Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Outrage and censorship at Prison Planet
Hundreds and hundreds of Alex Jones supporters angry over “huge announcement” promised by Jones was really just a mock interview that never took place
by Larry Simons
September 9, 2009
Many Alex Jones supporters awaited with anticipation for an announcement that would appear at his website Prison Planet on Tuesday morning. Jones promised his readers, “This information will be the biggest thing that Alex Jones has ever announced or done and you will read all about it here first.”
Many supporters were joking about what it might be, but all in all, I’m sure deep down they were really anticipating this might be something really big as promised. Was it photos of Bin Laden’s dead body? Was it a recording of an admission from Bush, Cheney or Giuliani that 9/11 really was an inside job? Instead of anything even resembling an actual breaking news story, what readers got Tuesday morning made many of them furious.
The big story? The announcement that actor and 9/11 activist Charlie Sheen did a 20-minute sit-down interview with President Obama and shared information with him regarding the cover-up of 9/11. It was great. Jones supporters read as Sheen mentioned facts about 9/11 like Norman Mineta’s testimony that Cheney knew a plane was heading for Washington, Giuliani admitting that someone told him the WTC was going to collapse, Operation Northwoods (a 1962 document that mentioned a plan for a staged terror attack by the U.S.) and scores of other important facts.
But, the joke was on us. This “interview” never actually happened. The article about it, titled, “20 Minutes with the President”, started out by telling readers, (words of Charlie Sheen) “I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with our 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, while he was out promoting his health care reform initiative. I requested 30 minutes given the scope and detail of my inquiry; they said I could have 20. Twenty minutes, 1200 seconds, not a lot of time to question the President about one of the most important events in our nation’s history. The following is a transcript of our remarkable discussion.” Wouldn’t any sane person naturally assume the interview actually did happen if an article started off like this? Of course they would.
After the entire “interview” was over, Sheen posts this disclaimer: “Author’s Note: What you have just read didn’t actually happen… yet.”
If it “didn’t actually happen…yet”, what’s the story here? That Sheen wrote a fictionalized interview? Apparently, I was not alone in my outrage over this. I’m in very good company. The comment board lit up like a Las Vegas marquee with scores and scores of comments by outraged Jones supporters. Here are just a few of the 200+ angry comments directed at Jones:
From “Not Cool”: “jones just lost a listener. this behavior is extremely shady. three comments have been censored. this interview did not happen. it is a literary device. i don’t know what is up with jones putting this up like it is real. there’s going to be alot of angry prison planet readers in about a half hour. they just made a bunch of fools of us all. thanks alex.”
From “dddd”: “ITS A FICTIONAL STORY????????????????????????????????????????
GOODBYE ALEX JONES”
When I first saw the story this morning at around 9am, there were already over 200 comments on the board, most of them were very negative toward Jones, saying “Jones is a fraud” or “I will never believe Jones again” and so on and so on. There were very few positive comments, but the only positive comments directed at the article were comments made by people who obviously did not read the entire article and the disclaimer at the end that said, “What you have just read didn’t actually happen… yet.”
The interesting thing is, when I returned to Prison Planet at roughly 2 a.m., there were only 225 comments under the story. I thought to myself, “There’s no way there’s still only 200+ comments on the board when there was already 200+ comments 17 hours earlier.” I found out why.
Apparently, 95% of all the comments from outraged people were deleted and now, as I sit here, most of the comments now are positive toward the article, but it still remains that the only comments that are positive are from people who obviously did not read the disclaimer, “What you have just read didn’t actually happen… yet.”
The interesting thing is, the very few negative comments that remain are from people who are only reminding other commenters that the interview “didn’t actually happen…yet”, but even fewer remain that tell Alex Jones that they are very angry and that his credibility is shot to hell as a result of this story.
What I also found very interesting is that many of the positive comments that say “Great job Charlie” or “Charlie has brass balls”, were posted after the comments from people who reminded them that this interview is fake.
Another amazing thing about the comment board is: there are no comments posted after 9:30 a.m. That means only one thing: The comment thread was disabled at 9:30am, I’m assuming because of the flood of negative comments directed toward Jones; the ones I actually saw yesterday morning that have suddenly vanished. Also, the “reply” feature has been disabled, so you can’t reply to someone else’s comment.
Has Jones now resorted to the very thing he has been claiming he has been a victim of all these years: Censorship? Apparently so.
Here are screen shots of what a normal comment thread looks like, complete with the “reply” feature: (click to enlarge)
Here is a screen shot of the comment section under the “20 Minutes with the President” story: (Notice, no “reply” feature) (click to enlarge)
There are a few comments that still remain from readers that express their unbelief that people are still fooled by this mock interview even after several commenters have told them it didn’t happen.
“Brad” says: “It really amazes me that all of you didn’t read this whole thing. It didn’t happen yet you all go on like this was an actual interview. Makes us all look really stupid. The points in this fake interview are excellent though and should be shared with those who still refuse to even look into 9/11.”
According to some commenters on this thread, Prison Planet did not issue the disclaimer to the “interview” until 15 minutes after it was posted and they didn’t issue the disclaimer at all on Jones’ sister site, Infowars.com.
“dddd” said: “THERE WAS NO DISCLAIMER IN THE INFOWARS.COM POST. NOW THE SITE IS DOWN.. BUT EVERYONE OVER THERE THINKS ITS REAL”
“bobbbbbb” said: “I saw the article when it was first released, I even copied it via pdf. It DID NOT HAVE A DISCLAIMER AT THE BOTTOM! They posted this article before they edited that part in 15 MIN LATER!. Do not get all huffy puffy at people for reading an article that did NOT HAVE A DISCLAMIER until 15 minutes after the first posting!”
One comment captured exactly how I feel about this story. It’s a good thing someone else said it, because since Prison Planet has censored the site, I can’t say it.
"JCFreedom" said: “I do not understand the point of this, the Author’s note said it has not happened. Anyone can talk or type a good game this does not mean jack shit until it happens. Since it has now been published for all to see I would wager Sheen will be put on the Secret Service list of people to keep far away from the President, not very well played at all gentlemen this was a stupid thing to do.”
Exactly. This “open letter to the President” is guaranteed to not ever making it to the President now.
I’m not really sure what’s going on at Prison Planet, but something has to change and change fast. I really have no vendetta against Jones, but unbelievably, this is now the second story in a row that has angered me. This is unprecedented. I would have never imagined four years ago that I would ever be writing one post in opposition to issues at Prison Planet, but two in a row? I can’t believe it myself.
In my personal opinion, the only way I see Alex Jones gaining his credibility back with the majority of his followers that have promised to abandon him in light of this “breaking” Charlie Sheen story is to apologize to them. I see no other way around it. He should apologize for the deception and trickery behind the story and for censoring his website.
Quite frankly, his association with and approval of Pastor Steve Anderson is far more disturbing than this Charlie Sheen story.
I also found it rather odd that nobody on the comment thread mentioned “why would Sheen vote for Obama if Sheen is such a big Alex Jones fan?” (Sheen mentions in his mock interview “I should point out that I voted for you [Obama], as your promises of hope and change, transparency and accountability, as well as putting government back into the hands of the American people, struck an emotional chord in me that I hadn’t felt in quite some time, perhaps ever")
Who knows? Someone may have said that and it was one of the many deleted comments.
Why is Alex Jones schmoozing with a guy that voted for Obama (in whom Jones has already done one film about how corrupt he is [The Obama Deception] and the 2nd one on Obama is coming out soon)?
I really can't put all these puzzle pieces together or figure out what it all means. Why is Jones getting all excited about such a non-story? Even if Charlie Sheen was granted 10 minutes with Obama, does one actually think Obama would gleefully accept his information and evidence as truth and give Sheen the time of day? Even if he did, does Sheen think anything would actually happen as a result? It's already obvious to Prison Planet that Obama believes the official 9/11 story hook, line and sinker. They even ran a story in June showing a clip of Obama saying not to challenge the official 9/11 story.
The very best thing Sheen could have done was to shut his mouth about why he wants to visit Obama and when the meeting actually happened, then reveal his purpose. It's a 100% guarantee that Sheen won't get access to Obama now.
Even if Obama did agree to chat with Sheen, there's no way in hell that Sheen would have enough time to address 10% of the issues Sheen lays out in his mock interview. Sheen actually believes Obama will sit there while he runs down each of the 20 points he makes at the end of the questioning? What planet does Sheen live on? Planet Gulliblelia?
No doubt, the one thing that has me [as well as, I'm sure, most everyone else] fuming mad is the fact that Prison Planet has disabled the comment threads on their Charlie Sheen stories. Other non-Sheen stories have their comment threads disabled too, but I believe this was done to camouflage the fact that they wanted to eliminate commenting on the Sheen stories, so they disabled commenting on the non-Sheen stories to give the appearance it was not only the Sheen stories they were censoring.
I cannot believe Prison Planet has stooped to this level.
Are they trying to alienate 90% of their support?