The whole "Pizzagate" story is about to explode.
From CBS DC:
WASHINGTON -- Social media buzzed with reports on Sunday, as a man armed with an assault rifle walked into Comet Ping Pong in Friendship Heights, located in northwest Washington, D.C.D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the armed man's motive was "unclear" and said "we have nothing to tie it into those concerns that have been raised on social media."
The man reportedly entered through the front of the store and walked into the back. Patrons inside were warned by servers and vacated the premises.
Police were called at just before 3 p.m. and the situation was resolved without shots being fire. Here is footage of police negotiating with the suspect, telling him to toss his gun and then get on the ground:
Once the man peacefully surrendered, he was taken into custody and police reopened the area:
Outside of the Comet Ping Pong, after the fact, there was a feeling of relief among those who had been involved:
While the man's identity and motives have not yet been released, there is reason to believe that there is a connection to the #pizzagate conspiracy theory that circulated online after the 2016 Presidential Election.
Nonetheless, the fake news artists at CBS News are running with the story as evidence of the dangers of "fake news."
A man armed with an assault rifle Sunday afternoon allegedly walked into a popular D.C. restaurant that recently fell victim to a fake news story. Incidentally, Alefantis said elsewhere they did have a basement:
...Late last month, Comet Ping Pong was the subject of a fake news report. It is unclear if the incident is related.
As CBS affiliate WUSA reported previously, using the hashtag #PizzaGate, an imaginary story about the popular pizza shop was spread, accusing it to be the center of a child sex slave ring organized by Hillary Clinton and her former campaign manager.
As a result, the pizza place was hammered by thousands of threats, and bizarre, unsubstantiated tales about child sex trafficking.
WUSA reported that they found two women, who declined to give their names, banging on the patio at the pizza place in late November. The women were looking for the alleged tunnels used to traffic children.
“All of this is an underground tunnel that helps take the kids and transport them back and forth so they can can do these rituals,” said one of them. “They are putting a lot of curses and spells over the city. They are kidnapping the children who are missing. They were never missing because D.C. know where they are.”
Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis said then that the restaurant does not even have a basement.
He said he suspected the story simply emerged because he and a friend supported the Clinton campaign.
“These people are destroying their lives,” said neighbor Maura Dougherty about the conspiracy theorists. “It’s insane.”
Before the latest incident, Comet Ping Pong’s owner told WUSA that the PizzaGate conspirators have also harassed and abused his staff. The manager got so many threats and vulgar messages, his wife asked him to quit his job. And the online bullies have gone after other businesses on the block as well.
Regardless, at the bottom of CBS's article they have a huge link warning people: "Don't get fooled by these fake news sites."
One of the "fake sites," interspersed with actual fake news sites, is none other than Infowars.
This whole "fake news" narrative is nothing but an excuse to shut down alternative news sites.
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