Did I use that word?
Is “insane” the word you’re referring to? As in your quote below?
I’m no stranger to conspiracy theories, and this blog has covered them for years on end, but few that I’ve seen have reached the insane apex of the story being dubbed Pizzagate.
If so, then yes… yes you did use that word. Or was it that you were saying there that the “apex of the story” itself was clinically insane. If that’s the case, then I’m glad you haven’t diagnosed anyone, because I don’t think you have a firm grasp of what insanity in a clinical sense means. In order for something to be diagnosed as insane it must have the capability of having rational thought at one time or another. In order to have real rational thought most people would probably agree that you must be a human, but I’m willing to concede that maybe animals or even plants can have some form of thought. However, for an inanimate object or a conceptual idea to be doing thinking of its own is clearly not possible, so it couldn’t possibly be clinically insane.
Of course… you could be using “insane” in a rhetorical sense, kind of like how I was using it. In this case, it still seems clear that the implication you’re making above is that pizzagate followers are insane for taking it seriously.
Am I using a bit of tongue and cheek hyperbole here? Am I trolling just a little bit? I have to admit, I’m a little guilty on both accounts — I do not literally think that you believe pizzagate followers have psychological disorders. But the fact is that you didn’t need to use the word “insane” to get the same message across. Your message is clear; you tell the reader everything they need to know in the title of the article: “pizzagate: fake news, real consequences”. “Fake” news means it’s already be proven false. Already debunked. No need to look into it or ask the authorities to look into it. Nothing to see here folks. Move along.
This whole claim that it’s fake news is my whole objection to your article. By the way, that is the same objection the meme raises, and saying that the meme’s logic is flawed means you’re missing the point. Nowhere on that meme does it imply that the evidence for why pizzagate needs to be taken seriously is contained there in the meme itself. The point is to stop calling it “fake news”. Pizzagate followers don’t call it “news” in the first place- they call it a conspiracy. Anyway, it’s really not worth any more discussion of the finer points if you can’t get past that.
Ps. Do you think I’ll do better playing dominos on cheese than on pasta?