Oh Alex Jones, you jerk, capitalizing on any attention you can.
While most observers are witholding judgment about what caused the two explosions at the Boston Marathon this afternoon, right-wing conspiracy theorists already know what’s going on — the government did it and is going to pin the blame on them because today is Patriots’ Day, a special day in the militia movement.
Alex Jones, who has become the country’s preeminent conspiracy theorist, wasted no time. As with 9/11, Sandy Hook and other national tragedies, he sees the Boston explosions as a “false flag” attack committed by the government. The objective this time: Expanding the Transportation Security Administration’s reach to sporting events:
Our hearts go out to those that are hurt or killed #Boston marathon – but this thing stinks to high heaven #falseflag
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) April 15, 2013
He links in Tax Day, Patriots Day, the significance of Boston, the drop in gold value, other numerology, anything he can throw at the wall that will stick.
This is completely expected. Every event these days is immediately warped by the paranoia-mongering groups within hours. Minutes even. They have zero evidence but instead capitalize on the emotion and chaos to gain attention for themselves with outrageous speculation. How is this helping? It’s doing tremendous harm at a time where people should be helping or just being on alert for actual dangers, not imaginary ones.
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