Alex Jones was raised in Rockwall, Texas, the son of a dentist and a homemaker. In a Rolling Stone interview, he says his first experience with authority being deceptive and hypocritical was in high school, where he’d witnessed off-duty Rockwall cops dealing drugs at parties. These were the same cops that did D.A.R.E. anti-drug presentations at school and drug-tested Jones and his football teammates.
After his family moved to Austin, Jones took an interest in reading history. A major influence he found on his father’s bookshelf was a 1971 book titled None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen, a book that lays out the blueprint to the New World Order.
After high school, Jones attended community college in Austin and landed a job at radio station KJFK in 1996, where he hosted The Final Edition. He was fired in 1999, he says, for talking too much about “inside-terror-job stuff.” But by then he had already realized and harnessed the power of the Internet to broadcast online and syndicate The Alex Jones Show to several other stations by himself.
One of the first well-known Alex Jones meltdowns was during his broadcasts leading up to New Year’s Eve, 1999.
Jones called his new website platform InfoWars, and his strong online presence in the early days of the Internet is how he has consistently stayed ahead in younger demographics. His online reach gives him a wider audience than talk rivals like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and would eventually build InfoWars into a multimillion-dollarplatform.
The Internet is also where he quickly developed a new nickname in forums, “Alex Fucking Jones”—“fucking” being such a versatile word that the nickname could describe awe, disdain, disbelief, or sometimes all of the above, depending on who was using it and in what context. “I’ll pay good money if an actual living, breathing person who works at Twitter can seriously e-mail me and explain why my accounts were deemed more dangerous than Alex Fucking Jones,” a writer at SomethingAwful.com posted after his account was banned as “hateful content” after joking about Nancy Pelosi eating children.
In the mid-1990s, Jones went to Austin Community College and began filling in for shows on cable access station Austin Community Television (AC-TV), which lived up to the city’s unofficial motto “Keep Austin Weird.”
The cable access station would be where he would first air his documentary projects. His first film, America: Destroyed by Design, was released in 1997 and focused on globalism and the Oklahoma City bombing, which Jones says was a false flag attack designed to look like the work of terrorists but perpetrated by our own government.