Conspiracy Theory

The Real Consequences of Fake News

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Two weeks ago we discussed the story of Comet Ping Pong, a pizzeria in Washington D.C. that, according to fake news conspiracy theories, is actually the headquarters of a pedophile ring run by Hillary Clinton and her former campaign chairman John Podesta.

The election is over but this fake news story isn't. A man armed with an assault rifle walked into Comet Ping Pong yesterday to “self-investigate” the restaurant.

Police said 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., walked in the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a firearm in the direction of a restaurant employee. The employee was able to flee and notify police. Police said Welch proceeded to discharge the rifle inside the restaurant; they think that all other occupants had fled when Welch began shooting.

Welch was also in possession of a handgun, a shotgun, and a knife according to police.

In my layman's opinion, I believe the owner of Comet Ping Pong should take legal action against websites and social media platforms that refuse to remove libelous stories that have led to tangible threats to life and property. Employees and customers could have been killed yesterday.

It's obvious this fake story isn't going away and the only way to stop it from going any further than it already has may be through aggressive litigation.

  • TXDem1945

    Factoids.
    We live in a world full of factoids.

  • Aynwrong

    This is horrifying. WIKILEAKS is a Goddamn criminal organization and our national media should view it as such and direct it’s attention accordingly. I have no such expectations of course.

    “That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” (Christopher Hitchens)
    This needs to become a ready to deploy mantra at a moments notice by our national media and rubbed right General Flynn’s and his son’s goddamned faces. I have no such expectations of course.

    Seriously I can’t emphasize enough how deeply offensive Flynn’s behavior is. He was a man in uniform sworn to protect American citizens and their civil liberties and will soon be an advisor to the POTUS and is he concerned for the lives of the Americans that have now been targeted violently because of the actions of a hostile foreign power? No. He’s on Twitter chasing his own ass regarding a conspiracy theory that Fox Mulder would find embarrassing.

    These people are not patriots.

  • Georgie

    It is nice to know that the son of the Trump’s incoming national security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is responsible for spreading this #Pizzagate story on twitter.

  • ninjaf

    This local business will be lucky if it can survive this. What person is going to want to take their family there after this? I am sure there will be much litigation and deservedly so.

    That said, WTH is wrong with these people? Their delusions are dangerous to ALL of us. They need to come back to reality or we are going to be living in a combination of the “Mad Max” movies and “Idiocracy” in short order.

    • Toolymegapoopoo

      Too late. Their leader is now OUR leader.

  • muselet

    The good news is that nobody got injured or killed by the drooling idiot with the rifle.

    The bad news is that a drooling idiot with a rifle went into a pizza restaurant because he believed a literally unbelievable lie.

    The worse news is that Michael Flynn—Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor—believes the “Pizzagate” bullshit, and Flynn’s son (and chief of staff) has been particularly unhinged on the subject.

    This. Is. Not. Normal.

    –alopecia

    • Flynn is a straight up nutcase. I’m betting the majority of the sane military command breaks out into serious cold sweats every time the see Flynn whispering in Herr Orangenfuhrer’s ear.

      • muselet

        From what I’ve read about his time in the military and the DIA, “nutcase” is a kind description of the man.

        –alopecia

    • Georgie

      Oops I should read the the comments first..

  • Draxiar

    Today I’m just going to play “Holly Jolly Christmas” and deny that there are bad things in the world. I just don’t have the mental capacity to seriously question my faith in humanity. Tomorrow may be different.

    • muselet

      For me, “Holly Jolly Christmas” is one of the bad things in the world, but I fully understand the sentiment.

      –alopecia

    • Badgerite

      I love Christmas. But I will be saying Happy Holidays, Happy Chanaku, and Happy Kwanza. Just because I can. Just because I am an American.
      It is one of my favorite things about being an American.
      And Happy Holidays and thank you and Peace be Upon You to the Khan family. Just because I can. And because we, Americans, owe them this.

      • swift_4

        Merry XMas to everyone! Cthulu bless us, every one!

  • I have no doubt that this guy believed he would walk in there, see a half-open door in the back, and when he walked in would find Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and President Obama sexually abusing minors. Because that’s how stupid these people are.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Clearly, all this could only have been avoided if the employees had been armed, too.

      And the customers.

      And Hillary Clinton.

      And the kids in the pedophilia ring.

    • swift_4

      In this case, it’s not a matter of intelligence. It’s mental illness. The stupid people just voted for Trump. So they’ll be hurting and killing people very indirectly. This guy is mentally ill. He needs care in a supervised setting and his weapons taken away. He’ll get a prison sentence where he gets no care and when he gets out, he’ll move to a state that will let him have guns even though he’s a felon.

      • Kitty Smith

        DO NOT CONFLATE MENTAL ILLNESS WITH WILLFUL DELUSION THANK YOU.