Infowars' Alex Jones issues apology over Pizzagate conspiracy theory
Infamous conspiracy theorist and founder of Infowars Alex Jones apologized on Friday for his and his media company's role in spreading the false narrative that Hillary Clinton and her staff were involved in a child sex trafficking ring being run out of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria.
Jones issued a nearly six minute statement during his show's Friday broadcast, apologizing multiple times to Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis who would was implicated in the PIzzagate conspiracy which emerged after WikiLeaks leaked the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.
"In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him," said Jones.
The Pizzagate conspiracy jumped to the forefront of U.S. politics back in December 2016 when a man entered Comet Ping Pong wielding an assault weapon to "self-investigate" the false conspiracy theory that claimed the D.C. restaurant was working with the Clinton campaign in a underground sex trafficking ring.
While Jones was overtly apologetic to Alefantis, the Infowars founder did not explicitly apologize to Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, or the Clinton campaign in general.
According to Jones, Infowars has removed the "majority of broadcasts and videos" that discuss Pizzagate, and removed even more videos once Alefantis "objected to portions of seven particular radio/TV broadcasts."
"I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees," Jones continued. "We apologize to the extent our commentaries could be considered as negative statements about Mr. Alefantis or Comet Ping Pong, and we hope that anyone else involved in commenting on Pizzagate will do the same thing."
It's not immediately clear what prompted the apology to be issued.
"We encourage you to hold us accountable. We improve when you do," Jones said in the closing moments of his statement.
Watch Jone's entire apology below: