Alex Jones has been sued by parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre a few years ago after he repeatedly claimed the deaths of nearly 30 people, most of them children, were staged.
If you don’t know who Alex Jones is, that probably means you don’t get caught up in the world of conspiracy theories where nothing is as it seems and only a few see the truth while the rest of us sheep are led willingly to massacre.
Jones is a radio talk show host based in New York, and while I assume there are some radio stations out there that run his programming, called InfoWars, he does most of his stuff on the internet. If you don’t take him seriously, the bombast and screeching can almost be funny. If you take him seriously, he’s the worst person to ever live. Or, the most truthful, depending on your point of view.
For a certain group of people, none of the mass shootings of the past 20 years, dating from Columbine in 1999, have actually happened. They were all staged either by the government or some shady cabal of people that control the government, usually in an attempt to take people’s guns.
They claim the people affected by the shootings are “crisis actors” and try to prove this by showing photos that say a parent in Sandy Hook bears a strong resemblance to a parent from some other shooting. In the recent high school shooting in Florida, a picture of two teenagers who had a slight resemblance were used as evidence that these actors were making the rounds.
It’s all nonsense, of course. People look alike all the time, even those who have been hit by a horrifying tragedy. I’ve been told I have a doppelganger in Sweetwater, and while I feel bad for the poor guy, if we were to stand side by side the resemblance would probably turn out not to be that great.
Also, these people continually claim the government can’t do anything right yet believe it can pull off acts of horror and completely keep it secret. As the old saying goes, two people can keep a secret as long as one of them is dead. I doubt hundreds, if not thousands, of government employees could keep such a huge secret.
Anyway, Jones is now being sued by some of the people he has accused of such things and it will be interesting to see exactly how the trial, if it ever happens, goes. Jones has been in court before when his ex-wife, in an attempt to keep him from getting custody of his son, or something, claimed on the stand he himself was an actor, trying to show how ridiculous some beliefs can be.
This testimony was reported by several news outlets but it seemed to make no difference to his followers. He was back at it the next day and everything was back to normal.
“The Opposition,” which is a satire of conservative talk shows, sent out a fake reporter to ask Jones if he himself was a crisis actor and Jones laughed at the question and didn’t seem offended or upset by it. It was almost like he was a professional wrestler admitting everything is staged, and he was glad to clear the air.
Now, if the lawsuit against him goes to court he may able to laugh at the things he does and claim it’s just a character and doesn’t represent who he really is. Word of this fake news will get out everywhere if he does, and it won’t make a bit of difference.
People like to believe what they believe and if somebody enforces those beliefs, the dopamine hit will be so great that when that person suddenly says they never really believed all that stuff, it’ll just reinforce the beliefs in those followers. The leader must have been compromised, his/her family threatened. Or a crisis actor has taken their place.