Media Outraged That Alex Jones Is Also Allowed To Spread Absurd Conspiracy Theories on X

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December 12, 2023

The media are up in arms about Elon Musk's reinstatement of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's account on X, formerly Twitter, over the weekend. News outlets warn the move will increase online misinformation, with NBC News calling it Musk's "latest push to amplify and restore conspiratorial, far-right figures to the platform."

But if the media are serious about reducing the spread of false conspiracy theories on social media, maybe they should deactivate their accounts.

These are outlets, after all, that spent years breathlessly promoting ridiculous, and later debunked, stories about how President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election.

The media went on to spend years dismissing evidence that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese lab as "unfounded conspiracy theories" or "debunked Covid-19 myths"—until the U.S. government endorsed the idea.

Around the same time, outlets baselessly wrote off Hunter Biden's laptop full of incriminating files as "Russian disinformation," thereby allowing Joe Biden to do the same as he campaigned for the presidency in 2020.

As of this week, the corruption documented on Hunter Biden's laptop is at the center of two criminal indictments of the first son and an impeachment inquiry into his father.

So, before the media freak out about Musk's promotion of conspiracy theories, they might want to stop doing so themselves.