The New York Times on Monday put out a so-called “fact check” fluff piece on Pizzagate that employs straw-man fallacies to make its argument, ignores glaring evidence, labels The New Nationalist (TNN) as a fake news site and wrongly associates it with threat and harassment activities on the Web.
NYT: Days before the presidential election, James Alefantis, owner of a local pizza restaurant called Comet Ping Pong, noticed an unusual spike in the number of his Instagram followers.
Within hours, menacing messages like “we’re on to you” began appearing in his Instagram feed. In the ensuing days, hundreds of death threats — one read “I will kill you personally” — started arriving via texts, Facebook and Twitter. All of them alleged something that made Mr. Alefantis’s jaw drop: that Comet Ping Pong was the home base of a child abuse ring led by Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief, John D. Podesta.
When Mr. Alefantis discovered that his employees were getting similar abusive messages, he looked online to unravel the accusations. He found dozens of madeup articles about Mrs. Clinton kidnapping, molesting and trafficking children in the restaurant’s back rooms. The articles appeared on Facebook and on websites such as The New Nationalist and The Vigilant Citizen, with one headline blaring: “Pizzagate: How 4Chan Uncovered the Sick World of Washington’s Occult Elite.”
Fact Checking The New York Times’ Fact Checker
While we can’t speak for every Pizzagate article on the internet, we here at TNN never accused Hillary Clinton herself of child tracking or “molesting children at Comet,” nor do we condone, encourage or participate in threats. And, unlike the NYT, we don’t summarily rubber stamp as “facts” the statements made in press releases or by establishment officials and their cronies.
Here’s how we envision the extent of the Times’ fact checking:
REPORTER: Hi, this is Cecilia Kang from The New York Times. My editor, who is friends with John Podesta, told me to call you about some silly online conspiracy theory that you and Hillary Clinton are trafficking children in the back room of your pizza parlor. So are you?
COMET PIZZA: No. You can only order pizza.
REPORTER: Okay, great. Feel free to send me an email with your comments about how this conspiracy theory is affecting your business. We will send a photographer over to get a promotional image. Thank you. Bye.
It is a straw man logical fallacy to write that conspiracy theorists claim Hillary herself hangs out at Comet Pizza and molests children in the back rooms. TNN has looked into the Pizzagate matter quite deeply, and nowhere that we can find does anyone make such a claim in a serious manner.
The NYT apparently expects that the establishment would conduct such activities daily and out in the open for all dining patrons to witness. Rather, if there are pedophile activities, they are alluded to with strange images and coded language.
The NYT claims that the hideous photos of children circulated on Instagram under Alefantis’ screen name “jimmycomet” are of customers and “friends.” If this is the case — which we doubt — then there should be a serious child protection or social service investigation as well.
Regarding the threats and insults against Alefantis and his associates, only a person with a dark heart would not get riled up about such publicly posted images and disturbing references. Alefantis and his friends at the NYT must also be in complete denial, if they think people won’t react to them and that they won’t be shared. The Instagram images go far, far beyond any acceptable range of comportment. The tone of the article itself is highly revealing to any thinking person. Get a grip, NYT.
— Lena42 (@EML0804) November 22, 2016
That said, TNN urges caring people to avoid threats, keep an eye on the ball and ask two key questions:
1. Is there a serious investigation into these individuals and their activities?
2. Did The New York Times or any other media do their own examination of the dark, evil material revealed by the citizen investigators?
Did the editorial staff even react to the images? If not, shame on them. The article mentions photos of children, but NYT didn’t convey the nature of the photos to readers. The article is nothing more than a PR piece that tries to shift blame by using their latest epithet and buzzword: “fake news.” How exactly did the NYT determine that this is fake news? Are the “jimmycomet” Instagrams and photos faked? Did this appalling, must-see Majestic Ape performance (Amanda Kleinman in the NYT puff piece) at Comet occur or not?
— Herger The Joyous (@texaslibertas) November 22, 2016
Be Careful What You Wish For
Ironically, in a post just last week, our own Russ Winter jokingly lamented that TNN didn’t make Zimdar’s hit list of “fake news” sites.
TNN did not make the list, as perhaps as we are too new. We don’t feel slighted. We are no longer under the radar as our growing traffic of late exceeds many of those on the honor list. We are waiting inclusion with baited breath. Make our day.
Generally speaking — when it doesn’t involve misdirection from evidence of crimes against children — we here at TNN take the dubious label given to alternative media in stride. But most of all thanks NYT, for inadvertently raising public awareness of Pizzagate. Judging from the social media response to the “article,” it has its hands full. It is noteworthy that there is no comments section below the NYT article.
TNN is putting all parties on notice that we will publish for all to see any attempts at coercion or intimidation by goons against us. Ultimately, this is not about us, it is about them.
Below are curated Instagram images that illustrates our observations. The reference to children is constant and beyond obsessive. As we often ask, “Nothing to see here, move along?” In first photo, be sure to note references to #killroom, and #murder. Second photo shows Jimmy doing some underground excavating. Neither of the businesses that James Alefantis owns ever filed a construction permit. If the instagram photo is of either establishment, that work was done illegally. The pills in third photo are alprazolam (Xanax) , a common date rape drug.
— Russ Winter contributed to this post.