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    Pizzagate Nearly Destroyed My Restaurant

    This is why the alt-right's conspiracy theories are dangerous. Especially Alex Jones. He should be sued for this.

    Of all the bizarre turns in the 2016 presidential race, few top Pizzagate. The conspiracy theory, spread across alt-right media, centered on the idea that Hillary Clinton and John Podesta, one of her top aides, were running a secret child-trafficking ring out of a pizza place, Comet Ping Pong, in Washington, D.C. The story was ludicrous, but for Comet's owner, James Alefantis, the nightmare was real and terrifying--from the first virulent posts online to the day a gunman stormed the pizzeria. --As told to Burt Helm
    When Donald Trump won, I thought, now, finally, at least this crazy conspiracy theory will
    go away. But the opposite happened. It grew and grew and became more and more focused on Comet. I got a call from a friend who works at MIT's Media* Lab. He told me, this thing is out of control.


    Messages and comments poured in. At one point, I was getting about 75 personal messages on social media a day. My response was to shut everything down--delete the comments, try not to respond. I thought, obviously this has to end eventually.


    But it only kept escalating. Many of the messages were violent--"I have a gun. I want you to die"--and gory--"I pray that someone comes in with an assault rifle and kills everyone inside Comet. I want to cut open your guts and watch them spill out on the floor." I'd just shut my laptop and go on with my day.


    It got scary when users started performing what I'll call "citizen's investigations." Users sifted through my social media profiles and started messaging everyone who'd ever liked or commented on a post of mine. I started getting calls from friends, family, and customers who said they were getting harassed online as well.
    In the days just before the gunman drove to Comet, he was texting with a friend and told him he'd been inspired by videos made by Alex Jones, the online con*spiracy theorist who runs Infowars. It's one thing if rumors swirl on 4chan or Reddit. But Jones has an audience of millions. He has influenced other gunmen. We're still figuring out our legal strategy, but we're keeping our options open. I was heartened to see Jones retract his stories about us and apologize.
    https://www.inc.com/magazine/201707/...ping-pong.html

    But the community surrounding the restaurant - those in the reality based community - rallied to them.
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    How utterly screwed up.

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    You mean no one has been sued?

    One good thing,Jones lost his children.

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    Went to their fb page and made several comments. Can't believe some of the fucking stupid people who left fake reviews who obviously had never been there.

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    Not only fake but TWISTED. I remember when it WENT UP ON THIS BOARD just putting those words together, and going WHAT THE FUCK??

    pizza restaurant, DC, Hillary, child sex ring

    Think about it! FUCKING MORONIC IDIOTS
    with drivers licenses, voter ID cards, and THEIR OWN CHILDREN believed this shit!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    Not only fake but TWISTED. I remember when it WENT UP ON THIS BOARD just putting those words together, and going WHAT THE FUCK??

    pizza restaurant, DC, Hillary, child sex ring

    Think about it! FUCKING MORONIC IDIOTS
    with drivers licenses, voter ID cards, and THEIR OWN CHILDREN believed this shit!!!
    It's a very frightening thought, isn't it?
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    This 28 year old loser got 4 years for his role, but what about charging the perpetrators of this conspiracy? Can that be done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OHjulie View Post
    This 28 year old loser got 4 years for his role, but what about charging the perpetrators of this conspiracy? Can that be done?

    I don't know. It's a tough one. They'll claim their right to free speech. But I would argue that you don't have the right to scream "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater when there is no fire. And the right wing is doing a lot of that and then the Russians amplify it all and Americans don't know what to think anymore. Which is, of course, Russia's intention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    Think about it! FUCKING MORONIC IDIOTS[/B] with drivers licenses, voter ID cards, and THEIR OWN CHILDREN believed this shit!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    It's a very frightening thought, isn't it?
    Alex Jones targets the lowest of low information voters. The most gullible of American voters. That's the main reason the Trump campaign catered to his audience. It was a good strategy. If you want to be a shepherd, go find yourself some sheep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OHjulie View Post
    This 28 year old loser got 4 years for his role, but what about charging the perpetrators of this conspiracy? Can that be done?

    Fucking idiot, lucky he did not kill anyone. The same crowd that swore Obama was a crack whore.
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