I'm afraid to get too attached.
"When the moon hits your eye..."
Chances are if you didn't know about #Pizzagate before this weekend, you know about it now — following reports in the Washington Post (55,000 shares) of a man entering a DC pizzeria and firing shots with an assault rifle to "self investigate" the entirely baseless conspiracy theory known as #Pizzagate. (The New York Times' Cecilia Kang has a good rundown of the conspiracy theory's origins and how its spread parallels that of other fake news smorgasbords in the social age).
And by "Fake Newsers," Decker isn't talking about your run-of-the-mill 4chan fascist living in his mom's basement, but high-profile names like Michael G. Flynn, the son of Trump's appointed national security adviser who according to Politico gave credence to #Pizzagate's false claims in a tweet yesterday: "Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it'll remain a story. The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many ‘coincidences’ tied to it."
Of course all kinds of people have crazy family members. How big a deal is Flynn's pizza peccadillo, really?
In news not related to pizzas and pedophiles:
Colin Campbell of the News and Observer in Raleigh reports that North Carolina governor Pat McCrory, a Republican, has conceded the gubernatorial election to his Democratic opponent, Roy Cooper in a YouTube video.
"A victory for protesters," tweets CNN contributor Cody Lyon in response to the New York Times report stating that federal officials will explore a different route for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. (83,000 shares).
"Trump lied," says Justin Miller of The Daily Beast, linking to a Washington Post piece from its China bureau on Trump's controversial and diplomatically unprecedented call to Taiwan officials (9,000 shares). "Taiwan call was planned for months, not a congrats message."
Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner will move to DC, according to CNN's David Wright. His CNN colleague Heather Long calls it "another sign of key roles Jared and Ivanka likely to play" in Trump's administration.
Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin (who's been as critical of Trump as any Democrat) has penned a must-read op-ed in the New York Times titled, "Trump's Threat to the Constitution" (18,000 shares). Maud Newton of Harpers sums up the piece like this: "Yes. Trump is unfamiliar with the constitution, doesn't mind that he's unfamiliar with it, and doesn't care about it."
Politico's Ken Doctor takes a closer look at the New York Times' surge to 2.5 million subscribers—which observers like the Times' Alexandra Jacobs refer to as the "Trump bump." "Not a dance move," she adds. "Yet."