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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.


Blocked and Reported Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal

    • Society & Culture
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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.


    Episode 85: We Have A Big Announcement And We're Celebrating With A Book Burning (With Kat Rosenfield)

    Episode 85: We Have A Big Announcement And We're Celebrating With A Book Burning (With Kat Rosenfield)

    Listen now (84 min) | Plus: A pro-Karen argument

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 84: Frederick Joseph, As Himself, In: The McKaren Park Karen, And An Interview With Paige Harden About Genetics

    Episode 84: Frederick Joseph, As Himself, In: The McKaren Park Karen, And An Interview With Paige Harden About Genetics

    Frederick Joseph is the unluckiest man in New York City: After dealing with a Satanic AirBnB host, a racist woman on the street, and racist editors and producers, he is the victim of the latest Central-Park-Karen-style incident. The hosts discuss his super real and honest stories. Then: Jesse interviews Kathryn Paige Harden, the author of The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality, about her research and the perils of debating fraught scientific and societal subjects online. 

    (Note: Due to a minor scheduling snafu I'm late getting you your patrons-only episode, but I'll have it for you by tomorrow morning at the latest. Also, keep an eye out for a longer cut of the Harden interview that we're releasing just for patrons, which I'll post momentarily. -Jesse)

    Show notes/Links:

    Job listing: https://www.patreon.com/posts/were-hiring-56634428 

    Original Frederick Joseph video:

    Insider’s coverage: https://www.insider.com/woman-accused-telling-black-dog-walker-stay-in-hood-fired-2021-9

    Derek Andersen has said problematic stuff himself:

    People won’t leave Joseph alone:

    Man Claims United Airlines Offered Woman $1,000 Voucher to Put Her Feet Down: 'The Audacity of White Privilege': https://www.newsweek.com/white-privilege-united-airlines-feet-table-845387

    Anna Merlan general background (not petty): https://jezebel.com/is-the-uva-rape-story-a-gigantic-hoax-asks-idiot-1665233387 

    Merlan on Joseph on AirBnB satanists: https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7jnmb/we-talked-to-the-host-accused-of-doing-satanic-rituals-in-his-airbnb 

    Joseph’s claim about black-author quotas:

    Paige Harden’s faculty page at the University of Texas - Austin: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/prc/directory/faculty/kh24738

    Paige Harden’s book, The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality: https://www.amazon.com/Genetic-Lottery-Matters-Social-Equality/dp/0691190801

    Giden Lewis-Kraus’s profile of her in The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/13/can-progressives-be-convinced-that-genetics-matters

    Freddie deBoer on his related book The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice: https://barpodcast.fireside.fm/22 

    Lothian Birth Cohorts: https://www.ed.ac.uk/lothian-birth-cohorts

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 83: Historically, The Anatomy And Physiology Of Bodies With Vaginas Has Been Neglected (early access, ad-free)

    Episode 83: Historically, The Anatomy And Physiology Of Bodies With Vaginas Has Been Neglected (early access, ad-free)

    (Apologies -- initially uploaded this with the wrong episode number/URL, so here's a corrected redo.)
    An update on Katie's face, Catie's Correction Corner, the world's only black nonbinary conservative, the bizarre newspeak pertaining to females being embraced by major liberal institutions, personals, and Ellen Pao's very strange New York Times op-ed about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos.
    Show notes/Links:
    Full, correct context for Daniel Lavery criticizing someone for reporting a home break-in: https://www.reddit.com/r/DearPrudence/comments/lzge8x/comment/gqdp0vz
    Troubled Daily Beast piece about Carson Griffith: https://www.thedailybeast.com/gawker-writers-quit-over-editorial-director-carson-griffiths-offensive-tweets-workplace-comments
    The articles notes in its subhed: “The new site’s only two full-time writers exited Wednesday in protest of editorial director Carson Griffith’s offensive remarks about everything from race to penis size.”
    There is no subsequent explanation of the claim that Griffith made an “offensive remark” about penis size — instead, she forwarded an email thread in which other people were joking about someone’s penis size, but which also contained information pertinent to a potential story idea.
    Tani writes: “Kosoff additionally told HR of an exchange in which Griffith took a dismissive stance towards the recruiting of a writer who identifies as non-binary. Kosoff, who was tasked with recruiting some new editorial staff, wrote in a Slack message that she was going to meet with a potential staffer ‘who is a person of color and nonbinary (uses they/them pronouns).’ When she returned from the meeting two hours later, Griffith initially laughed off the preferred pronouns. ‘lol is [name redacted] a girl?’ Griffith asked.”  But Slack logs included in Griffith’s complaint show that when Griffith said that, it wasn’t in the context of responding to this individual being nonbinary, but was rather simply a question about their sex/pronouns: https://postimg.cc/yJwcRZ6k
    Now, this screenshot doesn’t include the mention of “who is a person of color and nonbinary (uses they/them pronouns),” so it’s unclear when that was said. But there’s no evidence, within this excerpt, of Griffith responding directly to the applicant being nonbinary.
    Tani writes: “The two reporters also relayed to human-resources instances in which they believed Griffith—who holds a management role at the site—expressed an uncomfortably negative attitude on issues related to workplace diversity. In a Slack message reviewed by The Daily Beast, Griffith seemed to brag to Gawker staff that she had gotten them out of a company-wide diversity training session, though neither Kosoff nor Breslaw had asked her to do so. The two ended up attending.”
    Griffith claims she did not know this was a diversity meaning, and sure enough in the Slack log in question there is no mention of that aspect of it — she simply says she got them out of most of a long meeting that had been blocked off on their calendar (apologies for low quality): https://postimg.cc/PvqDsz2V/483230fa
    ACLU tweet: https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/1439259891064004610
    Interview in The Atlantic in which Emma Green asks the ACLU’s Louise Melling about language like “pregnant people”: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/09/pregnant-people-gender-identity/620031/
    AOC on AC360 (note that she uses “menstruating person,” not ‘menstruator’ as Jesse says in the show): https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/09/08/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-texas-abbott-abortion-ban-ac360-intv-sot-vpx.cnn
    Transcript: https://transcripts.cnn.com/show/acd/date/2021-09-07/segment/01
    Lancet tweet/cover: https://twitter.com/TheLancet/status/1441372277786951681
    Who Ellen Pao is: https://www.thecut.com/2017/08/ellen-pao-silicon-valley-sexism-reset-excerpt.html
    Her complicated departure: https://www.vox.com/2015/7/10/11614622/pao-out-as-reddit-ceo-co-founde

    Episode 82: Dear Prudence, Help! I Can't Stop Pretending To Be A Texas Abortion Bounty Hunter Online

    Episode 82: Dear Prudence, Help! I Can't Stop Pretending To Be A Texas Abortion Bounty Hunter Online

    The Prudie fakester: https://www.gawker.com/media/dear-prudie-it-was-me-all-along
    Help! My Friend Thinks I Am Stealing Vaccines From African-American Grandmothers To Attend Sex Resorts: https://slate.com/human-interest/2021/03/dear-prudence-daughter-girlfriend-armed-robbery-murder.html 
    Help! My Husband and I Can’t Agree On What To Name the Baby We Might Get!: https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/11/having-sex-with-nephew-advice.html 
    My Daughter Is Pretending to Be Demonically Possessed… and I Can’t Take It Anymore!: https://slate.com/podcasts/dear-prudence/2020/07/is-it-weird-to-love-giving-gifts-all-the-time-dear-prudence-podcast 
    Previous BARPod coverage of Prudie: https://barpodcast.fireside.fm/71
    The Goose Post: https://www.thechatner.com/p/i-am-the-horrible-goose-that-lives 
    Fox News on the sex-masking study: https://www.foxnews.com/health/couples-face-masks-sex-study 
    Texas's insane new abortion law: https://legiscan.com/TX/text/SB8/id/2395961
    After our show went up, our tipster pointed out that he had already done a post about this -- we would have credited him had we known at the time!: https://tracingwoodgrains.medium.com/how-one-tight-knit-circle-of-internet-troublemakers-convinced-professional-journalists-they-were-ac05459aa4c5 
    “Random strangers can sue any 'abettor' to an abortion anywhere in Texas and collect a minimum of $10,000, plus attorneys’ fees”: https://slate.com/podcasts/dear-prudence/2020/07/is-it-weird-to-love-giving-gifts-all-the-time-dear-prudence-podcast 
    "Reddit Bans Abortion Bounty Hunter Forum": https://www.vice.com/en/article/jg83bg/reddit-bans-abortion-bounty-hunter-forum 
    And Insider: https://www.businessinsider.com/reddit-shuts-down-forum-for-texas-abortion-bounty-hunters-2021-9 
    Kendall Brown tweet: https://twitter.com/kendallybrown/status/1433588701385400327 
    Steve Silberman: https://twitter.com/stevesilberman/status/1434223870035169282
    "Hey Gunslingers come join us on /TXBountyHunters, a new community dedicated to fighting, and profiting from, those who would break the law of our beautiful state": https://rdrama.net/post/12798/hey-gunslingers-come-join-us-on
    The subreddit was here -- quickly banned and we can't find an archived version: https://www.reddit.com/r/TXBountyHunters 
     Celebration: https://rdrama.net/post/13597/vice-gets-bounty-hunted
    "I think the key takeaway here is when these journos and abortion enthusiasts see a 'Christian' their brains malfunction and they lose what little ability they had to think rationally": https://taytay.life/post/13597/vice-gets-bounty-hunted/272219//?context=5#contex
    Mostly complete transcript, with some minor spelling/other issues cleaned up here and there:
    Jesse: Hey -- I'm a journalist who cohosts a podcast about internet b******t. We were tipped off to this whole Bounty Hunters thing. I'd love to send you a few questions about it -- particularly about what it's been like to watch this blow up in the way it has, and to see so many people taking it seriously. Any interest? -Jesse https://jessesingal.substack.com/about
    SCD: Text or call?
    Jesse: Your call. I can send you a URL to the thing we use to record the podcast -- that way we could talk by voice but keep you anonymous if you wanted.
    SCD: I’m at work and won’t be free until Sunday really, if you wanna shoot some questions here on drama I’ll answer, but tbh I don’t know if I have anything that interesting to add.
    Jesse: All right let's maybe chat Sunday. In the meantime, just send me anything you're cool sharing about why you did the original post and what it's been like watching it blow up. Thanks.SCD: [I did it] [f]or laughs, that’s literally it. I don’t believe in taking the internet seriously, never have. I grew up using 4chan, where nothing was off limits, nothing was sacred, and the only real rule was “the first to take it seriously loses.” I guess I never really grew out of that mindset. I’m older now, have a career, a fiancé, and a life,

    • 57 min
    Episode 81: Judith Butler's Gender Bubbles

    Episode 81: Judith Butler's Gender Bubbles

    Show notes/Links:
    Jesse's review of Trans: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/07/books/review/trans-helen-joyce.html 
    Wi spa incident: https://nypost.com/2021/09/02/charges-filed-against-sex-offender-in-wi-spa-casecharges-filed-against-sex-offender-in-notorious-wi-spa-incident/ 
    Max Read on Gawker: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2016/08/did-i-kill-gawker.html 
    Crackstarter: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/27/mayor_rob_ford_crack_video_scandal_gawkers_crackstarter_hits_200000_goal.html 
    Random girl singing N-word: https://www.gawker.com/white-kid-caught-ecstatically-singing-n***a-by-coache-1697520011 
    Bryan Goldberg buys Gawker: https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/gawker-acquired-bustle-bryan-goldberg-1202871999/ 
    "The Relentless and Well-Deserved Mockery of Bryan Goldberg": https://www.gawker.com/the-relentless-and-well-deserved-mockery-of-bryan-goldb-1325205558 
    New Gawker meltdown: https://www.thedailybeast.com/gawker-writers-quit-over-editorial-director-carson-griffiths-offensive-tweets-workplace-comments 
    We got bigots reviewing bigots out here!: https://www.gawker.com/media/bigot-reviews-bigot-for-nyt-book-review
    What's Jesse Singal's F*****g Deals?: https://jezebel.com/whats-jesse-singals-f*****g-deal-1826930495 
    Carey Callahan on informed consent: https://mariacatt42.medium.com/in-which-i-fail-to-find-you-any-gate-keeping-622c447a835f 
    The terrible Atlantic article: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/when-a-child-says-shes-trans/561749/ 
    Jesse's review was 'violent': https://twitter.com/britnidlc/status/1435323903199649797
    Murders: https://twitter.com/thesarahkelly/status/1435722753156468737 
    HRC's fearmongering: https://www.hrc.org/resources/fatal-violence-against-the-transgender-and-gender-non-conforming-community-in-2021 
    Polling on self-ID: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2020/07/16/where-does-british-public-stand-transgender-rights 
    Judith Butler interviewed in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/sep/07/judith-butler-interview-gender 
    Original, pre-cuts version: https://archive.is/jds9K 
    Judith Butler wins the Bad Writing Contest: http://www.denisdutton.com/bad_writing.htm 
    Martha Nussbaum demolishes Butler: https://newrepublic.com/article/150687/professor-parody 
    Eoin Higgins: https://twitter.com/EoinHiggins_/status/1435355735056162826 
    Jezebel explains what happened: https://jezebel.com/the-guardian-says-edited-judith-butler-interview-was-re-1847636842 
    Nathan Robinson says he lost his Guardian gig for being harsh on Israel: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2021/02/how-the-media-cracks-down-on-critics-of-israel 
    Widespread claims of censorship: https://twitter.com/search?q=guardian%20censor*&src=typed_query 
    ...but no (thread): https://twitter.com/jessesingal/status/1435674221586305027 
    Critique of gender identity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPVNxYkawao&ab_channel=HelenHeaton 
    WoLF folks on a panel at Heritage: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/conservative-group-hosts-anti-transgender-panel-feminists-left-n964246 
    Gender Now: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/gender-now 

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 80: Because God Hates Us Or Is Dead, Here's A Whole Episode About Noah Berlatsky And Pedophilia

    Episode 80: Because God Hates Us Or Is Dead, Here's A Whole Episode About Noah Berlatsky And Pedophilia

    An urgent investigation.
    Show notes/Links:
    Ben Burgis: “He’s one the most consistently and maliciously dishonest writers alive.”: https://twitter.com/BenBurgis/status/1431686876541325314
    More from Burgis: https://benburgis.medium.com/noah-berlatskys-critique-of-class-first-leftism-c9a738caf77a
    Old version of Freddie deBoer's Planet of Cops essay, which linked to Berlatsky's work: http://climateerinvest.blogspot.com/2021/06/the-woke-world-is-world-of-snitches.html?m=1 
    New version, which appears to have excised this reference: https://freddiedeboer.substack.com/p/planet-of-cops 
    Berlatsky: Katie Halper said we focus too much on anti-Semitism when discussing the Holocaust: https://www.patreon.com/posts/maybe-taking-of-13515855 
    Carl Beijer on Berlatsky vs. Halper: https://www.carlbeijer.com/p/some-pretty-egregious-misrepresentation-from-noah-berlatsky
    Berlatsky Berlastskying his review of "The Coddling Of The American Mind": https://twitter.com/jessesingal/status/1039654096515616768 
    "Chattering Class War: Punching Pundits from Chait to Chapo and Brooks to Breitbart": https://www.amazon.com/Chattering-Class-War-Punching-Breitbart-ebook/dp/B079P8N8MF 
    Berlatsky has stories about Jesse but no receipts: https://twitter.com/nberlat/status/1085910748159565825 
    * as of when we're posting this episode, his tweets are protected, so you may not be able to read them until he goes public again
    All the kids are talking about is Jesse's Atlantic article: https://twitter.com/nberlat/status/1281662776759537675?lang=en 
    The (official) Jesse Singal Resource Page: https://www.patreon.com/posts/jesse-singal-20353892 
    Negative coverage of Berlatsky and Prostasia: https://www.opindia.com/2021/08/meet-noah-berlatsky-prostasia-foundation-wonder-woman-rutgers-university-press-author-normalising-pedophilia/
    Some of his Prostasia stuff:  https://prostasia.org/blog/author/noah/
    "parents are tyrants": https://twitter.com/nberlat/status/1338586940157927427?lang=en 
    This American Life on virtuous pedophiles: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/522/tarred-and-feathered/act-two-0 
    Jesse's coverage of pedophilia:
    Canadian effort to get pedophiles help: https://talkingforchange.ca/ 
    Same deal in Germany: https://undark.org/2021/06/07/radical-and-controversial-treatment-for-pedophilia/ 
    MAP Support Club: https://prostasia.org/blog/an-introduction-to-map-support-club/
    Only tangentially connected to PF: https://blog.mapsupport.club/msc/map-support-clubs-partnership-with-prostasia-foundation
    Background on policy on minors: https://blog.mapsupport.club/msc/our-decision-to-instate-the-minors-channel-and-switch-out-dms-for-minors
    Can maybe help with suicide: https://prostasia.org/blog/an-introduction-to-map-support-club/
    About Minor Attraction: https://www.csaprimaryprevention.org/about-minor-attraction.html
    Thomas Arthur:
    The criminal complaint: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6548074-Thomas-Alan-Arthur-Criminal-Complaint.html
    Prostasia's statement about this whole thing: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pY

    • 1 hr 16 min

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maggiem79 ,

Not alone

I am a liberal but feel on the outside of the “woke” and outrage culture. They are like coming home. Thoughtful and funny. They make sense when everything else goes crazy

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Katie & Jessie have been essential listening in these hyperbolic times. Thank you for keeping a corner of sanity.

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I like it

This is a great podcast hands down

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