After Greg’s post on May 26, I almost feel like I’m standing up in front of a roomful of alcoholics at an AA meeting, but here goes nothin’… “My name is Donna Anderson and I’m a writer for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com.” There, I said it. And yes, I’m pretty proud to be associated with Alex Jones. Now, sit back for a minute, grab a cuppa, and let me tell you why.
The first time I heard Alex Jones speak was way back in 2004, I think. At the time, I was running a paper route in the middle of the night, believe it or not, and every night while I was driving around I’d listen to Coast to Coast AM Radio with George Noory.
Like most people, the first time I heard AJ speak I was like, “Whoa! This dude is a total over-the-top whack job!” He was shouting. He went off on wild tangents. He interrupted Noory time and time again and completely monopolized the conversation. Listening to him on the radio I imagined him sitting in front of a microphone, flailing his arms in the air, looking like Einstein or some wild and crazy I’m-gonne-take-over-the-world scientist type guy.
The only thing that kept me interested during that first show was the fact that he was talking about the supernatural and unnatural activities at Bohemian Grove – hence his appearance on a paranormal talk show.
At that time, I’d never heard of Bohemian Grove, and even though I found AJ a little off-putting, I was intrigued, intrigued enough to do some research when I got home. And much to my surprise, Alex wasn’t the only one talking about the sinister, late-night bonfires at Bohemian Grove. And even more surprising – Bohemian Grove was connected to American politics, a subject I’d never in my life been interested in.
Now, many of you, I’m sure, since you’re fans of Who Forted (as am I!) have probably listened to a talk show or watched some asinine TV show with Ryan Buell (Yeah, I had to get that in there. I owe him one!) and thought, “What a bunch of bullshit! This guy is clearly a whack job, just out trying to make a buck off a bunch of suckers!”
But. You. Continued. To. Watch.
Why? Because it was a topic you were interested in. And because, while you were watching or listening, you were also thinking. You were challenging yourself and you were challenging the speaker. You were assimilating the information, filing it away with what you already knew, comparing it to what you already knew to be fact and fiction, weighing the evidence, turning it over in your mind.
If you’re a curious, intelligent, intellectual human being, which I’m sure you are since you follow this blog (as am I!), then you probably also stepped away after the show and did a little research. Maybe you only wanted to prove the guy wrong, but you dug a little deeper and you learned something new.
Anybody who goes against the beliefs expressed by the Mainstream Media is considered a whack job, no matter what topic you’re discussing. Here’s a personal example…
A year ago I wrote an article here, for Who Forted, about Black Eyed Children. I believe, to this day, it’s still one of the most popular posts on this blog and it still gets comments every week. Obviously, many, many people liked this article, but I now have a couple of nasty stalkers who follow me on Infowars and anywhere else they can find me and flame me for being a bat-shit crazy paranormal writer who “believes in ghosts and witches and stuff” and who’s willing to write about anything, for anyone, just to make a buck.
So there are people out there who think I’m crazy as a loon for the same reasons they think Alex Jones is crazy – I talk about stuff that goes against popular belief. According to the mainstream media, your parents, your friends, and your teachers, anyone who believes in the existence of Black Eyed Children is bat-shit crazy, just like anyone who believes in the Illuminati or government initiated false flags, is a “conspiracy theorist.”
But you at least believe in the possibility of the existence of Black Eyed Children so, whether you liked my writing style or not, whether you liked my presentation or not, you read that article, you stored the information, and many of you joined in the comments on this blog. Many of you also started conversations on other forums based on the article you read here on Who Forted, which helped spread the information to an even broader audience.
Here’s my point: My goal, and the goal of most informational-type writers (if that’s even a word), isn’t to convince you to believe me or swing you over to my side. My goal is to present information in a way that grabs your attention and makes you think. I know before I even start writing that it’s going to be impossible to make 100 percent of the readers agree with me 100 percent of the time. All I want to do is open a dialog with you.
Alex Jones may be bat-shit crazy, but, according to a lot of closed-minded people, so am I – yet you’re still here reading. Why? Because you’re interested. You have an open mind and you want to be informed on every side of the issue.
Alex Jones doesn’t care if you think he’s crazy. He doesn’t care if you don’t like his rants. He doesn’t care if you think he’s right or wrong – he enticed you to listen. What he cares about is getting his message out there and making you think. If, after listening to one of his shows, you’re tempted to do even one little Google search to prove him wrong, then he’s accomplished his goal – he’s opened a dialog and he’s made you think.