COMMENTARY: Fake Is the New True

Like many of you, I get a substantial amount of my news from the Internet. Recently, I found several online items accusing Hillary Clinton and John Podesta (chairman of Hillary’s presidential campaign) of running an international pedophile ring out of a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., called Comet Ping Pong. Also implicated were the heads of state of several European countries and my Aunt Minnie. (Just kidding about Aunt Minnie.) The items seemed quite sober but upon further consideration, it occurred to me that the whole wacky mess could have been the product of Mad Magazine. An international child sex ring? The Clintons? Comet Ping Pong? Is someone pulling my leg?

Well, as a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic, I did a little research but could find no corroboration of the Ping Pong tale in any mainstream news outlet. Not that this would have been the first time that mainstream media failed…



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