Alex Jones, the right-wing harranger, who attracted a large following spewing vile racist and misogynistic invective over the radio and Internet, is finally getting his comeuppance in a most unusual way. Stephen Colbert hilarious explained his fall from grace.
Jones’ strongly opinionated “reporting” pushed the envelope on fake news.
His diatribes inflamed voters during the presidential election and energized Donald Trump’s alt-right base.
Jones spread like a virus some of the election’s biggest fake news stories, like the so-called “Pizzagate” scandal.
He alleged Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta were operating a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor.
As outrageous and false as the claims were, his exhortations almost ended in tragedy.
A North Carolina man, thinking the story was true, showed up at the pizza parlor with an assault rifle to “rescue” the children. Fortunately, no one was injured.
But Jones’ shtick–for lack of a better word–began to unravel after he became embroiled in a custody battle with his ex-wife. She described Jones as “unhinged” in court papers.
Now some of his smear victims are striking back as well.
Hamadi Ulukaya, owner of the hugely successful Chobani yogurt company is suing Jones for spreading false news. Jones claimed immigrant employees at Chobani’s Twin Falls, Idaho factory were responsible for a sex assault and tuberculosis outbreak. Neither claim is true.
To top it off, Lawyers for Jones now claim that his on-air persona is not really him. Rather, it’s a “character” he made up. Say What?
Here’s Colbert’s hilarious take on the whole matter.