The Alex Jones Verdict and the Fight Against Disinformation
This episode contains descriptions of distressing scenes.
In a landmark ruling, a jury in Texas ordered Alex Jones, America’s most prominent conspiracy theorist, to pay millions of dollars to the parents of a boy killed at Sandy Hook for the damage caused by his lies about the mass shooting.
What is the significance of the trial, and will it do anything to change the world of lies and misinformation?
Guest: Elizabeth Williamson, a feature writer based in the Washington bureau of The New York Times.
- What to know about the defamation case against Alex Jones, the far-right conspiracy theorist who used his Infowars media company to spread lies about the Sandy Hook school shooting.
- The parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook shooting were awarded $45.2 million in punitive damages at the conclusion of the trial.
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