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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Episode 39: Are Monkeys Inherently Racist?, Is College-Obama A Creep?, And Other Pressing Matters
After the hosts celebrate a major achievement and Jesse goes on a little rant that is Super Political, Katie and Jesse delve into three stories of profound internet nonsense involving privileged white people doing antiracism, a Toronto editor VERY mad about a new broth-joint, and some of Twitter's most neurotic people getting super mad about Barack Obama's college conduct.
The New York Times: G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Details Ties Between 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/18/us/politics/senate-intelligence-russian-interference-report.html
The Phinney Neighborhood Association: Anti-racism work updates: Eliminating racist symbolism - https://www.phinneycenter.org/eliminating-racist-symbolism/
blogTO: New Toronto clothing store ditches broth bar after cultural appropriation complaints - https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2020/11/toronto-clothing-store-ditches-broth-bar-cultural-appropriation-complaints/
(Update: If it's down, try this cached link: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:p0Tmb1vnPZoJ:https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2020/11/toronto-clothing-store-ditches-broth-bar-cultural-appropriation-complaints/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us.)
Twitter: "The way Obama writes about womehttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/18/us/politics/senate-intelligence-russian-interference-report.html
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Bari Weiss Is Right, Part II: Philosophy Schmosiphy
After Katie talks about her new dog-testicles-centered newsletter, the hosts discuss the latest events in the ongoing saga of Helen Lewis's voice getting erased by Ubisoft. Now that Rock Paper Shotgun has sacked a 13-year freelancer for the crime of being sympathetic to Lewis in the site's comments section, it's fair to ask: Does it make sense to fire people for expressing majority opinions? (No. No it doesn't.) Then Katie and Jesse discuss an article in New York Magazine about the internal tumult at The New York Times that, like everything else which happens in this crazy world of ours, simply proves the hosts were right all along. Plus: Jesse is triggered by a leaked screenshot from the Times' #diversity slack channel in which he is denounced for wrongthink.
Moose Nuggets: https://moosenuggets.substack.com/
Rock Paper Shotgun: Watch Dogs Legion is booting a journalist off its fictional radio - https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/11/06/watch-dogs-legion-is-booting-a-journalist-off-its-fictional-radio
Tim Stone disagrees in the comments: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/11/06/watch-dogs-legion-is-booting-a-journalist-off-its-fictional-radio/#comment-3120763
RPS announces his sacking: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot/status/1326211540689821698
New York Magazine: Inside the New York Times' Heated Reckoning With Itself - https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/11/inside-the-new-york-times-heated-reckoning-with-itself.html
Democracy Is For Stupid Jerks
In a very special episode, Katie and Jesse discuss a long, stupid week in which democracy had its way with the American people, vigorously and repeatedly. What should we make of the fact that, while Joe Biden is on the brink of victory, the election was closer than many expected and the Democrats were denied their "blue wave"? Is it because of the patriarchy? White supremacy? Wokeness? Minorities who cling annoyingly to 'agency' and "interpreting the world through their own values, rather than the media's?" Also: Jesse dissects Donald Trump's incredibly lazy, half-assed meltdown, and the hosts debate whether "Voter fraud stole the election for Biden!" is the new "The Russians stole the election for Trump!"
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Katie's new newsletter: http://moosenuggets.substack.com
The Week: The left just got crushed - https://theweek.com/articles/947824/left-just-got-crushed
Chaos and recriminations on a Democratic caucus conference call: https://twitter.com/ericawerner/status/1324439295847968768
The New York Times: Exit Polls Point to the Power of White Patriarchy - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/04/opinion/election-2020-exit-polls.html
Glenn Greenwald Leaves The Intercept And The Section 230 Saber-Rattling Continues
After Jesse tells Katie a harrowing story about his recent journey into the heart of 'Manhattan,' the hosts discuss Glenn Greenwald's departure from The Intercept, an outlet he helped found back in 2014. Was this a case of censorship, as Greenwald argues, or did he overreact to standard editorial input? Then they turn their attention to Section 230, a law that made the internet what it is today (for better and for worse), and which seems to be attracting bipartisan ire of late, especially among people who don't really understand technology.
Greenwald's posts on this controversy:
My Resignation From The Intercept - https://greenwald.substack.com/p/my-resignation-from-the-intercept
Article on Joe and Hunter Biden Censored By The Intercept - https://greenwald.substack.com/p/article-on-joe-and-hunter-biden-censored
Emails With Intercept Editors Showing Censorship of My Joe Biden Article - https://greenwald.substack.com/p/emails-with-intercept-editors-showing
The Intercept: Glenn Greenwald Resigns From The Intercept (pushing back on some of GG's claims) - https://theintercept.com/2020/10/29/glenn-greenwald-resigns-the-intercept/
Reason's coverage of Section 230: https://reason.com/tag/section-230/
Slate: Revising the Law That Lets Platforms Moderate Content Will Silence Marginalized Voices - https://slate.com/technology/2020/10/section-230-marignalized-groups-speech.html
The Problem With "Involuntary Conservatives" And With Accidentally Taking Your Dick Out At Work
Lotta dicks this week. After addressing some reader reactions to their The 1619 Project segment last week, Katie and Jesse critique the idea of "involuntary conservatives" so enraged by wokeness that they have to vote for Donald Trump. Then the hosts turn their attention to a salacious media story involving a certain New Yorker staff writer and, well, there's no more polite way to put this, but, um, his penis.
James Lindsay: "Frankly going to unhappily vote Republican, including Trump, until the left walks this shit all the way back." - https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1318412252903604226
Eric Weinstein: "InCons are a force this year. Involuntary conservatives are real. As I’ve told you: the failure to condemn @MayorJenny & @tedwheeler, acknowledge ANTIFA, admit to media bias or to level about cognitive issues etc. in a near octogenarian has created the Never-Trump Trump voter."
Dave Rubin: "Tyranny is here. Vote every Democrat out of office at every level everywhere. That is the only way to get things to start turning around. Or live like sheep going to slaughter, your call." - https://twitter.com/RubinReport/status/1318743358911574017
Vice: New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin for Masturbating on Zoom Call - https://www.vice.com/en/article/epdgm4/new-yorker-suspends-jeffrey-toobin-for-zoom-dick-incident
The Stranger: Seattle Times Reporter Mike Rosenberg Suspended over Twitter Messages - https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/05/06/40121238/seattle-times-reporter-mike-rosenberg-suspended-over-twitter-messages
The 1619 Project, Hunter Biden's Sweet Gig, And Facebook And Twitter's Panicky Incompetence
Katie and Jesse discuss the recent and not-so-recent controversy over The 1619 project, the reputational perils of getting in constant fights with idiots on Twitter, and the tangled story of Hunter Biden, a blind guy at a laptop-repair shop, and a controversial New York Post story. Along the way, Jesse engages in some shockingly casual anti-Ukrainianism.
The New York Times: The 1619 Project - https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html
The New York Times: The 1619 Chronicles - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/09/opinion/nyt-1619-project-criticisms.html
The Washington Post: How the 1619 Project took over 2020 - https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/1619-project-took-over-2020-inside-story/2020/10/13/af537092-00df-11eb-897d-3a6201d6643f_story.html
The World Socialist Web Site's coverage of the controversy: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Awsws.org+%221619+project%22&oq=site%3Awsws.org+%221619+project%22&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i58.5606j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
The New York Times: On Recent Criticism of The 1619 Project- https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/magazine/criticism-1619-project.html (note: this one went up after we recorded the episode)
New York Post: Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad - https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/email-reveals-how-hunter-biden-introduced-ukrainian-biz-man-to-dad/
PolitiFact: A look behind the NY Post headline about Joe Biden and a Ukraine meeting - https://www.politifact.com/article/2020/oct/15/look-behind-ny-post-headline-about-joe-biden-and-u/