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Charlie Skelton @deYook
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I think it’s worth pointing out: for decades, @realAlexJones has given a platform to whistleblowers & campaigners in many different fields: critics of globalisation, anti-war campaigners, ex Intel officers, anti-corruption investigators, ‘out-there’ thinkers (not just “wingnuts”)
He's even had me on a few times to talk about my #Bilderberg reports for the @Guardian. He’s railed, like an over-caffeinated Chomsky, against imperialism & crony capitalism, deconstructed government propaganda, & been a relentless critic of the big banks & the US-led war machine
Crucially, he’s done more to critique the greed of giant corporations & the ruthless military ambitions of the US than 99.9% of the people cooing over the #Infowars ban: people who I'm sure would feel that they're on the side of the angels, & look upon AJ with scorn & revulsion.
And he’s *always* encouraged his listeners to investigate things for themselves: go & read the documents, "don’t take my word for it", do your own research. Don't sit back: go and study the leaked material, the declassified memos, the RAND Corporation pdfs from the 70s etc. etc.
It’d be impossible for him to talk on such an array of topics & events, interview so many people, & to question so many government statements & “official narratives”, and not sometimes get stuff wrong. But the only way you don’t get anything wrong is never to question anything.
This is by no means a defence of him personally or politically or of everything he's broadcast. He can be cartoonish & oafish. His recent full-on Trumpery is a ghastly misstep, & he's undoubtedly skewed to the right (not so much "beyond the left/right paradigm" these days...)
But calling him a "whackjob" & showing him grimacing & roaring & ripping his shirt off is to miss (most times deliberately) the bigger picture: of his significant & longstanding role in the world of alt-media, anti-war campaigning, whistleblowing & anti-establishment activism.
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