We live in a post-truth dystopia, and Pizzagate is just the latest sign. Now, the Trump transition team has fired staff member Michael G. Flynn after he used his Twitter account to spread fake news that ultimately led to an armed confrontation in D.C.'s Comet Ping Pong.
Flynn, the son of Trump's pick for national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, tweeted just hours after the a North Carolina man fired a gun in the establishment. His tweet? "Until #Pizzagate [is] proven to be false, it'll remain a story."
- Michael G Flynn🇺🇸 (@mflynnJR) December 5, 2016
Of course, after the tweet gained traction, Mike Pence claimed Flynn had never worked for the transition team-because again, post-truth dystopia.
- Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) December 6, 2016
Then, transition spokesman Jason Miller proved Pence wrong by noting that Flynn had worked on the transition, but said that Flynn is "no longer involved," according to the New York Times. Although Miller didn't cite the reason, the Times notes that two other Trump transition officials claimed it was tied to his tweet.
The passion for conspiracy theories seems to run in the family. Representative Adamn Smith told the Times about General Flynn:
"He has regularly engaged in the reckless public promotion of conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact, with disregard for the risks that giving credence to those theories could pose to the public. Someone who is so oblivious to the facts, or intentionally ignorant of them, should not be entrusted with policy decisions that affect the safety of the American people."
Unfortunately, it looks like this is going to be the norm in our government, so when it comes to news, constant vigilance, folks.
(H/T New York Times)
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