On Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, the host discussed InfoWars host Alex Jones. Jones is known for making outrageous conspiracy claims, like 9/11 being an “inside job” and that the Sandy Hook shootings were staged.
Rather than go after Jones for his far-right rhetoric, Oliver went after him for profiting from fearmongering. Jones’s show, four hours long, reportedly averages 6 million viewers. Jones does not run traditional ads during his segments and instead directly sells his own products to viewers.
Oliver pointed out that Jones often uses his platform to create absurd accusations and then will immediately sell something that allegedly will help combat the aforementioned problem.
Jones also enlists the help Dr. Edward Group III to validate his line of expensive dietary supplements and homeopathic remedies. Group claims to be an MIT alum, but the prestigious school says that he completed only a short nondegree certificate program there.
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