Ben Swann’s Reality Check: Is Pizzagate Fake News?

Ben Swann’s Reality Check: Is Pizzagate Fake News?

Ex-CBS anchor Ben Swann did a “reality check” on the 17th of January 2017, in which he looked at Pizzagate.

He started the reality check with Edgar Maddisson Welch, the shooter at Comet Ping Pong, and explains that the media regarded it as fake news, after which he looks into what Pizzagate is.

He sums up the following about what it is:

  • Actually from Wikileaks release of Podesta e-mails
  • Around 50,000 leaked e-mails
  • None mention child sex trafficking or pedophilia

He continues that there are however strangely worded e-mails:

  • Dozens of e-mails mention pizza and handkerchiefs
  • Code language used by pedophiles?

Swann explains how according to the mainstream media, Comet Ping Pong was somehow linked to the fake news story and had no relation to anyone involved, while Comet Ping Pong is however mentioned in the e-mails.

Swann also says that the owner of the pizzeria, James Alefantis, is a friend of John Podesta and that Alefantis is one of the most powerful people in Washington. He continues that no solid evidence exists that Comet Ping Pong is used to run a child trafficking ring, but that there are strange connections with a pizza place nearby, Besta Pizza, and claimed pedophilia connections.

He shows a part of an unclassified 2007 FBI document:

The document contains commonly used symbols by pedophiles, according to the FBI. The blue symbol on the right top signifies “boy love”. In the next shot, Swann shows what was the logo of Besta Pizza:

He says that it was their logo up to a few weeks ago and contains the blue pedophile symbol on the top right mentioned in the previous shot.

Swann says that after pizzagate researchers found out, they changed their logo to the following one:

A triangle.

In the next part Swann starts about the parties at Comet Ping Pong and shows a poster of the band Sex Stains and says that the band has songs which joke about pedophilia and Sex Stains has a video that includes a symbol that is nearly identical to the symbol in the FBI document meaning boy love:

He continues on Alefantis who was once in a relationship with David Brock of Media Matters for America and how Alefantis made his Instagram profile, Jimmy Comet, after pizzagate showed up, private. An archived search however revealed strange photographs and disturbing images, Swann explains.

After this he starts about the Podesta brothers. John Podesta talks in the e-mails about his close relationship with Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the house who was recently sent to prison for his abuse of boys years ago. The judge called him a “serial child molester”.

Swann concludes saying that there are some very strange things surrounding pizzagate, but that there is no proof that a child trafficking ring is run by pizza partner in Washington D.C., but that there has not be one public investigation from local police, the FBI or others.

After the release of the video, YouTube user Ryan O’Neal, also known as Pizzagategear promoted the video on his YouTube channel.

CBS doesn’t have the video on their website since January the 19th 2017, for reasons unexplained the entire article was removed.

The Daily Beast wrote an article about the report by Ben Swann criticizing him for his former job at Russia Today and other reports he made which The Daily Beast isn’t fond of.

They criticized Swann for not reaching out to any of the people and organizations involved, like Comet Ping Pong, John Podesta or the FBI. The Daily Beast also tried to reach the executives at CBS and CBS46 News for comments about the report, CBS46 news director Frank Voicelli answered the phone after several calls, saying he didn’t have time to comment, because his news broadcast was about to start, “I will say Ben was meticulous with his fact-finding and sourcing on his Reality Check segment,” Volpicelli said about the Reality Check segment.

The Daily Mail states that they tried to call and mail Ben Swann with no reply.

National CBS News Spokesperson Christina Robertson sent a reply after the publication of the article by The Daily Beast:

“WGCL-TV in Atlanta is not owned or operated by CBS. As such, CBS News has no editorial control over the station’s news product,” she said.

The Daily Beast article could however not refute any of the claims Ben Swann made and only criticized him for his relations to Republican Party members.

CBS46 Fires Anchor Ben Swann After He Announces Return of “Reality Check”

Award-winning journalist and news anchor Ben Swann was first suspended by CBS Atlanta after announcing the return of his Reality Check segment, then later fired.

On January 29th, 2018 CBS46 fired journalist and anchor Ben Swann. In an official statement, CBS46 General Manager Lyle Banks stated, “Ben Swann is no longer an employee of WGCL-TV, effective immediately.”

That previous Friday, award-winning journalist Ben Swann was suspended as the evening anchor for CBS46 in Atlanta. Only hours before the suspension Swann had released a new video – his first independent video since January 2017 – announcing his impending return to the independent/alternative news arena. Rodney Ho of was the first to report on the news.

“CBS46 evening anchor Ben Swann has been taken off the air after his efforts to revive his independent investigative operation he called Reality Check came to light today,” Ho wrote. “On Thursday night, Swann posted a video on Vimeo teasing about an upcoming new project he planned to announce next Tuesday. He only identified himself as an “investigative journalist” and did not reference his ties to CBS46.”

Ho goes on to state that once CBS46 learned of Swann’s extracurricular activity he was suspended and his video was removed from Vimeo. A copy of the video was still available on Twitter and had been seen tens of thousands of times before being removed. Activist Post confirmed the suspension with CBS46 Atlanta. When pressed for more information regarding the cause of the suspension, CBS46 News Director Steve Doerr told Activist Post via email, “We don’t have a comment at this time.” Doerr only became news director in July 2017 and was not the News Director at the time of Swann’s initial blackout in February 2017. Sources close to the situation told Activist Post that Doerr was aware of Swann’s attempts to bring back his popular Reality Check segment.

Swann “went dark” on February 1, 2017 as his social media accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere were suddenly deactivated. Swann was a well-known local journalist at CBS46 in Atlanta, as well as a viral Internet sensation for his Reality Check investigative reports. Swann’s Reality Check reports began to garner attention around the 2012 U.S. election and had continued to gain millions of views while questioning the mainstream narrative.

Prior to his disappearance, Swann had been under attack by much of the corporate media for his now notorious Reality Check segment on the controversial Pizzagate theory. During the segment, Swann draws attention to what he sees as curious aspects of the theory which warrant further attention. Swann was immediately attacked by The Daily Beast (going so far as to place a tin-foil hat on the journalist), the Inquisitr, and many other publications. CBS46 initially defended Ben Swann’s reporting, but later appeared to take the blame for allowing the report to air.

In mid-December 2017, Ben Swann began posting in the forums of the cryptocurrency, DASH.

One cool feature that set DASH apart from Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies at the time was the use of self-governing, self-funding protocol. This allows users to submit proposals to the treasury which help grow the DASH community and potentially receive funding. Users submit proposals via forums in the DASH community. It is in these forums where Ben Swann successfully sought funding for reviving Reality Check and his Truth In Media website. After the proposal was approved by the DASH community Ben Swann’s team began working on fulfilling their end of the arrangement, promising new episodes of Reality Check every Tuesday and Thursday throughout February, March and April. Swann also confirmed that he would begin appearing publicly starting with the Anarchapulco conference in Acapulco, Mexico in late February.

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