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Alex Jones was one of the few interesting people on the Internets

Internets, I've been getting my news from Alex Jones for years, and look how well I turned out. It do
Alex Jones was one of the few interesting people on the Internets
By Byron Crawford • Issue #68 • View online
Internets,
I’ve been getting my news from Alex Jones for years, and look how well I turned out. It doesn’t make sense to me why he should be banned from seemingly every media distribution platform there ever was except for Twitter.
They even banned Alex Jones from LinkedIn!
I’m not gonna lie—after he was banned from YouTube the other day I went looking for Alex Jones videos on YouTube, to see if maybe someone ripped the videos from the Infowars app and uploaded them to their own YouTube channel. Piracy has been rampant on YouTube from jump.
I found a video of an interview Alex Jones did with Anthony Cumia. Cumia, you’ll recall, was kicked off Sirius satellite radio after a racially-charged rant about a black chick who physically assaulted him for taking pictures of her in the middle of the night. She may or may not have been out there trying to do something strange for some change. You can still get his videos on YouTube.
On Cumia’s YouTube channel, Jones complained that, if worse came to worst, he wouldn’t be able to get a job at McDonald’s, because they wouldn’t be able to access his resume on LinkedIn.
I can relate. In at least five of my seven (going on eight) books, I discuss the fact that, when I was in high school, I applied for jobs at two McDonald’s, and was turned down from both. After I graduated from college, I applied for jobs at at least four McDonald’s, and was turned down again. I may have been even more unemployable with a degree.
Minimum-wage employers, at least here in the Midwest, only start hiring black people when they run out of applications filled out by white people. Alex Jones could probably still get a job at McDonald’s despite the fact that he’s been banned from LinkedIn. (Do they even check LinkedIn?) He’s not exactly a dead ringer for the guy I used to work for at a Hardee’s back in the late ‘90s, but he’s close enough for government work.
But the point remains: You should be able to access Alex Jones’ content everywhere, if only because, on any given day, it might be literally the only entertaining thing you can look at that’s more or less safe for work, but also because I thought this was America?
It’s almost certainly legal to post obviously fake news on the Internets, or else CNN would be fucked, but in this situation the law doesn’t enter into it. Tech companies get to create their own laws, as if they were the lord, and they’ve collectively decided that, as of the other day, Alex Jones is in violation of them. This despite the fact that Jones has been on the Internets in some form or another since the 1990s.
Alex Jones probably can’t go into a court of law and complain that tech companies didn’t have good reason to ban him any more than Bill Cosby can argue that he shouldn’t have been convicted of sexual assault for no other reason than the fact that he’s been accused of it like 80 times, when it’s a known fact that white people falsely accuse black people of crimes on the reg. Facts don’t matter anymore!
Yeah, Alex Jones is at least partly responsible for our current complete lack of concern with objective reality. Nevertheless, the Internets will be a worse place without his content. How many people can you say that about?
Take it easy on yourself,
Bol

 

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