US POLITICS

Alex Jones’ InfoWars Claims To Have White House Press Credentials

A guy who thinks Sandy Hook was a 'hoax' now has access to the same White House briefing room as 'fake news' outlets

US POLITICS
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May 22, 2017 at 5:13 PM ET

In President Donald Trump’s White House, when a respected news outlet has the audacity to ask about his campaign’s alleged ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, they’re casually written off as “fake news.” But when a correspondent from a website belonging to the media personality who’s talked about the “hoax” that was the 2012 mass shooting of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he apparently gets White House press credentials.

Jerome Corsi, best known for claiming that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job and that former President Barack Obama was essentially a Kenyon-born “Manchurian candidate” — claimed on Monday that he was given White House press credentials. Corsi is the Washington correspondent for InfoWars, the conspiracy theory website and radio show of Alex Jones, who thinks Sandy Hook never happened.

In a photo posted on Twitter of Corsi standing in what appears to be an empty White House briefing room, he tweeted: “Jerome Corsi, Washington Bureau Chief, Infowars.com. We have WH PRESS CREDENTIALS. I’m in WH May 22, 2017.”

Leading up to his alleged White House credentials, Corsi was one of the leading mouthpieces propagating the routinely debunked conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Kenya and was not eligible to be president. It was a conspiracy theory that Trump echoed for years before he was forced to acknowledge that Obama was, in fact, a U.S. citizen during his own bid for the White House last year.

In 2016, Trump, a longtime supporter of Jones, furthered his relationship to the website by doing a 33-minute interview for the InfoWars radio broadcast during the GOP primary. He did so at the urging of former campaign aide Roger Stone, who referred to Jones as “the single most important voice in the alternative conservative media.”

After the election, Jones even claimed that Trump called him to thank him “for the win.”

“Listen Alex, I just talked to the kings and the queens of the world — world leaders, you name it,” Jones claimed Trump said to him during a five-minute phone call. “But he said, ‘It doesn’t matter. I wanted to talk to you and thank your audience.'”