Born on February 11, 1974, in the United States, Alex Jones is a renowned radio broadcaster for the alt-right and far-right and a believer in various conspiracies.
The Alex Jones Show, which he hosts out of Austin, Texas, is syndicated by the Genesis Communications Network to radio stations and websites across the United States. InfoWars, like Jones’s other sites NewsWars and PrisonPlanet, is dedicated to spreading false information and conspiracy theories.
Jones has served as a “entry point” for white supremacists and gave a forum for Unite the Right attendee and white supremacist Nick Fuentes on his website Banned.Video.
Jones advocated allegations that the U.S. government hid details concerning the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the September 11 attacks, and the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.
According to him, the “New World Order” is the result of “fabricated economic crises, sophisticated surveillance equipment, and—above all—inside-job terror operations that stoke exploitable hysteria” on the part of several nations and large corporations.
Despite their disagreements over some of Trump’s policies, including attacks against the Assad regime, Jones supported Trump’s 2016 presidential run and has continued to promote him as a saviour from a claimed criminal bipartisan cabal controlling the federal government.
Jones was a vocal proponent of the false charges of electoral fraud during Trump’s reelection campaign in 2020 and spoke at a Lafayette Square Park rally in support of Trump on January 6, 2021, just days before Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol.
Alex Jones Controversy
Jones is notorious for his outlandish views on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: the Oklahoma City bombing; the moon landing; 9/11; Sandy Hook; Obama; Hillary Clinton; white genocide; and anti-vaccination.
For Jones, the United States government is complicit in numerous terrorist acts. He thinks the World Bank invented climate change so it could implement a carbon tax over the world and gain control of the economy.
Former employees began levelling allegations of sexual harassment, anti-black racism, and anti-Semitic behaviour against Jones in February of 2018.
Due to concerns over kid safety and hate speech, YouTube banned several InfoWars videos in July 2018.
By the end of the year, all of Jones’s podcasts had been deleted from Stitcher Radio due to harassment complaints, and on August 3, Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and Spotify had done the same due to policy breaches.
After InfoWars and the Alex Jones Channel were banned from YouTube, they were among the many channels removed.
Towards the end of the week, Vimeo took down every video posted by Jones because of their racist and sexist themes. Pinterest, MailChimp, and LinedIn all banned him from using their services.
After Jones publicly insulted CNN anchor Oliver Darcy on Twitter and Periscope, the following month he was permanently banned from both networks.
Both Apple’s App Store and Google Play have removed the InfoWars app. Jones is no longer allowed to use PayPal for business purposes. Jones was blocked from using social media in May of this year.
What Is InfoWars?
InfoWars, a website he co-founded in 1999, has purportedly had 10 million unique visitors per month as of 2017.
One look at the website’s banner, which reads “There’s a fight going for your mind!,” reveals ludicrous assertions concerning COVID-19 and the conflict in Ukraine.
InfoWars’ parent business, Free Speech Systems LLC, went bankrupt earlier this year in the face of a lawsuit from Sandy Hook families.
One family’s attorney called the decision to suspend civil litigation until the corporation restructured its finances “delaying the inevitable.”
What Happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School?
Adam Lanza opened fire on a school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, killing 20 pupils and six staff.
An outpouring of grief followed the news of yet another mass shooting in the United States, yet despite the deaths, it is extremely rare for the United States Congress to work together and approve gun control legislation.
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was among the deadliest at a school in the United States.
What Did Alex Jones Say About Sandy Hook?
Alex Jones has confirmed that he called Sandy Hook parents “crisis actors” and that he said the massacre was “phoney as a three-dollar bill” on his show.
His programmes had implied that the Sandy Hook massacre had been faked to advance gun control.
He said, “You’ve got parents laughing haha and then walking up to the camera going boo hoo hoo and not just one but a bunch of parents doing this and then images of kids that are still alive they stated died?
They must think we’re complete idiots, you know.
Jones has been found guilty of defamation in Texas and Connecticut for calling the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a fake.
His most recent court appearance was in Connecticut, when a jury was tasked with determining the appropriate punishment.
Family members of the victims testified tearfully about receiving death threats, physical harassment, and online abuse during one of his trials. Some others got away from the violence by going elsewhere.
A Texas jury from earlier this year awarded $4.1m (£3.3m) to the parents of a Sandy Hook victim who was just six years old.
What Legal Troubles Has Alex Jones Had?
Jones has a somewhat mixed history of legal difficulty due to things he has stated, including being sued by parents of Sandy Hook victims.
According to the Washington Post, he issued an apology in 2017 for spreading the “Pizzagate” hoax, which claimed that a Washington, DC pizza parlour was the site of a child sex abuse network operated by Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta.
When anti-racist demonstrator Heather Heyer was struck and murdered by a car at the historic Unite the Right demonstration in Charlottesville in 2018, a lawsuit was filed against him.
He was blamed for saying the CIA planned the attack to discredit Trump for the presidency.
Alex and Kelly Jones were wed from 2007 until their divorce in 2015. There are three kids in the family. Due to her ex-strange husband’s conduct, Kelly Jones filed for sole custody of their children in 2017. She said he was not a stable person and that she worried for their safety.
His lawyer tried to justify his client’s actions by saying he was “playing a character,” in the same vein as a “performance artist.” Jones has often refuted rumours that he played a role in his show. Kelly now has primary custody, with visiting privileges for Jones.
Jones was arrested for DWI in Texas in March of the year 2020. His arrest for driving while intoxicated a class B misdemeanour was verified by authorities at the Travis County jail in Austin. Following his booking, he was released on his own recognisance four hours later.