|Alex Jones (American-Statesman photo)|
On its multiple platforms Jones’ show reaches at least 70 million people a week, he said.
“I believe in the overall political program I am promoting of Americana and freedom,” said Jones, discounting any suggestion that, in his on-air persona, he is “playing a trick on the public.”
Jones, who testified for a little more than an hour at the end of the day and will return to the stand on Thursday, described a life in which he successfully melds his on-air role and leadership of a successful media “combine,” and what he described as his most important role as a parent to three children, ages 9, 12 and 14.
State District Judge Orlinda Naranjo, who is presiding over the child custody dispute between Alex Jones and his ex-wife Kelly Jones, has banned all electronic devices from the courtroom. She said it would be in the best interests of the Jones children.
Amid the testimony, the real story of the morning has been Alex Jones’ ability to rattle his ex-wife’s counsel with his smirks and head shakes. The lawyers twice protested to Judge Orlinda Naranjo. They offered the same protests Tuesday.
The judge said she is not going to stop Jones from communicating with his counsel, but asked him to switch his seat so he is facing her and not his ex-wife’s lawyers.