Angry in America: Inside Alex Jones' World

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Around the office, Jones says he doesn't allow his dim view of human nature to color his personal relationships. He jokes a lot with his staff -- a group of unfailingly polite, mostly young men -- often just seconds after loudly proclaiming doom on the air.

He's also ebullient about his wife and their three young children, who are allowed to watch the show, until the subject matter gets too sinister. His seven-year old son already knows the word propaganda.

"The most important thing is he knows everybody has an agenda, including myself," Jones said.

Jones got his start with a local cable access show in the 1990s. He now has a huge fan base, which includes celebrities like Willie Nelson, Jessie Ventura, Charlie Sheen, even Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag.

While he admits that some people may watch him purely for entertainment, he says the real reason for his recent growth is that the public increasingly mistrusts government. He does seem to have tapped into the dark national mood.

"This info was radical ten years ago. It isn't radical now," he said.

Does Jones Overstate His Case?

However, Jones sometimes seems to latch onto small pieces of information to prove his much larger, more sinister theories. During "Nightline's" visit, he commented on an article on CNN.com:

"They recommend having a one-child policy in the US," he said on the program, "So just hardcore draconian police state being proposed here in the US."

I looked up the article, which was actually a fluffy, feature piece about a woman who wrote a semi-jokey book about having environmentally friendly sex. The only reference to a one-child policy was a sarcastic aside.

"It's all sarcastic. They're constantly supporting one-child policy. That's what CNN's pushing. And I have clips of CNN and FOX saying humans have too big a carbon footprint and we need to have a one-child policy."

By the end of our time together, Jones was admitting to sometimes overstating his case about the entire government, and every corporation being corrupt.

"Certainly sometimes I do," he says. "But overall I try to tell the facts as I see them."

He says he actually hates his job and would love to stop his show if only the bankers would be put in the jail, the federal government made smaller, and all corrupt wars ended.

But he doesn't see any of those things happening anytime soon. Until then, he says, it's his duty to shake America out of its trance.

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