Radio host Alex Jones has been the most outspoken conspiracy theorist of “Jade Helm 15,” an upcoming U.S. military training exercise that some people believe is a cover for the implementation of martial law.
So it was notable when Jones didn’t show up for a scheduled appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” to talk about the military exercise.
“This Week” host Martha Raddatz kicked off a roundtable discussion on “Jade Helm 15” by explaining that Jones had previously agreed to appear on the program but didn’t show up at a satellite studio. But to hear Jones tell it, the network engaged in “dirty tricks” by delaying his car service to the studio.
Jones explained on his InfoWars radio show that when ABC News reached out to him, he’d stipulated that he would only participate in the “This Week” panel if his appearance was filmed live. He said the network then pulled one of its “dirty tricks” and informed his producer on Saturday that they wanted Jones to pre-tape a segment.
“Twelve minutes before airtime — before 9 a.m. when it’s live — they call and go ‘There’s a car downstairs,'” Jones said. “All so they can say I chickened out and didn’t show up. This is the kind of theater these people engage in.”
After a commercial break, Jones suggested he never definitively agreed to appear on the program.
“We were in negotiations with [ABC News] for me to come on but they changed the deal,” he said. “So we told them yesterday that we weren’t sure we were gonna do it until they got back with us. They didn’t get back with us, so I didn’t go on.”
An ABC spokesperson told Mediaite that Jones’ story about delayed car service was “completely false.” The network sent a car to Jones’ apartment an hour before his scheduled appearance and asked building security to knock on the radio host’s door when he didn’t respond to phone calls, the spokesperson said.
The ABC spokesperson also told Mediaite that the network had always planned for Jones’ appearance to be filmed live.