CBS anchor Ben Swann did a “reality check” on Pizzagate 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:
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 unknown the video suddenly is unavailable: http://www.cbs46.com/clip/13036440/reality-check-is-pizzagate-fake-news
The Daily Beast wrote a critical article about the report by Ben Swann (which can be found here: The Daily Beast – Meet Ben Swann, the Republican Pizzagate Truther Hosting Atlanta’s CBS Nightly News ) criticizing him for his former job at Russia Today and other reports he made which The Daily Beast is critical about.
The main point of criticism is that Swann didn’t reach 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, CBS 46 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 tried to call and mail Ben Swann with no reply.
National CBS News Spokesperson Christina Robertson sent a reply after the publicatiin 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.