Those of us who have a morbid fascination with the darker side of human nature will be following the story of Alex Jones' custody battle with some interest.
Alex Jones is an American basket case who regularly appears on TV and other media, screaming hysterically about the latest "conspiracy cover up" by the government. To get some idea, think David Icke meets Adolph Hitler.
He briefly appeared on the Andrew Neil show on the BBC in 2013 where he was described thus:-
"We have an idiot on the programme".
If you managed to miss the interview, you can watch it here.
He is currently in a legal battle with his ex-Wife over custody of their 14 year old Son in which she is arguing that he is mentally unstable, dangerous and not fit to be a father. She presents as evidence his regular TV appearances and the opinions he espouses.
His own lawyer is arguing in his defence that the persona he shows in his public appearances is nothing but an act and shouldn't be taken seriously.
At a recent pretrial hearing, attorney Randall Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that using his client Alex Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.”
“He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”
This presents Alex Jones himself with a dilemma. Is he going to deny what his own attorney is saying about him and, by so doing, as good as admit that his ex is correct; or, is he going to admit that his lawyer is correct and his whole show is nothing more than an act?
It wouldn't matter if it were not for the fact that there are some people so stupid that they actually believe the stuff he is saying. Probably the sickest thing he is doing is to claim that the massacre of school children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax perpetrated by the government in order to justify introducing gun controls.
Some of the people who do believe this garbage have actually gone so far as to physically threaten the parents of dead children, claiming that they are part of the hoax.
Either way, it's probably not going to make much difference in the long run which argument he uses. There will always be people stupid enough to fall for this sort of stuff and there will always be someone ready to pander to it, especially if there's a profit to be made.
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