In an announcement to his fans and listeners -- and, indeed, all of America -- conspiracy theorist and trucker-speed-pusher Alex Jones has announced that his site, Infowars, has been offered press credentials by the Trump White House. This comes on the heels of "Gateway Pundit," home of Jim Hoft, the Stupidest Man On The Internet, also getting White House press credentials.

Jones's hope, he says, is that all the people from legitimate news organizations like CNN get demoted from the front row, and replaced by Breitbart and Drudge and other "reporters that are known to tell the truth from mainstream." So they can ask real questions, rather than attacking the White House with "fricken' lies."

But ALAS, he, personally, doesn't quite have the money right now to send one of his "reporters" to D.C. Even though that would be a really good thing to do, because then they can do all the important investigative reporting on how all the school shootings are false flags and juice boxes turn kids gay.

Via Media Matters:

"Here's the deal, I know I get White House credentials, we've already been offered them, we're going to get them, but I've just got to spend the money to send somebody there. I want to make sure it's even worth it. I don't want to just sit there up there like "I'm in the media, look our people are there." People don't understand this paradigm, we're devolving in a good way, power from the federal government back to the people, back from the centralized MSM [mainstream media] to the people, just like Trump said in his speech.

But there is investigative journalism, or people to interview in DC. Might be good to put a few reporters there, it's just all a money issue. That's why it's important for people who are watching us to know, you are our sponsors. You're the reason we're able to do this. You're the reason we're able to have the crew and do what we do and change the world."

Maybe you should give him some money? He would like some money! Think of all the important things he could do with your money! All the lizard people he could expose!

Like, for instance, that time he "exposed" your Wonkette as "fake news," for NOT believing in lizard people! Boy, that sure was fun. Also, the editrix asked me to ask you for money here, because her RV broke down, which she uses to go to different states and throw you parties, which if you ask her is a lot more important than Jones, who is probably already a multimillionaire, she assumes, peeling off some extra greenbacks to send a minimum wage flunky to Washington.

The important thing here is why Jim Hoft and Alex Jones are getting press credentials. Sure! It is partly because they give Donald Trump compliments, and he likes it when people give him compliments! It is also because if he legitimizes and normalizes people who routinely say astoundingly absurd things, he moves the Overton Window of what people find acceptable.

Conspiracy theories, contrary to what you might think, actually make people much more malleable. They make stupid people believe that they are smarter than smart people -- surely we have all experienced the thrilling cognitive dissonance that comes from someone we know to be not all there getting all smug and "do your own research!" about dumb things. If you can convince someone that chemtrails exist and can be fought with vinegar, you can probably convince them to accept anything.

If they can make this guy mainstream, and not that weird, imagine how "normal" Donald Trump will look in comparison.

Donald Trump is not yelling about gay frogs (yet)! He's just lying constantly about weird things! That is hardly un-normal! He sure seems reasonable now, don't he!

I mean, the people of the United States (though not a majority of them) voted a person into the highest office in the land, who thought the previous president was a Seekrit Kenyan Muslin. That should not be normal at all, but because of people like Jones, a weird amount of people don't find it that weird. How we get back from here, I honestly don't know.

[Media Matters]

Robyn Pennacchia

Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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