InfoWars host sorry for spreading ‘Pizzagate’ hoax
Austin’s Alex Jones promoted fake story of Clinton child-sex ring.
Austin firebrand Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington pizzeria for spreading the fake story last year dubbed “Pizzagate,” which tied the restaurant to a fictional sex-trafficking ring involving Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
A longtime purveyor of wild conspiracy theories as the host of InfoWars.com, Jones not only has broadcast baseless claims as news — such as his belief that the U.S. government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax — but also has the ear of the man who defeated Clinton in 2016, President Donald Trump.
But in a rare backtracking mea culpa, Jones apologized for his role in promoting the fictional “Pizzagate” story, which went viral among conservative bloggers and right-wing media sites during the presidential campaign.
The fake story accused Clinton and her presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, of running a child sex abuse ring through the Comet Ping Pong restaurant, owned by James Alefantis. Podesta’s comments about the pizzeria — made in Democratic Party emails exposed by WikiLeaks — became fodder for fake news web portals as well as popular user-generated content sites such as Reddit and 4chan.
Jones, in a statement he read aloud for his online audience, tried to put some distance between himself and the fake story — citing “scores of media outlets,” “third-party accounts of alleged activities” and “accounts of (InfoWars) reporters who are no longer with us” for the “incorrect narrative” he discussed several times on his program.
“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about
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