Can Sandy Hook Lawsuits Help Turn the Tide on Disinformation?

Two years of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s text messages have now been turned over to the House select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection. The messages were first revealed in court last week in Austin, Texas, just before a jury ordered InfoWars host Alex Jones to pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages and $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of Jesse Lewis, a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

For years Alex Jones spread conspiracy theories that the Newtown shooting was a government hoax, the victims’ families paid actors, resulting in online harassment and death threats for Sandy Hook families. During the trial, Alex Jones admitted on the stand that the Sandy Hook massacre was real, but he continued to spread lies on his InfoWars show. This is 6-year-old victim Jesse Lewis’s mother, Scarlett Lewis, confronting Alex Jones as she testified.

SCARLETT LEWIS: My son existed. You’re still on your show today trying to say that I’m — implying that I’m an actress, that I am deep state. … Truth — truth is so vital to our world. Truth is what we base our reality on. And we have to agree on that to have a civil society. Sandy Hook is a hard truth. Hard truth. Nobody would want to ever believe that 26 kids could be murdered.

— source | Aug 09, 2022

Nullius in verba


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