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Conservatives and other assorted nutzoids were up to their tinfoil hats in anger this week as Facebook, YouTube, Google and Spotify banned the InfoWars conspiracy freak, Alex Jones from their platforms.

Alex was banned for all sorts of violations, which included posting “fake news” and just being an all-around troll (every conspiracy in this cartoon was created by Alex except two. I created those and I’ll let you try to figure out which two).

Twitter issued a statement in the form of a tweet, from their CEO Jack Dorsey explaining why they are letting Alex Jones stick around. In one of Dorsey’s tweets, he wrote, “Accounts like Jones’ can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it’s critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions. This is what serves the public conversation best..”

Sensationalize issues? Unsubstantiated rumors? Was it sensationalizing to say that Sandy Hook was a hoax and nobody was actually murdered? Is it merely an unsubstantiated rumor that the FBI plotted the Boston Marathon bombing?

What the New York Daily News puts on their front pages is sensationalizing. When CNN reports that anonymous White House sources are saying the president is afraid his son is in legal trouble for lying and engaging in a conspiracy with a foreign power, that’s a rumor with some substantiation. What Alex Jones does is neither. The professional term in the journalism industry for what Alex Jones does is “bullshit.”

Dorsey wants critical journalists to “document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions.” But what those people usually do is scream “fake news” when a conspiracy is debunked, and cling to whatever makes them feel squishy inside about their confirmation bias. Just mention the word “Snopes” to a conservative and watch them lose their minds.

With that said, for the most part, Alex Jones has all the freedom in this nation to spout horse crap (with assorted lawsuits here and there). At the same time, Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Spotify have the freedom to kick him to the curb. They are not government platforms. They are businesses.

Conservatives need to get their outrages in proper working order. You can’t be screaming about a business not allowing Alex Jones to post his “opinions” (opinions should be based on facts, but we’ll argue that another day), but demand that the NFL force all their athletes to stand for an anthem. You can’t demand that social media platforms give equal service to conspiracy nuts while also arguing that a baker has the right to refuse to make a gay wedding cake. But, I bet if the customer wanted a green tinfoil-wearing troll on that cake, you’d demand the baker to make it.

For people who like to call liberals “snowflakes,” conservatives sure are a bunch of snowflakes.

Alex Jones has made a lot of money on bullshit. He’s rich. He’s not going to let this assault on his ability to profit off crapola go without a conspiracy. He’s blaming the ban on “deep state actors.”

I keep waiting for conservatives to boycott Facebook like they always promise. But they don’t. If they did, they’d be sure to post on Facebook how they’re boycotting Facebook. You’d think they’d be content with 4Chan, 8Chan, InfoWars, Breitbart, the Daily Stormer, and all the other assorted hate sites. I found out just yesterday they’re all over Instagram because they let me know they didn’t like my Trump Hollywood Star cartoon one bit.

But, they need to post where liberals, moderates, and other rational types will see them. It’s like that old saying; If a tree falls in the woods and there’s no one around to hear a conservative call it a “libtard,” is that conservative still an unimaginative troll with an IQ lower than his sister’s shoe size? Probably.

Creative note, sorta: It is very unlikely that I’m related to Alex Jones. My dad’s story on who his father was constantly changed, so there’s a good chance I shouldn’t even be a Jones. Leave it to Alex Jones to destroy all the cool points I got from Indiana Jones.

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8 comments

  1. My thoughts on being a “snowflake” – Sure we are! We are each unique. However, together, in large enough numbers, we will freeze out those like Alex Jones and make it really difficult for Trumpers to function! Just a thought.

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  2. Alex Jones admitted that he doesn’t buy into all these crazy conspiracies in Jon Ronson’s book, “Them.” He admitted that he does it for the money. But yet his fans keep buying his bulls*it and his freeze-dried prepper food! Rubes! He saw them coming a long time ago.

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  3. “Alex was banned for all sorts of violations, which included posting “fake news” and just being an all-around troll (every conspiracy in this cartoon was created by Alex except two. I created those and I’ll let you try to figure out which two).”

    He didn’t create the vaccines causing autism hoax. That’s been around for quite some time. A (since discredited) doctor created it when he published an article about the subject – I have his name written down in my notes for a future blog post I wanna write about the subject.

    Hmm… the second one is harder. I’d go with Ocasio-Cortez is Jay-Z in drag. Mostly because she’s way too cute to be Jay-Z.

    “You can’t be screaming about a business not allowing Alex Jones to post his “opinions” (opinions should be based on facts, but we’ll argue that another day), but demand that the NFL force all their athletes to kneel for an anthem.”

    I have 2 points on this quotation: 1) I pulled a Frank. 2) People don’t have to base opinions on facts. Would it be nice if there was intelligent reasoning behind opinions? Heck yeah. In certain instances, like a doctor or judge’s opinion, do they need to use facts in support of their opinion? Yes.

    But, for the average Joe/Josephine, “opinions” are typically based on preferences, experiences, &/ beliefs. Like, my opinion that Ocasio-Cortez is an attractive young woman – it’s often subjective.

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    1. You’re free to base your opinion on total and utter bullshit. But, that doesn’t work for me and I’m a real stickler on this. If you’re going to bark off about stuff, then you need to know stuff. If you’re going to try to persuade people, know your shit. Plus, my business is based on information so it’s kind of close and dear to my heart. I see too many political cartoonists basing their opinions on crap.

      I also think Ocasio-Cortez is very attractive. Mreow!!!!!!!!

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      1. Fair enough. I disagree. But, then again, that’s my opinion. 😉

        Dude. Look at the bold section in the above comment. DON’T MAKE ME EMAIL YOU! I’m already talking to ya on, like, 2 mediums (here & YouTube).

        Our thoughts on Ocasio-Cortez are still opinions, though. We could argue symmetry of features, our preference for the human body, etc., but, ultimately, I’m sure some people don’t find her attractive.

        Cory Booker is also very mreow! Some cutie pies on the East Coast! 😻

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  4. I don’t understand the “SNOPES” thing with conservatives – first time I encountered the dissing of SNOPES was way pre-election when I cited it to refute some idiot relative’s post on FaceBook and got some unknown idiot’s response that SNOPES lied and couldn’t be trusted. I searched Google and found nothing substantial so asked previous idiot about a source for their opinion – never got a reply. And, just recently, another FB person commented that “I found out SNOPES lies, so they can’t be trusted” without any clue as to how they “found out.” Is there anything published on this, or is it just the party platform (like all NPR stories are bogus)?

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    1. I’m trying to remember. I think someone or some group claimed, despite the owners’ & operators’ denials, that SNOPES has a democratic leaning? I’m not sure that makes them liars, nor on what people are basing that opinion.

      If anyone claiming that SNOPES lies ever answers you, please let us know!

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