Snopes describes itself as a website which is “the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.”
Chuck E. Sleaze, which may possibly be a pseudonym, wrote Pizzagate Conspiracy for the site. He begins with the conclusion that “None of this…was true” and quote the New York Times asserting, “None of it was true.” We are also told, and I quote this portion in full, “PolitiFact calls the evidence for a Clinton sex network ‘ridiculously thin.’”
And, actually, that is exactly how the New York Times as well as the Washington Post “reported” on it: they merely asserted nothing to see here and ignored all evidence—see my New York Times on #pizzagate and #fakenews and Washington Post on #pizzagate, #spiritcooking & #fakenews conspiracy theory.
The Times is quoted to the effect that Comet Ping Pong Pizza owner James Alefantis as “has never met” Hillary Clinton: this is something that is essentially impossible to know. Also, consider that for some odd reason a pizza restaurant owner was voted “No. 49 in GQ magazine’s 50 most powerful people in Washington in 2012.” It would be very difficult for two high profile people to not even have met each other.
The Times also merely asserts that he “does not sell or abuse children”: which is also impossible for them to know. However, note that Snopes refers to “Jeffrey Epstein, a financial tycoon and sex offender whose plane Bill Clinton sometimes used”—read up on Epstein here.
They also states that Clinton “is not being investigated by law enforcement for any of these claims”: and she is also not being investigated for about 1,001 other scandals in which she has been involved including scrubbing and deleting classified data.
But how does the New York Time’s hard hitting journalism tie a bow on the “investigation”? By simply asserting that Alefantis, Clinton, John Podesta, et al. were simply “caught in the middle of a storm of fake news.”
And how do hard hitting reporters seal the deal? By quoting the accused person assuring everyone that they are innocent as James Alefantis stated, “From this insane, fabricated conspiracy theory, we’ve come under constant assault.”
The rest of the article basically elucidates the various claims and dismissed them by, well, simply claiming that they are dismissible on principle and not evidence.
For example, on the issue of the vary many disturbing photographs of children which are odd at least and staged so as to be suggestive at most, the article quotes some random person who posted this on Twitter, “Why did you lie? You showed a supposedly authentic picture, but it’s from a website. So was everything a lie??” This is simply an illogical false dichotomy as photographs could be, both, 1) authentic and also 2) from a website. In fact, no one claimed Hey, I just met up with Alefantis, we went down to the local drug store, he had photographs printed off of his phone and handed them to me.
Snopes played this game as well, stating, “many of the photographs were of children of family and friends, not patrons of Comet Ping Pong…Alefantis says the photos have been lifted from his personal social media accounts, and those of his friends and employees—not from the restaurant.” Yet, whatever the case maybe, the point is that the children were in suggestive poses along with imagery and pervy comments.
Alefantis played this hand as well, “The most sickening part of this vicious attack has been the stealing of Instagram images, Facebook images of children, minors, aged 5, 7, and 8 years old that are then slapped across their chat boards as nothing but pawns.”
No mainstream supposed sleuths are asking Alefantis why he, his family, his friends, etc. are posting such troublesome photos of children.
Note Snope’s simply dismissive statement on the FBI verified symbols used by pedophile to communicate with each other, “As we have noted in the past, fear of ‘pedophile code’ imagery is occasionally the basis for panic, but law enforcement officials believed that the symbols themselves are used among adults to signal preferences, not as labels for children, not as markers placing them in any danger.”
Oh, hey, it is merely for predatory pedophiles to signal preferences, not labels so with this supposed loophole: nothing to see here—even as Snopes admits the reality of such imagery within the #pizzagate research.
Then to the issue of code words about which Snopes notes, “Why, they wondered, did Podesta have a handkerchief with a ‘pizza-related’ map on it? And why did Podesta get so many emails about eating pizza? The answer to any reasonable person would be that Podesta eats pizza sometimes. Indeed, Alefantis says, ‘pizza’s always a big thing in politics.’ … To the alt right, though, ‘pizza’ became a suspected code word for illegal sex trafficking” (ellipses in original).
Yes, as Sigmund Freud would say, Sometimes pizza is just pizza. However, this is a reductio ad absurdum on Snope’s part as the relevant emails are utterly saturated with references to food. Also, not just to food but Podesta, et al., seem to be utterly infatuated with food: how his whole office staff do not weight 300 lbs. each is mysterious. Moreover, they discuss food in a manner which is utterly un-contextual and they employ grammatical structures which no other American with an education beyond 5th grade ever would: in other words, their communication is obviously coded.
Snopes also notes, “On 4 December 2016, police detained an unidentified man who entered Comet Ping Pong carrying an assault rifle and allegedly fired one shot.” This man has been identified as the actor, see Fake news=real consequences: pizzagate, Russian hacking & ambassador murdered.
In short, Snope’s idea of reporting, journalism or whatever they claim to do is about on par with the New York Time and the Washington Post which, in this case, means pretending to be investigative sleuths whilst really merely playing the deny, deny, deny game.
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