Alex Jones must pay nearly $1B, Jan. 6 panel returns: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Jury orders Alex Jones to pay nearly $1 billion for Sandy Hook lies

The conspiracy theorist has said the elementary school massacre was a hoax. Plus, domestic security correspondent Josh Meyer looks at President Joe Biden’s ‘nuclear armageddon’ comments, the U.S. and allies strengthen Ukraine’s air defense, the Jan. 6 committee holds another hearing and social security recipients will soon get a boost.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Thursday, the 13th of October, 2022. Today another Sandy Hook related lawsuit against Alex Jones, plus a look at Biden’s comments on nuclear Armageddon and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. Ukraine’s capital region was hit by Iranian-made kamikaze drones earlier today. Residents in Kyiv woke up to air raid sirens for the fourth consecutive morning.
  2. A new AP-NORC poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly believe misinformation leads to extremism and hate. About three quarters of US adults feel that way, and 91% say the spread of misinformation is a problem.
  3. And a chihuahua has regained the title of the world’s oldest living dog. A 21 year old named Toby Keith from Florida is back in the seat after a 22 year old named Pebbles died earlier this month.

A Connecticut jury has ordered Alex Jones to pay nearly a billion dollars for lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The $965 million verdict is the second big judgment against the conspiracy theorist after he relentlessly spread a lie that the 2012 tragedy never actually happened. In reality, the shooting left 27 dead, not including the gunman, with 20 children slaughtered. Alex Jones had also said that grieving family members seen in news coverage were actors hired as part of a plot to take away people’s guns. But relatives of five children and three educators killed in the shooting, along with an FBI agent among the first responders to the scene, filed this latest lawsuit. Previously, a Texas jury in August awarded nearly $50 million to the parents of another murdered child.

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