Alex Jones Asks for Privacy in Custody Battle ‘For the sake of my children’

Who is Alex Emerick Jones, really?

Is the InfoWars founder an intemperate Barack Obama-hating, demon-impersonating conspiracy theorist who believes the government has weaponized the weather and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show was a satanic ritual?

Or is he a nurturing, doting father, perfectly suited to attend to the emotional needs of his three impressionable children?

Those questions are at the heart of the sometimes-bizarre battle going on in a Texas courtroom as Jones and his ex-wife spar over custody of their children.

For the first time since the hearing started, Jones has weighed in publicly. It’s unclear why he chose to speak out Friday — or if it’s in any way related to the lambasting he’s received by critics and late-night comedians. There’s an inherent hypocrisy, they say, for a man who yells, growls, cries and spits conspiracy theories for several hours every day to claim his ex-wife is the unstable parent.

In his statement on Friday, Jones called the court hearing a “private matter” and urged the media to be “respectful and responsible and to show due deference to the process of the law.”

It’s about more than a few critical editorials or Jones-centered punchlines by comedians.

Implicit in Jones’s appeal is that he believes the sometimes outlandish conspiracy theories he espouses. So do his loyal listeners, who he says are skeptical of what they hear from politicians and the mainstream media.

That has made Jones, as The Washington Post’s Manuel Roig-Franzia reported, “America’s foremost purveyor of outlandish conspiracy theories.”

Rolling Stone once compiled a list of the seven most outrageous. Among them: Bill Gates’s foundation to help minority students go to college is a secret eugenics program; the government is complicit in terrorist attacks as a means of bringing about martial law and that millions of undocumented immigrants voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election.

Jones has also said the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a hoax to get Americans to support tougher gun-control laws.

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SOURCE: Cleve R. Wootson Jr. 
The Washington Post