Yesterday the UK Metro newspaper did a hit job on the Pizzagate brigade. The piece opens with this:
We’re living in a golden age of conspiracy theories, with America now led by a man who was a big fan of the Barack Obama ‘birther’ conspiracy.
But even so, a new one which is doing the rounds on 4Chan and Twitter is so breathtakingly bonkers it really is an eye-opener as to what people will believe in the age of ‘fake news’.
Ready? Hillary Clinton and John McCain are already wearing electronic tags, and President Trump is about to arrest hundreds of ‘elite paedophiles’ who have been drugging and raping children.
‘Pizzagate’ started last year in the months leading up to the US presidential election, when Wikileaks began releasing the DNC e-mails and then the Podesta e-mails. These e-mails showed beyond any doubt that Hillary Clinton & Co are totally corrupt. No one questioned the veracity of these leaked e-mails (for instance, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, resigned as a result of the corruption that was revealed). As well as corruption, the e-mails provided strong circumstantial evidence of child sex abuse taking place at the highest levels in Washington DC. You can find a very authorative account of the birth of Pizzagate here. It’s quite a long read, but worth it if you think the likes of me are crazy conspiracy theorists.
Incidentally, and still on the subject of conspiracy theory, I’m still strongly of the opinion that Julian Assange and Wikileaks were taken out in mid October last year, just as they were about to release more Podesta e-mails (there were no further e-mails from this point). If interested you can find a timeline of events here.