During a skit about the WHO’s announcement that processed meats cause cancer, comedian Bill Maher joked that Infowars may be about to claim that cancer is a “government hoax”.
“Now that they’ve declared that bacon causes cancer, the World Health Organization must face the fact that instead of reconsidering bacon, most Americans are going to reconsider cancer,” quipped Maher.
“I can see it now on the websites that real Americans read,” he continued.
An image of a fake Infowars.com headline entitled ‘Cancer: Bad For You or Government Hoax?’ was then displayed on screen as the audience chuckled.
The other websites lampooned by Maher during the skit were Red State and Fox News.
In reality, Infowars has published innumerable articles in line with the WHO’s warning that processed meats are carcinogenic.
As recently as August we highlighted clinical dietician Daniel Jarvis’ warning that the Michelle Obama-backed federal lunch program will cause higher rates of cancer in children who are being forced to eat carcinogenic processed meat.
Back in January 2012, we also published an article entitled ‘The Link Between Processed Meat and Cancer’.
We also posted another article that warned of hotdog meat containing human DNA.
This is by no means the first time that a big network show has used Infowars to poke fun at conspiracy culture.
Earlier this year we reported on how an episode of the Comedy Central show Broad City depicted one of its main characters visiting a clone of the Infowars website entitled ‘Conspiracy Wars’ which featured the kooky headline, “Michael Jackson Lives in a Richard Branson Space Condo’.
A YouTuber who first spotted the clip suggested that the producers of the show were attempting to make the viewer associate the fake tabloid news site with Infowars in order to discredit our platform.
A more positive take could be that we’ve seeped so deep into popular culture that Infowars has taken on an archetypal position in the context of alternative media.
Back in February it was revealed that left-wing activist Peter Young, an expert in media manipulation, crafted an entire campaign to target Infowars in order to draw attention to his troubles with the TSA.
“The specific end-goal was The Alex Jones Show,” Young told the New York Observer. “While culturally considered fringe, he has a larger platform than most websites and TV shows.”
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