Today: AP Brief:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton decried the rise of fake news as an “epidemic” in her first speech since losing the presidential election last month.
Clinton addressed fake news during a speech for retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid at the Capitol Thursday.
Clinton warned that “it’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” an apparent reference to an incident involving a gunman who fired multiple shots inside a Washington pizza shop that has become the target of a fake conspiracy story.
Clinton said the issue “is not about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities.”
*Pizzagate: Alt-Right claiming that Hillary and her top advisor–John Podesta–are running a child sex trafficking ring from pizza shop in Washington, D.C.
*Alex Jones: Radio host and YouTube personality–has been propagating these claims. Link includes YouTube video of Jones’ propaganda. Story headline: Alex Jones: ‘Hillary Clinton Has Personally Murdered And Chopped Up And Raped’ Children
*Comet Ping Pong (pizza shop): This theory prompted a man on Sunday to fire shots inside the pizzeria being held responsible.
*WikiLeaks played a hand in the conspiracy theory. It is well known that Julian Assange–founder of Wikileaks–is not a fan of HRC.
*Michael Flynn–Trump’s pick for National Security–has been on social media alongside his son pushing this theory. His son has been fired for having done so. FYI: Flynn started the “lock her up” chant at RNC. One week prior to the election, Michael Flynn was responsible for spreading fake news, which claimed information from Anthony Weiner’s emails would be cause for a Clinton impeachment. Fun fact: HRC introduced Weiner to her aide Huma Abedin.