May 21, 2017

The world on May 21, 2017:

  • Sweden drops its sexual misconduct investigation against Julian Assange. In theory, this means he could leave the Ecuadorian Embassy, but likely if he did, he would be arrested by anybody else.
  • Fox News creator Roger Ailes dies. Many people rejoiced. A smaller group of people got really mad about their rejoicing on Twitter.
  • Bodyguards of Turkish President Erdogan attack a group of Kurdish protesters in Washington D.C., leaving nine protesters in the hospital. The assailants were not arrested due to diplomatic immunity. Donald Trump was mum on the subject.
  • Tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets in Brazil to demand the removal of President Temer, in the midst of a corruption scandal. Temer has said he would not resign.
  • In Fresno, CA, 34 year old Imer Alvarado is murdered leaving a bar, becoming the 11th transgender or gender-nonconforming person to be murdered this year. If the same murder rate were experienced by the white male population of our country, this would be the 785th murder this year.

What Alex Jones covered on May 21st:

  • Alex's Sunday shows are clearly meant for a smaller audience. They are pretty much never shot in his main studio, and the production values are far similar to what his show looked like years ago. It is almost an afterthought. In my experience, I've found that Alex often uses Sunday shows to the following ends, all three of which he does on this episode:
  1. End a narrative that wasn't working as well as he had hoped
  2. Soft-launch a new narrative that will continue into the main show
  3. Bury topics
  • Alex spends most of the show hitting his "Comey perjured himself about his memo about Trump asking him to stop investigating Gen. Flynn" narrative very hard. It appears that he is coming to the end of this narrative, as he can only pretend that he doesn't understand that the clip he keeps playing is Comey answering a question that was not about Trump so many times. You get the distinct feeling that he knows he needs to pivot before the narrative gets completely destroyed, at which point he wouldn't be able to use it as a little shorthand lie in the future.
  • Alex recently had to make a public apology/retraction after settling a court case brought against him by Chobani owner Hamdi Ulukaya, who Alex had absolutely slandered (hear our extensive breakdown of it here). On this episode, Alex insists that Chobani has violated the confidentiality terms of their settlement (there's no evidence they have), and he has put them on notice and told them not to destroy any documents. This is very clearly an attempt to save face after a public shaming, and very closely mirrors the Sunday show he did after he was forced to retract his coverage of Pizzagate.
  • Alex claims he's going to start suing everyone, seemingly in reference to Steven Colbert's parody of him, Tuck Buckford. We predict that Alex will not be suing anyone.