It's not particularly difficult to spot "fake news." The real challenge is getting past the narrative. Consider a woman who seems to be aggrieved at the moment:
Hillary Clinton on Thursday decried the spread of fake news online, calling it an “epidemic” that Congress should take action against.That free speech thing is definitely a problem, especially when a deranged gunman enters a pizzeria bent on causing mayhem. Better shut up those third parties!
“The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year — it’s now clear the so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” Clinton said during a speech on Capitol Hill.
Some Democrats have argued the spread of anti-Clinton fake news online contributed to her electoral loss to Donald Trump.
The issue has received renewed attention this week after a gunman entered a pizzeria in Washington that was at the center of a false viral conspiracy theory that alleged it was home to a pedophilia ring operated by Clinton and her inner circle.
If we're trying to understand recent events and the larger trends that have driven them, perhaps we ought to look at a different pizzeria:
Weeks after it inadvertently became the center of a nationwide scandal and was forced to close, Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., has reopened.It's worth remembering some of the things people posted on Yelp about this particular eatery:
The pizza joint became embroiled in a massive culture war when its owners told a television station that while they would serve pizza to any LGBT customers who walked through their doors, they would not cater a gay wedding due to their religious beliefs. Their comments, made shortly after the state’s recently-signed religious freedom law was signed and met with an angry response across the country, soon became the subject of vandalized Yelp pages and a fundraiser spearheaded by TheBlaze host Dana Loesch that managed to raise nearly $850,000 dollars for the restaurant. In the meantime, the restaurant was forced to close due to threats.