By now I hope you are aware of Alex Stein’s concept. He’s a local guy trying his best to look like Tucker Carlson, talk like Alex Jones, and live big in his dad’s Highland Park duplex. Magazine D published an article about him in our May issue, in which we explained how he used open-mic time at town hall meetings to troll city bodies and propel himself onto the national stage. Stein wanted to be a reality TV star; he decided on that.
So when I heard last month that the Dallas County Young Republicans were planning to have Stein speak at one of their meetings, I emailed the group’s president, Chad Cohen, a graduate of SMU Cox and managing partner of Lone Wolf Oil, which does not appear to have a website. I asked Cohen to confirm if his group plans to host Stein. Cohen was not answering the question and wanted to know why I was asking the question. I told him that I didn’t think highly of Stein and was curious why young Dallas County Republicans would accept his comments.
In part, Cohen replied, “I’m not going to share any information regarding any of our upcoming speakers. I will tell you that our organization is committed to welcoming a wide range of speakers with various points of view. One of the fundamental principles that we hold as Republicans and as conservatives is that the free and open expression of ideas is essential to the preservation of democracy. We welcome engagement with conflicting viewpoints that foster a climate of ideological independence.
Cohen wouldn’t talk to me on the phone. I guess engaging with my contradictory point of view was a bridge too far for him.
In any case, Stein addresses the group well tonight. On Young Dallas County Republicans Facebook page, they call Stein “one of the most talked about young conservative media voices in the country,” adding, “Alex Stein is a Dallas native and resident who has built a national following with his creative and fearless approach to engaging attention to critical issues in our country such as government policy regarding Covid lockdowns and compulsory vaccination, the war in Ukraine and the radical exposure of our country’s youth to sexuality.
That’s one way of saying it.
Here’s another way: Alex Stein is an attention-hungry troll who spreads misinformation because it’s the currency of the kingdom in some circles. A video was just posted of him on Tucker Carlson Today saying that “the term ‘conspiracy theorist’ was coined after JFK’s assassination to demonize people who watch official history.” Carlson asks him if that’s a fact, and Stein replies, “100%, yes, it’s a fact, Tucker.” Then, a few sentences later, Carlson asks him, “What are the odds that QAnon was created by the feds? And Stein responds, “Of course, 1000%, duh. I mean, it’s obviously kind of controlled opposition. And a lot of those things are, because those people are so powerful.
The term “conspiracy theory” was in use at least as early as 1909. That the phrase was coined after 1963 is in itself a conspiracy theory. And QAnon was popularized on 8chan by a guy named James Watkins or his son, Ron. Lily this and listen thisif you are curious.
These examples of Stein’s bullshit are just the latest. They are quite benign. But he likes to talk about vaccines and other real-world issues where misinformation has cost people their lives.
Join the Dallas County Young Republicans tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Ozona Bar & Grill. It’s a free event, and it’s open to everyone.
Tim is the editor of Magazine Dwhere he has worked since 2001. He won a National Magazine Award in…