Exactly What Is Pizzagate Scandal: Reddit Conspiracy Theory Or Conspiracy Of Silence?

Alan Ewart

The Pizzagate conspiracy scandal has been the talk of the internet for around six weeks now. Perhaps strangely the Pizzagate scandal was almost entirely ignored by the mainstream media until this week. The few mainstream media outlets, who covered Pizzagate at all, had written it off as a Reddit conspiracy designed to discredit Hillary Clinton, and her campaign chief, John Podesta, on the run-up to the presidential election. The BBC, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, described Pizzagate as a "fake news onslaught."

Most outlets dismissed the Pizzagate scandal out of hand. The idea that Clinton and Podesta were at the heart of a satanic, pedophile ring, run out of Washington Pizza joint Comet Ping Pong, is just too fantastic to be true. On Sunday, December 4, everything changed when 28-year-old North Carolina resident Edgar M. Welch walked into Comet Ping Pong armed with a rifle and a handgun. According to police reports, Welch went to Comet Ping Pong to "self-investigate" Pizzagate.

In the wake of Welch's action at Comet Ping Pong, the mainstream media has finally sat up and taken notice of the Pizzagate scandal. Having taken notice of Pizzagate most outlets suddenly speak with one voice. That voice claims that Pizzagate is an alt-right conspiracy with no basis in fact.

The New Yorker dismisses the Pizzagate conspiracy theory as propaganda spread by supporters of Donald Trump.

"These theories, which, most broadly put, place Hillary Clinton at the center of an international child-sex-trafficking ring, are the lies, and they are almost incomprehensible. The mystery within the mystery is how anybody with a shred of good will would even try to connect point A to point B."

"Foremost among those nonetheless doing so are Donald Trump-supporting social-media figures, including the son of retired General Michael Flynn, the President-elect's choice for national-security adviser."

"Foremost among those nonetheless doing so are Donald Trump-supporting social-media figures, including the son of retired General Michael Flynn, the President-elect's choice for national-security adviser."

"The bogus story originally focused on a Washington pizzeria, Comet Ping Pong, which has been subjected to a barrage of threats and unwanted attention since the conspiracy theory began to spread in the days before the election."
"Workers at popular Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta's have received threats from people who believe the restaurant is connected to Pizzagate — the fake story that claims Hillary and Bill Clinton run a pedophile sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., restaurant."
"Hysteria caused by trolls, online vigilantism and bad cybersleuthing was already on the rise online, and with the fake news industry reaching its peak thanks to Google enormous AdSense network, it's only a matter of time before someone is killed by it."

"The Pizzagate conspiracy relies heavily on Wikileaks-leaked Clinton campaign chief John Podesta's emails about lunch options."

"The Pizzagate conspiracy relies heavily on Wikileaks-leaked Clinton campaign chief John Podesta's emails about lunch options."

CNN also joined the anti-Pizzagate party this week when it began to roll out the experts to explain why conspiracy theories like Pizzagate take hold. Karen Douglas, a professor of social psychology at the University of Kent in the UK basically said that most people are too stupid to distinguish between fact and fiction.

"People are constantly bombarded with information from so many different sources and it isn't always easy to work out what is true and what is false, and which sources are credible and which are not."

"A conspiracy is what villains do. An agreement is what adults do," he said. "Look around the country. Wouldn't you agree we need some more adults? So WikiLeaks, Alex Jones, and the subreddit sub-geniuses—and I mean this in the nicest way possible: grow the fuck up."

Pizzagate did not emerge on 4Chan, on the Reddit forums, or on Voat. As was reported in the Inquisitr last week Trump supporters had much to gain by using the Pizzagate scandal to smear Hillary Clinton, but Pizzagate emerged when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange released the Pizzagate emails. Assange has since disappeared from public view leading to claims that he has been assassinated or renditioned to the U.S. by the CIA.

John Podesta's Pizzagate scandal emails are very strange. Mentions of pizza, cheese, and other food items are totally out of context in the Podesta emails. No one has yet offered any sort of innocent explanation for the content of those emails.

Alefantis also shared images of a small child with her arms taped to a table top. These images do not prove that Alefantis is a predatory pedophile, at the heart of a satanic pedophile ring, but they do throw up questions. No one in the mainstream media, nor Alefantis himself, has tried to explain these strange messages.

This is hardly the first time that John Podesta has been accused of being a pedophile. Back in 2011 Andrew Breitbart used his twitter account to publicly claim that Podesta was a pedophile.

Many Pizzagate citizens investigators believe that they know the reason that much of the media is ignoring or attempting to debunk the Pizzagate scandal. That reason, they claim, is CIA Operation Mockingbird.

"Why do prominent US journalists routinely fail to question other deep events that shape America's tragic history over the past half century, such as the political assassinations of the 1960s, or the central role played by the CIA major role in international drug trafficking?"

In many ways, it is easy to understand why it isn't difficult to imagine that the CIA would want to play down Pizzagate. If Pizzagate were real think of the damage that the political elite would suffer. Trust in politics, across the U.S. and in most parts of the world, is already at an all-time low. If our political elite are engaged in satanic practices and pedophilia, imagine the damage the scandal would cause. America's standing in the world would be hugely damaged. Pizzagate would destroy the remaining faith in our democracy, and who knows what that would lead to.

Pizzagate investigators believe that this is the biggest scandal in history. Their belief does not make Pizzagate true, but it does throw up questions that no one wants to answer.

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