Leftists know they can’t hold their own in a fair political debate – that’s why they resort to silencing their opponents.
Be it suppressing information, Cancel Culture or intimidation through physical violence, the Left needs the Right to be afraid to speak their mind.
And now, the radical Left is turning to the courts to freeze free speech – and it’s working.
Democrats scored one scary win in their war against free speech
It is fair to say Infowars’ Alex Jones is a conspiracy theorist.
However, he’s been known to get things right on occasions.
And even when he doesn’t, he has the first amendment right to be wrong.
One of those times he’s been wrong was during the fallout from the Sandy Hook shooting.
On December 14th of 2012, in Newtown Connecticut, a crazed criminal entered Sandy Hook elementary school and went on a killing spree.
The man killed 20 elementary students and six school staffers.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Alex Jones took to the radio and said it was a “staged event” by the U.S. government, under Barack Obama, in an attempt to “go after our guns” and “start a civil war.”
For months, Jones went on Inforwars and claimed the massacre was “completely false” and accused people being interviewed, including grieving parents, of being “crisis actors,” all in an attempt to sway public opinion against gun rights, disarm the American people and start a civil war.
Jones has since admitted he was wrong and that the deadly school shooting was, in fact, real.
However, he’s still paying the price for his words.
Jones is facing three defamation lawsuits and they’ve bankrupted his company.
In one verdict back in August, Jones was already ordered to pay out about $50-million to the parents of one of the young victims.
$50-million to one family.
Did Jones’ comments cause the family $45-million in damages, of course not.
It’s as though the jury was compensating the parents for the loss of their child, not from comments said about the family after-the-fact.
However, $45-Million is pocket change compared to the award a second jury just announced.
A Connecticut jury just ordered the Infowars founder to pay $965-Million in damages to eight other families that were victimized by the Sandy Hook tragedy.
That’s more than $120.5-Million per family, all because a stranger with a microphone called them “crisis actors.”
Total award for “compensatory” damages surpasses $1-billion
That pushes Jones’ penalty to more than $1-Billion in “compensatory” damages in defamation suits against him.
Such awards spit in the face of both the First Amendment and the underlying legal principles involved in defamation suits and compensatory damages.
That is to say for the awards to be justified, the Jury would have to believe that in defaming the parents, Jones deprived them of over a billion dollars with the damage he did to their reputations.
During the trial, a forensic economist estimated the net worth of Jones and all his companies combined to be $270-Million – just a quarter of the fines he has incurred for being incorrect speaking about Sandy Hook.
And Jones still awaits the penalties of one more defamation case pending from the incident.
What the parents suffered was unimaginable.
To have a child taken from them, and then to be called “fake” is something no one would wish on their worst enemy.
However, Alex Jones didn’t kill their children – he spoke his mind.
Yes, he was wrong.
But is being wrong an offense that should cripple someone financially?
“If questioning public events and free speech is banned because it might hurt somebody’s feelings, we are not in America anymore,” Jones said. “They can change the channel. They can come out and say I’m wrong. They have free speech.”
The shooter killed himself, but this is about far more than holding someone, anyone, responsible for the elementary school shooting.
It’s about silencing speech.
Will people be open to question the narrative of Big Media or the government if they know the consequences of doing so is to be left penniless?
The Jones penalty will have a chilling effect on free speech as the Left successfully finds yet another vehicle to run over their political opponents.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.