Alex Jones is a bottom feeder among bottom feeders. It’s everyone’s right to listen to and believe whatever they want, but categorically, empirically, Jones is a scumbag conman who peddles snake oil and dangerous, violent conspiracies like pizzagate. For years, Alex has made his living riling up ignorant and easily gullible people, spinning every tragedy and major news story into some kind of far-right propaganda, and he had absolutely no shame about who he smeared.
Jones is a conman, but what’s truly fascinating to me is that he’s already been exposed as a fraud, and he admitted during his divorce proceedings that his show is an act of “performance art.” Yet, people still are choosing to believe that he is anything but a charlatan. It’s bizarre to me that someone could admit to people that he’s a grifting conman, and those people will still line-up to hear him talk.
When 20 first graders were turned into mincemeat by Adam Lanza and his AR-15 at Sandy Hook elementary school at the end of 2012, it took Alex all of a millisecond to use that horrific tragedy to seed pro-gun hysteria. Before their children’s broken and mangled bodies were laid to rest, Jones was already going to his well-worn bag of dicks — er excuse me, tricks — and accusing the children of never existing and their heartbroken parents of being “crisis actors.”
Jones trolling of Sandy Hook parents was so incessant, and so nefarious, that some of his most mouth-breathery of fans decided they needed to dox and harass the Sandy Hook parents. There were reports of Jones-ites showing up at the graves of the children and haranguing the parents there. To say that Alex was behaving disgustingly doesn’t even scratch the surface of what that human diaper pail was doing.
A legal challenge
At some point, enough become enough, and some of the parents banded together. They sued Jones in court, accusing him of defamation. Jones, ever the unshorn weasel-testicle that he is, has tried everything he can to wriggle free from this suit, including using his First Amendment rights as a shield from accountability. That didn’t work, and Jones has been getting stomped in court for the last two months.
The lawsuit alleges a yearslong campaign of “abusive and outrageous false statements in which Jones and the other defendants have developed, amplified and perpetuated claims that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged and that the 26 families who lost loved ones are paid actors who faked their relatives’ deaths.” (Source)
In January, the judge in Connecticut where the trial is taking place told him that InfoWars, Jones’ media empire, must turn over internal memos and marketing material as part of discovery. This is crucial because the case against Jones hinges on the maniac knowing full-well that he was lying about Sandy Hook parents, and that he knew it wasn’t a hoax. Poor Alex’s legal woes continued this week.
The judge has now ruled that Jones has to sit down for a five hour deposition with the attorneys for the Sandy Hook parents. It was also ruled that some of InfoWars’ top people may have to be deposed as well. This is a devastating blow to a man who does everything he can to stay out of courts, where he can be forced to expose the truth, and more important, forced to expose he knows he’s lying and defaming people every single day.
I think I’ll let Mark Barden, a Sandy Hook parent and one of the people who started the legal proceedings, have the last word for now. In a statement about this decision, Barden expressed perfectly why this suit matters. It’s time to bring dangerous lunatics like Jones to the fore, and hold him accountable for the real-life damage his idiotic conspiracy mongering for profit can and does do.
“For years, Alex Jones and his co-conspirators have turned the unthinkable loss of our sweet little Daniel and of so many others into advertising dollars and fundraising appeals. “It is far beyond time that he be held accountable for the pain his false narratives have caused so many, and today’s ruling brings us one step closer to doing that.”
Keep up the good work, Barden and Co.
Writer/comedian James Schlarmann is the founder of The Political Garbage Chute and his work has been featured on The Huffington Post. You can follow James on Facebook and Instagram, but not Twitter because he has a potty mouth.