December 6, 2016
This is a great opportunity to point out the perils of the famous country called Russia and their international fake news conspiracy.
Everything you know is fake news from Russia.
Everything you see, all of your thoughts and emotions – all of it is the result of an internet hoax created by the reds.
For 45 minutes, police said, Edgar Maddison Welch, cradling an AR-15 assault-style rifle, roamed the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant looking to prove an Internet conspiracy theory that the popular D.C. restaurant harbored juvenile sex slaves.
The few patrons had fled before Welch shot off the lock to an inside door, sending a bullet into a computer tower. The North Carolina man then turned the gun on an employee who emerged from the back holding pizza dough. The worker ran out, unharmed.
With D.C. police amassing outside on Sunday afternoon, Welch finally walked out with his hands up — but not before he finished his search.
He had come to rescue the children, court papers say he later told police, and now was convinced that none was being harmed there.
D.C. Magistrate Judge Joseph E. Beshouri on Monday ordered Welch — known to his friends by his middle name, Maddison — jailed until his next hearing on Thursday. He faces several gun-related charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonali Patel said Welch was a danger to the community and a flight risk based on the notoriety of his alleged crimes. His lawyer with the Public Defender Service argued that her client should be released because he had no prior violent offenses.
Welch, bearded and dressed in a white plastic jail jumpsuit for the D.C. Superior Court hearing, said only his name when asked to identify himself.
Family and friends said they are struggling to understand how Welch apparently became so fixated on a fake news story that he drove from North Carolina with a Colt long rifle, a .38-caliber revolver and a shotgun, determined to take action. The viral Internet tale, which emerged shortly before the presidential election, falsely linked Hillary Clinton, her campaign chairman and the owner of Comet to the alleged sex-slave conspiracy.
We’ve always casually used the term ‘fake news’ to describe things we disagree with, Winston.
Welch, described by some friends as a devoted father to two young girls, toyed around with filmmaking and writing, and he had attended a community college. He is an avid hiker. He and his wife are separated, and he has custody of the children.
One of Welch’s closest friends of the past eight years said she does not think he intended to shoot anyone.
“He most likely really believes the conspiracy theory,” said Kathy Sue Holtorf, who produced one of his films and appeared with him in another. “He’s a good guy with the best of intentions. He probably saw himself as more on a hero mission to save children than anything else.”
The call about a man carrying an assault rifle into a pizza joint popular among teens and their parents frightened many D.C. residents and created a standoff that closed streets. In and beyond the nation’s capital, it also raised fears about hoax stories proliferating the Internet and whether they are stoking new dangers from society’s fringe.
Way to spin a narrative, WaPo.
You forgot to blame the Russians for inventing this whole thing though. That’s what real news outlets do. If you don’t start blaming the Russians more – fingering them as the ringleaders behind this secret global conspiracy, of which fake news is a mere facet – people are going to start accusing you of being fake news.
Even the White House weighed in on Welch’s alleged crimes.
“Even without knowing precisely what the motives were, there’s no denying the corrosive effect that some of these false reports have had on our political debate,” said Josh Earnest, a spokesman for President Obama. “That’s concerning in a political context. It’s deeply troubling that some of those false reports could lead to violence.”
Sounds like we might need laws to stop this.
Except you won’t be able to pass laws to stop the Russian fake news conspiracy…
…because Russian fake news already took over the government.
Loyal patrons to Comet Ping Pong are organizing an event Friday to urge people to stand with the owner and employees, even as it appears that Sunday’s incident will not quell the stories.
And on Sunday night, Michael Flynn Jr., the son and top aide of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, tweeted that the Comet Ping Pong conspiracy theory might still be true.
“Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story. The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many ‘coincidences’ tied to it,” Flynn Jr. tweeted. He later posted images of direct messages from CNN host Jake Tapper imploring him to stop spreading the rumors.
Tapper is a good man, who cares about the real truth. Meanwhile, the Russian fake news president is lining the government with fake news aficionados.
The world you knew is gone.
We are in fake news land now.
As the story spread, Comet and other establishments along Connecticut Avenue have been subject to threats and vile social media banter, business owners said.
Dustin Sternbeck, the D.C. police spokesman, said the department became aware last month of the fictional allegations about Comet. “However, despite postings of offensive language, we did not receive reports of any specific threats. Officers advised the staff to immediately report to police any threats made against the establishment or individuals.”
The spokesman said police have contacted Comet’s owner and others “to address their concerns. We want to ensure the community that their safety is our priority as we have committed additional police resources to that area.”
Nothing is real. Everything you know or your thought you know or which you may soon learn was placed there by Vladimir Putin and his twisted St. Petersburg troll factory team.
Learn the truth and free your mind from the clutches of Russia with the only true source of real information on the planet: CNN.