Alexander Emerick Jones (born February 11, 1974) is a far-right radio broadcaster and conspiracy theorist. Genesis Communications Network broadcasts his show from Austin, Texas (syndicated and internet radio).
InfoWars, NewsWars, and PrisonPlanet promote conspiracy theories and fake news. Jones gave Unite the Right attendee and white supremacist Nick Fuentes a forum on Banned. The video served as an “entry point” to their worldview.
Jones claimed the U.S. government withheld or falsified facts about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11 attacks, and the 1969 Moon landing.
He claims that governments and corporations have cooperated to build a “New World Order” through “fabricated economic crises, advanced monitoring equipment, and inside-job terror operations that feed exploitable hysteria”.
A longtime opponent of Republican and Democratic foreign and security policy, Jones endorsed Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential bid and continued to support him despite falling out over several of Trump’s policies, including airstrikes against the Assad regime.
Jones promoted bogus charges of electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential election and spoke at a Trump rally in Lafayette Square Park on January 6, 2021, before the Capitol attack.
In 2022, jurors in Connecticut and Texas awarded $965 million and $50 million in damages from Jones to Sandy Hook shooting victims’ families and a first responder for Jones’ defamatory claims.
They said Jones’ lies led to years of threats and harassment. In the second defamation lawsuit in Connecticut, a judge granted the eight families $473 million in punitive damages, increasing the total to over $1.4 billion. The Court further ordered him not to transfer, encumber, dispose of, or relocate his assets out of the U.S.
Early Life of Alex Jones
Jones entered this world on February 11, 1974, in the Dallas, Texas neighborhood of Rockwell. Later, he moved to Austin, where he received his upbringing.
Both his father and mother work outside the home; his dad is a dentist and his mom stays at home. He earned his diploma from Austin, Texas’s Anderson High School back in 1993. Subsequently, he enrolled in Austin Community College, from which he eventually withdrew.
Radio Career of Alex Jones
Before moving to radio and hosting “The Final Edition” on KJFK in 1996, he got his start in Austin working on a live call-in public access TV program. While running for Congress, Ron Paul was a frequent guest on his show.
Readers of the Austin Chronicle elected him co-winner of the award for “Best Austin Talk Show Host” in 1999, a feat he shared with Shannon Burke.
He was let go from KJFK later that year because of his refusal to diversify his show’s subject matter and the station’s inability to sell advertisements due to his views. Jones then began webcasting his show from his house.
Jones ran as a Republican in 2000 for Texas House District 48. Though he first stated that he wanted to “be a watchdog from the inside,” he ultimately dropped out of the contest after a short period of time. Jones’s radio program was syndicated to around 100 stations in 2001.
Jones began spreading a conspiracy theory claiming the Bush government was behind 9/11 and that it was an inside job shortly after the attacks.
As he became the public face of the 9/11 “truther” movement, several stations dropped him. The Genesis Communications Network syndicates “The Alex Jones Show” to more than 100 AM and FM stations across the United States. About 2 million people were listening weekly in 2010.
Views and Controversy
Jones is notorious for his outlandish claims and opinions on a wide range of contentious issues, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the moon landing, 9/11, Sandy Hook, Obama, Hillary Clinton, white genocide, and anti-vaccination.
According to Jones, the United States government was complicit in several terrorist acts. The World Bank’s plan to use a carbon price to exert control over the international economy, in his view, is based on the deception that climate change is real.
Sexual harassment, anti-black racism, and anti-Semitic behavior were among the charges leveled against Jones by former workers in February of 2018.
Due to concerns over kid safety and hate speech, YouTube banned several InfoWars videos in July 2018. Towards the end of the year, Stitcher Radio deleted all of its podcasts due to harassment complaints, and on August 3, Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and Spotify deleted everything Jones and InfoWars had ever posted to their platforms.
As of late, YouTube has been removing Alex Jones’s channel as well as others that are affiliated with InfoWars. At the end of the week, Vimeo took down every video posted by Jones because of its racist and sexist themes.
Similarly, Pinterest, MailChimp, and LinedIn all terminated his accounts. Jones was permanently banned from Twitter and Periscope the following month for attacking CNN reporter Oliver Darcy on the sites.
InfoWars’ app was taken down from both the iOS App Store and the Android Google Play Market. The PayPal service can no longer be used by Jones for commercial purposes. Jones was blocked from using social media in May of this year.
Personal Life of Alex Jones
Alex’s marriage to Kelly Jones lasted from 2007 until their divorce in 2015. They’re already parents to three young ones. Kelly Jones filed for sole custody of their children in 2017, citing her ex-strange husband’s conduct as the reason why she no longer wanted to live with him.
His lawyer tried to explain his client’s actions by saying he was “playing a character,” like a “performance artist.” Jones has repeatedly said he does not perform in any of his shows. Jones still has visitation rights, but Kelly now has sole custody.
Jones was arrested in Texas in March 2020 on suspicion of DWI. Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charges were verified with Austin’s Travis County prison. After being booked, he was freed on his own recognizance four hours later.
Current Net Worth of Alex Jones
Alex Jones is a political fanatic and conspiracy theorist on the far right in the United States, and he is worth a negative $900 million. It is as the host of “The Alex Jones Show,” a nationally syndicated radio talk show broadcast from Austin, Texas, that Alex Jones has become best known.
He’s published books and made tens of millions of dollars in online sales. His offerings cover the gamut from so-called “brain drugs” to nutritional supplements to emergency supplies.