Imagine your child is killed by a school shooter and then hearing that the child you are so deeply mourning did not exist.
Imagine the harassment and death threats against you from cruel creeps via phone calls, letters and social media, claiming not only did your child not exist but you were an actor at a staged event in the school that day. That so-called “massacre” was only a hoax cooked up by left-wing gun-control fanatics, the willingly deluded conspiracy theorists.
Try to imagine that, then consider this: Lenny Pozner doesn’t have to imagine because he and his family have been the brunt of those cruelties for seven years. On Dec. 12, 2012, Pozner’s son, 6-year-old Noah, was shattered to bits by rounds fired by a killer at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children and six adults were fatally shot just two weeks before Christmas.
But there’s a problem; it didn’t happen. So said radio shock-jock Alex Jones. The Wicked Wizard of Fake News, Jones is a disseminator of lunatic conspiracy theories, constructed from webs of lies. His most vicious lie was “Sandy Hook as Hoax.” Jones doesn’t really believe his lies, his theories. No, he’s not quite that dumb. But he cynically hawks them to his gullible followers who want so badly to believe anything is true except for the mainstream media. Jones’ schtick makes him money hand over fist.
Ten Sandy Hook parents finally filed defamation lawsuits against Jones.
During a recent legal deposition, Jones, in the hot seat, began spinning yet another Big Lie. The pressures of his job, he stated, made him experience a temporary psychosis, causing him to believe for years that Sandy Hook had been a hoax. He now says – in a sudden switcheroo – that he thinks the massacre really did happen. Imagine that! Thanks to Jones, we can now believe those parents are real and their dead precious children once lived.
Among Jones’ psychotic “theories” through the years:
• The government was nefariously involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
• The government now uses weather as a “weapon” against people by creating and directing storms to certain populated areas.
• Jones accused U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller of being a “demon” who has perpetrated violent sex acts against children and then challenged him to a shoot-out.
Some Jones fans insist he’s just an entertainer. Pushing fantastical fake news, spewing sinister suspicions, defaming people in the most vicious ways, inciting anxieties, fears and hatreds. That’s entertainment? Bring on the clowns!
In recent months, numerous social-media sites have banished Jones’ venomous fantasies from their platforms. It’s about time. What took them so long?
But wait, there’s more good news. Pozner won his defamation lawsuit against two other men. The two are co-authors James Fetzer and Mike Palacek who penned a book titled – take a deep breath – “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook.” Their theory? It was only a staged FEMA drill. After the lawsuit was filed, the publisher met with Pozner the grieving father and conveniently agreed that, gee, the killings must have happened, after all. Surprise, surprise.
Among Jones’ targets are the media, deep-state government forces, corporate lawyers, the elite establishment and the Democratic Party. His modus operandi is to dream up the most outrageous theories he can muster, then shout them to his 10 million (at least) followers, who, in turn, pass on the theories, the slanders, to others in the Jones Cult social network, their bubble world of “news.” When confronted, Jones retreats a bit, then later doubles down, doing a virtual fox trot around the lies and theories he’s spun. Anybody who challenges his demented theories (lies) he calls a “hoaxer.” Sound familiar?
Jones insists he is only using his rights as protected by the U.S. Constitution. He has said “questioning public events is an essential part of the First Amendment in America.”
Yes, that it is. But as lawsuits have been proving, the First Amendment is not a shield from which to hide behind while hurling vicious lies aimed at the devastated parents of murdered children.
Author: Dennis Dalman
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.