Paul Joseph Watson
|Paul Joseph Watson|
Watson in 2013
24 May 1982|
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
|Other names||PJW, Prison Planet|
|Occupation||writer, editor, YouTube personality|
Paul Joseph Watson (born 24 May 1982), also known as PJW, is an English YouTube conservative personality, radio host, writer, and conspiracy theorist. He is the editor-at-large of Infowars.com, an online publication that promotes conspiracy theories about American and international politics, and a contributor to Infowars' talk radio programme The Alex Jones Show, where he occasionally either hosts or co-hosts instead of or with radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Watson has been working on Infowars.com since October 2002.
His political Youtube channel has over 950,000 subscribers as of July 2017.
Watson, along with Jones and Infowars as a whole, used to discuss conspiracy theories such as Chemtrails and the Illuminati before switching to material against feminism, Islam and left-wingers.
Watson has been called one of the "right-wing commentators of the digital age". He has previously described himself as a libertarian, and supported Ron Paul in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. In a 2016 tweet, he said he no longer considered himself a libertarian because Gary Johnson "made the term an embarrassment." In a post to Facebook in November 2016, Watson described himself as being a member of the "New Right," which he considers to be distinct from the alt-right. He and Mike Cernovich have feuded with figures such as Richard B. Spencer and David Duke who see white nationalism as necessary for the alt-right; the more nationalist part of the movement refers to the former as alt-lite. Watson has also referred to himself as a conservative, and he considers modern day conservatism to be a counter-cultural movement.
Watson, while criticising Islam in the context of terrorism, was accused by The Guardian of inciting hatred against Muslims. In a YouTube video, he described Islam as "an intolerant, radical, extremist belief system" and stated that rape "is the culture of Islam".
Although he endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Watson declared in an April 6, 2017 tweet he was "officially OFF the Trump train" following the president's decision to launch missile strikes on Syria in response to a gas attack (Khan Shaykhun chemical attack) several days earlier, believing Trump had reneged on his promise to not intervene in Syria. After a decrease in Twitter followers occured, he denied he had "turned on Trump," saying he was "off the Trump train in terms of Syria." He declared in a separate tweet he would shift his focus on ensuring French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen of the National Front would be elected in the 2017 election, in which she was ultimately defeated.
In the media
In 2016, he was an early proponent of the allegations that Hillary Clinton suffers from numerous serious medical conditions. Watson's part in the manufacture and popularization of the rumour was covered in the mainstream media as part of a discussion of the role of rumour and conspiracy theory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In February 2017, he offered via Twitter to pay any journalist who thinks Sweden is safe to visit the country and stay in the 'crime ridden migrant suburbs' of Malmö. Many journalists took him up on the offer, and Watson chose New York journalist and videographer Tim Pool, who was already planning a similar investigation. Watson provided $2,000 USD to Pool for the trip. Tim Pool also ran a fundraiser to fund an investigation into other 'no-go zones' in other areas of Sweden and Europe.
Watson was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England where he grew up on a council estate. In a November 2016 interview with The Tab, he described his adolescence as "not particularly conventional", and said that he exercised for three hours each day and drank very little alcohol.
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Paul Joseph Watson, Alex Jones’s British mini-me, has followed the same broad path that the rest of the organization has. He was never on the left, of course, but over time his commentary has focused less and less on the Illuminati and chemtrails, and more and more on pushing a stridently anti-Muslim, anti-feminist and anti-left message.
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