Right-wing conspiracy foghorn Alex Jones has to pay out $965m over his Sandy Hook rantings

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InfoWars host and conspiracist windbag Alex Jones may have finally got his comeuppance. A US court has ruled that Jones must pay $965mn to victims of the Sandy Hook massacre after Jones made bizarre, false claims about the 2012 elementary school massacre.

Family members of eight of the 26 victims and an FBI agent sued Jones for ai list of conspiracy claims over the tragedy, according to the BBC. Some family members broke down in the Connecticut courtroom as the ruling was announced:

Parents of victims

In Jones’ role as host of InfoWars he claimed that the massacre was faked by the government and that the bereaved parents were ‘crisis actors’.

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‘Crisis actors’ is a term often used by conspiracists (and other idiots) to suggest that people at the location of significant events are, in fact, staged actors in on some kind of scam.

The families of the Sandy Hook victims said they had received harassment and death threats as a result of Jones’ claims. Naturally, the ruling led to a lot of commentary on Twitter from both fans and critics of Jones.


For some, Jones’ behaviour regarding the Sandy Hook killings was a sign that he is beyond redemption:

Others took a moment to marvel at the weird mental contortions the ruling inspired in Jones’ fans. Some of them decided to conflate it with the Covid-19 pandemic, a favourite of fantasists the world over:

Jones’ support base is known to be extremely far-right. Their response to the latest development was, as one social media user pointed out, thoroughly cult-like:


Jones appeared unrepentant, however. On his show, just minutes after the verdict came in, he told his viewers:

Do these people actually think they’re getting any of this money?

Citing other mass killings, he doubled down in his claims:

They want to scare us away from questioning Uvalde or Parkland.

Before adding:

We’re not going away. We’re not going to stop.

Hell no

One US politician rejected Jones’ whining about the ruling outright. He told his followers that real suffering was what Jones had inflected on the Sandy Hook families:

Another social media user gave short shrift to Jones’ supporters’ claims that their idol was a victim of the powers that be:

InfoWars over?

It’s not clear what will happen to Jones and his InfoWars show now, or even if Jones has the capacity to pay a bill of this size. However, if nothing else, the case has exposed the dangers of conspiracist ideology, particularly for the families of victims of terrible crimes like Sandy Hook.

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    1. I’m not defending Jones, but the minty-looking melt who wrote this piece would probably claim that David Icke is nuts, when, in FACT, he’s been approved right again and again. On the one hand, you rail against right-wing states and systems, and then defend them by saying actors are NEVER used! Make your feckin mind up! And if it’s too closed (your mind) to be able to see the truth in certain matters, you should keep your gob shut, and your typing finger stuck up your scruffy arse!

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