Austin :Shifting blame

Right-wing broadcaster Alex Jones said he repeatedly called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a “giant hoax” because he suffered from “a form of psychosis” that made him think “everything was staged.” That defense was offered during a deposition released last week in response to one of several lawsuits brought by parents of the first-graders killed in the shooting. Jones has said the 20 children and six educators murdered in Newtown, Conn., were so-called crisis actors working on behalf of Second Amendment opponents. He blamed his psychotic condition on “the trauma of the media and the corporations lying so much.” Plaintiffs say Jones maliciously spread the conspiracy theory on his Infowars platform and syndicated radio show. One couple suing say they were forced to move after Jones suggested they were paid to fake grief about their 6-yearold son’s death.