An Open Letter To Alex Jones

Dear Alex,

The alternative media, in which you’re a major player, and its credibility, are crucial if this wayward American ship is going to get back on course.  It’s vital that poorly researched and poorly proofed inaccuracies aren’t presented to the public as incontrovertible facts. One substantial mistake undoes a multitude of paradigm changing truths.

That’s why it pained me to hear you, on your Sunday (9/30/12) broadcast, recite an erroneous list of presidents and the number of Executive Orders each was responsible for.  A small part of that mistake laden list can be found here on one of your sites, reachable via a tab entitled “U.S News“.

Two more accurate snapshots, taken at different points in time, can be found here and here.  The first is from the Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index from the government itself (a link you yourself post alongside numbers that, oddly, don’t reflect the more authoritative link).  The second is from The American Presidency Project.

The incorrect statement you made both on-air, and in the graphic on your site referred to above, relating to President Reagan’s 5 Executive Orders versus Obama’s hundreds, may well have been obtained from Wikipedia, which states in a small font that its list is incomplete before listing 5 of President Reagan’s EO’s.  Reagan clearly had over 300, which was easily discoverable had someone checked a bit more thoroughly than a list that Wiki itself declared “incomplete”.

I’m no fan of the president, and have stated as much many times, in a number of different forums.  But I submit that the case against him (or against his opponent, for that matter) is hurt when blatant misstatements are hurled irresponsibly, as they can boomerang and impede the progress, traction, and credibility of the emerging new media.