Industries Biggest Conman Yet Again Made Martyr
Mike Adams responded as expected, rallying his followers into believing that the move was part of a conspiracy to silence him, referring to the action as “online ethnic cleansing”. He actually went as far as to call on Trump to use military action against Facebook.v So what was Facebook’s reasoning? One can assume it is in line with what they stated following the ban of Alex Jones and his site Info Wars as well as a few others in May:
“We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology," a Facebook spokesperson said of the bans in May. "The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Does Adams and Natural News fit the bill, regarding promoting violence and hate? Without a doubt. Adams has previously called on citizens to murder biotech scientists, his exact phrasing:
“…it is the moral right — and even the obligation — of human beings everywhere to actively plan and carry out the killing of those engaged in heinous crimes against humanity.”
This is far from the only example and a detailed article on the crimes of Mike Adams would exceed the length of a book. As I discussed in my 100 voices article and through my series on health experts, it is imperative to gather enough evidence that an “influencer” is a con-artist so as to remove all reasonable doubt. We have staff working away compiling data on suspected con-artists and building cases against them. None of those we suspect will ever be graced with the privilege of carrying our hydrogen tablets. We did not bother having anyone assigned to Mike Adams, as after a decade of following him, his motivations are so transparent, I did not believe it necessary.
The Dangers of this Action
Facebook is under no legal obligation to give anyone a platform. If they view a business, influencer or individual as dangerous and potentially hazardous to their bottom line, they maintain the right to remove that entity. They did not do this for any moral crusade, this was a strategic business decision. It was not politically motivated censorship, but self-preservation. Facebook is not some protector of truth and integrity, they’re acting to remove a potential threat.
This is one key reason I do not view it as a “win”. What I mean by this is while I fully consider Mike Adams to be an enemy of truth and harmful to humanity, I do not want to see him “lose” in this way. That is because this action may be a “win” for him, not a loss. No one outside of Facebook’s upper management currently knows to what extent they view a community as a threat to their platform. This uncertainty is making other communities, ones that may be controversial or against the consensus but not outright knowing conmen, fear they’re next.
This plays right into the hand of Mike Adams, who can use this uncertainty and concern to drive the roots of his fear-driven conspiracy campaigns into those susceptible to believe them. Every time an action like this is taken against someone like Adams it unifies his followers more. This can be accepted, but what cannot, is what it does to other communities that share fewer extreme views. If they are targeted, Adams “truth” becomes their new truth. Even if they are not targeted, the mere fear of being targeted works to give Adams hysterical shouts validity. Actions like this should not be heralded by skeptics.
If Natural News and Mike Adams are a dangerous fire spreading through a neighborhood, Facebook’s move was akin to taking a plow and driving their garage, engulfed in flames, and dumping it onto their unaffected neighbors’ property. Skeptics celebrating and calling for other communities to “be removed next” is the equivalent to firefighters throwing Molotov cocktails at the flame and yelling at it to “go away”. It may make them “feel good” and help them get their anger out, but it is only incendiary.
No Defense of Adams
I cannot find the words to sufficiently describe how strongly I feel against Adams. I will preface as saying that despite my love of martial arts and the exhilaration I feel sparring, I possess such low amounts of sadistic tendencies, I have a difficult time “hard sparring”. My reactions to landing clean shots were virtually always to stop and ask my training partner if they were OK. As I realized this, I quickly changed my mind from ever wanting to take an actual “fight” myself, as I recognized that despite loving martial arts, experiencing an almost euphoric rush from sparring, I had no desire to hurt an opponent.
Despite this, I’ve literally had dreams, both sleeping and daydreaming, of unleashing hell on Mike Adams. I don’t even personally know him. Of course, this was years ago and all hypothetical. Since my level of anger towards him rose to this level, I have actively tried to avoid reading his website, except sporadically gleaning through his front-page articles to keep myself abreast in his evolving con. On one occasion, I actively made an excuse to not go and support a customer at a show as I saw he was a speaker. While I do not believe I would have escalated anything physically, I certainly would have had a hard time not approaching him and calling him out for being a fraud. An angered unhinged verbal assault could have done much to sacrifice the reputation I was gaining from mutual connections. I’d much prefer to dissect his villainy in careful thought and subsequent writing, removing as much risk of red-blooded emotion from the equation.
I remember one of my reps mentioning that they were going to speak to Adams about carrying the hydrogen tablets. I am unsure how far along the talks were, whether they had even begun. What I do know is Adams was already into hydrogen water and hadn’t yet endorsed a technology or brand. I remarked I would rather remove my eyeballs with a spoon than allow Mike Adams to promote my product. I was serious. I was on the verge of bankruptcy, having spent every red cent to my name getting the business going with very few partners. The regulatory framework had not yet been built, I had several more established competitors and had not even begun my clinical outreach program. Adams had and still has a massive following. Despite all of this, there was absolutely no way I would consider selling to him.
Adams ended up endorsing a company selling hydrogen water that I originally assessed as one I was not willing to sell to or work with. To me this was not surprising, as their behaviours, intent, and actions are quite similar to Adams. While they seem to have fizzled into obscurity, the company in question left a warzone of individuals claiming to be ripped off by them and misinformation on both illegal and magical claims they made to distributors and consumers alike. I used to frequently need to rebut this, which was the bane of my existence in the early days. In fact, this company’s influence in many crowds and my suspicions were led by a knowing con-artist was one of the key motivators in my decision to private label the hydrogen tablets and to actively converse within the entire community.
Despite my disdain for Adams, I do not want to have him “lose” like this even if it ends up being a loss, which I doubt it will. We cannot win our battles by removing someone’s voice, we must change the tone of discussion to win over those on the fence and even more so, win over those leaning to Adams and his ilk’s side. By communicating through attacks, ridicule, and promoting enforcements, the skeptical community is driving many further away, while sowing the seeds to create newer and different versions of conmen. Several influencers I consider friends are currently worried if they are next. These are people I have described with good intentions and are open to listen. We can build bridges and open respectful dialect or we can call for them to be silenced and drive them towards Adams and the other conmen. I know which path I am choosing.
As for how Mike Adams can turn himself into a martyr and at least in part, convince intelligent, highly educated individuals of his narrative? Stay tuned for my piece on “why conmen are so dangerous”.