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Is Alex Jones verdict the death of disinformation? Unlikely
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Is Alex Jones verdict the death of disinformation? Unlikely

NEW YORK — A Connecticut jury’s ruling this week ordering Alex Jones to pay $965 million to parents of Sandy Hook shooting victims he maligned was heartening for people disgusted by the muck of disinformation. Just don’t expect it to make conspiracy theories go away. The appetite for such hokum and narrowness of the judgments...

Is Alex Jones verdict the death of disinformation? Unlikely
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Is Alex Jones verdict the death of disinformation? Unlikely

NEW YORK — A Connecticut jury’s ruling this week ordering Alex Jones to pay $965 million to parents of Sandy Hook shooting victims he maligned was heartening for people disgusted by the muck of disinformation. Just don’t expect it to make conspiracy theories go away. The appetite for such hokum and narrowness of the judgments...

Tucker Carlson Warns That Alex Jones’s Billion-Dollar Penalty Will Have Chilling Effect on Lying
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Tucker Carlson Warns That Alex Jones’s Billion-Dollar Penalty Will Have Chilling Effect on Lying

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A Connecticut jury’s imposition of a billion-dollar penalty on Alex Jones will have a “chilling effect on lying,” Tucker Carlson warned. Choking back tears as he delivered his commentary, the Fox News host said that the jury’s decision “was no more and no less than a direct attack on the lying life...

Ohio GOP House candidate has misrepresented military service
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Ohio GOP House candidate has misrepresented military service

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaigning for a northwestern Ohio congressional seat, Republican J.R. Majewski presents himself as an Air Force combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, once describing “tough” conditions including a lack of running water that forced him to go more than 40 days without a shower. Military documents obtained...

Why Is Trump Openly Embracing QAnon Now?
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Why Is Trump Openly Embracing QAnon Now?

Over the weekend, the New York Times and the Washington Post published lengthy articles on the threat to American democracy posed by election deniers and an increasingly unrepresentative electoral system. Both pieces were well worth reading, but they didn’t focus on a more immediate threat to democratic values and the rule of law: Donald Trump’s...

Games, Mysteries, and the Lure of QAnon
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Games, Mysteries, and the Lure of QAnon

QAnon is so sprawling, it’s hard to know where people join. One week, it’s the false rumor that 5G cell towers spread disease, another week it’s Wayfair.com trafficking children inside unusually expensive furniture; who knows what next week will bring? But QAnon’s millions of followers often seem to begin their journey with the same refrain:...

What Happened to “America’s Stonehenge”?
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What Happened to “America’s Stonehenge”?

In 1981, the Elberton Granite Finishing Company published a fifty-page book about a “mysterious monument” that it had erected, a year earlier, in a cow pasture seven miles outside a small north Georgia town. Elberton bills itself as the “Granite Capital of the World,” owing to a massive deposit of fine-grained bluish-gray rock beneath it,...

Colorado mom guilty of Qanon kidnapping conspiracy
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Colorado mom guilty of Qanon kidnapping conspiracy

DENVER — A Colorado mother accused of plotting to kidnap her son from foster care after her teen daughter said she started associating with supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory was found guilty of conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping on Friday. Cynthia Abcug, 53, denied she was involved in planning a raid on the foster...

Lawyer: No evidence of mom’s alleged Qanon kidnapping plot
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Lawyer: No evidence of mom’s alleged Qanon kidnapping plot

DENVER — There is no evidence a Colorado woman who lost custody of her 7-year-old son for allegedly lying about his health problems plotted with Qanon supporters to have him kidnapped from foster care, her lawyer told jurors Monday at the start of her trial. The prosecution’s case about the alleged plot in 2019 is...