People like Alex Jones don’t even let stone cold facts change his mind
Freedom of speech is better than ice cream on a hot summer night.
But I have to say, if two idiots went on a killing spree and they were quoting vitriol I spewed in a recent column, I would make some changes.
It would be nice to think that reporters on both sides of the aisle at least try to operate without a bias.
But people like Alex Jones don’t even let stone cold facts change his mind.
He knows that the two Las Vegas shooters were right wing zealots. You hear them call judges and politicians Nazis because, like most who spout this rhetoric, they have no idea what a Nazi is. They equally abuse the concept of fascism and there are still an unfortunately large number of people who would argue that President Barack Obama is a Muslim.
But Jones said in response to the killings that these two people were pretending to be right-wing domestic terrorists in order to damage the credibility of shows like his.
They get fed these anti-government distortionary fantasies on FOX News and AM radio across the dial 24 hours a day.
Most conservative thinkers are smart enough to process information and move on from this right-wing horror fiction brand of news to real life issues. They will vote Republican and go back to work.
But this is not true for people who have compromised personalities. That is when this free speech, “everything makes me scream” demagoguing becomes dangerous.
The murderous morons were seeking to buy guns on Facebook. Process that for a minute. I know the Second Amendment guarantees that I can drive a tank down Main Street, but these people were trying to acquire weapons through a Facebook post
If that isn’t an ideal society, I don’t know what it is.
We have school shootings, mass shootings, shootings in malls, and now people who intentionally kill officers and lay “Don’t Tread on Me” flags on their bodies.
Alex Jones said, “There is so much proof of this being staged yesterday, when I first read about it, and this morning, that my mind exploded with hundreds of data points, and quite frankly it’s conclusive. I kept telling people, they’re getting ready to false flag, and it happens right in Harry Reid’s district, right in his state, right in his city, with his police department.”
He would have his audience believe that these two shooters pretended for years on Facebook pages to rant against the government and in favor of ultra-conservative anti-government ideals to set the stage for this false flag effort.
They stood with the Cliven Bundy gang in Nevada when the Bureau of Land Management tried to make that racist hick pay the money he legitimately owed the United States for grazing fees because they were setting up this misdirected murder scheme.
People like Jones who read every headline with a megaphone, twist all information into a vast governmental conspiracy and enflame the passions of people too weak-minded to know he is a huckster using them for ratings should feel some responsibility for these events.
Responsible conservatives would change the channel and slide down the radio dial when they notice the hosts venturing off the reservation.
I write multiple opinion columns every week and each of them is in my voice and demonstrate what I believe to be true. Any bias or belief system I have is on display.
But I never mislead readers. I never twist facts to makes someone look good or bad.
When news analysis becomes fictional flame fanning, you take the plowshare of freedom of speech and make it a sword of hate.
Reasonable people on both sides of the aisle should refuse to listen to the wailing voice irrationality.
Kent Bush is the publisher of the Butler County Times Gazette and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org