Far-right radio host and notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is one of the most divisive figures in the media and politics.
It was his radio program, The Alex Jones Show and the creation of InfoWars (a platform famous for promoting conspiracy theories) that gave him enormous exposure.
His notoriety chiefly comes from his dissemination of unfounded and controversial assertions, particularly the specious claim that the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy never happened.
This particular conspiracy theory spread by Jones has been disproven and discredited through reams of factual evidence, but such dissemination provoked all-out condemnation.
The claim led to terrible harassment and threats, as well as mental anguish for the families of those killed in Sandy Hook. Jones received national attention when he spread dangerous lies.
Outside the Sandy Hook controversy, Jones has been quick to offer up his opinion on countless conspiracy theories.
In particular, he frequently alleges that government involvement or improprieties were at work behind any number of events, ranging from the Oklahoma City bombing and Little Rock abuse case to September 11 itself.
All of this has made him something like a central hub in the spread of misinformation, with an impact on public discourse that can’t be overlooked.
His actions brought Jones legal retribution. He was ordered by the court in a landmark 2022 judgment to pay over I.487 billion dollars as compensation for defamatory statements made regarding service personnel who were first on the scene of shooting incidents, as well as families of Sandy Hook victims and others whose identities had been exposed via social media when they went forward with lawsuits against him.
In this case, the court explained that such sinister conspiracy theories have far-reaching and serious effects on people’s lives.
How was Alex Jones involved in politics?
His participation in politics was characterized by strong support for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential bid. Through his radio show and InfoWars, he actively promoted the candidacy of Trump.
The candidate’s support in certain circles made Jones’ endorsement of Trump a natural compliment to his own far-right and conspiracy-laden political views.
In addition, during the 2020 presidential election, he promulgated false charges of electoral fraud. He spread rumours and falsehoods in an unfounded attack on the integrity of the election, repeating misleading conspiracy theories about voter fraud and vote irregularities.
The spread of this misinformation also exacerbated the tense post-election atmosphere in America.
Further, Jones’s political campaigns went so far as to have her speak at a rally in Lafayette Square Park on January 6 of last year, before the US Capitol was attacked by rioters.
His attendance at this demonstration brought him close to what took place later that day when a bunch of armed thugs burst into the Capitol building bent on disrupting the certification of results from last year’s presidential election.
His involvement in these political activities and attachment to particular political ideologies and figures helped establish his place within certain circles of the colonial government.
His behavior and words played a role in the politicization of political language, especially when it came to issues raised during back-to-back presidential elections.