The Daily Banter: "Despicable, Lying Scumbags, Suburban Gangstas, And Martin Shrkreli Wannabes"
Internet conspiracy theorist Caitlin Johnstone responds to The Daily Banter, and boy is it insane...
Internet conspiracy theorist Caitlin Johnstone responds to The Daily Banter, and boy is it insane...
Sean Hannity will defend pedophiles like Roy Moore, promote despicable conspiracy theories and support a man who grabs women "by the p*ssy" for president.
Megyn Kelly's interview with the InfoWars founder was tough, but didn't strike at the root of the issue - the appeal of conspiracy theories and distrust of news
We take you inside the mind Caitlin Johnstone, a member of the far left movement dedicated to spreading vile conspiracy theories and atrocious journalism.
The popular podcaster and comedian is spreading the worst type of anti-Hillary conspiracy theories to his huge audience of dedicated listeners.
Wikileaks's bizarre crusade against Hillary Clinton and its plunge into a toxic sea of lunacy and conspiracy theory shouldn't surprise anyone. It's always been a blunt instrument at the whim of one man.
Technically, Sarah Palin could be thrown in jail for her latest Facebook post.
Jokes aside, Sarah Palin might actually need psychological help.
Hint: it will involve a ball-gag.
They created this monster. They deserve to fall with him.
This latest claim breaches new territory -- territory so far removed normal parameters of political campaigning and reality itself that it is hard to comprehend exactly what we are witnessing here.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the craziest conspiracy theory of 2016. In an amazing 10 minutes of utter lunacy from 'InfoWars' nutjob Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist lays out why he genuinely thinks Beyonce's latest video 'Lemonade' was paid for by the CIA in order to cause "urban terrorism".
This man is a United States senator. He is running for president.
Rand Paul once said the government might enforce mandatory vaccinations by declaring martial law.
This epic word salad makes Sarah Palin look like Spalding Gray.
Bob and Chez discuss Obama's no-win situation with ISIS, Michael Moore's latest emo lament, 9/11 video replays and the new tape from InfoWars stooge Dan Bidondi.
Donté Stallworth is The Huffington Post's new national security fellow. You've probably seen him on the football field. Or on Twitter claiming that 9/11 was a hoax, vaccines are bioweapons, and HAARP controls the weather.
In honor of the 45th anniversary of the stupendous Apollo 11 mission, which, yes, actually delivered two astronauts, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, to the surface of the Moon, let's debunk the top 10 theories that claim to prove the landing was a hoax.
Weird Al is back and has recorded the unofficial anthem of the Alex Jones Show.
The great thing about America is that almost anybody can run for public office. The frightening thing about America is that almost anybody can run for public office.
If you need a real world example of the damage being caused by the ongoing campaign of disinformation against childhood vaccinations, look no further than a new study published in Pediatrics. According to the pretty extraordinary report, researchers have traced a measles outbreak that occurred in Minnesota in 2011 back to a single unvaccinated child.
This is where we are in this country right now, with the inmates running the asylum and the media and political wardens who are supposed to know better instead agreeing that they see the hallucination too.
Pirro's five-minute tirade had everything: finger-wagging, fear-mongering, misinformation, wild conspiracy theories, the phrase "cut and run" and, naturally, ball-shaming. It's a cocktail of Obama Derangement Syndrome delivered with laser-like precision directly into the outrage cortexes of typical Fox News viewers.
A quick check of social media activity for that name turns up what appear to be the Facebook and Twitter accounts belonging to the guy police say is their gunman. As Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs says, the Brent Douglas Cole revealed in these timelines is pretty much your average "Sovereign Citizen" kind of crazy.
Kokesh's notion that murdering two people in cold blood while they ate lunch -- followed by a third, concealed carrying "good guy with a gun" -- amounts to “not necessarily unjustified violence" is just offensive for a whole host of reasons.
The husband-and-wife team that shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers, then killed a third person at a nearby Wal-Mart before taking their own lives, had an extensive history of far-right, anti-government beliefs and were obsessed with conspiracy theories and the idea of killing cops. All of this is well-documented and can be seen for yourself simply by combing through the couple's various social media accounts.
It's tempting to ascribe Paltrow's weird beliefs to the fact that she's spent way too much time in Hollywood with people just like her, but the truth is people in general believe a whole host of crazy stuff that has no grounding in reality.
Last night at a conference in Los Angeles, Karl Rove launched what could possibly be the next Truther movement: Hillary Clinton Brain Damage Truth. While participating in a round-table with former Obama administration press secretary Robert Gibbs and author Dan Raviv, the issue of Clinton's December 2012 fall due to a blood clot was shoehorned into the conversation.
There are so many layers of ridiculousness in the Bundy Ranch story, it's difficult to know where to begin. Above all else, it ended up being a fantastic opportunity for a pack of ignorant states' rights cowboys to get intimate with their rebellion and secessionist fetishes, while figuratively pointing a rifle at the president's head.
There isn't a damn thing wrong with turning your back on corporate media, what it represents, and what it can occasionally mean for your process and your product. But to take that personal statement to mean that you then have to travel out into the hinterlands of ethical journalism is just shockingly stupid.
Over the past few days we've learned much more about the woman being hailed by many as a folk hero, someone who took a stand for journalistic independence and who went on to speak out valiantly against the supposed scourge of corporate media. Most of her history as a public figure is available on the internet and can be called up with little more than a couple of clicks.
I went back through the Banter archive and took a look. And lo and behold, what did I find but an angry army of InfoWarriors who'd somehow come across last year's piece on Jones's little Renfield, Dan Bidondi, within just the last day and had decided to take me to task. Among them, yes, Bidondi himself.
It works like this: If you think that the U.S. government or Monsanto is dispensing chemicals into the air via jets, with the nefarious goal of creating giant mirrors, or controlling the population, or whatever, it's your job to provide evidence to back up your claims.
That's what this quote is: Joe Rogan explaining basic atmospheric physics to someone who either doesn't understand or can't accept the reality of how things work. It's like Bill Nye talking to an angry developmentally disabled eight-year-old who's on acid.
Who first put it out there that Paul Walker was likely killed by a drone strike? I think we may have found out. It looks like it came from a guy who, as it turns out, is an archenemy of Alex Jones, perhaps because when it comes to being a batshit-crazy paranoiac he makes Jones look like the benchwarmer for the Our Lady of Perpetual Help girls basketball team to his D-Wade.
And so begins Fox News's promotion of the latest made-up right-wing Obama controversy, as always done under the guise of "just asking questions" -- "just saying, 'hmmm, quite a coincidence.'"
What follows is, I kid you not, a seemingly cocaine-fueled, tin-foil hatted fever dream filled with references to Nazis and fascists and which all leads to a singular -- and singularly insane -- argument.
While I'm always loathe to mention Jones in any way, given that he's a goddamn lunatic and doesn't deserve to be taken the least bit seriously, I guess it's probably good to make sure as many sane people as possible get a chance to see what they're up against.
From the Department of Getting Paid To State the Incredibly Obvious comes this tidbit: If you're a conspiracy theorist, you probably don't believe what scientists have to say about vaccinations, genetically modified foods, and climate change.
Well, it's finally happened. Behold the single worst thing to ever be shot out of Glenn Greenwald's Twitter feed. Actually, I suppose that if you're looking to compile physical evidence of Greenwald's sins against both journalism and intellectual honesty and to gain an understanding of exactly how he thinks and behaves, this thing is the fucking Rosetta Stone.
With predictable form, Greenwald not only attributed the actions of the State Department to a nefarious "Wag the Dog" false flag scenario as a convenient real-world means of tamping down the anti-NSA, anti-surveillance debate that's gurgled to the surface this Summer, but he also exploited the embassy closures and travel alert as a means of scolding Democrats who, during the Bush years, criticized the suspicious timing of Homeland Security orange alerts and the like, but who currently endorse the embassy closings.
If you're one of those people now posting long-winded internet screeds filled with supposed hard evidence that proves that George Zimmerman didn't really help pull a family out of an overturned vehicle last week in Central Florida, please stop.
This column isn't about how Jenny McCarthy shouldn't be given a nationwide platform on The View to almost assuredly bring her anti-vaccination crusade to its largest audience yet, how being complicit in such a move is irresponsible and dangerous. This column is about why Jenny McCarthy shouldn't be given a nationwide platform on The View to spout her anti-vaccination evangelism, why it's irresponsible and dangerous and why ABC should put people's lives over profits and immediately withdraw its unholy offer to McCarthy.
The way it breaks down is simple, and that's that the more outlandish your claim, the more evidence you need to have to back it up before you deserve to be taken seriously. The fact that there's a report saying that DARPA has the technology to hack cars proves that DARPA actually crashed Michael Hastings' car the same way that the fact that I own a gun means I killed Biggie Smalls.
He's denying that he's a conspiracy theorist while raising the question of a media conspiracy to label him a conspiracy theorist. But he's totally not a conspiracy theorist and the media is only saying this about him -- all of a sudden -- as a means of discrediting him.
A couple of days ago, it seems that InfoWars' Dan Bidondi posted a rambling status update to his personal Facebook page, one that could be seen only by his friends, in which he melodramatically casts himself as the lonely warrior standing defiantly on the bridge and single-handedly fighting off the hoards of Clusium like Horatius. The man who suffers so that we can live freely. Not the hero America deserves, but the one it needs. Our silent protector. Our Dark Knight. Try not to shed a tear as you read -- or at least try to decipher -- the following.
In the darkest, most delirious hyper-fringes of the internet, there are people who believe Alex Jones is a government operative. The reigning king of all conspiracy theorists is, himself, the subject of an anti-government conspiracy theory.