by Graham Pierrepoint
Conspiracy theories, especially in the day and age of mass internet use, seem to be travelling further and further – and this week, it seems that an example of one of the most bizarre theories out there has made it all the way to the mainstream and back again. It’s partly thanks to divisive TV host Alex Jones – who interviewed theorist Robert David Steele about a matter relating to NASA and their activities on Mars that it’s unlikely many saw coming. Jones’ show Info Wars pulls in considerable viewers – as well as considerable numbers of critics – and NASA has been forced to deny one of the boldest and perhaps most bizarre claims made about their activities in outer space ever devised.
Steele is described as an activist and a former CIA officer – and he advised Jones in interview that he believed NASA to have already laid out a colony on Mars where children who had disappeared were being kept as slaves – even going so far as to saying that they were being brutalized in the process. Jones, while not backing up Steele’s grandiose theory, claimed that ’90 percent of the NASA missions are secret’. This alleged move, however, may be even too out there for the general public to stomach.
While many large organizations and companies give little to no heed to the most outlandish of conspiracy theories, NASA took the bull by the horns and shot down the potentially harmful discourse via spokesperson this week. Speaking on behalf of the agency, Guy Webster advised that ‘there are no humans on mars’, while confirming that the only things active on the red planet’s surface sent up by NASA were rovers on continuing missions. “There’s only one stupid rumor on the internet? Now that’s news,” Webster wryly stated in interview with the Daily Beast over the theory and its reach.
This is not the first time that Alex Jones has found himself in controversial waters over certain allegations – he has previously apologized publicly for helping to spread conspiracy surrounding the so-called ‘Pizzagate’, according to The Huffington Post. While US President Trump may be open to discuss what he has termed ‘fake news’ from sources such as CNN, it may be time for the rest of us to start turning our backs on unsubstantiated theory – which, unless verified, is the true ‘fake news’ in the public forum.