Alex Jones may be “what ‘Friday Night Lights’ would’ve looked like if they’d given Coach Taylor a nasty PCP habit,” according to John Oliver, but he’s also a lot more than that.
On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver responded to previous remarks he made about the “InfoWars” host. Jones said on his show that his comments were taken out of context so Oliver promised that they’ll provide as much context as possible.
The segment focuses less on Jones’ alleged beliefs — such as that the Sandy Hook massacre was a government conspiracy — and more on what happens when the audience isn’t paying attention, of when they’re only seeing clips of Jones instead of his actual show.
According to Oliver, “InfoWars” often uses conspiracy theories to peddle products on the show’s website. Jones himself even touts them in between sections of shouting. When looked at in this way, “InfoWars” is less about trying to dismantle “fake news” and more about trying to keep the enterprise afloat enough for Jones to afford a Rolex watch.