Conspiracy Theorist Ordered To Pay Family Of Sandy Hook Victim For Spreading Hoax
Conservative Infowars host Alex Jones was ordered to pay the family of a Sandy Hook victim for spreading misinformation that the massacre was a hoax.
Alex Jones is many things. He’s a conservative American. He’s loud. He’s opinionated, and he is a provocateur that the media and politicians alike have been trying to silence for years. Most of the claims he makes on his Infowars show are so outlandish they seem to be more comical than factual, but in 2012 he made one claim that caused the parents of school shooting victims further grief after losing their young children.
He declared that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a psych op to further restrict the gun rights of law-abiding citizens and eventually disarm the nation. While many individuals do believe that some specific school shooting details are often suspicious, and trust in federal agencies like the FBI and CIA is down, Alex Jones didn’t just vaguely claim that the elementary school shooting was a hoax. He publicly declared that the families involved were crisis actors and that no children were actually harmed.
This statement has led to a multitude of criticism and concerns regarding how information is spread. While the opinion of one man is his own, the legality concerning how free speech rights protect conspiracy theories and those who believe them has been questioned time and again. Alex Jones has made his name and profited off of discussing the conspiracies that he believes in and that makes his theories a liability.
Individually, the free flow of information is not limited to facts, as opinions are published by mainstream news media outlets all the time. But the sensitive nature of the situation and the claims that children who were killed were actually faked has led Alex Jones to be found guilty of liable, defamation, and now he has been ordered to shell out $45.2 million to the parents of one of the children murdered during the Sandy Hook shooting nearly 10 years ago. This is being celebrated across the corporate media, but many who believe justice has been served are overlooking the fact that the judge claimed that Alex Jones lied on the stand when he affirmed that he truly believed that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a psych op — something that he has continuously affirmed on his show and in interviews. In addition, he may win an appeal being that his own lawyer leaked private records about the case to the lawyers of the family suing him which gave them an unfair advantage in court.
Alex Jones’ attorney, Andino Reynal, made a statement after the trial noting that his client will continue his work on Infowars. He noted, “He’s going to keep doing his job holding the power structure accountable.” Despite the ruling, in this case, many of Jones’ outlandish claims have been confirmed as fact.
He warned the public that controlled thermostats, high-tech low-frequency government weapons, and attacks on journalists and free speech were coming. These have all been experienced in recent times. For nearly 20 years now he has been warning people about the New World Order and massive pedophilia rings involving global leaders, like the Epstein Island cases. Even the strange beliefs that scientists are creating animal/human hybrids, modern day “vampires” are staying alive through blood transfusions, and that frogs are turning gay have been reported as truths. As if these were strange enough, the Robb Elementary School shooting itself was rife with failures of both local and federal law enforcement to such a degree that many people believe these law enforcement agencies may have stood down and allowed children to be killed for political gain.
Regardless of whether or not Alex Jones has been right about other conspiracy theories, he has caused the families of those killed during the Sandy Hook shooting additional pain and suffering. The courts have found him guilty and ordered him to pay millions in punitive damages. He faces more trials in the future, yet his show is still popular among dissidents and many of his outlandish claims have been found true. Whether he will apologize and veer his show toward more constructive ways of combating corruption in the system is unclear.