nytimes.com/2022/08/06/technology/dont-expect-alex-joness-comeuppance-to-stop-lies.html
Mr. Jones was ordered to pay more than $45 million in damages to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis. The parents of a 6-year-old who was murdered in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. For years he falsely accused them of being crisis actors in a “false flag” operation plotted by the government.

The families of the children killed at Sandy Hook, many of whom have waited years to see Mr. Jones pay for his lies, are no doubt relieved. But we should acknowledge that the verdict against him is unlikely to put much of a dent in the phenomenon he represents.

Court records showed that Mr. Jones’s Infowars store, which sells dubious performance-enhancing supplements and survival gear, made more than $165 million from 2015 to 2018. Despite his deplatforming, he still appears as a guest on popular podcasts and YouTube shows.

In the coming weeks, Mr. Jones will no doubt spin his court defeat into hours of entertaining content, all of which will generate more attention, more subscribers, more money. But a bigger reason for caution is that, whether or not Mr.Jones remains personally enriched by his lies, his shtick is everywhere these days.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, suggests that a mass shooting could have been orchestrated to persuade Republicans to support gun-control measures. Mr. Jones also played a role in fueling the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, in ways we are still learning about.
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