By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – We all wear masks of some kind, I guess, but far-right talk show screamer Alex Jones’ mask is more spectacular than most.

Jones is in a custody battle with his ex-wife. At a pre-trial hearing, his own lawyer told the court Jones’ on-air rantings – mostly wild, incendiary conspiracy theories from the fever swamps – and their often-unhinged delivery shouldn’t imply an unfitness as a father.


Because it’s… fake news!

“He’s playing a character. He is a performance artist,” said the lawyer, who claimed judging Jones by the stuff he peddles to his millions of followers would be like believing Jack Nicholson is really like the role he played as The Joker in the Batman movie.

Not the best analogy, but point made.

Jones is a con artist, dealing grievance politics, paranoia and anger like it was so much cheap heroin.

It’s enough to make you wonder – is the political or media demagogue you like to listen to, if any, a complete phony as well?

There are some common tells.

* Most of the people I know with really strong values don’t advertise it much because they don’t need to – the way they treat people tells the story;

* If your demagogue keeps trying to pit you against others, it’s a sign he or she is not much of a peacemaker;

* And if you sense a lack of shame in that screamer you follow, keep in mind what that says about its customers – the shame is on you.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Comments (3)
  1. There are a lot of politicians and opinion writers gracing our newspapers and airwaves these days, Jon.

    The The People are wise to view them with skepticism

    Don’t you think it advisable for the Fourth Estate to clean up its act? If so, when is this cleansing going to start?

  2. Jon. I think that you also are an actor. I have watched you and some of your theatrics on your broadcasts. If you took the time to really listen to Jones,you will see that he will offer opposing scenarios, albeit you may not agree, but not everyone agrees with what is your opinion. Also his divorce and custody have no relevancy to the issue at hand. Stay focused.

  3. Gullible man-baby Trump took him at face value and kissed his butt.

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