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.
That Tsarnaev was a fan of Jones is ironic to say the least. On the day of the bombings, April 15, Jones took to Twitter to state that the tragic events were a false flag. The following day, he made the claim that the animated series Family Guy had predicted the explosions. He and his cohorts also contend that YouTube and Google were trying to censor him when a clip was pulled down from the video sharing site.
For his part, Jones acknowledges that Tsarnaev may have been a listener, but that the link between the two is nothing more than a ploy by the government.
“I’ve seen this before,” Jones told BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray. “The federal government trying to connect me to tragedies. That’s the media and the government’s own conspiracy theories.”
Jones asserted that he and his show are decidedly anti-terrorist. He also doubled down on the theory that the bombings were executed by the FBI, which necessarily suggests that the Tsarnaev brothers were innocent.