OPINION

If we’re to believe the ‘experts’, believing in conspiracy theories and so-called ‘misinformation’and ‘disinformation’, is a problem unique to the ‘extreme right’ (also so-called). Just ignore the fact-free conspiracy theories that have ruled the dusty, spacious roof of the leftist mind in recent years: the ‘patriarchy’, ‘systemic racism’, ‘Muslim ban’, ‘Russiagate’…

But if anyone is the Alex Jones of the left, it surely has to be US congressman and Democrat “Squad” member (referring to an informal grouping of the nine most extreme-left Democrats) Jamaal Bowman.

“Squad” member Rep Jamaal Bowman allegedly maintained a personal YouTube account [BreakThrough News] that subscribed to users pushing outrageous conspiracy theories – many with roots in antisemitism.

As recently as last month, the Bronx and Westchester Democrat was creating playlists of videos using the screen name Inner Peace, according to the Daily Beast.

The outlet reported that the Bowman channel followed troves of accounts peddling bonkers claims about aliens, flat Earth theory, UFOs and the Illuminati.

And of course there’s a heapin’ helpin’ of Jew-hatin’ and other assorted racism.

BreakThrough News is also rife with anti-Israel content, much of which appears to be in keeping with Bowman’s views of the Jewish state’s war against Hamas […]

Still another channel reportedly embraced by Bowman, Afripost, repeatedly shares speeches by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has referred to Jews as “termites” and “the synagogue of Satan.”

A recent Farrakhan video is titled “BLACKS ARE THE TRUE J£WS [sic],” referring to an antisemitic conspiracy theory pushed by the fringe Black Hebrew Israelite sect.

There’s also no shortage of cosmic hippies and Atlantis stuff.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about, I don’t know these accounts, and I haven’t watched any of these videos,” Bowman claimed in a statement to the Daily Beast.

Yet, when Bowman hosted a pro-Hamas panel in January, he introduced a pro-terror academic, who boasted that October 7 warmed his heart, by fangirling that, “I watch [his videos] all the time on YouTube.”

Like a hellfire preacher caught leaving a gay porn shop, Bowman is spluttering that it’s all just “research”.

“Well over a decade ago, as I was debating diving into a doctoral degree, I explored a wide range of books, films, and articles across a wide swath of the political spectrum and processed my thoughts in a personal blog that few people ever read,” Bowman said in a statement earlier this year.

New York Post

Well, for my degree, I sometimes had to read out-there stuff like the ISIS magazine Dabiq. But only because I was studying, not “debating” doing so. But I never wrote blogs praising it or put up a public playlist of bookmarks.

Like the porn-totin’ preacher, this all smacks of much more than a disinterested curiosity.

Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. I grew up in a generational-Labor-voting family. I kept the faith long after the political left had abandoned it. In the last decade...