Infowars.com founder and conspiracy guru Alex Jones is enjoying a boatload of publicity after his unhinged appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday evening. Jones compared President Obama to several dictators during the interview and called for a revolt. His moment in the news cycle appears to be winding down, though he now claims he is being followed by “crackhead cops”. But Jones has one prominent devotee who has faithfully promoted his screeds: Matt Drudge.
On Wednesday, the immensely popular Drudge Report helpfully echoed Jones’ comparison of Obama to Hitler and Stalin a couple days after the conspiracy theorist went on his televised rant about guns:
Morgan invited Jones on the show to discuss Jones’ petition to deport the British host for his gun control advocacy, but the interview quickly devolved into a bizarre, explosive diatribe about tyranny. Jones ranted:
Hitler took the guns! Stalin took the guns! Mao took the guns! Fidel Castro took the guns! Hugo Chavez took the guns! And I’m here to tell you that 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!
While Alex Jones is generally dismissed as a conspiracy theorist who cannot be taken seriously, the Drudge Report is a favorite website of political pundits and conservative politicians. However, Drudge regularly posts links to Jones’ fringe theories, from the soundly debunked claim that Obama was not born in the US, to the less well known theory that the president once secretly worked for the CIA in Pakistan. A ThinkProgress study in July found 184 links to Alex Jones’ websites in just one year. Because of Drudge’s clout with the mainstream media, Jones has been able to take advantage of a much broader audience than he ever could manage on his own.