Alex Jones: Who is the host of InfoWars who lied about the shooting at Sandy Hook?
Sky News looks at some of the controversial things the right-wing personality has said.
Alex Jones, a person who believes in conspiracies, has been told to pay almost a billion dollars because he said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a fake.
Jones is known for saying that the attack, which was one of the deadliest school shootings in US history, was faked by gun control activists with the help of actors. However, he has since admitted that it really happened.
Who is Alex Jones, and why is he so well-known? at some of the controversial things the right-wing personality has said.
Who is Alex Jones?
Alex Jones is a conservative right-wing figure who is 48 years old and comes from Austin, Texas.
After he graduated from high school in 1993, he went to work for cable TV, filling in for hosts who weren’t there. He became known for his theories about government plots.
In 1995, when a bomb went off in Oklahoma City as part of a terror attack, Jones said that the government was behind it.
“I knew there was a kleptocracy working with psychopathic governments,” he said. “These are evil hands that know how to keep people in line.”
In 1999, he helped start a website called InfoWars. It became a popular place online for fake news and conspiracy theories, and in 2017 it was said to get 10 million visits per month.
A quick look at the website, which has the tagline “There’s a war on for your mind!,” shows crazy claims about COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine.
This year, the parent company of InfoWars, Free Speech Systems LLC, went bankrupt because Jones was being sued by families from Sandy Hook.
Civil lawsuits were put on hold while the company reorganized its finances. A lawyer for families said that the move was “delaying the inevitable.”
What went wrong at Sandy Hook Elementary?
Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 students and six teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.
People were saddened by yet another mass shooting in the US, but despite the deaths, it has been very rare for the US Congress to work together and pass gun control laws.
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is one of the deadliest school shootings in US history.
About Sandy Hook, what did Alex Jones say?
Jones has admitted that he called the parents of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims “crisis actors” on his show and that he called the shooting “phony as a three-dollar bill.”
His shows had made it seem like the Sandy Hook shooting was faked as part of efforts to get rid of guns.
He also said, “You’ve got parents laughing (“hahaha”) and then walking up to the camera and saying “boo hoo hoo,” and not just one, but a lot of parents doing this, and then photos of kids who are still alive they say died?
“I mean, they must think we’re really stupid.”
So far, courts in Texas and Connecticut have said that Jones lied about the Sandy Hook shooting by calling it a hoax.
In his most recent court case, in Connecticut, he was in front of a jury who decided how much he should pay.
During one of his trials, family members of the victims testified in an emotional way about how they got death threats, were harassed in person, and got mean comments on social media. Some of the victims moved away to get away from the abuse.
This year, a jury in Texas told Jones to pay the parents of a six-year-old boy who died at Sandy Hook $4.1 million (£3.3 million).
What problems has Alex Jones had with the law?
Jones has a long history of getting into trouble with the law because of what he has said. For example, the parents of Sandy Hook victims have sued him.
In 2017, he said he was sorry for spreading the false story about “Pizzagate,” which said that Hillary Clinton and John Podesta, who was in charge of her campaign, were running a child sex abuse ring out of a Washington pizza place.
In 2018, he was sued over a car attack that killed anti-racist protester Heather Heyer at the infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.
He was accused of saying that the attack was really a set-up by the CIA to hurt President Trump.