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Fake news, real guns and a top Trump advisor

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"Pizzagate" and a top aide to Donald Trump.

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Retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn arrives at Trump Tower in
New York to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, November 29, 2016.
(Mike Segar/Reuters)

A Washington pizza restaurant called Comet Ping Pong first received abusive messages, then death threats and, finally, a visit by an armed man who said he was there to protect children from sex-abuse and trafficking. He fired shots, but hit no one and submitted to arrest when it turned out the reports he’d seen were untrue. But the source of those rumors has been traced to reports on social media circulated by the son of a powerful advisor to Donald Trump, as Cecilia Kang reports in the New York Times.