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James Patrick Anthony "Jimmy" Dore (born 1965) is an American comedian, political commentator and conspiracy theorist.[1] He is the eponymous host of The Jimmy Dore Show and co-host of Aggressive Progressives (with Steve Oh) on The Young Turks network. As of August 8, 2017, his YouTube channel for The Jimmy Dore Show has over 254,000 subscribers and over 88 million pageviews.[2] He also has over 98,000 followers on Twitter.[3]

General madness

Dore has entertained, supported or enabled many bullshit claims. This has resulted in Dore losing a portion of his audience, who feel he has stepped over the line in some cases.[4][5] Highlights include:

  • Dore treated theories that Seth Rich's murder was connected to the Democratic National Committee leaks sympathetically, citing a Fox News crime analyst.[6] When the source was exposed as a fraud, Dore refused to back down, claiming that it didn't prove the story wrong.[7]
  • He has also promoted fake stories relating to Hillary Clinton such as that Google manipulated search results to favor her,[8][9] and he wrongly speculated that she has Parkinson's disease.[10][11][12] He also presented unsubstantiated rumours as if they were factual, including that Clinton started the birther movement in 2008,[13][14][15] and that she wanted to murder Julian Assange with a drone (yes, Dore really believed this).[16][17]
  • He has described Snopes as "completely worthless" and "Democratic propaganda."[18]
  • He seemed to feel "investigative journalist" James O'Keefe's CNN undercover videos help prove that the mainstream media has gone dangerously overboard in its zeal to undermine Trump.[19][20][21]
  • A December 2014 video on Dore's YouTube channel showed that he does not agree with the current scientific consensus on genetically modified food. Mark Thompson, who was the voice actor for Dore's video, stated that Monsanto have been "genetically modifying Americans for over a century."[22] Earlier, in November 2013, Dore supported the pseudoscientific claim that GMOs cause cancer.[23] Later the same month, Dore acknowledged that studies do not support the claim that GMOs cause cancer, but said that he still hates them.[24]

Other controversies

  • In July 2016, at the Republican National Convention, Dore was filmed spitting his drink in the face of Alex Jones after Jones crashed The Young Turks' live convention coverage.[25][note 1]
  • After it became clear that Bernie Sanders would not be the Democratic nominee, Dore remained staunchly anti-Clinton and strongly advocated against voting for her in the presidential election.[26][27][28] He even released a video where he asserted that a Donald Trump presidency would be better for progressives than a Clinton presidency.[note 2][29] Ben MankiewiczWikipedia's W.svg of The Young Turks was strongly critical of Dore's position in a heated on-air exchange.[30] Sam SederWikipedia's W.svg was also critical of the flawed reasoning behind Dore's position.[31]
  • Dore believes that the Clinton campaign invented the Trump/Russia story to cover their failures.[32] He has described the idea that Trump colluded with Russia as "propaganda".[33]
  • While the police in the United States are certainly not above criticism, Dore has made generalisations about police officers that are hyperbolic and inflammatory. He has said that all cops are criminals,[34] people who become cops never do it for the right reasons,[35] and that heads of police unions are worse than any ISIS terrorist.[36] Along with these generalisations, Dore's views on the police are occasionally conspiratorial. In November 2014, Dore endorsed the conspiracy theory that police in Ferguson, in a false flag operation, deliberately started fires in order to blame the crowd.[37]

Conspiracy theories

As a guest on a YouTube show called Conspiracy Queries in November 2014, Dore said that "conspiracy theorist" is "such an empty, meaningless term."[38] Dore uses all the tactics of the average, run-of-the-mill conspiracy theorist, such as saying that you should not believe anyone from the government,[39] you should "stop listening to the assholes on mainstream news media",[40][41][42] and he has information that you won't hear on "mainstream news."[42]

9/11

Why would you need to shame people who question the government's view of what happened on 9/11? So that's what makes me suspect. They call them truthers. They name them so you can dismiss them. As soon as you ask a question about 9/11 they go "oh, you're a truther."
Alex Jones Jimmy Dore[43]

In a January 2013 video, Dore revealed that he believes 9/11 conspiracy theories:

I believe in conspiracies. So, Gulf of TonkinWikipedia's W.svg, am I a conspiracy theorist if I think that the government used that as a false flag operation to get us into Vietnam, or is that a fact? Building 7Wikipedia's W.svg. Now who you gonna believe? The government that lied us into a war or your lying eyes? Building 7 was demolished by somebody. It didn't fall down because of a fire. But if I say that, that makes me a "conspiracy theorist." I think the term conspiracy theorist has an undue amount of negativity attached to it.[1]

In May 2013, as a guest on Ari Shaffir'sWikipedia's W.svg podcast Skeptic Tank, he doubled down and elaborated on his views about 9/11 and Building 7:

I think that when Building 7 went down, somebody was directly involved in that.

...
So a person willing to start a war on a lie wouldn't also be willing to let three thousand people get killed to start that war? That doesn't make any sense. He's gonna start a war that kills-- how many American soldiers have been killed? Four or five thousand, right? But they wouldn't let four or five thousand be killed in America? So that logic doesn't make sense. All I know is that Building 7 did not come down because a plane hit another building next to it.
...

They have videotape of police and the firemen saying "get back, this building's gonna go." The guy who owned that building, they interviewed him. He tells the story of "we made the decision to pull it, to pull the building." He says "pull it" which means we're gonna implode it. That's another term for implode.[44]

Dore made similar comments about 9/11 in 2014:

They say "you don't believe in a God?" and I say "I don't know what is out there. I know what isn't out there. I know there isn't an invisible man in the sky, like the Bible tells us, who gives a shit about my penis." I know that isn't happening. You know what I mean? It's like the same thing with when they talk about 9/11. I'll get in trouble here, but people say, "you think that George Bush blew up the towers?" and I go "I don't know what happened. I know what didn't happen. What didn't happen is what the government said happened." That did not happen the way they said.[45]
What’s funny to me is how people discredit the 9/11 people who don’t buy the government’s story. I don’t think anybody buys the government’s story, right? Do we? The stuff that we know about George Bush and Dick Cheney is way worse than what the 9/11 truthers are saying in the first place. So why would that be crazy? We know they started a war illegally, we know they ordered war crimes to cover it up, and now the torture report comes out and says there’s[sic] way more brutal than we ever knew. So the stuff that we know about them is worse than if they would have allowed 9/11 to happen in the first place.[46]

Syria

See the main article on this topic: Syria

Dore has entertained numerous conspiracies relating to the Syrian Civil War.[note 3] According to Dore, "everything you see on TV about Syria is fake news."[47] Since he does not trust the mainstream media, Dore uses numerous unreliable sources of information about Syria. For example, he described RT contributor[48][49][50] and conspiracy theorist[51][note 4] Eva Bartlett as an "independent Canadian journalist"[39][47] even though she openly says she is biased in favor of the Syrian regime.[50] Dore says Bartlett is a "real journalist" who is "willing to tell the truth" and is "reporting facts" about Syria.[47][39][52]

Bartlett's conspiratorial claims about Syria include that footage from the White HelmetsWikipedia's W.svg (the search and rescue group that she considers to be undercover terrorists[53][54][note 5]) contains children who have been recycled in different reports,[55] and that the media manufactured a story about a hospital being bombed that she claims never happened.[56] She also claims that the "corporate media",[57] United Nations,[58] and human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch[59][60][61][62][39] are all conveniently lying about what is happening in Syria. Bartlett's claims have been widely discredited and debunked.[50][63][64][65][66][67][68][69][70][71][72][73]

Bartlett is not the only unreliable source Dore has cited. He has used fellow conspiracy theorist SyrianGirlPartisan as a source.[74] He has cited the conspiratorial, Russian propaganda outlet RT[75][76] (and has defended them as a reliable source[77]). He repeated the conspiracy theory that the war is actually about a pipeline.[78][79][80][39] His source for this claim was the conspiracy-pseudoscience website Ecowatch.[81][82] Dore has also suggested that a chemical attack in Syria may have been a false flag.[42][83]

Despite Dore's strong opinions on Syria, in reality he is incredibly ignorant about the country. For example, in one video he admitted to not knowing if Bashar al-Assad was the President or King of Syria.[84] Additionally, in a video intended to mock Gary Johnson's ignorance about Syria, Dore incorrectly described Aleppo as "Syria's capitol" in the description of the video.[85]

See also

  • Second-option bias – Dore relies heavily on this to make his arguments look sound.
  • Jill Stein - Dore endorsed Stein during her 2016 presidential bid and has used his show to promote her platform.[86][87] He unironically believed that she could have won the 2016 election.[88] Unsurprisingly, she, too, shares the same conspiratorial viewpoints as Dore. They're also both apologists for Fidel Castro.[89][90]
  • Glenn Beck - His Tea Party counterpart. Both have spread anti-Clinton conspiracies and fake news stories during the 2016 election. However unlike Dore, Beck was (at least until inauguration) against a Trump presidency.

External links

Notes

  1. In case you were wondering, it was iced tea.
  2. How's that working out for you, Jimmy?
  3. Dore believes it's "not a real civil war."
  4. Bartlett is a writer for Globalresearch (a website that publishes many unsubstantiated conspiracies) and The Duran (another questionable source). On her website (linked to from her Twitter account), she discredits human rights groups because of their links to George Soros (link). For example, she discredits Human Rights Watch since it is "funded by Zionist billionaire" George Soros (link).
  5. Dore has also said the White Helmets are "bullshit", and the claim that the White Helmets are there to help people is an example of fake news.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Young Turks: "Which Party Buys More Into Conspiracy Theories?" (January 19, 2013), YouTube
  2. The Jimmy Dore Show: YouTube about page
  3. Jimmy Dore on Twitter
  4. Reviews of The Jimmy Dore Show on podbay.fm
  5. "Why I'm not paying for Jimmy Dore's podcast anymore" (Nov 21, 2016), Daily Kos
  6. The Majority Report with Sam Seder: "Jimmy Dore 'Chewed Over' Seth Rich Story" (Jun 4, 2017), YouTube
  7. Aggressive Progressives on The Young Turks: "Seth Rich "Investigator" Rod Wheeler Exposed As A Fraud" (May 20, 2017), YouTube
    There is something to this story though. I don't want to discount it like "oh, you're crazy if you think there's something more to this story." There probably is something more to this story.
  8. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Google Manipulates Search Results To Favor Hillary Clinton" (Jun 10, 2016), YouTube
  9. "Collusion Confusion: A viral video accused the search engine of manipulating results in favor of Hillary Clinton." (Jun 10, 2016), Snopes
  10. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Is The Media Failing To Report Hillary's Parkinson's?" (Sep 14, 2016), YouTube
  11. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Hillary Collapses! Speculation She Has Parkinson's" (Sep 13, 2016), YouTube
  12. "Shaky Diagnosis: A montage of photos and video clips of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton purportedly demonstrates she has symptoms of Parkinson's disease." (Sep 9, 2016), Snopes
  13. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Hillary Brought Up The Birther Claim In 2008" (Sep 22, 2016), YouTube
  14. "Hillary Clinton and the birther movement: Still nothing there" (Sep 20, 2016), PolitiFact
  15. "Did Hillary Clinton start the Obama birther movement?" (Sep 23, 2015), PolitiFact
  16. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Hillary Clinton Wanted To Murder Julian Assange With A Drone" (Oct 5, 2016), YouTube
  17. "Julian Seizer: E-mail leaked by WikiLeaks doesn't demonstrate that Hillary Clinton suggested assassinating founder Julian Assange via a drone strike." (Oct 3, 2016), Snopes
  18. The Jimmy Dore Show: "NY Times Admits "17 Intelligence Agencies” Russia Story Untrue" (Jul 1, 2017), YouTube
  19. The Jimmy Dore Show: "CNN Senior Producer Admits 'Russia Story Mostly Bullsh*t'" (Jun 28, 2017), YouTube
  20. The Jimmy Dore Show: "CNN Files Another Fake Russia Story — Journalists Fired!" (Jun 28, 2017), YouTube
  21. "Some on the left want Democrats to move on from Russian hacking" (January 13, 2017), Washington Post
    "Jimmy Dore has lit into Democrats for blaming hackers for their loss, raised doubts about the credibility of intelligence agencies, and seen the heavy hand of war hawks hyping the Russia connection to destabilize Europe and the Middle East."
  22. The Jimmy Dore Show: "PBS Funding Is Shocking, Sad & Hilarious" (Dec 12, 2014), YouTube
  23. Audio of The Young Turks post game show on November 5, 2013 (linked to from TYT Network's 2013 Post Game Archive) (the following quote begins at 8:12)
    The most recent examples of what you're talking about would be the gun bill that had 80 or 90 percent approval in the country. Of course it didn't go because money was on the other side of it. Same thing with GMO testing. People want to know; Republicans, Democrats, independents; want to know what's in their food, if it's genetically altered. Because it gives you cancer they found out, and in Europe they don't let you do that. So they want to have labelling. Everybody's for it. Of course it's not gonna happen because the money's on the other side.
  24. https://twitter.com/jimmy_dore/status/400775780940009474
  25. The New American Media: "Alex Jones Gets Spit-On by Jimmy Dore After Crashing The Young Turks Show." (Jul 21, 2016), YouTube
  26. The Young Turks: "Voting For The Lesser Of Two Evils In 2016" (Apr 19, 2016), YouTube
  27. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Voting For Hillary Is A Vote To Drive America Off A Cliff" (Oct 26, 2016), YouTube
  28. The Jimmy Dore Show: "If You Think Voting Democrat Is Good, You're Wildly Misinformed" (Nov 4, 2016), YouTube
  29. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Hillary Presidency Worse For Progressives & America Than Trump" (Apr 29, 2016), YouTube
  30. The Young Turks: "Jimmy Dore Disrespects Ben Mankiewicz" (Jul 27, 2016), YouTube via user "Wall Street Mozart"
  31. The Majority Report with Sam Seder: "Young Turks' Jimmy Dore: We Should Want a Trump Presidency—It Will Fracture the Republican Party" (Sep 21, 2016), YouTube
  32. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Evidence Clinton Campaign Invented Trump/Russia Story To Cover Their Failures" (Jul 23, 2017), YouTube
  33. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Russia, Syria, & U.S. Declare CEASEFIRE! - Media Silent" (Jul 8, 2017), YouTube
  34. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Maniac Cop Executes Black Man Who Was Following Orders (Graphic Video)" (July 8, 2016), YouTube
    Cops are frickin’ criminals. We need them and we need to keep them on a short leash. They’re all – all of them, I’m not saying some of them, I’m saying all of them – are criminals.
  35. The Young Turks: "Occupy Protester Convicted For Elbowing A Cop" (May 6, 2014), YouTube
  36. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Maniac Cop Executes Black Man Who Was Following Orders (Graphic Video)" (July 8, 2016), YouTube
  37. The Rubin Report: "Ferguson: What Happens Next? Part 2" (November 26, 2014), YouTube
    Jimmy Dore: Until I'm proven wrong, I say that half those fires, those 13 fires, I'm gonna say about half of them were insurance fires and the other half were started by the cops.

    Dave Rubin: Even though you have no evidence, but you're willing to...

    Jimmy Dore: Well I don't have any evidence otherwise.
    You really don't think the cops would start fires to blame it on the crowd on purpose? Is that really crazy?
  38. Conspiracy Queries "#70: Jimmy Dore 'Your Country Is Just Not That Into You' - Conspiracy Queries with Alan Park" (Nov 18, 2014), YouTube
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 The Jimmy Dore Show: "You're Being Lied To On Syria | United States The Real Terrorists" (Dec 16, 2016), YouTube
  40. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Putin Addressing G-A-S Attack Using Logic & Facts" (Apr 16, 2017), YouTube
  41. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Journalist Who Went To Syria Schools Colleague On Syrian Realities" (Dec 16, 2016), YouTube
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 The Jimmy Dore Show: "Proof Gov & Media Lied About S-A-R-I-N G-A-S Attack" (Apr 6, 2017), YouTube
  43. Conspiracy Queries "#70: Jimmy Dore 'Your Country Is Just Not That Into You' - Conspiracy Queries with Alan Park" (Nov 18, 2014), YouTube
  44. ThePodcastPit: "Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank #113 - Lefty Liberty with Jimmy Dore" (May 8, 2013), YouTube
  45. The Young Turks: "05.20.14: Fracking, Common Core-Tests, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, GM Recall & Guns" (May 21, 2014), YouTube
  46. The Rubin Report: "Ferguson Conspiracy Theories" (December 12, 2014), YouTube
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 The Jimmy Dore Show: "Everything You See About Syria On TV Is Fake News" (Dec 16, 2016), YouTube
  48. Eva Bartlett's Op-Edge profile on RT
  49. Real World News: "Eva Bartlett: Western media never mentions terrorist siege on government-held areas of Aleppo" (Nov 17, 2016), YouTube
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 "Victim Blaming: The idea that victims of mass tragedies are "recycled" is a common theme among conspiracy theorists, but there are international reports and footage of the Al Quds Hospital attack." Snopes. December 14, 2016.
  51. The Richie Allen Show: "Journalist Eva Bartlett: 'I'm Back From Syria. The Media Is Lying To You!'" (Feb 12, 2016), YouTube
    Eva Bartlett: It doesn't matter in my opinion which Prime Minister we have or which President America has, they're gonna support the same Zionist and the same war and imperial policies. So Trudeau is perhaps a prettier face, a newer, younger, fresher face. But he's going to support the same war policies and the same Zionist policies as all his predecessors.
  52. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Reporter Actually In S-Y-R-I-A Exposes Media Lies About Everything" (May 4, 2017), YouTube
  53. RT: "Eva Bartlett on the White Helmets Hoax & the Information War against Syria" (October 21, 2016), YouTube via user "Hamza - Slay Your Dragon"
  54. https://twitter.com/EvaKBartlett/status/856052571701694464
  55. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Journalist Who Went To Syria Schools Colleague On Syrian Realities" (Dec 16, 2016), YouTube
  56. TyrannyUnmasked: "Western media lies about Syria exposed (Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett)" (Dec 10, 2016), YouTube
  57. TyrannyUnmasked: "Western media lies about Syria exposed (Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett)" (Dec 10, 2016), YouTube
  58. RT: "Journalists face off over Syria news sources in RT debate" (Dec 16, 2016), YouTube
  59. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Reporter Actually In S-Y-R-I-A Exposes Media Lies About Everything" (May 4, 2017), YouTube
  60. Watching the Hawks on RT: "Putting a Human Face to Suffering in Syria w/ Eva Bartlett" (Oct 18, 2016), YouTube
  61. The Richie Allen Show: "Journalist Eva Bartlett: 'I'm Back From Syria. The Media Is Lying To You!'" (Feb 12, 2016), YouTube]
  62. https://twitter.com/EvaKBartlett/status/583182169771679745
  63. Channel 4: "Eva Bartlett’s claims about Syrian children" (Dec 20, 2016), Channel 4
  64. "5 Major Myths About Syria Debunked" (Jan 10, 2017), HuffPo
  65. "This Quirky New Viral Video Channel Is Funded By The Russian Government" (Dec 15, 2016), BuzzFeed
  66. "EVA BARTLETT: PROPAGANDIST FOR ASSAD DICTATORSHIP" (Dec 12, 2016), Mary Scully Reports
  67. "Journalist accuses western media of being ‘compromised’ over Syria" (Dec 21, 2016), albawaba
  68. "Exposing the Apologetics for Assad and Putin" (Dec 12, 2016), Areo Magazine
  69. "If you want to know what is going on in Syria, ask a Syrian – 1" (Dec 16, 2016), Our Man on the Horn
  70. "Russia Today and the post-truth virus" (Dec 15, 2016), Pulse Media
  71. "The Alternative Truth of Eva Bartlett" (February 3, 2017), La Presse
  72. "His Excellency" Butcher of Syria (Aug 25, 2016), Orient.net
  73. "Fuck Assad, Fuck his Western Lackeys: An Anarchist Statement on Eva Bartlett’s Hamilton presentations" (Jan 29, 2017), It's Going Down
  74. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Evidence Suggests S-Y-R-I-A G-A-S ATTACK Is False Flag" (Apr 6, 2017), YouTube
  75. RT News Media Bias/Fact Check
  76. The Jimmy Dore Show: "MIT Professor Debunks Media & White House & On S-Y-R-I-A G-A-S Attack" (Apr 16, 2017), YouTube
  77. The Jimmy Dore Show: "MIT Professor Debunks Media & White House & On S-Y-R-I-A G-A-S Attack" (Apr 16, 2017), YouTube
  78. "The 'Pipelineistan' conspiracy: The war in Syria has never been about gas" (May 10, 2017), Middle East Eye
  79. "On Syria, Jill Stein resorts to odd conspiracy theories" (Oct 23, 2016), The New Arab
  80. "A tale of two phantom pipelines and Syria" (June 4, 2017), Gulf News
  81. Ecowatch Media Bias/Fact Check
  82. The Jimmy Dore Show: "The Real Reason We're In Syria Is Enraging But Not Surprising" (Oct 27, 2016), YouTube
  83. The Jimmy Dore Show "Evidence Suggests S-Y-R-I-A G-A-S ATTACK Is False Flag" (Apr 6, 2017), YouTube
  84. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Assad Makes A Great Point About Foreign Experience & Why Hillary's Record Should Worry You" (Jul 15, 2016), YouTube
  85. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Gary Johnson's Aleppo Gaffe Confirms He's Libertarian Sarah Palin" (Sep 9, 2016), YouTube
    Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, appearing on Morning Joe, had no idea when asked about Aleppo, Syria's capitol.
  86. Aggressive Progressives on The Young Turks: "Why A Third Party Vote Is NOT A Wasted Vote In 2016" (Oct 23, 2016), YouTube
  87. Redacted Tonight on RT: "(67) Jimmy Dore Joins Lee Camp To Discuss Why They’re Both Attacked By The Media" (Jun 29, 2017), YouTube
  88. The Jimmy Dore Show: "President Jill Stein? It's More Possible Than They Want You Believe" (Aug 2, 2016), YouTube
  89. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Despite US Propaganda, Fidel Castro Beloved Worldwide" (Nov 30, 2016)
  90. The Jimmy Dore Show: "Human Rights Watch Slams Cuba For Brutalities The United States Does" (Dec 1, 2016), YouTube