Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Regarding Praise From Willis Hart For Ben Swann, PizzaGate Truther & "Reporter" Who Covers Baseless Conspiracy Theories

The Libertarian idiot Willis Hart blogs about the debunked fake news story PizzaGate yet again, this time due to the fact that some Libertarian "reporter" covered it on a CBS affiliate (WGCL-TV in Atlanta GA).

Willis Hart: Finally, the Mainstream Media Covering this Stuff. [video inserted here]. Kudos to Mr. Swann and, yeah, he should probably beef up his security. (1/18/2017 at 10:33am).

Ben Swann is a Ron Paul supporting Libertarian conspiracy theory enthuiast who "questions the official narrative" [1]. (Youtube running time is 5:48).

Swann mentions twice that THERE IS NO EVIDENCE, but still asks why the story hasn't been investigated. As I've previously noted, NBC's Tom Costello said (on the 12/5/2016 airing of MSNBC Hardball) "we've talked to the DC police. We've talked to the FBI. They have absolutely no reason to believe that any of this is true".

So they did look into it and found no reason to conduct an investigation. Because the authorities don't investigate when there is no evidence [2]. Why the hell would they investigage because some people WANT the story to be true and have concocted a (conspiracy) theory based on coincidence and pure bullshit?

But apparently this Swann fellow is the kind of reporter who regularly covers unfounded Right-wing conspiracies. A 1/14/2013 Salon article notes that Swann "questioned the official narrative" in regards to the 7/20/2012 Aurora shooting, the 8/5/2012 Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, and the 12/14/2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The "official narrative" being that there was ONE shooter in all three incidents (James Eagan Holmes, Wade Michael Page and Adam Lanza, respectively).

Some people present on the scene (in all 3 incidents) said there may have been one or more additional shooters, but the authorities determined that there were not. I suppose at least Swann wasn't on the side of those who suggested false flag operations, but you still have to wonder WHY the authorities would lie to protect others who might have been involved. Also why Swann would think there might be a cover-up.

Alex Jones (a nutjob who *does* believe Sandy Hook was a false flag operation) had Swann on his program in September of 2012, and said (of Swann) "basically, he's like a professional, focused, kind of news-style Alex Jones, which I love". I'm betting Willis doesn't know this. Even though Willis has written posts critical of Jones. The Hartster obviously doesn't know that this Swann fellow is cut from the same cloth. Or a similar cloth (according to Jones).

Ben Swann: "So what you need to know here is that in all three of these cases, there isn't just wild speculation that maybe there was more than one shooter. In fact, there's a good reason to question this whole narrative. Because there has been no evidence so far — no evidence provided by police, other than what they told us — that there is only one shooter here". (Sandy Hook truther-reporter? by Alex Seitz-Wald. 1/14/2013 Salon).

And yet only 1 person was arrested and charged in all three cases. Looks to me like Alex Jones description of Swann is accurate.

Also, Swann notes that there are 2 gay men connected to the PizzaGate story, and, as everyone knows, gay men are more likely to be pedophiles. Or that's what the bigoted Right says, at least. Even though the evidence says otherwise (Homosexuality and Pedophila: The False Link). Those two gay men being the owner of Planet Ping Pong (the Pizza Joint with the basement that doesn't exist), James Alefantis, and David Brock (who was in a relationship with Alefantis 5 years ago).

Shame on Ben Swann for using his platform to lend credence to this fake news story (a "reality check", as he calls it). Shame on him also for his (inferred) suggestion that gay men are child molesters (into "boy love"). If you have to keep saying "keep in mind, there is no proof here", then why cover the story? There is NO STORY without proof, only conspiracy.

Frankly, I think the probability the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is a lot higher (percentage-chance wise, I couldn't cite a figure, but it's surely more than 0% probable, which I'd say PizzaGate is). But Willis refers to this as "fake news" and says that Maxine Waters talking about it during an appearance on MSNBC is proof (among other things) that she is "mildly retarded" (false and an insult to mentally challenged people).

Additionally (per Wikipedia), "Swann hosted a segment [titled] 5 Problems with CIA Claim That Russia Hacked DNC/Podesta Emails". Like Willis (and Donald Trump) he obviously believes our intelligence agencies (who are all in agreement that Russia was behind the hacks) are lying.

So he buys Right-wing conspiracies and dismisses Left-wing ones (including Left-wing "conspiracies" that are a lot more likely to be true). Despite winning a few awards, I'd say he's a Right-wing hack. Or a "pundit" who covers stories that align with his political biases. Which there is not necessarily anything wrong with (I think he's wrong, but he's got the right to be wrong). I mean, I watch Left-wing pundits on the Tee-vee. I'm just saying that let's not get confused here and conclude that Ben Swann's PizzaGate coverage is actual "news", i.e. unbiased factual reporting.

It seems as though the Harster is confused on this, though. So much so that he's convinced that someone might want to harm Ben Swann... for "reporting" laughable bullshit. Implying that someone would be super angry with him for "exposing the truth". Ha ha ha ha ha. Perhaps Hillary Clinton? Willis *is* convinced that she has murdered before. Or he thinks she ordered at least one murder (DNC staffer Seth Rich, the "real" source of the WikiLeaks material).

Footnotes & Supporting Document
[1] Re Ben Swann's support for Ron Paul, "during Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, Swann sought to minimize Ron Paul's newsletter scandal... the scandal that Ron Paul had published newsletters under his name that carried racist content"... (Wikipedia/Ben Swann/Ron Paul newsletter controversy).
[2] ...In a statement, the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department said it was monitoring the situation and is "aware of general threats being made against this establishment". [Additionally] The FBI said it "does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations". (Fake News Onslaught Targets Pizzeria as Nest of Child-Trafficking by Cecilia Kang 12/21/2016 NYT). This is, however, a reference to investigations concerning THREATS against Planet Ping Pong and it's owner/employees. But, if they're investigating threats, I think that is proof that they've already concluded that the child sex trafficking allegations are 100% bogus.
[DSD #50] Willis Hart Writes About PizzaGate, Spirit Cooking & (Ironically) Fake News. 12/7/2016. A catalog of Contra O'Reilly posts on these subjects.

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