Lifezette’s Lackadaisical Approach To Quality Journalism On Full Display

Laura Ingraham in 2011. She is a co-owner of Lifezette. Photo by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 3.0.

I continue to be amazed at the shoddy journalism that is foisted upon readers and viewers in the United States.

Today, I read a June column in Lifezette regarding Megyn Kelly’s interview of Alex Jones. The writer made the point that by ingratiating herself to Jones in order to land an interview with the conspiracist, she had been less than forthright.

I’ve previously written about Kelly promising a personality profile — interspersed with tough questions, but unethically delivering a hit piece. However, I also included some of Jones’ past and reprehensible statements in which he promulgated conspiracy theories regarding the Sandy Hook massacre.

Whether intentional or not, the Lifezette article is woefully misleading in its whitewashing of Jones and seeming justification for his past statements:

“{Jones said} he had ‘war-gamed’ conspiracy theories that were already established — that were then attributed to him as full opinions.”

Are you kidding me?

Lifezette’s lapse of judgment and lack of editorial oversight are breathtaking, especially when its stated goal is to deliver “a compelling mixture of stories, commentary, video and graphics designed to inform.”

How could any Lifezette writer and/or editor accept such a sterilization of Jones’ past virulent views? All it would have taken is for Lifezette to use Google to do a search about Jones’ past comments. A writer or editor would have quickly concluded that Jones was not “war-gaming” anything. He was not “exploring” anything.

He made declarative statements making ridiculous allegations. Only people completely unhinged would believe there were “conspiracy theories” deserving consideration.

Media Matters, no friend to Lifezette co-founder and editor-in-chief Laura Ingraham, has compiled a list of Jones’ past appalling Sandy Hook statements:

· “In 2013, Jones called the shooting ‘staged’ and said, ‘It’s got inside job written all over it.’”

· “In March 2014, Jones said, ‘I’ve looked at it and undoubtedly there’s a cover-up, there’s actors, they’re manipulating, they’ve been caught lying, and they were pre-planning before it and rolled out with it.’”

· “In December 2014, Jones said on his radio program, ‘The whole thing is a giant hoax.’”

· He also said, “The general public doesn’t know the school was actually closed the year before. They don’t know they’ve sealed it all, demolished the building. They don’t know that they had the kids going in circles in and out of the building as a photo-op. Blue screen, green screens, they got caught using.”

· “It took me about a year with Sandy Hook to come to grips with the fact that the whole thing was fake,” Jones said.

· “Jones made similar comments the following January, saying the shooting was ‘a synthetic, completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured. I couldn’t believe it at first. I knew they had actors there, clearly, but I thought they killed some real kids. And it just shows how bold they are that they clearly used actors.’”

Lifezette has the moral obligation to clarify the context of Jones’ past statements. Anything less is an insult to Sandy Hook victims and relatives.