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The chaotic trial of InfoWars' Alex Jones

Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is back in court this week, facing a lawsuit brought by the parents of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, who he claimed were "crisis actors." Dan Solomon, senior editor at Texas Daily, tells us more about the trial's surprising turns and what’s at stake for Jones's media empire.
Alex Jones is called up to testify at the Travis County Courthouse during the his defamation trial, in Austin, U.S. August 2, 2022. (Briana Sanchez/Reuters)

For many years, far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has touted that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a fake. The parents of its victims have been targeted because of Jones's claims that they were "crisis actors" in a plot to force gun control. Now, two of those parents are suing the InfoWars host for compensation and punitive damages.

Today Dan Solomon, senior editor at Texas Daily, tells us more about the surprising turns that went down in the trial and what's at stake for Jones's conspiracy media empire. 

 

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