JONES TO PIKE: "DON'T CRITICIZE JEWS"
By Rev. Ted Pike
Last year, prior to passage of the federal hate crimes bill, Alex
Jones, after years of ignoring my requests to allow me to warn his
huge audience of the hate bill threat, finally put me on his June
As I was waiting to begin the broadcast, Jones told me off
the air that he had heard me the previous morning on Joyce Riley's
program criticizing Jewish supremacists as authors of the hate bill.
He said what he was about to tell me was "off the record." He
said his broadcasting empire has "gotten so big" with many
mainline affiliates that he cannot afford to lose those stations
by criticizing Jews. "But I've got to mention ADL behind
the hate bill!" I objected. "ADL is okay," he said. "Talk
about ADL all you want, but we can't talk about Jews specifically." He
then told me that, with this understanding, there would be many opportunities
for me to be on his program, especially as new legislative threats
emerged. Having said that, we were on the air. I did go after ADL
and, fortunately, did not encounter any time in
which I would have been morally bound to become more specific.
Yet I felt violated. I had experienced raw censorship in action,
by a national talk show host who touts himself (and is believed by
millions) as delivering only the truth -- whatever the cost or controversy.
Jones put me on again Oct
14th for fifteen minutes. Yet, he was
not true to his promise of future interviews,
even as I repeatedly left him messages warning of more ADL legislation,
such as ENDA and the cyber-bullying bill. Evidently, Jones was as
uneasy about having me on as I was about operating under his gag
Now, with ENDA and the cyber-bullying bills most likely defeated,
I am relieved I did not compromise myself in order
to access Jones' vast audience. It is now
so critically important that the populist right know which leaders
can and cannot be trusted. The fate of our republic hangs in the
What I learned, beyond any doubt, was that Alex Jones cannot be
depended upon to provide the populist right with all the facts necessary
to understand geopolitical reality. If he will censor the truth concerning
a threat as dominant and well-documented as Jewish supremacism, what
else will he manipulate?
Jones is widely regarded as the most effective spokesman for the
far right, the "king of alternative talk radio."
It is time that lovers of freedom look for another.
Rev. Ted Pike is the director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian-conservative,
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