Magazine August 27, 2018, Issue

Against the Rage Machine

ALex Jones (Sean P. Anderson via Flickr)

I’ll admit it. I used to have sort of a soft spot for Alex Jones. If his shtick didn’t involve inciting violence and immiserating the families of dead Newtown kids, he would go down as one of the great performers of our age. The sheer commitment to the craft and the character, the Swiss-level precision of his comedic timing, the fearless, even brazen dialogue — gay frogs! — poised precariously between winking and earnest. I mean, the guy makes Andy Kaufman look like Jesse Watters.

Unfortunately, a lot of Jones’s fans aren’t in on the joke. And some of them do

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