Jeff Rense Program

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Jeff Rense Program

In September 2005 the U.S. State Department named the Jeff Rense Program the number one conspiracy site on radio and the Internet.

Updates on conspiracies from all over the planet are to be found daily on Click on the website any day of the week, any hour of the day or night, and read up-to-the-minute news about political intrigue and corruption, secret technologies and black ops, intelligence and espionage, propaganda and mind control, the latest UFO sightings, the erosion of our civil rights, polluted food and water, the New World Order—and the list goes on and on.

Both Jeff Rense’s website and his nightly radio program serve as remarkable conduits for a wide variety of news and information that cannot be found on mainstream or alternative news broadcasts. On the air, Rense serves as a “facilitator,” drawing the best that each guest has to offer an audience that has grown to become the one of the world’s largest on the Internet and the fourth-largest on talk radio. The program’s archives are unmatched in broadcast journalism and the website draws over 6 million hits a month. Astonishingly, Rense personally selects and edits every piece of news, information, and data on the site.

The eclectic mix of articles has sometimes provoked angry emails from partisans who feel that their cherished beliefs and dogmas are being demeaned or insulted. The problem arises from the fact that Rense believes in real journalism, presenting as many sides to a news story as the information revealed may merit. A disclaimer that follows each article Rense posts on the website includes these words: “We suggest you don’t make ‘assumptions’ about our official position on issues that are discussed here. We believe it unwise to sweep controversy under the carpet. We also firmly believe that people should not only read material which they agree with. The opinions expressed through the thousands of stories here do not necessarily represent those of Mr. Rense, his radio program, his website, or his webmaster, James Neff. We are not going to censor the news and information here. That is for you to do.”

A three-time Peabody Award nominee, Rense spent over twelve years as a news director and an on-camera news anchor on the West Coast and in Las Vegas. He was the top-rated TV news anchor in a city in Oregon when he left television. He wasn’t burned out. He was just plain disgusted with the way in which mainstream news had been transformed into entertainment. Rather than presenting information, the news media were offering product. He was fed up with having to read what came in on a “pasteurized press wire,” dismayed by the increasing willingness to conform to “tabloid exploitation and gore.” And he had also come to view television as “the most ruthless and overwhelming weapon of control and influence ever unleashed on the planet, without question.”

Rense characterizes these modern times as the “Age of Irrationalism” and bemoans the lack of “pragmatic, critical thinking performed by the mass of America.” The greatest cause for concern, Rense comments, is “the loss of our individuality and our ability to critically think about and evaluate what we’re seeing and experiencing.”

Rense believes that talk radio and the Internet may offer the last real hope for interactive education in the media. “People listen to talk radio instead of just staring at it [as they do with television]. Radio is theater of the mind—a classroom of the mind.”

In 2011 the Activist Post ranked Rense fourth on its list of “The Most Influential People in the Alternative Media.” Praising him for building a massive audience “of those seeking the truth outside of the Matrix,” the Activist Post also complimented Rense for his website,, being “by far the best news aggregator covering the Gulf oil disaster and the … Fukushima nuclear meltdown.” Whether one agrees with Rense or not, the creators of the list state that “Rense deserves credit for venturing down the rabbit hole of reality which brings a unique perspective to alternative news.”

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