Report: InfoWars Ran Years-Long Conspiracy to, Uh, Rip Off RT and the Rest of the Media

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Local Texas man Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist best known for screaming about gay frogs, riding horses while shirtless, hawking lead-contaminated dietary supplements, and claiming he is in communication with President Donald Trump, has been up to something pretty suspicious himself.


According to an investigation by BuzzFeed, Jones’ site InfoWars has been ripping off content from Russian state broadcaster RT since May 2014, copy-pasting at least 1,014 articles from RT’s website. The articles were posted to InfoWars with a byline crediting them to RT, but the broadcaster told BuzzFeed they had never given Jones’ site permission to do that—and other searches of BuzzSumo data showed InfoWars had similarly reposted articles from “CNN, Sputnik, Breitbart, CNS News, the Blaze, CBC, BBC, Vice, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Post, LA Times, BuzzFeed, and others,” according to BuzzFeed.

This should probably surprise nobody, given Jones’ low journalistic standards, which have included promoting unfounded stories that top Democrats were organizing Satanic child abuse parties at a D.C. pizza place, or that mass shootings are false flag operations enacted at the behest of shadowy globalists. But as BuzzFeed noted, Jones once flew off the hook at accusations he was promoting Russian propaganda.

“You want to sit here and say that I’m a goddamn, fucking Russian,” Jones said. “You get in my face with that I’ll beat your goddamn ass, you son of a bitch. You piece of shit. You fucking goddamn fucker. Listen fuckhead, you have fucking crossed a line. Get that through your goddamn fucking head. Stop pushing your shit.”

Methinks Jones doth protest too much.

The RT link may be of particular note since the broadcaster has been swept up in allegations it helped back an alleged Russian operation to flood the U.S. with propaganda and misinformation before the 2016 elections with at least a stretch goal of supporting Trump’s campaign. Jones is an enthusiastic Trump backer; Trump has appeared on Jones’ show for interviews, while Jones himself has noted his surprise at the president’s apparent fondness for his site. It’s probably for the best not to dwell overmuch on this connection, lest one end up sounding like one of Jones’ slack-jawed devotees, but it does add yet another unflattering dimension to Trump’s InfoWars leanings.


"... An upperclassman who had been researching terrorist groups online." - Washington Post


more like dim buttsmeller amirite

In a sense this is not surprising because the whole right-wing blogosphere loves them some copy-and-paste action.

About 6-7 years ago I used to hang out on a small bulletin-board-type site that had its resident conspiracy-minded wackadoos. Every time they would post something that sounded like talking points, I would google it and document the source (basically to say “you just read this on some dumb blog” and to dig up some ridiculous detail in the story that they weren’t paraphrasing.) What I found was that a search would usually yield 10-20 different results from websites running the same exact content. No byline and usually no clue as to where it originated. It was intriguing that all of these shitty blogs with flags and eagles in the background were just mirroring each other and their readers obviously didn’t care.

Dunno if it is still that way today. I finally decided that life was too short to waste on people I didn’t respect. Instead I spend my time talking to all of you fine people here.