How to Help Protect Journalists From Violence
CNN is having a scary Comet Ping Pong moment.
Back in December 2016, the Washington DC pizza restaurant was shot up by a gunman "self-investigating" a conspiracy theory peddled on Reddit and 4chan.
Fast forward to this week: a Michigan man has been arrested for making racist, threatening calls this month to CNN headquarters. On one of many calls, he said: "Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. F‑‑‑ you, f‑‑‑ing n‑‑‑‑‑s.”
Unlike Pizzagate, the "fake news" theory has been peddled not only across the dark corners of the internet, but by the highest office-holder in the land.
Over the past year, Donald Trump has called CNN fake news, declined to take questions from CNN reporters, and retweeted videos suggesting violence against the network.
CNN's Don Lemon addressed Trump directly, describing Trump's role in the targeting of CNN and mentioning an open NYPD case investigating death threats against Lemon himself.
How to help protect journalists and a free press
BTW, speaking of Pizzagate: self-described "investigative journalist" Liz Crokin has continued to use Twitter to stoke the long-debunked Pizzagate conspiracy, which has now ensnared John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, and their one-year old daughter.
While Twitter de-verified Crokin's account, Twitter hasn't yet banned Crokin. Flag @lizcrokin's account for Twitter's safety team. You can do this in 30 seconds by clicking the gear icon or overflow icon (which looks like 3 vertical dots) on her account page, then "Report", then "Their Tweets are abusive or hateful", then "Engaging in targeted harassment."