Fake news devastates a pizza joint. This could happen to you | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fake news devastates a pizza joint. This could happen to you

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 7:44 AM

click to enlarge IT'S JUST A RESTAURANT: But a libelous Internet campaign has made Comet Ping Pong, a Washington pizza place, out to be something more nefarious. And the owner is playing heck trying to stop it.
  • IT'S JUST A RESTAURANT: But a libelous Internet campaign has made Comet Ping Pong, a Washington pizza place, out to be something more nefarious. And the owner is playing heck trying to stop it.
Fake news helped propel Donald Trump's candidacy and it's surprising how few outside media seem aware or even particularly concerned with the immediacy, reach and lasting damage done by Internet propagation of fiction.

If a Trump presidency doesn't raise alarm — and polls today show a majority sanguine, even upbeat, about the outlook under Trump — perhaps it might be useful to read about a specific example of what Internet bullies can do with fake stories.

Read this chilling story from the New York Times about a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, depicted as a center of child trafficking by Hillary Clinton and John Podesta. I'm not kidding. Who could believe such nonsense, you might think. But the assault on the restaurant has become huge and unending. The owner has been ineffective in tamping down the libelous smear's repetition through various social media sites. Through Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all the rest, the attack continues.

Scary moral: Malevolent forces could do this to anyone. And you'd be just about as helpless in stamping out whatever message was contrived as it circled and recircled the globe. (The best guess is that the pizza place got targeted for a fictional slam because the owner once had a relationship with a key anti-Trump media figure, David Brock.)

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (14)

Showing 1-14 of 14

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-14 of 14

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Charter school accountability: Non-existent in Arkansas

    A state audit finds charter school spending violated state law, but the state Education Department says it has no responsibility for ensuring proper management of charter schools. Say what?
    • Mar 5, 2016
  • Today in Trump: Obstruction of justice anyone?

    It's the New York Times with the news today. Fired FBI Director James Comey kept notes of his talks with Donald Trump. A memo he wrote in February after a meeting with Trump said the president asked him to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Policy group urges opposition to new charter seats in Little Rock

    The Arkansas Public Policy Panel is urging supporters of the Little Rock School District to tell state Board of Education members they oppose applications to be heard this week to dramatically expand the number of charter school seats in the Little Rock School District.
    • Mar 9, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation