The New York Times reports that three parents whose children died in the Sandy Hook shooting back in 2012 have filed two defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones, a noted right-wing conspiracy theorist and radio show host who views the incident as being “giant hoax” and “completely fake.”
Jones, who runs the conspiracy theory website Infowars, has been skeptical about whether or not twenty children and six adults were actually murdered in an elementary school massacre that took place in Newton, Conn. He bolsters his assumptions off of video evidence and news reports that were revealed to be either incomplete or based off inaccurate information.
Conspiracy theorists claimed the parents of the slain children were pawns in an elaborate scheme to bring forth stricter gun control laws. Jones has used his considerable reach to bring these notions and qualms to a wider audience, becoming a figurehead for fringe hypothoses that have mostly prospered on Internet forums.
The lawsuits were filed on Tuesday, and focus on comments he had made over the past year on both his radio show and website.