Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

'Infowars' host Jones says his on-air persona not a 'trick'

'Infowars' host Jones says his on-air persona not a 'trick'

Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Alex Jones, the bombastic personality behind popular right-wing website Infowars, took the stand this week in a custody battle that offered up the kinds of nuggets you'd expect from the guy who helped make #Pizzagate the poster child for preposterous - and, ultimately, unsafe - propaganda during the election.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has testified that he's honest in his "Infowars" commentary but acknowledges he also uses satire and comedy on his show.

Attorney Randall Wilhite told a state district judge that his client, Jones, should not be judged by his on-air Infowars persona during a pre-trial conference last week, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

He's scheduled to return to the stand Thursday. The Joneses divorced in 2015 and Jones pays his ex-wife $43,000 a month.

Whatever happens in that Texas court case, Jones will always have custody of "the biggest child in the world".

"But I feel for Alex Jones because I, too, for many years played a beloved right-wing character", Tuck Buckford, "who had a lot of the same legal problems, which he often talked about on his radio show".

Trevor Noah took a more philosophical tack on the Alex Jones trial on Tuesday's Daily Show, making the astute point that in America, if you really want to know what somebody is like, you take them to court.

One of those platforms, Infowars.com, has alleged that the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting was a hoax and that the September 11, 2001, terror attacks involved the federal government.

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