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Fake news spurring terrorism

December 5, 2016

One of the fake news stories from the recent presidential campaign claimed that Clinton and Podesta were running a child sex ring from the back rooms of the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria, in Washington, DC. That “Pizzagate” story sounds absolutely nuts to any reasonable person. Alas, the world is full of nuts, including a North Carolina man who decided to “investigate” that conspiracy, with the aid of several firearms at hand. He threatened employees, fired at least one shot, and was arrested. Fortunately, with no harm coming to anyone. That wasn’t labeled terrorism. But he won’t be the last to commit violence for the sake of wingnut conspiracy theory.

Falling for such fake news and spreading it identifies someone as a sucker, someone not qualified to advise a child on where to keep their piggy bank. Alas:

Michael Flynn, a retired general who President-elect Donald Trump has tapped to advise him on national security, shared the stories.

And Trump himself has spread some of those fake news stories.

Update: It turns out Michael Flynn spread other conspiracy theories about Clinton, but not Pizzagate per se. Despite that, his son is defending Pizzagate.

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