The establishment is so terrified of new media, they dare not mention Alex Jones by name
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, March 7, 2011
It has become abundantly clear that the establishment is so petrified of the fact that Alex Jones is at the tip of the spear of a new media revolution that is sweeping away the old guard, that we have now reached the point where talking heads like Bill O’Reilly and indeed the Obama White House itself dare not even mention his name.
During a segment about “the dumbest things of the week,” Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly entertained his dwindling geriatric audience by poking fun at Alex Jones’ appearance on The View last week, chuckling and guffawing at the behavior of “some guy on the radio, we really don’t know who he is.”
Unfortunately for Bill O’Reilly, whose own radio show was cancelled in 2008 because of plummeting ratings, that “guy on the radio” is totally creaming Billo on every measurable platform.
While O’Reilly has lost 21% of his younger viewers, the Alex Jones Show is routinely number one on Shoutcast and has attracted You Tube viewing figures totaling hundreds of millions.
45,000 is a truly awful figure for the man who is supposed to be a leader on the peanut gallery of establishment media talking heads. Recently created blogs that put out one story a day run by guys sitting in front of their laptop in their pajamas get more readers than O’Reilly’s slickly designed website. Little old ladies who write about cooking or knitting probably get more readers than O’Reilly.
This strikes at the root of how Bill O’Reilly, his sidekicks and the rest of the old media think they can laugh it up under the delusion that they still have the influence to dictate reality, and in doing so tell their viewers that there is no “police state” in America even as mobile radiation scanning vans roam highways looking through people’s walls and the TSA puts their hands down people’s pants.
In reality, the old media’s power to frame the debate and manipulate people’s perceptions of current events is in terminal decline, which is why they are obsessed with attacking the new media but simultaneously dare not even mention Alex Jones by name for fear of their viewers discovering the truth.
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Of course Bill O’Reilly knows who Alex Jones is, he’s the guy who every time Fox News invites Jones for an interview, certain talking heads within Fox throw hissy fits and demand the interview be cancelled.
Alex Jones is the guy who Rolling Stone Magazine just did a 6 page spread about, concluding that Fox News’ Glenn Beck tries to stay relevant by routinely stealing Jones’ material. Beck represents smart “old media” while poor old Billo is just plain dumb “old media,” because Beck has learned to put on sheep’s clothing and pose as some kind of alternative in order to maintain his audience.
The establishment’s fear of mentioning Jones by name is a recurring theme. Despite the fact that failing to cite the source is a universally recognized trap that only weakens your own argument, not just O’Reilly but even the Obama White House itself is prepared to stoop to such levels, so alarmed are they at Jones’ growing reach. Not to mention the fact that Google now censors the words “Alex Jones” from their trends charts.
Last month, we wrote a series of article detailing how Barack Obama’s publicly stated agenda to bankrupt the coal industry worsened the impact of blackouts caused by cold weather. When he was forced to respond on the front page of WhiteHouse.gov with a deceptively crafted rebuttal, Obama Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer refused to cite us by name, despite the fact that we were obviously the source of the story, with the article having appeared on DrudgeReport.com and received millions of hits.
First they ignore you, then they attack you, then you win. However, the establishment is now so discredited that when they launch their smears, they dare not put their reputation up against the likes of Alex Jones, because every time they would lose, so they simply refuse to even name the target of the attack.
This betrays a fundamental weakness in the armory of the establishment media and the Obama White House. Knowing that they themselves have lost all trust, and terrified that people might be drawn to Alex Jones and the alternative media, these people are so afraid of a fair fight on the battleground of ideas, that they prefer to launch their missives from an increasingly farther and farther distance, and in doing so only weaken the potency of their own propaganda.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.
This article was posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 at 6:07 am