Host Chris Hayes laments “Alex Jones-ification of the GOP”
In a 15 minute-long ideological crusade, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes smeared Cliven Bundy supporters as ‘insurgents’ while lamenting the threat posed to the establishment by an Alex Jones-Drudge-Fox News-Rand Paul “axis” that threatens to rock the 2016 presidential race.
Implicitly siding with Harry Reid’s widely derided claim that Cliven Bundy and his supporters are “domestic terrorists,” Hayes linked Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller’s labeling of Bundy ranch advocates as “patriots” to Alex Jones and Infowars, which he sophomorically described as “a paranoid online haven”.
Similar to other White House fronts like Media Matters, Hayes then whines about the fact that Infowars stories, in particular relating to the Bundy siege, are routinely linked by powerhouse news aggregator the Drudge Report and find their way “into the mainstream GOP establishment” and Fox News, terming this effect the “Alex Jones-ification of the GOP”.
To a cheesy Twilight Zone-style backing soundtrack, Hayes then attempts guilt by association by linking “paranoid conspiracy theorist” Jones to Republican candidates like Greg Brannon who are running against establishment GOP figures. From this we can only infer that Chris Hayes and MSNBC are attempting to demonize such candidates in an attempt to bolster the chances of establishment Republican candidates, a bizarre concept for the supposedly left-leaning network.
Hayes implies that Brannon’s skepticism of the 9/11 Commission report is a kooky “fringe” conspiracy theory, failing to mention that six of the ten 9/11 commissioners have all publicly questioned the report, including co-chair Lee Hamilton, who said the Commission was “set up to fail”.
Hayes goes on to imply that Agenda 21, a public United Nations “sustainable development” program is another “Jones backed conspiracy” and doesn’t exist, despite the fact that it appears on the UN’s own official website.
Hayes moves on to target Senator Rand Paul, labeling him a “fan” of Alex Jones before describing the Bilderberg Group as a “fringe obsession” which represents nothing more than a “yearly meeting of people.” Hayes asserts that describing Bilderberg as a cabal that “secretly runs the world” is a baseless conspiracy despite the fact that Bilderberg clearly does openly run the world given that it consists of the most powerful people on the planet from titans of industry, banking and politics to power brokers in media, academia and international relations.
Hayes moves on to interview Senator Harry Reid’s son Rory Reid, taking the opportunity to describe Bundy supporters as an “insurgency” in the same context as the Nevada Senator’s “domestic terrorist” slur, while Rory Reid refuses to comment on his father’s remark but insists that Americans can’t point guns at government agents. The fact that BLM agents pointed sniper rifles and other weapons at unarmed Americans during last weekend’s standoff (after tasing a Bundy family member the previous week for exercising his first amendment right) is not addressed.
Hayes then welcomes leftist author Michelle Goldberg, who wastes little time in describing Bundy supporters as “right wing insurgents” while doling out a clichÃ©d pejorative terms such as “black helicopters,” presumably under the delusion that child-like taunts actually constitute an argument.
Ignoring the difficult fact that the federal government itself, via FBI provocateuring of patsies, has been behind virtually every major recent domestic terror plot (as the New York Times documented), Goldberg then puts Bundy supporters in the same league as Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and ludicrously asserts that Bundy ranch advocates are plotting to “overthrow the United States government”. Last time I checked, they just wanted the feds to return Bundy’s cattle.
Hayes then proceeds to smear Bundy supporters as violent, obfuscating the fact that it was BLM agents who threatened to shoot protesters during the standoff, as our own David Knight and many others on the front line of the dispute personally heard and witnessed.
Hayes and Goldberg only manage to embarrass themselves further, implying that the Second Amendment should only be about Americans protecting themselves from common criminals, an assertion with which the founding fathers vehemently disagreed.
Hayes ends by citing the “Alex Jones-Drudge-Fox News-Rand Paul axis” as being responsible for “moving these ideas quite to the center of the Republican Party and the Republican presidential campaign,” a notion that patently terrifies the Democratic hierarchy for which MSNBC fronts given that it would represent a genuine alternative to America either being under the control of establishment Democrats or establishment Republicans, between which there is little real difference.
Apparently, Chris Hayes, Rory Reid, Michelle Goldberg and their ilk think that if they blithely regurgitate pejorative buzzwords like “conspiracy theory,” “black helicopters” and “fringe” that this somehow wins the debate and legitimizes the characterization of Bundy supporters as domestic insurgents.
Perhaps Hayes didn’t get the memo, but by continuing to pursue such divisive and lazy rhetoric, MSNBC is hemorrhaging viewers.
A recent Pew Research study shows that MSNBC has recently lost a quarter of its viewers. The new figures followed on from reports in November last year that both CNN and MSNBC had lost nearly half their audience over the previous 12 months, with the two networks losing 59% and 52% respectively in the crucial demographic of viewers aged 25 to 54. A recent Gallup poll also found that trust in television news was at an all time low.
This is by no means the first time that the flailing network has resorted to extremist and deceptive rhetoric in an effort to smear its ideological adversaries. Last year, MSNBC host Alex Wagner and guests all but blamed Alex Jones for the Boston bombings, claiming with no evidence that the Tsarnaev brothers were inspired to carry out the attack by the “deeply racist” Jones and his website.
Wagner and her guests couldn’t present a single example of Alex Jones being “racist,” a shred of evidence that he was “getting paid to be racist,” nor was any proof offered that the Tsarnaev brothers were fans of Infowars.com.