New analysis explains how Alex Jones contributed to conspiracy theories going mainstream

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In wake of the latest court ruling in favor of the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, a new report is shedding light on Alex Jones’ influence and how he has contributed to conspiracy theories going mainstream.

Recalling multiple recent traumatic news events, NPR’s Shannon Bond noted Jones’ “track record of fabulism” and how he’s managed to spin conspiracy theories to refute factual reporting.

“The Boston Marathon bombing in 2013? Staged by the FBI,” Bond wrote. The shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords in 2011? A government mind control operation. The September 11th terrorist attacks? An inside job.”

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When Jones founded InfoWars in 1999 after spinning a conspiracy theory on an Austin, Texas radio station, he became a catalyst for the far-right community. Bond went on to explain how Jones crept into the mainstream. “As his audience grew, Jones popularized a vocabulary for pernicious doubt: not just that officials and media are hiding the truth, but that tragic events are being engineered for nefarious purposes,” she wrote.

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