The the US president-elect frequently denigrates some of the most respected journalists in America as dishonest, unbalanced liars, he has a different take on Mr Jones. To Mr Trump, Mr Jones’s reputation is “amazing”.
Mr Trump’s shock election has provided the United States and the world with a number of revelations about American society and politics. Among these is that conspiracy theorists and other fringe elements have now become mainstream.
This is reflected in Mr Trump’s choice of Stephen Bannon – who took charge of the tycoon’s election campaign in August – as his chief strategist and senior counsellor. Mr Bannon is the chief executive of Breitbart News (though he is currently on leave from the role), a far-right news website whose headlines have included “Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer?” and “Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy”.
Alex Jones believes the September 11 attacks were an inside job. He also believes the American government and a cabal of global elites put fluoride in water to drug the masses, and send subliminal messages through television to control minds and force individuals to perpetrate acts of violence.
Unlike some of his contemporaries, he does not go so far as to suggest that subterranean, shape-shifting lizard people run the world, or that the Earth is flat – but his ideas come pretty close.