Yesterday, a man, Edgar Madison Welch from Salisbury North Carolina was arrested after he fired several shots from an assault riffle inside the Comet Pig Pong pizzeria. He told police that he was “self-investigating” the Pizzagate scandal.
If you have not heard of this so-called conspiracy, it is a fake news story that has appeared on Facebook and other sites like 4Chan, and Reddit that is frequently used by the alt-Right site. It claims that the pizza shop is really a conspiracy that provides children for sex to top Democrats in Washington, D.C.
Since this stupidity began, the pizzeria and its employees have received several threats including death threats. Then yesterday, Welch walked into the pizzeria carrying his riffle in search of the “imprisoned children”.
This story has been debunked and debunked but it keeps appearing on the usual sites like 4Chan and InfoWars. But it gets even worse. Michael Flynn, Jr. the son and “advisor” to his father Ret. Gen Michal Flynn tweeted:
“Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story. The left seems to forget #Podesta and the many ‘coincidences’ tied to it.”
Flynn, Jr linked to the account of Jack Posobiec, whose Twitter account describes him as the special projects director of a group called Citizens4Trump.
Posobiec claims the arrest of Welch is just a stunt to make the conspiracy look bad. He tweeted:
Planted Comet Pizza Gunman will be used to push for censorship of independent news sources that are not corporate owned.
This part is rather problematic considering who this man’s father is and what position he is going to have in the Trump Administration. Especially since Flynn himself has used hashtags that are also conspiracy theories like when on Nov 4 he tweeted the #spiritcooking which was referring to a conspiracy theory linking Podesta to satanic rituals.
This election we have seen an explosion of fake news take off on social media. The explosion of such venom shows that people who read this garbage do not explore or research the sources or the story for their honesty.
This #Pizzagate thing proves just how dangerous fake news can be. There are a lot of people blaming fake news for Trump’s victory and that is possible. But the more serious problem with it took place at a pizzeria in Washington, D.C. A lunatic conspiracy theory follower actually fired shots in a pizzeria full of innocent people with children. He didn’t seem to care if he killed anyone or not. Then, someone associated with the Trump Administration tweets it was all a fake news story and the man arrested was an actor.
Is this what our country is supposed to be? Are we getting so lazy that we believe anything a wacko puts on Facebook or other social media site? And, I am sorry to say, that so far almost all of it is coming from so-called “conservatives” and it is clearly being sucked-up by other “conservatives”. Even Paul Ryan said “who cares” about Trump’s lies on twitter. That is scary on its own.
What all of this is showing me is that we are becoming primed to follow Trump and his authoritarian government. When fake news is believed more than real news, we are in trouble.
How long will it be before another “self-investigator” kills someone over these fake news stories. Remember this, if you shared any of this garbage on your Facebook page, you will be partly responsible for those deaths. That may sound harsh, but it is true. Spreading fake news is just as bad as creating it, in my opinion.
One thing you can be sure of if the headlines in a story says: “You Won’t Believe This” or “Must Read” or any such grabbing words, it is probably fake. Even tabloids in the U.S. don’t use words like that in their headlines.
The best way to stop this nonsense and make it go away is for you to NOT believe it and stop sharing it. Unless of course you want to live in a dictatorship.
The Comet Ping Pong pizzeria is a nice place. It is a family based pizzeria that actually serves good pizza. Their only “crime” is that some top Democrats actually get pizza from them. That is enough for the wackos to blame it for anything under the sun.
These fake news stories are living proof that we no longer live in a society that is based on facts and truth. We live in a society that is out to kill the other side no matter the consequences. To me this is nothing more that terrorism. Ask the employees at the pizzeria how they feel.
As Smokey the Bear says “Only you can stop it”. Start using your brains and not hour hate to decide what is fact and what is fake.