JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, Republican communications were, in fact, compromised by Russian hackers according to analysis from The Smoking Gun. There will be much more on this in the future.

Meanwhile, conspiracy theory kingpin Alex Jones has deleted some Pizzagate material from his Infowars website after links between Infowars and the Comet Ping Pong shooter were exposed in court.

Finally, Twitter was allegedly cut out of today's big meeting with despot-elect Donald Trump because they refused to approve a Crooked Hillary emoji.

Programming note... I will be offline tomorrow. I'm going out of town with my brother to catch the first IMAX showing of Rogue One and enjoy some pies and pints. Look at God.

One of my favorite tracks from two great, young artists.

Here's something I saw today:

  • 1933john

    Ah, for a good pasty!

  • mnpollio

    Would love to see Jones either locked in a padded cell along with his brain-dead followers or reduced to standing on a street corner with a sandwich board and being ignored by irritated passersby. How he is still able to broadcast freely when his stories are such easily debunkable garbage is anyone’s guess – and it has zero to do with freedom of speech.

  • Does this in some way suggest that Alex Jones knows that he contributed to this and that the result was bad?

    Probably not. Just covering his ass.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Generally speaking, yes, but legally probably not.

      (disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer, but I play one on tv)
      (disclaimer: I don’t actually play one on tv either)

      In product liability, if someone gets hurt by your product, and you modify the product to avoid a recurrence, that cannot be used as evidence against you in a tort. Why? Because if that were the case, manufacturers would have an incentive to not fix issues, and thus more people would be exposed to harm. By removing that risk, it makes it “safe” for manufacturers to make changes that make their product safer without exposing themselves to extra legal risk.

      I imagine much the same argument would apply. If you’re going to try to make a clear-and-present danger argument against Jones, it’s going to be a majorly uphill battle, and the decision to remove the content post hoc probably wouldn’t be admissible.

      Same with libel, where the standard for a public figure is “did the author have a reasonable belief in the truth of the story at the time of writing it.” To win, all they have to do is show that the author is a deranged conspiracy nut who legitimately believed Clinton was running an underground pedophilia ring under a pizzeria. Actually, more accurately, the prosecution has to prove that the author didn’t believe it since the burden of proof is on the prosecution, not the defense. Good luck with that.

      We have absurdly strong protections in this country for freedom of speech, and for good reason. But when people like Jones take advantage of the system, unfortunately, there’s really not much we can do about it.

  • J0hnGalt

    Hey Ashby, are you going to catch Rogue One at the Greene?

  • Aynwrong

    I hope the Wayback Machine had the foresight to record the stuff that Batshit Man Jones deleted before it was gone so there is a record of his lunacy, corruption and sociopathy for the future reference and so future generations know who to blame and judge appropriately.

    I also hope the Wayback guys don’t make themselves nauseous.