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Context is important, and Sheen made his controversial remarks on Alex Jones’ syndicated radio show. Those who have listened to Jones know that he is no ordinary talk radio host. Long before Glenn Beck made headlines (and millions) mining conspiratorial territory on his radio show, Jones was exploring the wilder side of political talk radio for a devoted following online.
Jones is not mainstream (he has under 25,000 Twitter followers), yet he has influence and is sometimes linked to by more influential media figures such as Matt Drudge.
As his fans know, Jones is different than just about anyone in his field. Neither conservative nor liberal (he describes himself as “a dedicated and aggressive Constitutionalist” on his own website biography), Jones spoke out against President Bush during his administration and is equally critical of President Obama (Jones sells a popular DVD titled The Obama Deception on his website). Via his websites prisonplanet.com, infowars.com and a formidable following on YouTube, Jones reaches countless viewers and listeners daily, with a virtual army of twentysomethings paying attention to what he says.
The Austin, Texas-based talk show host is known for his conspiracy theories (see FEMA camps), but it is his belief that 9/11 was an inside job that first drew Sheen into his fold. Long before Sheen spoke out against Chuck Lorre on The Alex Jones Show, the actor chatted with Jones about September 11th, 2001.
“19 amateurs with box cutters taking over four commercial airliners and hitting 75% of their targets….raises a lot of questions,” said Sheen in 2006 on the Alex Jones Show.
“It is up to us to reveal the truth,” he continued. “It is up to us because we owe it to the families, we owe it to the victims.”
Sheen’s relationship with Jones likely stems from his firm belief that September 11th was an “inside job,” yet there are several issues Jones champions on his show besides the idea that our own government brought down the World Trade Center that may continue to draw listeners such as Sheen in (see government cover-ups on a level most mainstream Americans are not familiar with) — everything from the “New World Order” to secret government “chemtrail” programs.
Last year, Jones predicted a coming race war in America to be brought on by the release of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete. It didn’t happen.
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