Infowars host Alex Jones argues persona in custody dispute

InfoWars host Alex Jones is a conspiracy-minded lunatic who screams and wails and does everything short of ripping his hair out every day in order to pull in ratings. For most of the American mainstream, watching Jones push some of his most offensive theories - the idea that the Sandy Hook massacre was a staged "false flag" event, for example - gives the impression that he may not be altogether stable.

But in emotional testimony at the hearing, Kelly Jones, who is seeking to gain sole or joint custody of her three children with Alex Jones, portrayed the volcanic public figure as the real Alex Jones.

Whereas Kelly points toward recent Infowars episodes that feature Jones challenging Alec Baldwin to a fight and unleashing a profane, unglued rant against Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff as proof that he's not all there.

Lawyers for the man who instigated Pizzagate and who once called Barack Obama a demon now say Alex Jones' on-air rhetoric is all an act.

Jury selection in the case began Monday.

The Alex Jones who told his legions of "Infowars" listeners that bogus stories about the US government being behind the 9/11 attacks and about Hillary Clinton operating a pedophile ring out of a Washington D.C. pizza joint is really "a performance artist".

That's more or less what attorney Randall Wilhite told Texas District Judge Orlinda Naranjo, the Austin American-Statesman reported on Sunday.

This suggests that if Alex Jones is actually taking on a character, he and that character actually believe all of the same things - unlike, say, Stephen Colbert's satirical character from The Colbert Report. Jones typically broadcasts from the home where he children have lives since the couple divorced in 2015. Jones has frequently hosted Trump adviser Roger Stone, and some prominent politicians, such as U.S. Sen. He predicted that Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show would be a satanic ritual, and he accused her of being involved in child sex-trafficking rings run out of pizza parlors, an operation he claimed was headed by Hillary Clinton.

Jones has also earned praise from Donald Trump. The news media covers up terrorist attacks. Another of her attorneys, Robert Hoffman, said she "is a wonderful mother who has had her kids turned against her". "This case is not about Infowars, and I don't want it to be about Infowars", Naranjo said in court last week.

  • Marlene Weaver