WASHINGTON — Fake news is not funny. The notion that a bogus conspiracy theory should be considered true unless proven false is nuts. On Sunday, fake news lies turned into real danger.
Really, what happened Sunday a few blocks from my house — well, you can’t make this stuff up.
This story starts with a salacious false anti-Hillary Clinton conspiracy theory nicknamed “Pizzagate” — latched onto and spread by Donald Trump backers — which dragged in Comet Ping Pong, an informal storefront pizza joint in my Northwest D.C. neighborhood.
On Sunday, it led with a man firing shots inside Comet, as people were eating and playing pingpong. One of the Comet employees was able to flee and call the cops.
D.C. police arrested a North Carolina man with an assault rifle and said in a statement, “During a post arrest interview this evening, the suspect revealed…