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I Worked for Alex Jones. I Regret It.
12-07-2019, 11:41 AM
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I Worked for Alex Jones. I Regret It.
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This was an interesting read...I'll post the beginning and a link if you want to read all of it.

I Worked for Alex Jones. I Regret It.

I dropped out of film school to edit video for the conspiracy theorist because I believed in his worldview. Then I saw what it did to people.



Dec. 5, 2019

On Election Day 2016, I sat in the passenger seat of Alex Jones’s Dodge Hellcat as we swerved through traffic, making our way to a nearby polling place. As Jones punched the gas pedal to the floor, the smell of vodka, like paint thinner, wafted up from the white Dixie cup anchored in the console. My stomach churned as the phone I held streamed live video to Facebook: Jones rambling about voter fraud and rigged elections while I stared at the screen, holding the camera at an angle to hide his double chin. It rarely worked, but I didn’t want to be blamed when he watched the video later.

Four years earlier, Jones — wanting to expand his website, Infowars, into a full-blown guerrilla news operation and hoping to scout new hires from his growing fan base — held an online contest. At 23, I was vulnerable, angry and searching for direction, so I decided to give it a shot. Out of what Infowars said were hundreds of submissions, my video — a half-witted, conspiratorial glance at the creation and function of the Federal Reserve — made it to the final round.

Unconvinced I could cut it as a reporter, Jones offered me a full-time position as a video editor. I quit film school and moved nearly a thousand miles to Austin, Tex., fully invested in propagating his worldview. By the time I found myself seated next to Jones speeding down the highway, I had seen enough of the inner workings of Infowars to know better.

Before we left the office, Jones instructed me to title the video “Alex Jones Denied Right to Vote” when uploading to YouTube. He knew before we left that they wouldn’t let us walk into a polling location with our cameras rolling. I don’t think Jones even intended to vote. Rather, he hoped to turn this into a spectacle, an insult to him personally, another opportunity to play the self-aggrandizing victim.
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“Look at this great city shot,” he said pointing out the window at Austin’s skyline. As soon as I pulled the camera off him, he reached for the white Dixie cup. Is this really how I’m going to die? I thought to myself, imagining the scene: Jones veering too close to the guardrail, ranting about George Soros and Hillary Clinton. Sirens echoing in the distance, flashing lights reflecting off oil-soaked pavement as he grabs the camera and utters his final words, “Hillary ... rigged ... the car.” His listeners would have believed it. Years earlier, I would have believed it.

Fortunately, there were no sirens or flashing lights, and I was relieved when “Vote Here” signs began to appear. A line stretched out the door of the polling place, in a local strip mall, by the time we arrived. As I expected, Jones was told multiple times that he couldn’t film at a polling place, and he decided to leave. Walking back to the car, still taking sips from his white cup, he began noticeably slurring his words. A friend of Jones’s who tagged along — for “security purposes” — offered to give me a ride back to the office. Jones revved his engine, tires squealing as he sped out of the parking lot.

Continues at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/magaz...HDeHrWz0Yf
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12-07-2019, 12:02 PM
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being a CTer doesn't pay anymore, so you get shit like this

DEPLATFORMED, DEMONETIZED is the norm

MURICANS FOLLOW THE MONEY

where there is MONEY they will GO

GREED.
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12-07-2019, 05:50 PM
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I got given a great opportunity to learn about film making and the media and to actually be invloved in something real, it was my own decision to quit college.

I now blame someone else for where I am today.
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12-07-2019, 07:19 PM
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just thinking about the whole thing makes me laugh. Imagine being on the phone with somebody and having Alex come into your office slurping vodka not wearing his shirt and ranting and raving about commie liberals.
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12-07-2019, 08:18 PM
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i'm tired of opportunistic people in America just following where the wind blows
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12-07-2019, 11:17 PM
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Everyone everywhere follows opportunities to better themselves. It's not an American only ideal.
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12-08-2019, 03:33 AM
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(12-07-2019 12:02 PM)pug-thug Wrote:  being a CTer doesn't pay anymore, so you get shit like this

DEPLATFORMED, DEMONETIZED is the norm

MURICANS FOLLOW THE MONEY

where there is MONEY they will GO

GREED.


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thanks for the chuckle this morning pug Big Grin
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12-08-2019, 03:34 AM
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(12-07-2019 07:19 PM)pilgrim Wrote:  .
just thinking about the whole thing makes me laugh. Imagine being on the phone with somebody and having Alex come into your office slurping vodka not wearing his shirt and ranting and raving about commie liberals.


more LOL!
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12-08-2019, 03:39 AM
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(12-07-2019 08:18 PM)pug-thug Wrote:  i'm tired of opportunistic people in America just following where the wind blows


yes, when things become overcapitalized there becomes a generic quality which lacks sincerity and true beauty of artisan craftsmanship of something made with LOVE.

everything is very FAKE NEWS. Generic MASS PRODUCTION. It gets old. People want QUALITY....something which is produced with honesty and passion
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