Alex Jones gets his arrival in Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit — finally

There is nothing more gratifying to a bad guy in this world than his arrival. The pleasure of seeing someone let down after repeatedly “getting away from murder” is better for the human body and soul than vegetables and religion. But for the past few years, the results haven’t really felt like they’re on the cards for a lot of prominent people.

Ad men don’t really get their arrival anymore. They get book deals, or TV shows, or elected prime ministers. Bad men get rich.

Unless your name is Alex Jones, in which case the bad guys are repeatedly humiliated on an extremely public forum, and then taken to the cleaners by the weak people they used to make a name for themselves .

For those who don’t know, Alex Jones is the founder of far-right news outlet Infowars, a website known for spreading conspiracy theories and misleading news. Jones founded Infowars in the late 1990s, but only began to gain mainstream attention in 2015 after helping to promote then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Far from being the funny kind of conspiracy theorist—the kind that believes mole people control the government from a series of underground tunnels—Jones is known for pedaling some pretty damning untruths, the most insidious. It is that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was faked by the government to help preserve the public’s appetite for gun legislation.

The parents of children killed in the massacre have received harassment and death threats for nearly a decade because of the lies Jones propagated about Sandy Hook, so it was no surprise that those same parents- The father has chosen to take Jones to court. Tough life even more painful.

What is surprising is the extent to which the trial has exposed him to the consequences of his actions, given the way Jones has acted for the past 20 years.

Jones has already lost the case, as the family seeks $150 million in damages from the now disgraced TV host, when he is eventually forced to admit under oath that the massacre was “100 percent real”. As a result, Free Speech Systems LLC — InfoWars’ parent company — has filed for bankruptcy in anticipation of meeting that figure.

The outcome seems all but certain now, but Jones’ lawyers make mistake after mistake, from swearing in the opposing council to accidentally sending two years of shoddy text messages to the Sandy Hook families’ legal team.

Jones meets this investigation with a perceived lack of self-awareness, using the witness stand as an opportunity to hawk his ineffective complement and to flirt with perjury. Luckily the court hasn’t treated Jones with the same kid gloves that the rest of the world apparently does, with the judge repeatedly reprimanding him for lying under oath and otherwise speaking out of turn.

There has been a real sense throughout the proceedings that Jones is completely unwilling to deal with people who are calling her out on her bullshit, at which point the above text messages sprung up on her, making for a genuine banter of schadenfreude. Provides excellent digestion.

While the trial has provided Jones with a much-needed dose of karmic justice, it raises the question: is it enough? It’s nice to see someone like Alex Jones being taken down for his misdeeds, but how was he allowed to take things so far in the beginning?

I visited Newtown in 2016, when Jones began to be regularly endorsed by Donald Trump, and it’s hard to overstate the level of damage that a community’s denial of the most traumatic event in the history of a community has. can do.

Everyone in that town knew someone who was influenced by Sandy Hook. Everyone was a survivor, either directly or by union.

Imagine finding out that your child barely escaped being murdered by a maniac; facing subsequent media onslaught, which meant you couldn’t leave your house at certain times of day without being harassed by a reporter; gradually train yourself and your family to live a normal life again; And then it turns out that the next leader of your country is backing a man who said it never happened. It’s not just annoying – it’s vulgar.

To me, Alex Jones is a cartoon character. If you made them for a movie that’s meant to satirize conspiracy theorists and far right wingers, people would tell you to play it cool. There is also some debate as to whether Alex Jones’ version is genuine, with his lawyers in a previous 2017 custody case arguing that Jones puts on an act for his audience, and that his on-air persona resembles “performing art”. Is. ,

That’s a human litmus test for the question of how far you can push misinformation before you finally see results, and now we have an answer: You can do it for 10 years and be the most powerful person on the planet. can be praised over and over again, while millions of dollars.

Hopefully Jones will be the first of many bloated, oozing dominoes to fall, as we finally begin to see some justice for the many outrages inflicted on us over the years by terrible men.

A January 6 hearing in the US has already put provocateur Steve Bannon in hot water after he was found guilty of contempt of Congress after ignoring a summons and now faces up to a year in prison. have to do.

In Britain, Boris Johnson was eventually forced to resign after what seemed like an endless string of scandals, proving that Tory lawmakers also had a degree of humiliation they endured before finally taking action. will do.

Justice is taking a long time to be done – more than it should have been – but it is happening.

Perhaps more justice is yet to come.

We can only hope.