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Infowars publisher and far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has launched a new website in order to accomplish what he called bringing “truth back to the media.”
Mr. Jones announced the launch of NewsWars.com during Friday’s broadcast of his popular radio and internet show and said on Twitter afterwards that the website would serve as “a new media platform in the battle against fake news!”
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“We launched Infowars in 1997. I was on air two years before that. But in the modern world this is the news war. And it’s a fight between those that tell the truth and those who lie,” Mr. Jones said.
Mr. Jones himself has been considered a purveyor of so-called “fake news” since well before the phrase entered the modern parlance during the 2016 U.S. presidential race, in fact.
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He’s infamously taken heat for endorsing false claims concerning the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, and federal investigators said he inspired a gunman to open fire inside a Washington, D.C., pizzeria last year by touting unfounded allegations on his shows and websites about its supposed ties to former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and human trafficking.
He’s also widely popular and boasts of reaching bout 45 million people weekly through his Infowars website and radio and internet broadcasts, including President Trump and people close to his administration, according to Mr. Jones. Mr. Trump appeared on one of those broadcasts while campaigning in 2015, and Infowars has since claimed to have received weekly...
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