Partisan activists who pose as “citizen journalists” have no stake in getting it right. They are not beholden to editors or to upholding any publication’s reputation. With minimal name recognition and a clearly political agenda, these operatives do have an incentive to get media and public attention by any means.
While Jones has been attempting to distance himself from his clear promotions of pizzagate, his own content — scrubbed or otherwise — proves that he can’t run away from it.
Just last summer, Alex Jones provoked a panic in rural Texas with fevered allegations that the real purpose of U.S. Army maneuvers there was to install secret armies of ISIS fighters in underground tunnels. He’s also persuaded thousands that the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut was a “false flag” hoax aimed at confiscating their guns. Anybody believing that shouldn’t be allowed to walk off-leash in a city park, much less to buy an AR-15.
Stephen Colbert, perhaps the nation’s most skillful satirist of news as entertainment, is fed up with fake news – especially in the wake of the “Pizzagate” hoax that resulted in a shooting incident.
How Marina Abramović, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton, Comet Ping Pong and the “blood libel” are all connected in one giant fake news conspiracy.
While conservative media outlets downplayed the fake news stories calling them “silly” and “nonsense,” nightly news programs on NBC, CBS, and ABC reported how fake news can have dangerous consequences.