LISTEN: How Alex Jones' conspiracy theories enthralled right-wing America

Salon talks to Mark Fenster, author of "Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture," about Jones

By Amanda Marcotte

Senior Writer

Published November 3, 2016 10:55PM (EDT)

Alex Jones   (AP/Tony Gutierrez)
Alex Jones (AP/Tony Gutierrez)

Alex Jones, with his conspiracy theory media empire Infowars, used to be a fringe character, until Donald Trump's paranoia-driven campaign launched him into the national spotlight. Read Salon’s full story, “The dangerous rise of Alex Jones.”

Listen to Salon's Amanda Marcotte speak with conspiracy theorist expert Mark Fenster about Jones' unconventional career.

By Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte is a senior politics writer at Salon and the author of "Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set On Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself." Follow her on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte and sign up for her biweekly politics newsletter, Standing Room Only.

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