Last year, Dennis Michael Lynch told his cast of reporters and writers, “We will not cover pizzagate.” DML did not believe the story had any merit, and felt the story would one day be a damaging stain for any news outlet or commentator who legitimized the high-flying conspiracy theory. Turns out DML was correct.
The popular radio host and owner of the website InfoWars.com, Alex Jones, has apologized to the owner of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria for his role last year in supporting a conspiracy theory involving a pizza restaurant, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, and human trafficking.
The restaurant, Comet Ping Pong appeared in headlines last year after a gunman allegedly fired a shot while inside the eatery in search for children who he thought were locked in the basement.
The suspect claimed to have been investigating the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and John Podesta, her campaign chairman, were operating a child sex trafficking ring out of the pizza shop.
The theory, dubbed ‘Pizzagate,’ had gained traction through postings about the restaurant and its owner, James Alefantis, on far-right conspiracy theory websites and social media accounts, including those operated by Alex Jones.
“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that, in hindsight, I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones, of Infowars, said in a video.
Jones asserted that his website relied on reporters who are no longer employed by his company and that video reports about Pizzagate were removed from the website. He also issued an invitation to Alefantis to appear on his show to discuss the incident.
“To my knowledge today, neither Mr. Alefantis nor his restaurant Comet Ping Pong were involved in any human trafficking as was part of the theories about Pizzagate that were being written about in many media outlets and which we commented upon,” Jones said.
Jones is a reputed conspiracy theorist who has falsely contended in his radio broadcasts that the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax and that the U.S. government was involved in the terror attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.
Last week, the man accused of firing a shot inside Comet Ping Pong reached a plea deal regarding his charges.
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