Before Alex Jones and InfoWars, there was Glenn Beck.
A decade ago, Beck was hawking his conspiracy theories on HLN and Fox News. Beck eventually left HLN and lost the Fox News job, just as the inflammatory Morton Downey Jr. lost his lucrative syndicated broadcast decades earlier.
And before Morton Downey Jr., there was Joe Pyne, the war hero who eventually ended up railing against “hippies, homosexuals and feminists” on the airwaves in the 1960s.
Before Pyne, there was Father Coughlin, “the radio priest.” Coughlin was eased off CBS in the 1930s when he refused to allow the network to vet his inflammatory commentary.
You get the idea. Alex Jones is not unique. Nor do I believe, as a historian of American media, that he will be the last of his kind.
via The Conversation Audiences love the anger: Alex Jones, or someone like him, will be back