There was a piece last week in Rolling Stone entitled “Glenn Beck’s Shtick? Alex Jones Got There First” that perfectly illustrates three home truths:
- People primarily motivated by self-promotion will get into bed with anybody.
- Lefties obsessed with the destruction of a viscerally feared and hated enemy — and that’s all of them — are likewise not overly choosy.
- These two groups tend to cohabit a lot.
In this particular instance, the menage a deux is between Alex Jones, amiably described as:
The godfather of the 9/11 Truth Movement, [and] the most popular chronicler of what he believes is a New World Order plot to enslave the global population … [until] recently … a lonely and little-known voice in the short wave and Internet radio wilderness.
and Alexander Zaitchik of Rolling Stone. Their shared goal is a take-down of Glenn Beck. Jones attempts to do this by proving, between spasms of sputtering envy, that Beck has stolen his ideas and adulterated the message. Zaitchik does so by lumping Beck together with a 9/11 Truther smart enough to work with video equipment and dumb enough to cooperate with Rolling Stone – whose general regard for him is such that they described him thus in a separate piece:
The most paranoid man in America is trying to overthrow the ‘global Stasi Borg state,’ one conspiracy theory at a time
In fairness to both gentlemen, their case does seem airtight. Using seven — count ’em seven — examples provided by Jones, Zaitchik weaves a tale of industrial espionage not seen since Jonah Goldberg ripped off my original idea that communism and fascism are essentially the same.