This was bound to happen. On Sunday, a crackpot with a shady past walked into Comet Pizzeria with an M-16, shot a few holes in the floor and was caught by DC Police. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The suspect claimed to be demanding answers to the so-called Pizzagate Scandal.
Just as predictably, the Corporate Media is calling for the 1st Amendment to be nullified (usually in such cases, it's the 2nd Amendment they attack; but currently freedom of the press is a greater threat to Media vested interests). The Corporate Media employs the fake news meme anywhere from one to a dozen times per article covering the story. But the Corporate Media have proven themselves repeatedly to be unscrupulous blackguards who'll exploit any opportunity to enrich themselves or advance an agenda.
We had an article just a few days ago giving our thoughts on the Pizzagate story. While the people alleged to be participating in some of the crimes attributed to them are certainly capable of such despicable acts, we found nothing beyond circumstantial evidence that they actually engaged in them. No one seems to know how, where, when, or by whom this story originated: but given that James Alefantis and David Brock---both notorious Democrat Establishment operatives---were in the middle of this story, it's probably a more plausible theory to assume that they instigated it themselves.
The gunman is also a fairly typical specimen of the people involved in incidents of these sorts: a male Millenial with a history of substance abuse and a graduate of American public schools. But we shouldn't expect any investigations anytime soon about how and why our young men are being radicalized at such an alarming rate.
No, instead the Corporate Media---the greatest purveyors of fake news on the globe---will be demanding curtailment on free speech. The contemporary Corporate Media has no aversion to censoring its competitors. Obama was able to repeal the Anti-Propaganda Act of 1948, and engage in NSA spying without so much as a whisper of protest from the Corporate Media.
Censorship will not prevent incidents like these any more than Gun Control would have. It is a sad testimony to the moral weakness of our culture that the issue is even debatable. But Censorship is a viable solution to a population that prefers happy-pills, safe-spaces, and hate-free zones to the risks of free thought and robust living. A crackpot believed a false story, threatened people with a weapon, and now he's in jail. That would happen in a censored culture, too; the difference being that we wouldn't read about them; or be allowed to discuss them even if we did. In fact, some countries where the media is most heavily controlled have very high rates of violent crime and numerous radical groups operating within them.
We cannot rely on the Government---and even less on Wall Street---to spoon-feed us information as if were Kellogg's cereal and remain a free people. The Government can do a few proactive things: mostly repealing Clinton, Bush, and Obama-era laws that have resulted in so much media malpractice. They could also reinstate the Anti-Propaganda Act and start enforcing laws against libel, sedition, and slander for a change. But ultimately, it's up to the people to police themselves and what they hear and see. The Corporate Media merely wants a monopoly on fake news, not the suppression of such stories.
The fact that the Corporate Media is using Pizzagate as an excuse to attack their competitors instead of investigating the story, lends even more suspicion that they are complicit in spreading the allegations for their own insidious purposes. James Alefantis told the New York Times afterwards that:
"What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences. I hope that those involved in fanning those flames will take a moment to contemplate what happened here today and stop promoting these falsehoods right away."
They should; but actually, Mr. Alefantis, you should consider that your friends in places like the New York Times have spent the last three decades fanning flames of reckless conspiracy theories. Sleazy Corporate Media coverage of ritual abuse hysteria; alleged celebrity child-sex rings; lurid reports of child-murders; the over-hyped Catholic priest molestation scandals; etc., have produced a population psychologically primed to imagine that paedophiles are hiding behind every rock and tree; and that any business, like yours, that caters to children ought to be suspect.
Think about those consequences, Mr. Alefantis. And ask your Liberal friends about them too.