Some online sources are reporting that accused (and very much deceased) Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev liked Alex Jones’ InfoWars website. Does that really matter? I’m not the biggest fan of InfoWars, personally, but painting Alex Jones as some kind of guilty party just because some accused murderer liked his work doesn’t seem fair to me. It reminds me of the Satanic Panic of the eighties: Cops, educators, preachers and parents tried to blame Dungeons & Dragons and heavy metal music every time a fan of either committed a crime.
For all we know, Tsarnev was a disinfo.com reader. Or a cracked.com fan. Or a Redditor. Maybe he liked banana pudding, or enjoyed playing Extreme Frisbee.
It doesn’t matter. Alex Jones isn’t accused of setting off bombs in Boston, and InfoWars sure didn’t direct Tsarnaev – or anyone else – to go out and murder and maim innocent people. It no more fair to blame Jones than it would be to blame Tsarnaev’s religious faith (incidentally, his local mosque won’t give him an Islamic funeral) or choice in toothpaste. He was the one who chose to turn the marathon into a bloodbath and the responsibility lies with him.