Dude... the reason why it is a billion dollar industry is because of advertising. Do you not see what has happened to the print industry? Many journalists have lost their jobs because the money has dried up. More and more people are venturing away from cable and therefore commercials. I myself don't watch commercials. The news I still watch are just clips from youtube and my account let's me skip youtube's commercials. Alex Jones isn't in the same pond. He is a sales man. He is NOT a journalist nor does he have an army of paid journalists working for him. And that's what it's really about. JOURNALISM. You are ignoring the fact that people go to school for this. It is a profession with a long history. They aren't simply reading a script. The person on camera, reading the news off the teleprompter is being fed what to say by staff members. This is the culmination of hours and sometimes months of JOURNALISM; reporting, sourcing, verifying information. There are regular journalists and then there are investigative journalists. You may think they're all getting their info from George Sorros but this is where George Sorros gets his news and information.
And the sources talking to journalists have to reveal their identities so that the journalist can trust them. If they choose to remain anonymous then either the journalist has to find someone else to back up their claims or the journalist themselves has to hide their identities to protect them. Journalism is hard work. If you look at TYT, they have a whole network with sets, microphones, editors, staff and crew, etc. They have a handful of journalists now but I remember when they were asking for the donations required to hire them. So no, you don't need millions to have a studio. The difference is the journalists you have to hire to go UNCOVER the news. TYT mainly only reports on the news already uncovered by other companies. And these companies race to get the "scoop" first because they constantly compete to show they are the better source. And when SEPARATE news organizations are able to uncover the same information, it only further validates the information that is uncovered.
If one organization was making stuff up the others would capitalize on it because they're in competition. You'd rather think they're all working together because you don't understand how money works. You simply and obviously don't. Fox news would LOVE to attack CNN but they don't because they CAN'T. CNN would love to attack Fox news but the reality is that Fox NEWS often does good reporting. Notice I'm talking about news and reporting, not commentary like Sean Hannity. And I seriously hope you at least understand the difference. Commentators are ALLOWED to have a liberal bias on CNN or MSNBC just like commentators on FOX are allowed to have a conservative bias. Just because I disagree with their opinion doesn't mean its a conspiracy. The truth is that you'll never get everyone to agree on everything. There will always be 2 sides. And there will always be these 2 sides emerging to battle over which opinion is right. I disagree with you a lot. That doesn't mean I was sent here to do so. If you think that then it is simply irrational paranoia.
So instead of recognizing that not everyone is the same and therefore don't have to agree with you, you'd rather think their disagreements with you are "fake" and sponsored by some mythical bad guy who has a lot of wealth and wastes it on trying to influence you towards a different opinion at the same time as also wanting to kill you, as if other rich people aren't supporting FOX, radio show hosts, etc. on the republican side. Stop trying to see monsters everywhere. Everyone has freedom of speech. And everyone, big or small, can use that speech to influence others. And money has become speech in the US (which is why I support WolfPAC to get money out of politics). It is Progressive Democrats who want to get money out of politics. If there is a republican group trying to do the same feel free to share their name and URL. But this is why the corporate (center right) democrats rallied around Joe Biden to defeat Bernie Sanders (and Warren to a lesser degree). If you haven't figured it out yet, I support Bernie and AOC and other progressives. There are financial influences on all sides, but every news story isn't true or false based on who has money.
One of the few shows I watch on CNN is Morning Joe which stars a Republican... who basically was life long republican until Trumpism took over the party. But he still has very conservative values and makes it known when those values are being rubbed the wrong way by whoever is in office. And where he and other republicans are correct is that republicans are not a monolith and there are different wings of the party and many of the conservative values are being ignored; such as fiscal conservation. Sometimes what republicans say and do are two different things because they're simply being opportunistic. Mich McConnnel will use his wife and other connections to get deals for his state so that he can get re-elected, while at the same time crying about common people getting handouts when his entire state takes out way more money than they put in. But since he's an elite in the party, CNN will cover the scandalous behavior while Fox news wont. That's the difference. Each side exposes the other, and frankly, that's a GOOD thing. Because everyone should be afraid of the media; of their corruption coming to light. And having one party control the media can't be trusted to do that equally. You also have commentators in the middle, like Roland Martin, which you can see here:
The difference is always advertisers. The more people watch, the more expensive it is to advertise on that channel. But the more people who work for you doesn't mean you make more money. That's how much money you lose. So someone like Alex Jones, with a small staff, can pocket millions of dollars and even make more profit than a prime time show on a major news network. Because it all depends on viewership. And in Jones's case he doesn't only make money on ads but actual product sales. So you really have no idea how much money this guy, who is an internationally known figure, is making. TV and radio is somewhat restricted to the US but internet radio, youtube, and obviously his own websites, aren't.
Alex Jones Of 'Infowars,' Conspiracy Theories, And Trump Campaign (Full) | Megyn Kelly | NBC News
This video just exposes the connection between Alex Jones and the POTUS and his rise in viewership and how Jones has a reckless disregard for accuracy or facts. In this video you hear out of his own mouth that it costs 45-50 MILLION dollars to run Infowars. You don't have to be an accountant to know that if it costs 50 million to run a business, that business is bringing in a lot of money. So no, Alex isn't some grass roots whistle blower. He is a major corporation in the INDUSTRY of conspiracy theories. The point is not to beat you up on the subject of Alex Jones, but rather to bring up Alex Jones to support the fact that you are dealing with an INDUSTRY where millions of dollars are made. And that's why you have to be careful with the information you're getting because its not vetted by real journalists. And if you think Jones is spending thousands or millions to verify people's stories or credentials, I can promise you, he isn't because he's not a journalist.