Michael William Lebron
August 26, 1958
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
|Education||University of South Florida (BA)|
Stetson University (JD)
|Awards||2015 New York Emmy Award for Writer: Commentary/Editorial|
Michael William Lebron (born August 26, 1958), better known as Lionel, is an American syndicated radio, television and YouTube legal and media analyst. He is known as a leading promoter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory.
Lebron was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, where he attended Jesuit High School. Lebron graduated from the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law. After graduating from law school, Lebron worked with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office.
Lebron hosted the CourtTV law show Snap Judgment in the late 1990s. Lionel then began appearing on WABC radio in New York. He first appeared as a caller to WFLA in Tampa, Florida, drawing attention to himself by avoiding the given topic of discussion. He was eventually given his own time slot on WFLA before moving to New York City.
Beginning in May 2007, Lebron replaced The Majority Report with Sam Seder on Air America Radio with a daily three-hour talk show. Seder claimed that Lebron's unpopularity with Air America's listeners led to the loss of most of Seder's audience within a year of assuming the timeslot, as well as the loss of two-thirds of the live affiliates and live streaming.[better source needed]
Talkers Magazine included Lebron in their 2010 "Heaviest Hundred" list at number 54 and in their 2013 "Frontier Fifty" list at number 37. In 2015, he won a New York Emmy Award for commentary and editorial writing.
Lebron also appeared in an episode of House of Cards.
Since losing his show on Air America, Lebron shifted his politics to the right and re-established himself as a right-wing conspiracy theorist for Alex Jones' InfoWars network, where he has used his show to promote conspiracy theories, such as birtherism (false claims about President Barack Obama), "The Storm", claims the government is involved in a cover-up of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, the 9/11 Truth movement, the anti-vaccine movement, and QAnon.
Lebron has regularly hosted conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, a supporter of the birther movement and promoter of QAnon conspiracy theories, and has interviewed a guest who has questioned official accounting of the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
In August 2018, Lebron met with President Donald Trump at the White House and was photographed with Trump. Lebron stated that the two did not talk about the QAnon conspiracy theory that Lebron has helped to promote, but that "I think we all know he knows about it."