As the custody trial between Alex Jones and his ex-wife carries on, journalists and bloggers have been grabbing at firsthand accounts from inside the courtroom, hoping to get a window into the bizarre persona of a man who’s built his media empire on the dissemination of fraudulent and morally repugnant conspiracy theories.
While getting inside the heads of people like Jones and his compatriots can provide a window into their special brand of thinking, observing how they relate to their families can even be more insightful. That being said, media outlets prying into the family struggles of celebrities is reprehensible, but the precedent Jones has set is undeniable. This is a man who looks at the parents of dead children from Sandy Hook and tells them that their pain is not real.
This week, Jones released a statement calling on the media to be “respectful and responsible” in regards to his kids.
Alex Jones releases statement on his ongoing custody trial: “I urge the press to be respectful and responsible" pic.twitter.com/SLDFeDK1jY
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 21, 2017
“Above all, this is a private matter,” Jones said in his statement. “This is about my family and only my family. I have endeavored very faithfully for three years to keep this circumstance confidential for the sake of my children to protect their innocence.”
Jones, a father who presumably cares for his children, gave no such quarter to the parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. A vocal promoter of the fraudulent theory that the shooting was a “false flag” operation by the U.S. government meant to speed along gun control legislation, Jones has declared numerous times that “no one died” at the school, even going on to claim that the victims were child “actors.”
Even as recently as late last year, Jones doubled down on the claims during his show.
“We’ve sent reporters up there, man, and that place is like Children of the Corn or something. I mean it is freaking weird,” Jones said of the elementary school. “All I know is something’s going on and you don’t like us looking at it. You don’t like us questioning you.”
Following his lead, fans took the harassment of Sandy Hook families to a new level. One Sandy Hook “truther” was even arrested for threatening to kill the parent of a murdered child.
As soon as Jones’ statement hit Twitter, mockery and disgust were plentiful:
@oliverdarcy well his insanity affects my children so can I have a gag order on him.
— blueinaredstate😢 (@JulieKnutson9) April 21, 2017
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) April 21, 2017
— Dane Rauschenberg (@SeeDaneRun) April 21, 2017
While Jones’ call to leave his children alone should be heeded, it doesn’t change the fact that every word uttered from his despicable mouth is a slap in the face of grieving parents who are still being harassed by members of Jones’ following to this day.