One of the biggest stories over the last 48 hours involved the debunked conspiracy theory known as "Pizzagate." After the right-wing scandal made its way around the internet, a potentially dangerous situation occurred.

"The View" on fake news

While the majority of alternative news sources on the internet have been found to be more than credible, some right-wing conspiracy sites have become popular, mostly among supporters of Donald Trump. The latest is known as "Pizzagate," which was allegedly uncovered in the hacked emails of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, which the conspiracy claims that close friends of the Clintons were running a child sex ring based out of the Comet Ping Pong pizza shop in Washington, D.C.

The scandal was quickly debunked, but not before an armed gunman was arrested at the location in an attempt to see if the story was true. The conspiracy was promoted by Michael Flynn Jr., the son of the incoming National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn. This issue was discussed during the December 6 edition of "The View."

"What's incredible about it, is that not only did his son retweet it, he retweet it," Sonny Hostin said of Gen. Michael Flynn pushing the false conspiracy. "I think it's incredible that you have a National Security Advisor tweeting out false news about a former Secretary of State and a campaign person," Hostin added.

While the older Flynn didn't actually retweet about "Pizzagate," he has been known to promote false stories in the past.

"It's one thing to have the news and the news stations and media that you don't agree with," co-host Sara Hines said, before adding, "Then there's another thing to have fake stories completely based on misinformation." At this point, co-host Joy Behar ripped into Gen. Michael Flynn for his long history of promoting misinformation.

"He also claimed that Obama was a jihadi, this guy Michael Flynn, who's the National Security Advisor," Behar said. "He said Obama is a jihadi who supports ISIS and launders money for terrorists," "The View" co-host pointed out, noting, "this is the man who is going to be running the National Security department in this country."

On Trump

Not stopping there, the ladies of "The View" made sure to get on Donald Trump and his future administration.

"Do you know how much damage he can do in 4 years?," Joy Behar asked, before repeating, "Do you have any idea?” When co-host Whoopi Goldberg addressed that Trump was bringing something new to the White House, Behar couldn't hold back. "Mental illness," Behar said, before adding, "It’s not that I don’t agree with him. He’s not right in the head."

Next up

While social media platforms are taking steps to minimize "fake news," they are also trying to find a way not to censor free speech, while alienating the majority of alternative news sources that so often get put into the same category as the misleading information.

While conspiracy theories continue to find their way onto the internet, Donald Trump is just six weeks away from being sworn in as the next commander in chief, and will do so with Michael Flynn by his side in the White House.

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