becomes self fulfilling prophecy.
I just got a call from a New York Times writer, a very prominent writer last night who wanted to talk with me, and I’ve known him for about 16-17 years, so I called him back, and they said later, “I don’t agree with your politics but it’s clear that about the yogurt lawsuit and the Democrats trying to get Pizzagate place to sue you, they’re in D.C. and the media saying you’re Fake News and the one sided coverage on your custody battle for your children, and all the major news channels attacking you that they’re trying to shut you down.”
And I said, “Do you think that I need to be shut down?”
And they said, “No, if you stop bashing the Muslims who are nice peaceful people, you don’t need to be shut down.”
“Oh, is that a message?” And the person went silent.
So here’s what’s happening. 99% of people are followers. Most people act like they’re leaders. But a leader does what’s right, regardless of what happens to them individually, for the greater good of the species. Now don’t get confused by that and think that means we’re collectivists-just give ourselves over to some slave master that directs us around for the greater good-we’re not a bee hive or an ant hill,- an ant colony.
But what I’m going through is no longer a microcosm, but it is on a smaller scale what’s happening to President Trump. And it’s a Beta Test. I’ve been picked for the Test. The Test Pilot of the Globalists. I don’t work for them-don’t like them, but they’ve chosen me as the Test Pilot. I’m like the chimp that they’ve fired up into space to see what happens to me to test the News Wars.
The Pentagon, the CIA, the Broadcast Board of Governors of the FCC having Congressional Meetings are saying “We’re gearing up to take out Alex Jones and other Fake News and we say we can do that because they work for the Russians. So I’ve now been dehumanized, and I’m a foreign spy, see, with no evidence, no jury, never get to face my accuser, never get to respond to the news, don’t get to go before the Congress at a hearing.
They were calling real Reds in front of the House of Un-American Activities Committee. Some were innocent, some weren’t but at least they got to face their accuser. Not in the 1984 scenario of 2017. So I’m a Russian spy they say. I’m a racist. I’m a homophobe. You name it…I hate women. You don’t see any proof of that- but they don’t care that’s what they say!
And that’s the accepted Kosher politically correct thing to do whether it’s in a civil trial for your children, or whether it’s on the news-as you sit there and can’t talk and the Mainstream Media, the Rachel Maddows, the Colberts, the lawyers, whoever it is, they point at you and they say, “That’s a person that doesn’t think women should be able to be a judge, that’s a person that’s racist, that’s a person that’s in the KKK, that’s a person that’s a cult leader and brainwashes children. That’s a person that’s BAD. And they all point at you. And they feel strong in the big collective of the corporate system of going along with that narrative-it’s very inviting, it’s very sexy, it’s very alluring to imagine you’re powerful through the power structure. To imagine you’re powerful because here’s what’s happening. The followers are scared….(6.22)
(8.04) Alex Jones has everyone going after him, second only to Trump.
(8.19) I’m so glad they are attacking me everywhere, I’m so glad they are lying about me everywhere. I’m so glad they’re moving heaven and earth to politically assassinate my character- because that means that I’ve dealt them with grievous blows, that means I’ve really counted in this life…(8.36) I wasn’t a third measure, or a tenth of a measure of a man. I measured up to my ancestors. I did what it took. I didn’t back down. Victory or Death, like Colonel Travis at the Alamo. And I’ll say that now, Victory or Death!! I’m the opposite of scared now. I am totally invigorated, empowered…..
This audio is almost 16 minutes, and later on Alex Jones sketches on a napkin the approximate graph given by Google Analytics which shows that at one time he had 40 million listeners, which rose to 80 million during the election, and has presently plateaued at 60 million. (It is interesting to note that these figures would appear to differ from what I have been told are shown by another well known analytical company which credits Alex Jones with an audience of several million more persons. I am unable to verify any of these figures, as this information is known to paid subscribers, and has not been displayed as proof.)
So here we have two major Alternative Radio Hosts with similar enemies; yet one is declaring that they are being taken out, and the other declares that they are prospering more than ever.
Do such men hold the corner on Truth? Just because someone banters around facts and agreed upon assumptions, does not mean that they deserve to be exalted as super heroes of the Truth standing against the criminal corruptions of our American corporate and governmental institutions.
When it comes to the reporting of the news, there is such a thing as genuine, sound investigative reporting that researches facts and events to present a report that is of genuine benefit to our society at large. We need to reinstate those old fashioned standards of journalism which exemplified the best of Free Speech in this nation.
In the War between Narcissists, Truth is trampled under foot, and the candles of wisdom and understanding are blown out, leaving us all sitting in darkness, awaiting the next 911 style event with trepidation.