Monday, November 20, 2017

Quoc Thanh Tran Charged Wrong Way Crash Kills 2

Quoc Thanh Tran Charged Wrong Way Crash Kills 2  --- ===

September 26, 2017 Quoc Thanh Tran Charged Wrong Way Crash Kills 2  2011 BMW535XI, driven by Quoc Thanh Tran, (asian vietnamese) 26, of Brooklyn Center was driving the wrong way on I-94 when it hit and killeed two teenagers in a Camry Camry, 18-year-old Diana Rojas Martinez (hispanic), and her passenger, 19-year-old Christopher Bunay (asian), were pronounced dead at the scene. BMW driver charged two counts of criminal vehicular operation which say police detected the odor of alcohol on him and noted that his eyes were bloodshot.  tags: Wrong Way Crash,

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I-94 crash in Minneapolis involving wrong way driver kills 2 teens
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Sep 26, 2017 - Two teenagers were killed when their vehicle was struck by a car traveling the wrong wayon Interstate 94 in Minneapolis early Tuesday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2011 BMW535XI, driven by Quoc Thanh Tran, 26, of Brooklyn Center, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of I-94 east of ...

Osseo man charged in I-94 wrong-way crash that killed two in ...
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Oct 5, 2017 - An Osseo man will face charges in a wrong-way crash that killed two people last month inMinneapolis. Quoc Thanh Tran, 26, was charged Thursday with ... 26 when his BMW 535 collided head-on with a Toyota Camry just south of Lowry Avenue, the charges say. The driver of the Camry, 18-year-old Diana ... driver of the Camry, 18-year-old Diana Rojas Martinez, and her passenger, 19-year-old Christopher Bunay, were pronounced dead at the scene. As Tran was being transported to the hospital, police detected the odor of alcohol on him and noted that his eyes were bloodshot, the charges say.

Osseo man charged in I-94 wrong-way crash that killed two in ...
www.twincities.com/.../osseo-man-charged-in-i-94-wrong-way-crash-that-killed-two-i...
Oct 5, 2017 - An Osseo man will face charges in a wrong-way crash that killed two people last month in Minneapolis. Quoc Thanh Tran, 26, was charged Thursday with two counts of criminal vehicular operation, according to a news release issued by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. He is scheduled to make his ...

I-94 crash in Minneapolis involving wrong way driver kills 2 teens
www.twincities.com/.../wrong-way-driver-kills-2-teens-on-i-94-in-minneapolis-officia...
Sep 26, 2017 - Two teenagers were killed when their vehicle was struck by a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis early Tuesday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2011 BMW535XI, driven by Quoc Thanh Tran, 26, of Brooklyn Center, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of I-94 east of ...

Driver Charged in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash that Killed 2 | KSTP.com
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Oct 5, 2017 - Quoc Thanh Tran, 26 of Osseo, was charged Wednesday in Hennepin County. He remains in Hennepin County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. RELATED: Families Come to Grips With Deaths of Teens in I-94 Crash. According to the criminal complaint, traffic cameras captured the BMW 535 traveling the wrong ...

Osseo man charged in I-94 crash that killed 2 | KARE11.com
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Oct 5, 2017 - MINNEAPOLIS - An Osseo man has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide following a crash on Interstate 94 that killed two people. Quoc Thanh Tran, 26, remains in the Hennepin County Jail following the Sept. 26 crash that killed 18-year-old driver Diana Rojas-Martinez and her ...

Patrol: Wrong-Way Driver Causes Crash In Mpls. That Kills 2 Teens ...
minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/09/26/wrong-way-driver-kills-2-teens/
Sep 26, 2017 - cristo rey student deaths Patrol: Wrong Way Driver Causes Crash In Mpls. That Kills. (credit: Cristo Rey Jesuit School). The driver of the BMW, a 26-year-old Quoc Thanh Tran of Brooklyn Center, was seriously injured. Authorities believe the driver was impaired by alcohol and blood was drawn at North ...

2 killed in wrong-way crash on I-94 in north Minneapolis - Story | KMSP
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Sep 26, 2017 - The crash occurred on eastbound I-94 just east of Lowry Avenue at 1:34 a.m. Investigators say a BMW 535XI, driven by a 26-year-old man, was driving the wrong way in the eastbound ... The wrong-way driver, Quoc Thanh Tran, 26, of Brooklyn Center, was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.






American tourist Jacob Lopez Claims Transwoman Madrid airbnb assault

American tourist Jacob Lopez Claims Transwoman Madrid airbnb assault --- ===

July 4, 2015 American tourist Jacob Lopez Claims Transwoman Madrid airbnb assault American tourist Jacob Lopez claims that he was locked in by his host who was born man but lives as woman and forced into sexual acts. He called his mother who was unable to contact police or get an address from airbnb. The host says it was consensual and Lopez is obviously transphobic.  tags: LGBT Incident airbnb terror 

July 4, 2015 One woman said her son was sexually assaulted by an Airbnb host in Madrid in 2015. Airbnb Horror Story Points to Need for Precautions New York Times AUG. 14, 2015 July 4, Micaela Giles’s mobile phone started sounding alerts..  Airbnb host in Madrid had locked him in the fourth-floor apartment where he was supposed to be staying and removed the key. The host was still there, he said, rattling knives around in the kitchen drawer and pressing him to submit to a sexual act  host, who was born male but is living as a woman, denied Mr. Lopez’s accusations. She denied threatening him and said that the sex act was consensual and that he is transphobic.  American tourist Jacob Lopez claims transexual Airbnb host in Madrid ... daily mail  Aug 15, 2015 - American tourist claims he was held captive and sexually assaulted by his transexual Airbnb host in Spain Jacob Lopez, 19, claims the assault happened on July 4 in Madrid, Spain  He was being hosted by someone who was born male but lives as a female  Claims host pressured him to engage in a sexual act or face consequences  Believed host had a weapon so Lopez 'chose not to try to fight his way out' Host claimed what happened was consensual and Lopez is transphobic  His mother was unable to get address from Airbnb or contact the police  tourist claims he was held captive and sexually assaulted by his transexual Airbnb host in Spain. ... An American from Massachusetts has claimed he was sexually assaulted by his transexual Airbnb host during a trip to Spain and locked up inside of the host's fourth-floor ..Man says Airbnb host sexually assaulted him as mom tried to protect him Boston Globe Aug 15, 2015 - When Jacob Lopez was booking his trip to Madrid on Airbnb, he read the hosts' reviews and picked one with a solid reputation. He hadn't read anything about knives, threats, locked doors, or sexual assault, but that's the horror that defined his stay, he says. In a New York Times column, Ron Lieber shares ..

airbnb terror

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Airbnb guest allegedly assaulted young girl in Minnetonka home pioneer press Sep 26, 2017 - A 28-year-old Michigan man has been charged with criminal sexual conduct after authorities say he tried to assault a 7-year-old girl in the Minnetonka house where he was staying as anAirbnb guest. Derrick Aaron Kinchen, who was in town for a wedding, has been charged with second-degree criminal ...
Airbnb guest tried to sexually assault host's 7-year-old daughter - NY Daily News .Sep 27, 2017 - An Airbnb guest was arrested after a Minnesota host found the man naked in bed with his young daughter. The homeowner, who was not identified, called police Sunday night to report that Derrick Aaron Kinchen had allegedly tried to sexually assault his 7-year-old daughter. According to KARE, a criminal ...Man renting Minnetonka Airbnb charged with attempting to sexually ...star tribine Sep 26, 2017 - A man renting a bedroom as an Airbnb guest at a Minnetonka home is charged with attempting to sexually assault a 7-year-old girl who lived there, according to Hennepin County prosecutors. Derrick Aaron Kinchen, 28, of Michigan, is charged with felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct of a victim ...  airbnb terror

Airbnb sued by woman who says she was sexually assaulted by host  theguardian.com   Jul 27, 2017 - Lawsuit filed by Leslie Lapayowker accuses Airbnb of negligent after she said she was attacked by a host who was not properly screened.  Airbnb Sued by Guest Who Says a Host Sexually Assaulted Her - New York Times  Aug 2, 2017 - An Airbnb guest has filed a lawsuit against the company, saying it failed to do a background check that would have uncovered the previous arrest of a host who she said sexually assaulted her. The property owner, who had earned the upper-tier status of “superhost” and had never been convicted of a crime . lawsuit, filed by Leslie Lapayowker and first reported in The Guardian, contends that a background check would have uncovered the fact that the owner had been arrested and charged with battery, and prevented him from listing property on Airbnb. ...July 2016, Ms. Lapayowker rented a studio apartment in Los Angeles that was attached to the home of Carlos Del Olmo, listed as a superhost...stayed only three nights because Mr. Del Olmo’s behavior — making sexually suggestive comments, using drugs in front of his underage son, pounding on her windshield while she was sitting inside her car — made her uncomfortable. background check had been done on Mr. Del Olmo and showed no prior convictions... .. returned to retrieve belongings... held in a chair, against her will, as he proceeded to mas front of her, ... she fled the scene, the suit charges, he said to her, “Don’t forget to leave me a positive review on Airbnb.”referred to an anger management program after the arrest, but was never convicted. tags: airbnb terror

July 4, 2015 American tourist Jacob Lopez Claims Transwoman Madrid airbnb assault American tourist Jacob Lopez claims that he was locked in by his host who was born man but lives as woman and forced into sexual acts. He called his mother who was unable to contact police or get an address from airbnb. The host says it was consensual and Lopez is obviously transphobic.  tags: LGBT Incident airbnb terror 

A host in Fukuoka, Japan, was arrested and charged in the assault of a Korean tourist staying there.  Korean Tourist Sexually Assaulted by Airbnb Owner in Japan By Lee Dong-hwi  July 18, 2017
A Korean tourist was sexually assaulted by the owner of an Airbnb rental in Fukuoka, Japan on Sunday. owner offered his two guests alcoholic drinks around midnight, and the victim said she lost consciousness after just two drinks. The owner sexually assaulted the woman until her friend recovered enough to stop him tags: airbnb terror

June 28, 2017 a Korean couple in their 20s who were staying at another Airbnb in Fukuoka discovered a camera hidden in the fire alarm on the bedroom ceiling. It contained footage of the couple. chosun tags: airbnb terror

Feb 2017 February, a Korean tourist in Fukuoka discovered the dead body of the owner of a home he had rented, who had apparently committed suicide. The spate of incidents is fast damaging Japan's reputation as a safe travel destination. chosun tags: airbnb terror

12 October 2012 In England, a prosecutor charged a Couchsurfing host in Leeds with the rape of a Chinese tourist.  Chinese tourist 'raped' after being offered free bed for the night from man on 'couchsurfing' website   By Chris Brooke for the Daily Mail  12 October 2012  Attack horror: Abdelali Nachet allegedly raped a tourist twice during a 'degrading and humiliating' ordeal that lasted throughout the night  A woman of 29 was raped by a man who offered her f ree accommodation through a website aimed at helping travellers, a court has heard. She arranged to stay with Abdelali Nachet through CouchSurfing.com af tags: airbnb terror


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dreams of My Real Father

Dreams of My Real Father --- ===

How a film about Obama’s communist ‘real father’ won at the FEC  washington post
header: By David Weigel April 8, 2016 A "Dreams From My Real Father" advertisement that ran in the New York Post. (Joel Gilbert) A "Dreams From My Real Father" advertisement that ran in the New York Post. (Joel Gilbert) Four years ago, voters in Ohio and a few other swing states opened their mailboxes to discover a documentary they’d never ordered. “Dreams From My Real Father” posited that the president of the United States was not the son of Barack Obama Sr., but of Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist activist and poet who moved to Hawaii late in life. An Obama soundalike narrated the film, describing how Davis’s radicalism — mentioned occasionally in the real “Dreams From My Father,” referred to as “Frank” — influenced the man then seeking a second presidential term.

http://www.trevorloudon.com/2017/11/the-filmmaker-on-obamas-enemies-list/
 2016, the three Democrats on the FEC voted to punish filmmaker Joel Gilbert for distributing a film critical of President Barack Obama during the 2012 campaign. That film was titled, “Dreams from My Real Father.” In that film, Gilbert cited evidence that Obama’s mentor, Communist Party operative Frank Marshall Davis, was his biological father, and that the media conspired with Obama to conceal the truth. For his efforts, Gilbert’s personal financial affairs were investigated by a George Soros-linked journalist and he was targeted by the IRS. Joel’s research has uncovered evidence that Obama was “likely” a member of the May 19th Communist Organization, an above ground support group for the terrorist Weather Underground that was based in New York City from 1978-1985, during Obama’s time at Columbia University in the early 1980’s.

Pizzagate Fake Scandal

Pizzagate Fake Scandal --- ===


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Pizzagate conspiracy theory - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizzagate_conspiracy_theory


Pizzagate is a debunked conspiracy theory that emerged and went viral during the 2016 United States presidential election cycle. In the fall of 2016, the personal e-mail account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, was hacked in a spear-phishing attack and his e-mails were made public by WikiLeaks.

Pizzagate is a debunked[2][3][4] conspiracy theory that emerged and went viral during the 2016 United States presidential election cycle. In the fall of 2016, the personal e-mail account of John PodestaHillary Clinton's campaign manager, was hacked in a spear-phishing attack and his e-mails were made public by WikiLeaks. Proponents of the Pizzagate theory falsely claimed that the e-mails contained coded messages referring to human trafficking and connecting a number of restaurants in the United States and members of the Democratic Party with an alleged child-sex ring.[5][6] The theory has been extensively discredited by a wide array of organizations, including the District of Columbia Police Department.[3][4][7]

Origins[edit]

Genesis[edit]

This conspiracy theory emerged near the end of the 2016 United States presidential election cycle. On October 30, 2016, a reputed white supremacist Twitter account included a display of a claim that the New York City Police Department, which was searching emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop as part of an investigation into his sexting scandals, had discovered the existence of a pedophilia ring linked to members of the Democratic Party.[8][3] Internet users reading John Podesta's emailsreleased by Wikileaks in early November 2016 speculated that some words in Podesta's emails were code words for pedophilia and human trafficking.[2][9] The theory also proposed that the ring was a meeting ground for satanic ritual abuse.[10]
The theory was then posted on the message board Godlike Productions. The following day, the story was repeated on YourNewsWire citing a 4chan post from earlier that year.[8] Adl-Tabatabai's story was then spread by and elaborated on by other fake news websites, including SubjectPolitics, which falsely claimed the New York Police Department had raided Hillary Clinton's property.[8] The website Conservative Daily Post ran a headline falsely stating that the Federal Bureau of Investigationhad confirmed that story.[11]

Spread on social media[edit]

Users on Twitter and 4chan searched the leaked emails of John Podesta for food-related "code words" that supposedly revealed the existence of a sex traffickingoperation.[8] For example, The New York Times reported that the phrase "cheese pizza" was thought by a poster to 4chan to be a code word for child pornographysince they had the same initials.[2] The allegations spread to "the mainstream internet" following a post on the website Reddit several days before the 2016 US presidential election.[12] The post, meanwhile removed by the site, alleged the involvement of the Washington, D.C., business Comet Ping Pong:
Everyone associated with the business is making semi-overt, semi-tongue-in-cheek, and semi-sarcastic inferences towards sex with minors. The artists that work for and with the business also generate nothing but cultish imagery of disembodiment, blood, beheadings, sex, and of course pizza.[4]
The story was picked up by fake news[13] websites such as Infowars.com,[a] Planet Free Will[17] and the Vigilant Citizen,[18][19] and has been promoted by alt-rightactivists such as Mike Cernovich, Brittany Pettibone, and Jack Posobiec.[12][20] Other promoters included David Seaman, former writer for TheStreet.com,[21] CBS46anchor Ben Swann,[22] basketball player Andrew Bogut,[23] and Minecraft creator Markus Persson.[24] On December 30, as Bogut recovered from a knee injury, members of /r/The_Donald community on Reddit promoted the false theory that his injury was connected to mild support for Pizzagate.[25][26] Jonathan Albright, an assistant professor of media analytics at Elon University, said that a disproportionate number of tweets about Pizzagate came from the Czech RepublicCyprus, and Vietnam and that some of the most frequent retweeters were bots.[20]
Members of the Reddit community /r/The_Donald created the /r/pizzagate subreddit to further develop the conspiracy theory.[17] The sub was banned on November 23, 2016 for violating Reddit's anti-doxing policy with Reddit posting a notice that "We don't want witchhunts on our site".[12] Users had posted personal details of people connected to the alleged conspiracy.[27] After the ban on Reddit, the discussion was moved to the v/pizzagate sub on Voat, a website similar to Reddit.[28]
Some of Pizzagate's proponents, including David Seaman and Michael Flynn Jr., have evolved the conspiracy into a broader government conspiracy called "Pedogate". According to this theory, a "satanic cabal of elites" of the New World Order operate international child sex trafficking rings.[29]

Turkish press reports[edit]

In Turkey, the allegations were reported by pro-government newspapers (i.e., those supportive of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan), such as SabahA HaberYeni ŞafakAkşam and Star. The story appeared on Turkey's Ekşi Sözlük and on the viral news network HaberSelf, where anyone can post content. These forums reposted images and allegations directly from the since-deleted subreddit, which were reprinted in full on the state-controlled press.[12][30] Efe Sozeri, a columnist for The Daily Dot, suggested government sources were pushing this story in order to distract attraction from a recent child abuse scandal and from controversial pending legislation on child marriage.[30]

Harassment of owners and employees[edit]

Comet Ping Pong sign
The pizzeria, Comet Ping Pong, was threatened by hundreds of people who believed in the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.[31]
As Pizzagate spread, Comet Ping Pong received hundreds of threats from the theory's believers.[31] The restaurant's owner, James Alefantis, told The New York Times: "From this insane, fabricated conspiracy theory, we've come under constant assault. I've done nothing for days but try to clean this up and protect my staff and friends from being terrorized."[17]
Some adherents identified the Instagram account of Alefantis and pointed to some of the photos posted there as evidence of the conspiracy. Many of the images shown were friends and family who had liked Comet Ping Pong's page on Facebook. In some cases, imagery was taken from unrelated websites and claimed to be Alefantis' own.[4] The restaurant's owners and staff were harassed, threatened on social media websites, and the owner received death threats.[17] The restaurant's Yelp page was locked by the operators of the site citing reviews that were "motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer's personal consumer experience".[4]
Several bands who had performed at the pizzeria also faced harassment. For example, Amanda Kleinman of Heavy Breathingdeleted her Twitter account after receiving negative comments connecting her and her band to the conspiracy theory.[17] Another band, Sex Stains, had closed the comments of their YouTube videos and addressed the controversy in the description of their videos.[32] The artist Arrington de Dionyso, whose murals are frequently displayed at the pizzeria, described the campaign of harassment against him in detail,[33] and averred of the attacks in general that "I think it’s a very deliberate assault, which will eventually be a coordinated assault on all forms of free expression." The affair has drawn comparisons with the Gamergate controversy.[34][35]
Storefront of bookstore Politics and Prose
Politics and Prose was among some of the D.C. businesses that were also harassed due to the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.[36]
Pizzagate-related harassment of businesses extended beyond Comet Ping Pong to include other nearby D.C. businesses such as Besta Pizza, three doors down from Comet; Little Red Fox; the popular bookstore Politics and Prose; and the French bistro Terasol.[36][37] The businesses received a high volume of threatening and menacing telephone calls, including death threats, and also experienced online harassment.[37] The co-owners of Little Red Fox and Terasol filed police reports.[37]
Brooklyn restaurant Roberta's was also pulled into the hoax, receiving harassing phone calls, including a call from an unidentified person telling an employee that she was "going to bleed and be tortured".[28][38] The restaurant became involved after a since-removed YouTube video used images from their social media accounts to imply they were a part of the hoax sex ring. Others then spread the accusations on social media, claiming the "Clinton family loves Roberta's".[39]
East Side Pies, in AustinTexas saw one of its delivery trucks vandalized with an epithet, and was the target of online harassment related to their supposed involvement in Pizzagate, alleged connections to the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Illuminati.[40][41]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated Pizzagate-related threats in March 2017 as part of a probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.[42]

Comet Ping Pong shooting[edit]

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Criminal allegations filed against Edgar Welch (full text)
On December 4, 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch, a 28-year-old man from Salisbury, North Carolina, fired three shots in the restaurant with an AR-15-style rifle, striking walls, a desk, and a door.[43][44][45] Welch later told police that he had planned to "self-investigate" the conspiracy theory.[46] He surrendered after he "found no evidence that underage children were being harbored in the restaurant" and was arrested without incident.[47] No one was injured.[48]
Welch told police he had read online that the Comet restaurant was harboring child sex slaves and that he wanted to see for himself if they were there.[49] In an interview with The New York Times, Welch later said that he regretted how he had handled the situation but did not dismiss the conspiracy theory, and rejected the description of it as "fake news".[50][51][52] Some conspiracy theorists believed that the shooting was a staged attempt to discredit their investigations.[53]
On December 13, 2016, Welch was charged with one count of "interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit an offense" (a federal crime).[54] According to court documents, Welch attempted to recruit friends three days before the attack by urging them to watch a YouTube video about the conspiracy.[55] He was subsequently charged with two additional offenses, with the grand juryreturning an indictment charging Welch with assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.[56][57]
On March 24, 2017, following a plea agreement with prosecutors, Welch pleaded guilty to the federal charge of interstate transport of firearms and the local District of Columbia charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Welch also agreed to pay $5,744.33 for damages to the restaurant. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jacksonsentenced Welch to four years in prison on June 22, 2017; at the sentencing hearing, Welch apologized for his conduct and said that he had been "foolish and reckless."[45][58][59]
On January 12, 2017, a Louisiana man, Yusif Lee Jones, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana to making a threatening phone call three days after Welch's attack, to Besta Pizza, another pizzeria on the same block as Comet Ping Pong. He said that he threatened Besta to "save the kids" and "finish what the other guy didn't." Jones faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.[60][61]

Debunking[edit]

The conspiracy theory has been widely discredited and debunked. It has been judged to be false after detailed investigation by the fact-checking website Snopes.comand The New York Times[48][62][63] and numerous news organizations have debunked it as a conspiracy theory, including the New York Observer,[64] The Washington Post,[65] The Independent in London,[66] The Huffington Post,[67] The Washington Times,[14] the Los Angeles Times,[68] Fox News[69] and the Miami Herald.[7] The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia characterized the matter as "fictitious".[7]
Much of the purported evidence cited by the conspiracy theory's proponents had been taken from entirely different sources and made to appear as if they supported the conspiracy.[4] Images of children of family and friends of the pizzeria's staff were taken from social media sites such as Instagram and claimed to be photos of victims.[62] The Charlotte Observer noted the diverse group of sources that had debunked the conspiracy theory, pointing out this included the Fox News Channel in addition to The New York Times.[43]
On December 10, 2016, The New York Times published an article that analyzed the claims that the theory proposed.[2] They emphasized that:
  • The theory claimed "cheese pizza" was code for "child pornography", since the term had been used in this context previously on the website 4chan. This was extrapolated to other mentions of food in non-political emails. However, as The New York Times pointed out, the "Podesta brothers were famous in Washington circles for their Italian cooking and big salon and fund-raising dinners, often cooked by their mother."[2]
  • Theorists linked the conspiracy to Comet Ping Pong, through similarities between company logos and symbols related to Satanism and pedophilia. However, The Times noted that similarities were also found in the logos of a number of unrelated companies, such as AOLTime Warner, and MSN.[2]
  • A photograph was circulated purporting to show President Barack Obama playing ping pong with a child inside Comet Ping Pong. The original picture hangs framed in the White House, where it was taken.[2]
  • Theorists claimed an underground network beneath Comet Ping Pong; however, the restaurant actually has no basement, and the picture used to support this claim was taken from another facility.[2]
  • Theorists claimed to have a picture of restaurant owner Alefantis wearing a T-shirt endorsing pedophilia. However, the image was of another person, and the shirt, which read "J' ❤ L'Enfant," was actually a reference to the L'Enfant Cafe-Bar in DC, whose owner was pictured in the image, and which itself is named after Pierre Charles L'Enfant, designer of much of the layout of Washington, D.C.[2]
  • Theorists claimed John and Tony Podesta kidnapped Madeleine McCann using police sketches that were, in fact, two sketches of the same suspect taken from the descriptions of two eyewitnesses. The claim that the brothers were in Portugal at the time of the kidnapping was sourced only to the conspiracy website Victurus Libertas, notable for, among other things, suggesting that Queen Elizabeth II is a reptilian alien.[2]
No alleged victims have come forward and no physical evidence has been found.[70]

Responses[edit]

Signs reading "We're still here", "Love, not hate / Real, not fake" and other messages
Heart-shaped sign reading "We stand with Comet"
Community messages in front of Comet Ping Pong following the shooting
In an interview with NPR on November 27, 2016, Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis referred to the conspiracy theory as "an insanely complicated, made-up, fictional lie-based story" and a "coordinated political attack."[71] Syndicated columnist Daniel Ruth wrote that the conspiracy theorists' assertions were "dangerous and damaging false allegations" and that they were "repeatedly debunked, disproved and dismissed."[72]
Despite the conspiracy theory being debunked, it continued to spread on social media, with over one million messages using hashtag #Pizzagate on Twitter in November 2016.[43] Stefanie MacWilliams, contributor for Planet Free Will who wrote an article about Pizzagate, was reported in the Toronto Star as saying, after the Comet Ping Pong shooting, that "I really have no regrets and it's honestly really grown our audience." Pizzagate, she said, is "two worlds clashing. People don't trust the mainstream media anymore, but it's true that people shouldn't take the alternative media as truth, either."[73]
On December 8, Hillary Clinton responded to the conspiracy theory, speaking about the dangers of fake news websites. She said, "The epidemic of malicious fake news and fake propaganda that flooded social media over the past year, it's now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences."[74]

Public opinion[edit]

A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling on December 6–7, 2016, asked 1,224 U.S. registered voters if they thought Hillary Clinton was "connected to a child sex ring being run out of a pizzeria in Washington DC?" The poll showed that 9% said that they did believe she was connected, 72% said they did not, and 19% were not sure.[75][76][77]
A poll of voters conducted on December 17–20 by The Economist/YouGov asked voters if they believed that, "Leaked e-mails from the Clinton campaign talked about pedophilia and human trafficking - 'Pizzagate'." The results showed that 17% of Clinton voters responded "true" while 82% responded "not true"; and 46% of Trump voters responded "true" while 53% responded "not true."[78][79][80]

Alex Jones and InfoWars[edit]

After the Comet Ping Pong shooting, Alex Jones backed off from the idea that the D.C. pizzeria was the center of the conspiracy.[53] On December 4, Infowars.com uploaded a YouTube video that linked Pizzagate to the November 13 death of a sex-worker-rights activist. The video falsely claimed that she had been investigating a link between the Clinton Foundation and human trafficking in Haiti and it speculated that she had been murdered in connection with her investigation. According to the activist's former employer, her family and her friends, her death was in fact a suicide and she was not investigating the Clinton Foundation.[81] By December 14, Infowars had removed two out of three of its videos related to Pizzagate.[82] In February 2017, Alefantis' lawyers sent Jones a letter demanding an apology and retraction. Under Texas law, Jones was given a month to comply or be subject to a libel suit.[83] In March 2017, Alex Jones apologized to Alefantis for promulgating the conspiracy theory, saying "To my knowledge today, neither Mr. Alefantis, nor his restaurant Comet Ping Pong, were involved in any human trafficking as was part of the theories about Pizzagate that were being written about in many media outlets and which we commented upon."[84]

Michael T. Flynn and Michael Flynn Jr.[edit]

Michael T. Flynn at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona
Michael T. Flynn, who tweeted conspiratorial accusations about Hillary Clinton and John Podesta. Flynn's son was forced out of the Trump transition team after posting similar tweets.[85]
In November 2016, Michael T. Flynn, then on President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team and Trump's designate for National Security Advisor, posted multiple tweets on Twitter containing conspiratorial material regarding Hillary Clinton alleging that Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, drank the blood and bodily fluids of other humans in Satanic rituals, which Politico says "soon morphed into the '#pizzagate' conspiracy theory involving Comet Ping Pong".[86] On November 2, 2016, Flynn tweeted a link to a story with unfounded accusations and wrote, "U decide - NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails: Money Laundering, Sex Crimes w Children, etc...MUST READ!" The tweet was shared by over 9,000 people, but was deleted from Flynn's account some time between December 12–13, 2016.[82]
After the shooting incident at Comet Ping Pong, Michael Flynn Jr., Michael T. Flynn's son and also a member of Trump's transition team, tweeted:
Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it'll remain a story. The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many 'coincidences' tied to it.[87][88][89]
On December 6, 2016, Flynn Jr. was forced out of Trump's transition team.[90] Spokesman Jason Miller did not identify the reason for Flynn Jr.'s dismissal; however, The New York Times reported that other officials had confirmed it was related to the tweet.[85]

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References[edit]

Informational notes
  1. Jump up^ On December 9, 2016, Alex Jones defended Infowars against the characterization of it as fake news, saying, according to The Washington Times: "In an effort to try and censor the liberty movement and free speech, the mainstream media is now attempting to label legitimate news sources like Infowars as 'fake news' to push towards a government-led shut down of Infowars.com."[14] Others have disagreed, for example U.S. News labeled InfoWars as a fake news website to avoid "at all cost".[15][16]
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*Sources

Nov 17, 2017 Anatomy of a Fake News Scandal Rolling Stone  Inside the web of conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners and Twitter bots who manufactured the 'news' that Hillary Clinton ran a pizza-restaurant child-sex ring

pro-russian troll:   On July 2nd, 2016, someone calling himself FBIAnon, who claimed to be a "high-level analyst and strategist" for the bureau, hosted an Ask Me Anything forum on 4chan. He claimed to be leaking government secrets – á la Edward Snowden – out of a love for country, but it wasn't always clear which country he meant. At various times, he wrote, "Russia is more a paragon of freedom and nationalism than any other country" and "We are the aggressors against Russia." FBIAnon's secrets were about the Department of Justice's inquiry into the Clinton Foundation, which federal prosecutors never formalized. "Dig deep," he wrote. "Bill and Hillary love foreign donors so much. They get paid in children as well as money."

Eagle Wings is not a typical political enthusiast, says Woolley, who directs research at the Institute for the Future's Digital Intelligence Lab. She tweets too often (more than 50,000 times since November 2015) to too many followers (120,000 as of November 2017). "Without a shadow of a doubt," he says, "Eagle Wings is a highly automated account [and] part of a bot network"

Based on the limited threads that have been archived, Woolley says, @DavidGoldbergNY appears to have been, like Eagle Wings, "highly automated" and part of "an organized effort" – possibly a bot network – to spread disinformation.

at least 14 Russia-linked accounts had tweeted about Pizzagate, including @Pamela_Moore13,

 found at least 66 Trump campaign figures who followed one or more of the most prolific Pizzagate tweeters. Michael Caputo, a Trump adviser who tweeted frequently about Clinton's e-mails, followed 146 of these accounts; Corey Stewart, ....

characteristics of political bots – Twitter handles made up of random or semi-random letters and numbers and twin passions for conservative politics and pets

shared stories from obscure outlets like ConservativeDailyPost.com, which appears to be among the fake-news sites that operated from Macedonia during the election. Buzzfeed had found that teenagers in the deindustrialized town of Veles published pro-Trump stories because they were profitable as click-bait.

On the November 2nd broadcast of InfoWars, arguably the most influential conspiracy-theory outlet in the country, with 7.7 million unique visitors to its website a month, Alex Jones asked Hagmann to tell his audience what sources had revealed about the e-mails recovered on Weiner's computer

, two days after Hagmann's appearance on InfoWars, Erik Prince, the brother of Trump's secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, "confirmed" that the terrible rumor was true in an interview on Breitbart. Prince is best known as the founder of the private military company Blackwater USA


Citing Prince's interview, Jones fumed, "When I think about all the children Hillary Clinton has personally murdered and chopped up and raped . .


Cassandra Fairbanks, then a reporter for Sputnik News (which U.S. intelligence says spreads Kremlin-directed- disinformation), tweeted, "I've literally spent the last hour wondering if podesta ingested sperm mixed with breast milk with his brother." In response, another user, @GodlessNZ, appears to have launched the hashtag: "Tweets assembling under #JohnMolesta and maybe #PizzaGate."