Ben Swann, an anchor at WGCL TV in Atlanta, has severely pissed off the mainstream media by reigniting a conspiracy theory on the verge of extinction.
His six minute segment for the CBS Atlanta station was very sympathetic to the “Pizzagate conspiracy theories” and laid out all the information being spread on online message boards like Reddit and 4chan.
While Swann never asserted for certain that there’s a conspiracy of high level Democratic operatives running a child sex ring out of a Washington DC pizza parlor, he did chastise the police for never looking seriously into the matter.
“To be clear, not one single email in the Podesta emails discusses child sex trafficking or pedophilia. That is a fact. But there are dozens of what seem to be strangely worded emails dealing with pizza and handkerchiefs,” he said in the segment. “What the media is ignoring is that the Comet Ping-Pong Pizza place is actually referenced in the Podesta emails at least a dozen or so times.”
He also pointed to the strange, seemingly coded language in the emails of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta — leaked by Wikileaks — and in the Instagram account of the owner of Comet Ping Pong, the family friendly DC pizzeria at the center of the Pizzagate scandal. On Facebook, Swann claims his segment barely scratches the surface of all the information out there on Pizzagate.
The video of Swann’s report has been removed by CBS 46, but Swann still stands by his story. Technically nothing he said was incorrect, just many in the media are angry he gave credence to a conspiracy that led an armed gunman to “investigate” the matter, fire off shots and get arrested.
Swann has made many enemies by airing the segment, but gained supporters. WikiLeaks, oddly enough is now publicly defending Swan.
CBS Reality Check covers Pizzagate. https://t.co/KNaKp1XONR
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 18, 2017
Wikileaks even linked to the FBI list of pedophile symbols. Part of the Pizzagate conspiracy is that another pizza parlor near Comet Ping Pong used one of the government certified pedo symbols as a logo for their establishment. But to be fair, the symbol looks like a pizza slice.
Swann has gained the support of conspiracy theorists on the Internet with many calling him “the only anchor in America willing to tell the truth about Pizzagate.” His picture was the top post on Reddit’s Donald Trump subreddit, praising him for bringing Pizzagate to the mainstream.
4chan of course has fired up their meme machine to defend Swann from attacks from the rest of the media.
Swann has a history of trafficking in conspiracy theories with his independent media project Truth in Media. In a past video he questioned police narratives surrounding both the Aurora, Colorado and Sandy Hook shootings. He also has appeared on Alex Jones’ InfoWars multiple times and many of his pieces echo the same talking points of Jones and other right wing conspiracy theorists.
He is currently attempting to crowdfund a piece investigating how the USA and the Saudis created ISIS to defeat Assad.
What is interesting is who is not commenting on the current controversy surrounding Ben Swann. Infowars has not published an article defending Swann, and prominent alt right figures like Mike Cernovich and Paul Joseph Watson have remained quiet on the matter. Jones and others were sympathetic to Pizzagate at first, but backed off after it almost got violent.
This incident will only grow Swann’s credentials with conspiracy types, but has no doubt caused CBS46 a great deal of bad press and headaches.
Swann’s employer, WGCL, is owned by the media giant Meredith. It is the third-largest CBS affiliate not owned and operated by CBS itself.