The Convergence of the ‘Glenn Greenwald Left’ and the ‘Alex Jones Right’
A marriage made in outrage-porn heaven. Filed under “Politics” because I can’t do Wingnuts and Moonbats at the same time.
The noticeable upswing in Alex Jones style anti-government paranoia on the left of all places has reached epidemic proportions, and if you haven’t been infected yet you’re regarded as either an unthinking Obama administration automaton or you’ve fully embraced the worst Bush-era transgressions. There’s never been room for nuance with this crowd; it’s a pervasive intransigence that happens to be a feature of their paranoia. If you’re not screeching about the conspiracy, you’re clearly part of the conspiracy.
It’s not surprising, then, to discover that Alex Jones’ dual websites, Prison Planet and Info Wars, are loaded with all of the same breaking news stories and bombshells about Edward Snowden and NSA that are also found at The Guardian, Salon and elsewhere. In keeping with recent outrage-porn from writers such as Salon’s David Sirota and The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf, as well as activist Cornel West, there’s even a post on Prison Planet in which the death of Trayvon Martin was compared with the killing of Adbulrahman Al-Awlaki, the son of terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki. Naturally, there’s also plenty of stuff about how President Obama is clearly a war criminal worthy of prosecution and imprisonment, just like we’ve heard from Glenn Greenwald and the rest.
Yes, the Summer of ‘13 has witnessed the inking of the merger between the Glenn Greenwald Left and the Alex Jones Right.