On his January 3, 2018 episode of his show, Alex Jones was really trying to torpedo the idea that Michael Wolff has any credibility as a journalist. He was working hard to defend Steve Bannon, mostly as a way to defend Donald Trump. It's a very predictable turn of events.
However, in the process of attacking Wolff, Alex has this to say about Wolff's journalistic standards:
He is saying that Wolff is pathetic, and he cannot be trusted about anything because he has been caught misquoting people in the past.
That's all good and well, and I'm not here to defend Michael Wolff. What I am here to do is discuss how Alex Jones has misquoted people very maliciously in the past.
Let's start with just the previous day, January 2, 2018, when Alex Jones claimed that Joycelyn Elders said that schools should "touch little kids wee-wees:"
This is a completely fabricated quote. What Elders said was in response to a question at a conference on AIDS in 1994. She was asked if masturbation could help decrease levels of unsafe sex, to which she replied: "I think that is something that is a part of human sexuality, and it's a part of something that perhaps should be taught."
Unless you are acting from a position of bad faith, you know exactly what she meant by that, but in case you need her to clear it up, after Bill Clinton fired her as Attorney General for this, she spoke with the New York Times:
Alex Jones is making up a quote, and clearly doing so for a malicious purpose. He did that yesterday. And he did it repeatedly on his show. Here is a clip from later in the broadcast:
Also, it's a smaller issue, but his Elders impression is almost impressively bad.
There are plenty more examples of this from Alex's career, but honestly, my time is valuable, and I think this one example makes the case pretty well.
Hypocrisy will never matter to people like Alex, but there still is some value in pointing out direct attacks on reason and logic when they occur. I am not 100% why it's important, but I am sure it is.