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I have a theory as to why things like this take on a life of their own, why people start stories such as this, and what we can do about it.

Over the past couple of years, I have become so weary of fake, sensational, or even incomplete news and misinformation that I spend more time researching just trying to keep up with day to day events. Over time I have simply learned to avoid specific sites.   The one thing that the reader can trust is that nearly every article will be full of lies and inaccuracies.  I’m not talking about the satirical sites either; those are another problem.  These stories are shared as if they’re the truth and the story then grows like a cancer.

Actually, ignorant people are the problem. There have been a number of polls and surveys looking at this trend. According to the Washington Post:

On June 4, the satirical news site the Science Post published a block of “lorem ipsum” text under a frightening headline: “Study: 70% of Facebook users only read the headline of science stories before commenting.”

 

Nearly 46,000 people shared the post, some of them quite earnestly — an inadvertent example, perhaps, of life imitating comedy.

 

Now, as if it needed further proof, the satirical headline’s been validated once again: According to a new study by computer scientists at Columbia University and the French National Institute, 59 percent of links shared on social media have never actually been clicked: In other words, most people appear to retweet news without ever reading it.

Now to be fair, there are many articles where I only read the headlines, but I wasn’t interested in going further because of the topic. In a world where money made is based on clicks and shares, the game becomes to make a headline catchy and interesting.

What does that have to do with Pizzagate, Hillary, and Child sex rings? Everything.

People are not interested in the truth; they are interested in what serves them and their desires. If you do not like Hillary or Trump, you grasp at news that shows them in a negative light. We tend to like the bad over the good. Research shows that we tell ten people if we are mildly dissatisfied with a product, but only three if we really like it. It is easier to tear someone down than to build someone up.

I am already to the point in the article that I am lucky to still have 5% of those who read past the headline. You are important to me, so I’ll go on.

The “Pizzagate” story is one that has gained traction on the internet. After another computer had been found during the investigation of Anthony Wiener, the FBI reopened the case involving Hillary’s email and server.  Fake news sites began to spread the news that Hillary and John Podesta were involved in a child sex ring.  

A pizza joint in the DC area, Comet Ping Pong, was a restaurant where John Podesta occasionally dined. So, the connection was made, and suddenly the pizza place was a clearing house for pedophiles seeking children for sex, including special codes, and tunnels.

The hashtag #pizzagate first appeared on November 7th. Over the following weeks, it was shared hundreds and thousands of times each day.  An unusual number of these came from the Czech Republic, Cyprus, and Vietnam. Research shows many of the tweets were “bots,” or programs designed to amplify certain news and information. This made the story “trend” and added legitimacy to the story in many peoples’ eyes. 

This really never took off until well after the election.  In fact, it was started the day before the election, so it was not intended to sway it.

Who started and promoted it?  We will likely never know.

The interesting thing is, a lie was used here when the truth could have been told.  There have been verified cases of sexual abuse that have been covered up to protect elites in the past. For example, in June of 2013, CBS News broke a story regarding the Belgian Ambassador, Howard Gutman, and sex with minors:

Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator with the State Department’s internal watchdog agency, the Inspector General, told Miller, “We also uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases, some of which never became cases.”

 

In such cases, DSS agents told the Inspector General’s investigators that senior State Department officials told them to back off, a charge that Fedenisn says is “very” upsetting.

 

“We were very upset. We expect to see influence, but the degree to which that influence existed and how high up it went, was very disturbing,” she said.

 

In one specific and striking cover-up, State Department agents told the Inspector General they were told to stop investigating the case of a U.S. Ambassador who held a sensitive diplomatic post and was suspected of patronizing prostitutes in a public park.

 

The State Department Inspector General’s memo refers to the 2011 investigation into an ambassador who “routinely ditched … his protective security detai” and inspectors suspect this was in order to “solicit sexual favors from prostitutes.”

 

Sources told CBS News that after the allegations surfaced, the ambassador was called to Washington, D.C. to meet with Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy, but was permitted to return to his post.

The memo noted that the DOS had known about the prostitution rumors since 2011, but higher-ups in the DOS stopped the investigation of Ambassador Gutman. He was allowed to remain America’s representative to Belgium for two more years.

The CBS report continued:

The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples. Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.”

Because many so-called “elites” like Bill and Hillary Clinton avoid prosecution it’s easy to believe stories like pizzagate when they pop up, especially with all of the scandals that hang around Hillary’s neck like an albatross-  Whitewater, Travelgate, Benghazi, illegal email servers are just a few examples of Clinton corruption, not to mention the ongoing investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

The truth does not matter to many people right now.  They are sick of watching people like the Clintons continually walk away from prosecution, and so they are willing to believe anything that said.  People who like Hillary will make every excuse for her. People who do not like her will believe anything negative.

This is nothing new as I will show you in my follow-up article.  People like fiction and fantasy better than reality in many ways. I think it explains why people fall for the progressives lies and the fantasy of a government making the perfect world for society.

Photo Credit: “Spinning the pizza”, © 2009 Simon Blackley, Flickr | CC-BY-ND

 

 

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