BBC Derides Pizzagate as Fake News

The mainstream media doth protest too much.

The New York Times and the Washington Post have each published stories debunking “pizzagate“, an online independent investigation that points to circumstantial evidence of a pedophile ring involving Democratic party members and centered on a Washington D.C, pizza restaurant. Much of the initial evidence touted by pizzagate researchers has been derived from the John Podesta Wikileaks.

The BBC has joined with the New York Times and Washington Post in rejecting the findings of pizzagate researchers as “fake news” in an article “The saga of ‘Pizzagate’: The fake story that shows how conspiracy theories spread.”

The problem with circumstantial evidence to prove a theory is that each piece of evidence can be easily refuted and missing pieces of evidence can undermine the entire theory. Finding the existence of a door, some chairs and an open field doesn’t mean one has found an ancient stadium. Add more pieces of circumstantial evidence ( a specific location, historical writing, etc) and one can be more certain of an archaeological find.

The BBC article patently rejects ‘pizzagate” as false and a conspiracy theory. The BBC notes holes in the story without presenting the mountains of circumstantial evidence that independent researchers have found. Rather, the BBC points to the fact that no investigation has been launched. By that we suppose they mean no “official investigation”. The independent researchers are indeed conducting an “investigation”. The lack of an official investigation of a crime is not evidence that one has not been committed.

The BBC also notes that the owner of the pizza shop that is the center of the controversy has “never met Clinton“. Meeting Clinton is not a prerequisite to proving pizzagate. President Obama, the BBC fails to mention in its article, has visited the pizza restaurant at the center of pizzagate. That fact itself proves nothing.

Meeting or not meeting the owner of the pizza restaurant proves nothing. Yet, the BBC’s main contention that pizzagate is fake is that Ms. Clinton never met the pizza restaurant’s owner, while failing, however, to mention that researchers have found a letter from Ms. Clinton to the restaurant owner, which by itself proves nothing.

Hence, the BBC refutes the pizzagate theory using the same methodology the pizzagate researchers use to “prove’ their theory.

The BBC’s conclusion that pizzagate is fake is based on referencing missing evidence and making inferences regarding its own circumstantial evidence. The BBC has therefore put together an incomplete set of facts and inferences from those facts or missing facts to disprove a theory.

It seems, however, that the independent researchers have spent more time assembling circumstantial evidence to construct their theory than the BBC, NY Times and Washington Post have spent refuting it.

Read the BBC’s Dissmissal of Pizzagate

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Rolling Stone Slams Washington Post Fake News Story as Shameful and Disgusting

The war on fake news as conducted by the Washington Post has another left wing journalist crying foul. Last week, Glenn Greenwald former columnist for Salon and the Guardian, best know for his expose on U.S. surveillance based on information provided to him by Edward Snowden, trashed the Washington Post’s hit piece on “fake news” and 200 alternative media sites.

Mr Greenwald portrayed the Washington Post’s list of alternative media web sites as part of a Russian disinformation campaign as disgraceful, noting that the Washington Post did virtually no fact checking on the organization that prepared the list.

Matt Taibbi, of Rolling Stone Magazine also weighed in on the Washington Post’s “fake news” story. Mr. Taibbi, best know for his unflattering depiction of Goldman Sachs, was harsher than Mr. Greenwald. Mr. Taibbi called the Washington Post Story “shameful” and “disgusting“.

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Natural News Demands WAPO Retract/Apologize or Face Class Action Law Suit

It’s one thing to be told you are a hack, or purveyor of shoddy journalism or fake news, but quite another to be named as an alleged agent of a foreign power with intent to sabatoge U.S. elections.

Natural News, a news source on natural health, is demanding that the Washington Post retract and apologize for a story it published recently, that blamed Russian involvement in disrupting the US. Presidential election by spreading “fake news” while referencing a list of sites that assisted Russia in its effort.

Natural News was on that list.

The Intercept roundly criticized the Washington Post for not providing evidence that the compilers of the list (ProporNot) of alleged Russian co-conspirators were indeed “experts” in Russian Propaganda or indeed had any evidence of such collaboration of the websites on their blacklist.

Natural News also notes that the Washington Post ‘knowingly fabricated a blatantly false and defamatory story that accuses dozens of patriotic U.S. website publishers of being traitors to their own country.’ Natural news is not only demanding a retraction and an apology from the Washington Post, but is also inviting all media entities named by PropOrNot to join a defamation lawsuit.

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NY Times and Washington Post “Debunk” Pizzagate

Update: BBC says Pizzagate is fake news

Wikileaks’ publication of John Podesta’s emails has revealed a series of unexplained coded language that researchers claim lead to a pedophile ring centered around a pizza restaurant in Washington D.C. The alleged scandal has been dubbed “Pizzagate”. John Podesta was Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager.

While the citizen researchers, who until a few days ago had been sharing their findings on a Reddit thread (since removed by Reddit), have not found a smoking gun, their research continues.

In a bizzare twist to the Pizzagate story, The New York Times and the Washington Post have dismissed the Pizzagate story. The New York Times last week called the Pizzagate research “a fake news onslaught“. Rather than an investigative piece, the New York Times piece focuses on the prevalence of “fake news” and the harm it causes. The New Yorks definitively states regarding the Pizzagate allegations: “none of it is true.”

The Washington Post ran a story “How Fake News Hurts Real People” The Washington Post story is similar to the NY Times story. Rather than concede that the Podesta emails contain some bizzare language, the Washintgon Post writes the allegations are ‘absurd on their face and detached from any gossamer thread of fact‘ and concludes that those impacted by Pizzagate allegations have claims for defamation.

Rather than reporting and coming up with their own scoops through investigative journalism, the main stream media appears to be relegated to the position of debunking “fake news” and giving legal advice.

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The Intercept Trashes The Washington Post as ‘Disgraceful’

The Washington Post article blaming “russian propaganda and fake news” for tipping the election to Trump has been taken to task by the Intercept.

In a co-authored article by Ben Norton and Glenn Greenwald, the Intercept calls out the Washington Post for promoting a list of web sites published by a web site called Prop or Not. The Intercept notes that no one at the newly formed Prop or Not site has been identified, yet the Washington Post referred to Prop or Not as “experts” without revealing any of their credentials.

The Prop or Not list of web sites that supposedly peddle “Russian Propaganda” strains credibility. Many of the sites on the Prop or Not appear to be right or left leaning sites or sites operated by former Reagan appointees (David Stockman and Dr. Paul Craig Roberts) that are critical of the current administration.

The For Prop or Not criticism of the administration easily translates to “Russian Propaganda”. The Intercept writes re Prop or Not:

The Washington Post should be very proud: it staked a major part of its news story on the unverified, untestable assertions of this laughable organization.”

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The Washington Post: Russia To Blame For “Fake News” Tipping Election To Trump

During the Presidential election season Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and her main stream media cohorts warned that Russia would try to “hack the election” and that Donald Trump was too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. After the election, the Washington Post and other main stream media outlets blamed “fake news” as the culprit that spread lies and misinformation and helped throw the election to Donald Trump.

The Washington Post has now combined two conspiracy theories that help explain why Hillary Clinton lost – Russia AND fake news.

According to a report in the Washington Post, ‘expert’ researchers say Russia employed a “sophisticated propaganda campaign” that involved thousands of botnet, human trolls and ‘networks of web site and social media accounts” that spread “fake news” across the web with the intent of slamming Hillary Clinton and boosting Donald Trump’s candidacy.

One of the fake news stories supposedly pushed by Russia involved concerns over Hillary Clinton’s “potentially fatal health problems”.

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