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Alex Jones Is the Worst Kind of Free Speech

Robert Franklin

Posted on April 19, 2018 10:07

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InfoWars creator and host Alex Jones is being sued for defamation by the parents of victims from the Sandy Hook shooting. This is why he totally deserves it.

December 14, 2012 was one of the darkest days in American history. 20-year-old Adam Lanza went into Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 26 people, twenty of whom were children between the ages of six and seven. Families were torn apart. A small New England community was rocked to its core. The nation itself was left greatly disturbed.

Except Alex Jones, though. He has maintained that the shooting at Sandy Hook never happened, that it's a hoax perpetrated by opponents of the Second Amendment as means to rile up support for firearm confiscation, because Obama... or lizard people... or whatever.

He's been peddling this conspiracy theory to millions, and has been influential in doing so. He's like a pied piper, luring people away from any semblance of grounded, rational thought into a magical world of Democrat-operated child sex ring pizza places, governments that turn God-fearing heterosexual frogs into Satan-worshipping homosexual frogs, and untested, expensive health supplements (Alex Jones also runs on online medicine show).

If he weren't so influential -- he's a source of information for President Trump with alleged White House press credentials... once upon a time... apparently -- this would be nothing more than the mad ramblings of a mad man. 

It would be one thing if Jones were desperately peddling conspiracy theories to all of three listeners over a hijacked AM radio frequency from a dilapidated trailer in the Texas boonies. Thirty years ago, this probably would have been Jones' life.

But with the Internet as wide-reaching, and as easy to use, as it is nowadays, Jones' message is far more contagious, benefiting in the same way that has allowed for anti-vaxxers to act as harbingers of Super Measles and the Flat Earth theory's celebrity trendiness.

This is why his message is dangerous. It isn't confined to Jones and like-minded people within a two-mile radius. It can't be quarantined. Alex Jones' message is national, appearing on cable news networks, social media pages and feeds, and the tailgate of your bigoted uncle's Dodge Ram.

According to the folks at Quantcast, InfoWars has a reach of about 2.2 million people per month, comparable to the monthly traffic of websites for several newspapers, universities, retail stores, and sites that provide click-bait on Facebook feeds.

It's because of how much of an existential threat Alex Jones could prove to be that it's absolutely worth supporting him being sued for defamation by parents who lost their children to Adam Lanza five years ago -- parents Jones has called "crisis actors" involved in a hoax because of some crackpot belief that gun confiscation is coming.

These same parents have received death threats as a result of Jones' rhetoric. He has been an exclamation point on the tragedy that took their children, a never-ending reminder that the loves of their lives were murdered and notable sections of the population do not believe them, or worse, believe they themselves should suffer the same fate.

Robert Franklin

Posted on April 19, 2018 10:07

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