Headline RoundupOctober 12th, 2022

Alex Jones Ordered to Pay $965 Million to Sandy Hook Victims’ Families

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Key Facts: A Connecticut jury concluded that Alex Jones, host of InfoWars, should pay $965 million in defamation retribution to the family members of those killed in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. The defamation suit came from a number of statements made by Jones in the aftermath of the shooting, including claims that the massacre was a hoax concocted to restrict gun rights. 

Key Quote: Speaking to reporters after the verdict announcement, plaintiff attorney Christopher Mattei stated “the jury’s verdict is a testament to that courage, in a resounding affirmation that people of goodwill, dedicated to the truth, mindful of their responsibilities to their fellow citizens can come together to protect the innocent, to reveal lies masquerading as truth, and to set right a historic wrong.”

For Context: In 2012, Adam Lanza killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School before committing suicide. This is the second defamation suit against Jones over false claims about the Sandy Hook massacre. In August, a Texas jury ordered Jones to pay $49.3 million in damages to a different family who lost a child in the shooting. Jones is expected to face a third defamation suit, again in Texas.

How the Media Covered It: The decision was covered across the board evenly, although left and center outlets featured the story more prominently on their homepages. Jones, who was not present in the court, live-streamed the verdict announcement on his show.

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