More than worrisome: Fake News

MSNBC ran a story about fake news that made me very angry. Go ahead; I’ll wait while you watch it.

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I’m sorry, but that is indefensible.

How is this not libelous? Where is the policing over this increasing phenomena? I give a small amount of props for this creator of fake news to speak on camera, but blaming the real media for not writing about it sooner? Saying he would take a story back?

People could have died as the result of this fake story that claimed “a pizza restaurant in northwest Washington was harboring young children as sex slaves as part of a child-abuse ring led by Hillary Clinton.”

The articles were soon exposed as false by publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and the fact-checking website Snopes. But the debunking did not squash the conspiracy theories about Comet Ping Pong — instead, it led to the opposite.

There are a lot of sick people out there who can’t or won’t be bothered with trying to find the truth; they see something online that looks legit because of a nice page design and figure it must be true. I could  (hope I am) wrong, but I have a feeling a number of these people have access to guns — it only takes one — and don’t seem to be averse to violence.

The writer in the clip said he was paid around $8,000 for a fake story about an FBI agent who killed his wife and himself for fear of being implicated the the Clinton email mess. There’s your answer: money.

You can argue this is a case of “free speech.” No. You can’t yell “fire” in a crowded movie theater. If the guy had actually killed someone at the pizza place, would the writer of that article be charged as an accessory? There have to be some consequences for those who perpetrate such reckless behavior.

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