It’s been kind of a bad month for conservative radio personality Alex Jones. First, the hit series Homeland created an unwelcome TV version of Jones in its villain Brett O’Keefe (nice job on that distinctive gravely Texan bulldog speech pattern by actor Jake Weber)
Then, Jones began testifying in his child-custody trial, only to learn that the best way to keep video tapes of his craziness away from the custody jury was to admit that his TV persona is really just him “playing a character”. Ouch.
The problem with Alex Jones is that half the time he breaks news conspiracy stories that are right on the money and the other half of the time he breaks stories like 9/11 and the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing were staged by the government, and that the Sandy Hook shooting and moon landings were staged. You get the idea.
Incredibly, Jones was married long enough to have three kids.
So, now his wife, Kelly, who eventually divorced him, wants full custody of the kids.
Which brings us to a courtroom, in Austin, Texas, in which Judge Orlinda Naranjo had the bizarre task of ruling on the admissibility of various videos showing Alex Jones being his usual fanatical (also visibly allegedly drunken and weirdly naked) self.
The videos included one of a shirtless Jones speaking about “male vitality” and insisting that the FBI is spying on U.S. citizens, another of a allegedly drunken Jones proclaiming that “1776 will commence again,” and one in which he bragged about his ability to “drink a whole jug of Jack Daniels and not even show it.”
And that’s where Jones found himself in something of a pickle. His lawyers could make the good legal argument – that the videos showed nothing more than a satirical persona, that Jones was merely acting, and that as such, his performance was entirely separable from his true character as it relates to his parenting ability. But such an argument could (certainly should, if its patrons had any actual interest in truth) have serious consequences for the lucrative business that is InfoWars. If Jones’ lawyers admitted to his rants being nothing more than performance art, it would be awfully tough for Jones to credibly tell his audience otherwise.
So Jones’ hard core audience will have to deal with the fact that their mentor is nnothing but a play actor who doesn’t stand for any of the political satire he engages in on every episode of his show.
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