Paul Joseph Watson is a Conspiracy Theorist: It’s an obvious fact.
I recently watched Dave Rubin interview journalist Paul Watson of “Infowars.” They briefly discuss the criticism Mr. Watson has faced over accusations of being a conspiracy theorist. Watson dismissed the charges as guilt by association with the famous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the proprietor of Infowars. Watson argued that whatever opinions Alex Jones has, they’re irrelevant because Alex Jones doesn’t dictate or influence his journalism. I think that may be true, but it’s an irrelevant side show to the actual issue.
Paul Joseph Watson is a conspiracy theorist in his own right. He has written a metric ton of articles extolling a massive variety of conspiracy theories. Now, some of these articles are more equivocal than others. Some in the words of many paranoid conspiracy theorists are, “just asking questions.” Others simply posit a vague sort of conspiracy among business and financial interests to create a global government. But, Watson engages in the classic focused allegations of conspiracy as well. There’s nothing to debate, he’s a conspiracy theorist. Let’s just look at example:
Watson cites a conspiracy theorist who not only claimed that the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job” using a controlled demolition, but that Israeli intelligence had advance warning. Anyone reasonable person who has studied this issue would have to know that claim is spurious nonsense and understand the anti-Semitic character of such a statement.
Now, perhaps Mr. Watson would say, “but I was only quoting someone else!” That is a very weak argument from a journalistic perspective. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and 9/11 conspiracy theorists have no evidence at all. Therefore, any ethical journalist writing about 9/11 conspiracy theorists has to give their claims their proper amount of skepticism. And, ultimately, “Crazy guy spouts conspiracy nonsense” is not really a worthy subject anyway.
But, it goes beyond that journalistic malpractice, Watson editorializes in favor of conspiracy theories in his articles. He writes statements like this:
Hart has been a successful author for years and has no reason to fabricate the fact that a top construction firm told him point blank that the towers were brought down in a controlled demolition.
In forwarding this information, Hart joins legions of other credible experts who to some extent or other have all publicly challenged the official 9/11 story, with many outright stating that the attacks were an inside job…
This is clearly Watson editorializing in favor of 9/11 conspiracy theories. You can find hundreds and hundreds of article just as unethical and stupid as that on Alex Jones’ website “Prison Planet.” Now, let’s just go over a brief sample other conspiracy theories he has propagated.