In the wake of the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria shooting, conspiracy-mongering InfoWars host Alex Jones has been scrambling to delete content on his media channels regarding the #PizzaGate conspiracy theory.
Jones has also been walking back his rhetoric on the story, claiming that he never really believed in the fraudulent claim that Hillary Clinton operated a child sex-trafficking ring out of the D.C. pizzeria. Jones was just one of those “middle-of-the-road guys” on the subject, he claimed.
“You have to go investigate it for yourself,” Jones said. “But I will warn you, this story that’s been the biggest thing on the internet for several weeks, pizzagate as it’s called, is a rabbit hole that is horrifying to go down.”
“Something’s going on,” Jones continued. “Something’s being covered up. It needs to be investigated. To just call it fake news — these are real WikiLeaks. This is real stuff going on.”
Just days later, InfoWars listener Adam Welch walked into Comet Ping with an assault rifle to “self-investigate” and fired off a few rounds inside as patrons and staff dived for cover.
From Media Matters:
Welch also toldThe New York Times that he listens to Jones, and he reportedly “liked” Infowars on Facebook. The FBI said that Welch shared a separate video headlined “Watch PIZZAGATE: The Bigger Picture on YouTube” with a friend. “Pizzagate: The Bigger Picture” is the headline Infowars used for a December 1 article — still online — promoting a video from Infowars producer Jon Bowne that also pushes the pizzagate conspiracy theory.
The November 27 video calling for people to investigate Pizza Gate was originally uploaded with the title “Down The #Pizzagate Rabbit Hole – Warning! Soul Sucking Info.”
Watch the video below via Media Matters:
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