Alex Jones Says Next Debate Is ‘Rigged,’ Since Moderator Anderson Cooper Is ‘Admittedly CIA’
Trump ally and conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones is preemptively disqualifying the next presidential debate as “rigged” against him, in part because the co-moderator, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, is “admittedly CIA.”
“They’ve got CIA Anderson Cooper running the next debate. He’s admittedly CIA. And so we are storming the Bastille peacefully with 21st century warfare, which is information warfare,” the InfoWars host said on his show.
While an undergrad at Yale, Cooper interned for the CIA for two summers, a fact that has provided grist for endless conspiracy-mongering on right-wing websites.
Cooper addressed it in a blog post ten years ago, saying that the work was “bureaucratic and mundane,” and offered: “Oh, yeah, in case you’re interested, after I graduated college, I briefly worked as a waiter, but I decided not to make a career out of that job either.”
Trump has also expressed his dissatisfaction with Cooper, telling Bill O’Reilly that he was “not okay” with the CNN anchor, “because I think he treats me very unfairly at CNN. I think he’s very unfair on CNN.”
The next presidential debate will take the form of a town hall meeting. It is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m eastern time. Cooper will co-moderate with ABC’s Martha Raddatz. It will take place at Washington University in St. Louis, and will be widely aired on all the major broadcast networks and cable news networks.
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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