Nothing screams "Buy my book!" louder than an assassination attempt on the author using a radioactive substance "suspected in the death of former PLO leader Yassar Arafat."
Or the contention that it's all twisted up with a "fabricated" Russian-hacked 2016 presidential election. OMG! Can movie rights be far behind?
Now, I'm not going to say the infowars.com story going viral on Drudge about Roger Stone's brush with death is some kind of publicity stunt. In fact, I'm personally vowing never to accept a cocktail from a fire-eyed, raging, known-liberal activist until the beverage first passes under a Geiger counter. On the other hand, Stone's latest book, The Making of the President 2016 -- How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution, is due out Jan. 31. Some might call the timing suspicious.
The flamboyant Republican operative revealed Tuesday on radio's "The Alex Jones Show" he was poisoned several weeks ago "with, they now say, a substance that may have been polonium or had the characteristics of polonium. This made me exceedingly ill. The conjecture of all the doctors was that I did not receive a large enough dose to kill me, but I have never been this ill.”
Stone tweeted, "Yes, I believe I was poisoned to stop me from exposing the 'Russian Hacking' LIE b4 the Congressional Investigation."
Infowars.com says, "Polonium-210 is a radioactive substance that releases extremely harmful alpha particles throughout the body producing cancer-causing free radicals. It has been used in numerous high profile assassinations, including that of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, and was suspected in the death of former PLO leader Yassar Arafat."
Stone contemplated who may have been behind the assassination attempt, and it gets a little ... well, Stonesque ... as the Miamian fingers Democratic opposition and dark forces within the intel community.
“Who would want to do this to me? I am an enemy of the deep state. I think people know that I was an insider in American politics. I was close to power in nine presidential elections.
"Everything Glenn Greenwald says [about the 'deep state'] is true,” Stone claims, referring to a recent The Intercept article which outlined how the intelligence community is attempting to stifle Trump.
“The Republican/Democrat Bush Clinton deep state has manufactured this Russia fraud. They have compounded it by pushing a clearly fabricated document,” he said. “Perhaps the fact that I’m effective on behalf of my beliefs has something to do with it,” Stone theorizes.
Now, I'm sorry Roger was so sick. I've always had a soft spot for him. He's quite a wit, entertaining, smart, about as connected as a power grid and can write the pants off most people I know. And there's always that appealing OMG! factor with Roger ... like the tattoo of Richard Nixon's face across his back, you never know until he wants you to what outrageous something the guy has up his sleeve.
Of course, opinions and observations of Roger differ. The New York Times has described him as a "renowned infighter" and a "seasoned practitioner of hard-edged politics." Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group and author of The Bush Tragedy, calls him "less power player than con artist" and identifies him as "the person who encouraged Trump’s birther obsession and finally got Trump to run this year."
And, Roger -- God knows, you don't have to be mainstream to impress me. But infowars.com? Come on. This is the go-to place for conspiracy theorists and wackadoodles.
Alex Jones is the radio voice of infowars.com. Jones' show comes from Austin, Texas, airs on the Genesis Communications Network and shortwave radio station WWCR across the United States and online. U.S. News and World Report, the LA Times, Washington Times and Mother Jones all label it a "fake news site."
To get a better idea of who reads this website, graze on the "comments" under the Stone story. (Caution: you might need to pop a Xanax afterward.)
Meanwhile, I'm joining the sheeple: I have an Amazon order in for Roger Stone's book the day it comes out.
Reach Nancy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith
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