In the beginning, he worked for a public-access cable TV program (with a call-in format) in Austin. His distinctive style was honed at this TV station. Later, he switched to radio. He began hosting ‘The Final Edition’ on ‘KJFK’ (98.9 FM) in 1996. Through this show, he often expressed his belief that the US government was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. He received a lot of mail from fans, who not only appreciated his belief but also provided him with more information and “proof” of the ‘New World Order’ theory.
His first film, ‘America: Destroyed by Design,’ was released in 1998. After watching it, an Austin-based director, Richard Linklater, cast him in his animated hits, ‘Waking Life’ and ‘A Scanner Darkly. In 1998, Jones disrupted George W Bush’s rally in Texas and was removed for interrupting Bush’s speech.
The same year, he gathered support, mainly through his radio show, to rebuild the ‘Branch Davidian’ church as a memorial to those who had died (according to him, murdered by Attorney General Janet Reno and the ‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’) when the federal siege of the ‘Branch Davidian’ complex in Waco, Texas, ended in a fire in April 1993.
In 1999, his radio show garnered high ratings, and he won ‘The Austin Chronicles’ readers’ poll for the ‘Best Austin Talk Radio Host,’ tying with Shannon Burke.
Nevertheless, he was fired, as the radio station was finding it difficult to get sponsors because of his views.
With an ISDN line, he started broadcasting independently from home, where no one could censor his programs. He founded ‘InfoWars’ in 1999. He broadcast his show nationwide through ‘Genesis Communications Network.’
A few of his other noteworthy websites are ‘prisonplanet.com’ and ‘newswars.com.’
In 2000, he was a ‘Republican’ candidate for the state representative in Texas House District 48. However, he withdrew after two weeks.
By 2001, his show became very popular and was syndicated on a hundred stations. But after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, he issued a statement that said that the attacks were “controlled demolitions” and that the government blew up the WTC. Following this and other statements, 70% of the stations canceled his program.
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In 2006, he brought his own range of consumer products and dietary supplements in the US markets and earned millions.
In September 2007, Jones was arrested in New York City, for using a megaphone without a permit. His supporters crashed a live TV show.
He produced a film, ‘Loose Change’ (2007), based on his 9/11 attack theories, and he found support from some sections of the population. Actor Charlie Sheen was one of the supporters and suggested that Jones should organize a ‘9/11 Truth Conference’ in Los Angeles. In spite of his inflammatory broadcasts, Jones initially remained on the fringes of far-right views and was not a known name in mainstream America. However, after an interview with Charlie Sheen in 2006, where the actor discussed his belief in the 9/11 conspiracy theory, Jones received a lot of criticism and widespread coverage.
In January 2013, following the ‘Sandy Hook Elementary School’ shooting, he was invited to be part of a ‘CNN’ discussion on gun control. He shouted on the show while putting forth his views opposite Piers Morgan and was heavily criticized. He is very aggressive and vociferous about his disapproval of gun-control policies. Jones has repeatedly opposed vaccines, too, and has expressed his concern, especially about the safety and the effectiveness of the MMR vaccine.
In June 2013, he appeared in a discussion about the ‘Bilderberg Group’ on the ‘BBC’ show ‘Sunday Politics.’ According to Jones, the group was a villain in the globalist financial conspiracy. His aggressive stance in that segment was highly criticized. Jones later reported that he had addressed around four thousand protesters at ‘The Grove’ and that his speech was appreciated.
‘Rolling Stone’ called him “The most paranoid man in America,” while ‘CNN’ labeled him “the king of conspiracy.” Reportedly, he is not a conscious fabulist. He appears sincere in all that he says. He has high analytical abilities, but his logic and comprehension skills are often overshadowed by his obsession with the ‘New World Order.’ According to him, the tools of this ‘New World Order’ include the global warming “hoax,” mind control, the flu vaccine, water fluoridation, the ‘Gates Foundation,’ the ‘World Bank,’ the ‘International Monetary Fund’ (IMF), psycho-active drugs, and the ‘Federal Emergency Management Agency’ (FEMA). In his opinion, any proof of the falsity of his theories is only part of the cover-up.
In 2013, he came in contact with Roger Stone, a long-time advisor of the president of the US. In 2015, Stone, who was working for Trump’s presidential campaign, introduced Trump to Jones. Trump was interviewed on ‘The Alex Jones Show’ in December 2015. On the show, Trump appreciated Jones’s “amazing reputation.” Jones vigorously campaigned for Trump and called Clinton and Obama “demons.” After the elections, Trump thanked Jones and his viewers.
Jones has millions of followers and a growing influence on his viewers and people in general. However, some of those who watch his show or documentaries can engage in fatally violent actions. One major instance of this was the ‘Boston Marathon’ bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The man behind the ‘Tucson Shooting’ of January 8, 2011, Jared Lee Loughner, was reportedly a fan of Jones’s 9/11 conspiracy film, ‘Loose Change.’
Jones was condemned for spreading conspiracy theories about the 2012 ‘Sandy Hook Elementary School’ shooting and the 2018 ‘Stoneman Douglas High School’ shooting.
According to him, these operations were organized by gun-control promoters. The families of the ‘Sandy Hook Elementary School’ shooting victims later filed a defamation suit against Jones.
Jones had to issue apologies for his views on the ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy theory and the ‘Chobani’ yogurt company case.
According to an announcement made in January 2018, Jones would be working with popular ‘New York Times’ author Neil Strauss, on his upcoming book, ‘The Secret History of the Modern World & the War for the Future.’