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Clyde Lewis is a conspiracy theorist with a syndicated radio talk show called Ground Zero, a kind of poor man's combination of Alex Jones, Coast to Coast AM, and Glenn Beck. Lewis's specialty is a flashy mixture of "paranormal" pseudoscience, ancient history, Forteanism, Ufology and numerology designed to convince his gullible or mentally ill listeners that evil (government) forces are taking over the planet. One mental health expert said that Lewis is endangering the mentally ill when he tells callers suffering from paranoid schizophrenia that the voices they are hearing in their heads really might be caused by some secret government brainwashing project, instead of just being well-known symptoms of an illness.
Born in Utah (birth name: Louis Clyde Holder), Lewis says his background in Mormonism influenced his work in conspiracy theory because "It is part of the Mormon faith to question everything." As a Mormon missionary in Argentina, Lewis says he met voodoo priests, satanists, witches, communists, and Muslims while witnessing telekinesis and telepathy; this experience contributed to his explorations of different belief systems. Lewis has been through three marriages.
Conspiracy theories and politics
Lewis often repeats long-debunked tinfoil hattery, like the charge that Obamacare requires Americans to get a computer chip implanted into their bodies. Lewis actually told a reporter that creatures from outer space have come to earth to eat people and "farm" their organs. He also says the moon landing in 1969 was faked--but there might be secret US military bases on Mars where the air is breathable and the temperatures moderate. Of course, he's a birther who thinks Barack Obama was born in Africa after being "conceived during a CIA operation" to infiltrate communists because "the communists were black at that time." Lewis says the weather is controlled by the government or "rogue scientists" to manipulate global politics, and said that Hurricane Sandy was maybe created to help Obama by delaying the upcoming 2012 presidential election (it wasn't delayed). He says Prince William of Britain "has every chance of being the Anti-Christ" and Men in Black once bombed his car "to scare him." In maybe the scummiest example of conspiracy theory, Lewis says the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a staged hoax (using "crisis actors" and those devices that beam homicidal thoughts into the shooter's mind) as part a conspiracy to take American's guns.
Like Alex Jones, Lewis's faux-rebellion sometimes crosses ideological lines, but in the end his idiotic claims support a reactionary mindset, and Lewis's blabbings regularly overlap with right wing memes. A good example of Lewis's bias is that, though he touts every ridiculous doomsday scenario ("magnetic storms," anyone?), he denies the serious global problem that is really happening: climate change. Lewis says climate change is a hoax created by an international Nazi conspiracy that could lead to another Holocaust by the UN's "green police force."
Lewis believes the "Deep State" is conspiring against Donald Trump and speaks positively of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as reflected on his website: "Vladimir Putin has been instrumental in rebelling against the hostile encroachment of the World Government and has challenged Barack Obama on his decisions to embrace the new World Order" and "The idea of Russia being our enemy I believe has been nothing more than perception management by the media."
When answering critics on his website or Facebook page, he regularly becomes scatological, vulgar and proudly hateful. For example, in [ a response to one deranged listener he wrote, "have you ever considered yawning in a rainstorm and drowning? I would applaud while watching this event. You are such a douche canoe.. I don't express my hatred for anyone often but in your case I will put in writing my disgust that you are still breathing .. could you please figure out how to stop?"
- Dr Jeff Daly on Conspiracy Radio & Schizophrenics; Mike Slater's Duck Dynasty vs MLK; Mark Levin's Book Buy Lie; Brett Winterble's Hate Rant. Local Media Monitor podcast, 23 January 2014.
- Captain "K" of Mars. groundzeromedia.org.
- "Sandy Hoax: A Dose Of Grim Reality". Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis.
- Lewis, Clyde (2013-04-12). "Mental Hopscotch | Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis". Groundzeromedia.org. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
- Lewis, Clyde (2010-01-10). "Seeking Intellectual Honesty About Global Warming | Ground Zero With Clyde Lewis". Groundzeromedia.org. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
- Bearing Bitter Fruit. groundzeromedia.org.