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Whether you love the guy or hate him, there is no denying that Infowars’ Alex Jones does an incredible job of keeping the spotlight pointed at his own furrowed brow.

Of course, this is merely a circumstance of the business that he built around himself, with Jones long eager to take the role of carnival barker on the sidelines of the mainstream media.  That’s not to say that Jones hasn’t had an effect on the global “news” landscape – he most certainly has – but there are major chinks in his journalistic armor, and he’s certainly not afraid to admit it.

One of the most controversial subjects that Jones has pontificated about, loudly, via his various media outlets is the Sandy Hook school shooting; an incident that Jones has some extremely strong feelings about.

Now, after a lawsuit has emerged alleging that Alex Jones’ broadcasts are hurting the parents and survivors of Sandy Hook, things have taken a far less civil tone.

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Conspiracy theorist and talk show host Alex Jones has been outspoken about the attack being a hoax — which is, of course, not only absurd but grossly insensitive. This is why, unsurprisingly, his parents filed a suit against Jones and his Infowars website this past Monday in Texas, where Jones is based.

Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa are seeking about $1 million in damages; their son, Noah, was the youngest victim of the December 2012 massacre by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who opened fire at the school building in Newton, Connecticut, after killing his mother in their home. After the shooting, Lanza killed himself at the school.

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There is little doubt that Jones will address the controversy himself in the coming hours, given his penchant for self promotion, but what exactly will he say?  Really, what can he say?

For starters, it looks like Jones is going to use the “I’m rubber, you’re glue” defense from 5th grade recess.

The InfoWars host is being sued for defamation by Neil Heslin, the father of 6-year-old victim Jesse Heslin, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, who lost their six-year-old son Noah, for $1 million each over his conspiracy theories and “vicious lies” surrounding the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

Responding to the lawsuits on his show, the controversial broadcaster denied that he ever believed the shooting was faked and 20 children were not killed there.

“You’re allowed to question things in America, that’s not defamation,” Jones said. “But what is defamation is to file lawsuits that say I said things I didn’t say and then put me and my whole family through the ringer and lie about us and hold us up against dead children and say basically ‘we hate their families, we hate the children.’ It’s almost like I’ve murdered the children and that’s not what happened.”

Certainly, we’ve not heard the last of this issue, and the ramifications for the conclusion could have a significant impact on American First Amendment rights.

 

 

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