Intercourse is nice, nevertheless watching Republicans squirm, beneath oath, on the witness stand simply is likely to be higher. Lies have penalties and the lies the right-wing propaganda machine brings forth leaves critical harm to our nation as many individuals (hundreds of thousands) consider these lies. 33% of this nation nonetheless believes the “Huge Lie.”
This week we bought to observe Alex Jones, founding father of InfoWars, a hearth hose of propaganda lies being sued by one household from the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty bloodbath. Jones was beneath oath, on the witness stand, having to inform the reality for most likely the primary time in his life. It’s the identical motive why most Republicans don’t wish to go earlier than the Jan. 6 committee, as they must increase their proper hand and swear to inform the reality, the entire fact and nothing however the fact, which might be the precise reverse of what they’ve been propagating on Fox Information, Newsmax, OAN and plenty of different right-wing propaganda shops for years.
Some background right here … Alex Jones began InfoWars in 1999 to unfold conspiracy theories to the plenty. 9/11 was an inside job to start out a warfare in opposition to a nation (Iraq) that didn’t assault us. Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in 2011 exterior a grocery retailer. Nope, that was a authorities thoughts management operation to take your weapons away. The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing? That was staged by the FBI. Jones peddled the Pizzagate story that Hillary Clinton and main Hollywood actors had been utilizing Comet Ping Pong, a pizzeria in D.C. to abuse kids. You get the place he’s going right here. There are many offended folks on the market, most with plenty of weapons and they’re going to consider something advised to them. It’s why Fox Information tells everybody, “We’re not information. We’re opinion.” So I can say something I wish to say.
Jones took this one step additional. He advised his viewers after the Sandy Hook capturing that it was a “large hoax.” That these weren’t actual kids that bought shot, however fairly “disaster actors” and the aim was to “take your weapons away.” I’m curious why Republicans use weapons as an extension of their manhood. I wager Freud would have lots to say on that.
One of the best a part of watching Jones on the witness stand was how rapidly he modified his tales. Now, he says, the Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty capturing did truly occur when Adam Lanza massacred 26 kids, academics and employees members.
The second-best half was when Mark Langston, the lawyer for the household of Jesse Lewis, whose 6-year-old youngster who was murdered at Sandy Hook Faculty advised Alex Jones that Jones’ personal lawyer had forwarded them his mobile phone information, together with all his texts and emails. Jones mentioned on the witness stand that he doesn’t use electronic mail. Seems that Alex Jones does use electronic mail. Alex Jones mentioned he by no means despatched any texts relating to the Sandy Hook Faculty capturing. Seems that Alex Jones did ship texts relating to the Sandy Hook Faculty capturing.
In different phrases, Jones is a pathological liar who will say something to the rubes that consider every part he says. He does this as a result of InfoWars made $64 million final 12 months promoting nutritional vitamins, dietary supplements and survival gear, together with “Patriot Meals” to those that consider we’re on the Finish Of Days. Jones paid himself $6 million to behave like a lunatic as a result of the extra he yells and screams, the extra his followers love him. Grifting may be very worthwhile, simply ask the previous president who nonetheless ship me not less than 12 emails every day begging for cash for somebody who isn’t a politician. He simply desires your money in his pocket.
The jury got here again fast and hit Jones with compensatory and punitive damages totaling nearly $50 million. This was simply from one household. There have been 20 kids and 6 different educators killed at Sandy Hook Faculty that day. Jones noticed the writing on the wall and put the father or mother firm of InfoWars, Free Speech Programs into chapter 11 to stall different litigations coming ahead as one of the simplest ways to harm a wealthy individual is take away their cash. Billionaires and firms eat up millionaires with lawsuits. Each time a lawyer solutions your cellphone name or sends you an electronic mail, they invoice you $250. It provides up fast and the aim is to make use of attorneys and lawsuits to bankrupt Alex Jones.
Matthew Owen resides in Eureka and believes the First Modification permits without spending a dime speech.