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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires. (And sometimes they talk about other stuff, too.)
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Blocked and Reporte‪d‬ Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires. (And sometimes they talk about other stuff, too.)
For more content, including premium episodes, check out the Blocked and Reported Patreon page: http://patreon.com/blockedandreported

    Reply All And Mike Pesca And Smith College And Race And Race And Race

    Reply All And Mike Pesca And Smith College And Race And Race And Race

    The liberal landscape is littered with race-related meltdowns. After a correction and an update to last week's Reply All episode, Katie and Jesse discuss Mike Pesca's suspension from Slate and a long, infuriating article in the New York Times about false accusations at Smith College.


    Reply All’s “The Confetti Cannon” episode:
    https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/dvh64g


    The other side of the argument that Reply All got more political:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/replyallpodcast/comments/ju3ly4/hot_take_reply_all_is_not_getting_more_political/gca58cv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3


    Fresh Air on the nature of the protest:
    https://www.npr.org/2021/02/25/971319812/reporters-video-from-inside-senate-on-jan-6-shows-a-crowd-prepared-for-violence


    NY Times on Deadspin’s implosion:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/31/business/media/deadspin-was-a-good-website.html


    Defector’s story on Mike Pesca:
    https://defector.com/mike-pesca-slate-suspended/


    NY Times on Pesca:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/business/media/slate-mike-pesca-suspended.html


    “Eschew the Taboo: The pernicious effects of banning words” by Christopher Hitchens:
    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2006/12/hatred-will-always-outpace-linguistic-correctness.html


    Ta-Nehisi Coates on use/mention:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/11/to-conversate/66929/


    John McWhorter on use/mention:
    https://johnmcwhorter.substack.com/p/the-n-word-as-slur-vs-the-n-word


    Margaret Sullivan with a confusing column:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/mike-pesca-donald-mcneil-n-word-media/2021/02/24/fe89d010-76a1-11eb-8115-9ad5e9c02117_story.html?itid=ap_margaretsullivan


    Stefan Fatsis on this debate in Slate alllllll the way back in 2020:
    https://slate.com/culture/2020/07/scrabble-offensive-words-ban-player-reaction.html


    The episode of The Gist where Pesca mentions nonbinary pronouns:
    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/acosta-out-emily-bazelon-charged-kamala-harris-gun-laws.html


    Michael Powell’s crazy story about Smith College:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/us/smith-college-race.html


    The ACLU ACLU-ing, hard:
    https://www.aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/smith-college-overhauls-policing-practices-after-black


    Cathy Young on the "Napping Whilte Black" story at Yale, which was significantly more complicated:
    https://thebulwark.com/standing-up-to-the-moral-outrage-industry/


    Jodi Shaw's latter, as published by Bari Weiss:
    https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/whistleblower-at-smith-college-resigns


    Katie on disappearing lesbians:
    https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/where-have-all-the-lesbians-gone-0a7


    Glenn Greenwald on his experience "trending as a transphobe and biphobe":
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXXJoOsdoNE&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=GlennGreenwald

    • 55 min
    Reply All Is Melting Down Like Some Sort Of Delectable Queso Dip Appropriated By A White Bon Appetit Editor

    Reply All Is Melting Down Like Some Sort Of Delectable Queso Dip Appropriated By A White Bon Appetit Editor

    Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo boy. Reply All, an excellent podcast, is melting down. What happened? What does it have to do with Bon Appetit? Why does news keep breaking immediately after Jesse and Katie record an episode?


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    Jesse's book, available for preorder: https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Fix-Psychology-Cant-Social/dp/0374239800/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=


    Show notes/Links:


    Jesse on his rejection:
    https://twitter.com/jessesingal/status/1361125261220196356


    A couple great episodes of Reply All:


    The Case of the Missing Hit: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/o2h8bx


    Shine On You Crazy Goldman:
    https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/2oh933/44-shine-on-you-crazy-goldman


    Adam Rapaport resigns (not fired, like Jesse says in the ep):
    https://www.npr.org/2020/06/09/872697289/chief-editor-at-bon-app-tit-resigns-after-racially-offensive-photo-surfaces


    Test Kitchen episodes of Reply All:
    https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/dvhzkdo/172-the-test-kitchen-chapter-1
    https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/awheda3/173-the-test-kitchen-chapter-2


    Eric Eddings' thread denouncing Reply All's alleged toxicity:
    https://twitter.com/eeddings/status/1361789128006897668


    Everyone reflexively agreeing with it without knowing whether it is 100% true:
    https://twitter.com/eeddings/status/1361789128006897668/retweets/with_comments


    PJ Vogt's apology:
    https://twitter.com/PJVogt/status/1362233699220258818


    Sruthi Pinnamaneni's:
    https://twitter.com/sruthiri/status/1362254842270519296


    FdB is not A-OK with NYC (media): https://fredrikdeboer.com/2021/02/15/scott-alexander-is-not-in-the-gizmodo-media-slack/

    • 1 hr 10 min
    [Yoda Voice:] Cancelled, You Are

    [Yoda Voice:] Cancelled, You Are

    Should Gina Carano have been fired from her job on the hit Star Wars show "A Candalabra" for being a dumb conservative with Boomerlike posting tendencies? The whole crew gets together to discuss. Also, Katie talks about her relationship with an old Trump supporter and Jesse looks back fondly on his grad-school trip to Israel and Palestine that solved that conflict once and for all.


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    Show notes/Links:


    Bret Stephens in the New York... Post???????: https://nypost.com/2021/02/11/read-the-column-the-new-york-times-didnt-want-you-read/


    Haywire trailer aka Gina Carano waiing on dudes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpffbDjWlog&ab_channel=MovieclipsTrailers


    The redubbing incident: https://www.slashfilm.com/gina-carano-confirms-voice-altered-haywire/


    Robby Soave on Carano: https://reason.com/2021/02/11/disney-cancels-the-mandalorian-star-gina-carano-over-provocative-social-media-posts/


    Deadline: https://deadline.com/2021/02/mandalorian-gina-carano-lucas-film-responds-to-controversial-statement-1234691898/


    The "anti-Semitic" post that clearly isn't: https://twitter.com/jessesingal/status/1359701663901245442


    The Freedom for Humanity mural Carano eventually posted a version of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_for_Humanity


    A Carano-sympathetic take: https://www.eviemagazine.com/post/people-are-trying-to-cancel-gina-carano-for-what-exactly/

    • 44 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Two More New York Times Departures Raise Some Troubling Questions About Disrespect Of Peruvian Shamans

    BONUS EPISODE: Two More New York Times Departures Raise Some Troubling Questions About Disrespect Of Peruvian Shamans

    Jesse and Katie talk about a disturbing bit of listener feedback and the recent departure from the Times, under questionable circumstances, of Andy Mills and Donald McNeil Jr. Are the worst norms of campus culture seeping into major media institutions? To hear the answer, you'll have to listen. (It's 'yes.')


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    Show notes/Links:


    The Cut on Andy Mills: https://www.thecut.com/2018/02/at-wnyc-an-uncertain-path-out-of-scandal.html


    His resignation note: https://www.andymills.work/resignation


    The Times on both resignations: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/05/business/media/donald-mcneil-andy-mills-leave-nyt.html


    John McWhorter is skeptical of collapsing the use/mention distinction: https://johnmcwhorter.substack.com/p/the-n-word-as-slur-vs-the-n-word


    NHJ not great on anonymous sources...: https://twitter.com/jessesingal/status/1358780440774082561


    ...or the question of whether the NYT has published "that word" much: https://twitter.com/jessesingal/status/1358781725652975618


    Because it has: https://rb.gy/pm6bpc

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Could Detransitioners Be Any More Bigoted? (With Detransitioner Carey Callahan)

    Could Detransitioners Be Any More Bigoted? (With Detransitioner Carey Callahan)

    After Jesse tells Katie a touching story about shoveling food into his face-hole, and the hosts discuss his latest Twitter-feud -- this one with a noted New Yorker food critic (not staff writer) -- the hosts unpack a Slate article about detransition that seems geared at painting that community in a particularly negative and reactionary light. But Carey Callahan, a detransitioner, therapist, and activist (who, to be fair, Katie and Jesse already knew before this all popped up), doesn't think this is a fair assessment, so she joins the pod for a conversation about her own experiences and what she thinks the Slate article misses.


    Show notes/Links:


    Jesse criticizes Helen: https://twitter.com/jessesingal/status/1354851768090439684


    Helen's thoughtful response forces Jesse to reconsider his position:


    https://twitter.com/jessesingal/status/1355200463029874693


    https://twitter.com/jessesingal/status/1355974150129655813


    The Slate article about detransitioners: https://slate.com/human-interest/2021/02/detransition-movement-star-ex-gay-explained.html


    Katie's detrans article: https://www.thestranger.com/features/2017/06/28/25252342/the-detransitioners-they-were-transgender-until-they-werent


    Jesse's detrans article: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/when-a-child-says-shes-trans/561749/


    Carey Callahan's excellent stuff:


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CareyCallsBS


    The Economist: https://www.economist.com/open-future/2019/12/03/gender-identity-is-hard-but-jumping-to-medical-solutions-is-worse


    Medium:


    https://medium.com/@mariacatt42/in-which-i-fail-to-find-you-any-gate-keeping-622c447a835f


    https://medium.com/@mariacatt42/how-to-do-your-own-differential-diagnosis-and-why-its-total-bullshit-that-you-would-have-to-461077985659

    • 1 hr 6 min
    It's Unbelievable That Glenn Greenwald Fired A New York Times Editor Just For Getting The Chills

    It's Unbelievable That Glenn Greenwald Fired A New York Times Editor Just For Getting The Chills

    After Katie tells Jesse about a very disturbing dream she had about him, the hosts perform some valuable service journalism by explaining to listeners the nature of stonks and bons and hedge funs. Then they turn their attention to the story of Lauren Wolfe, a New York Times gig-editor who was fired after tweeting that watching Joe Biden's plane land gave her the 'chills.' Fair? Unfair? Inconsistently applied standards? Lot to unpack.


    Please pre-order Jesse's book, The Quick Fix, if you're able to:
    https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Fix-Psychology-Cant-Social/dp/0374239800/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=


    https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780374239800?aff=macmillan


    Show notes/Links:


    STONKS:


    https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/stonks


    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/01/the-complete-morons-guide-to-gamestops-stock-roller-coaster/https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/01/the-complete-morons-guide-to-gamestops-stock-roller-coaster/


    Lauren Wolfe:


    Yashar Ali's thread: https://twitter.com/yashar/status/1352471654425743361


    Josh Shahryar's thread: https://twitter.com/JShahryar/status/1353142366656372741


    Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/01/25/lauren-wolfe-tweet-nyt-dismissal/


    Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/01/inside-the-new-york-times-firing-of-lauren-wolfe


    Yascha Mounk on the firing of David Shor: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/stop-firing-innocent/613615/


    Katie on Jack Smith IV: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/09/28/33049349/a-progressive-writer-was-bad-boyfriend-and-then-he-was-fired-for-it

    • 53 min

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