27 episodes

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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 547 Ratings

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

    Welcome To Portland, Where [Indistinct But Horrific Coughs And Screams]

    Welcome To Portland, Where [Indistinct But Horrific Coughs And Screams]

    Things are not going so great in Portland, where months of rowdy and sometimes destructive protests have been met with a federal response that has understandably scared and infuriated residents. But what's really going on there? Have we reached a point where it's basically impossible to find credible, contextualized accounts of complicated situations like this one? Will the Wall of Moms be undone by jackbooted government thugs and/or its own alleged racism? As one of America's whitest cities speeds down the road to Crazyville, there's a lot to unpack.


    Show notes/Links:


    The New York Times: The Showdown in Portland (from The Daily) - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/podcasts/the-daily/portland-protests.html


    The New York Times: Times Videos Show How Federal Officers Escalated Violence in Portland (video) - https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000007243995/portland-protests-federal-government.html


    Reason: What It's Like To Work in the Portland Jail During the George Floyd Protests - https://reason.com/2020/07/23/what-its-like-to-work-in-the-portland-jail-during-the-george-floyd-protests/


    Michael Tracey: Two months since the riots, and still no “National Conversation” - https://medium.com/@mtracey/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006


    The New York Times: Federal Officers Deployed in Portland Didn’t Have Proper Training, D.H.S. Memo Said - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/18/us/portland-protests.html


    ACLU: The Constitution in the 100-Mile Border Zone - https://www.aclu.org/other/constitution-100-mile-border-zone


    On the Media: What We Know About the Border - https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/what-we-know-about-border

    • 45 min
    Freddie deBoer On Mental Health And The Awfulness Of Twitter

    Freddie deBoer On Mental Health And The Awfulness Of Twitter

    In an excerpt of a patrons-only episode we're releasing as a bonus, Jesse and Freddie deBoer discuss the ways in which Twitter seems to worsen some people's mental health, deBoer's own struggles with bipolar disorder, the false accusation he knowingly leveled against the journalist Malcolm Harris, and more.


    Show notes/Links:


    Listen to the first part of the interview, about deBoer's new book, "The Cult of Smart," here: https://barpodcast.fireside.fm/22


    Listen to the full version of the second half here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patrons-only-on-39708189


    Preorder "The Cult of Smart": https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250224491


    FdB: statement [on his false accusation] - https://fredrikdeboer.com/2018/10/02/statement/

    • 28 min
    Freddie deBoer On 'The Cult of Smart'

    Freddie deBoer On 'The Cult of Smart'

    After Katie recounts a listener complaint and the cohosts announce a new focus for the podcast, the bulk of the episode consists of an interview Jesse conducted with Freddie deBoer, a brilliant thinker and writer whose first book, "The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice," is a searing indictment of the American education system's most entrenched orthodoxy: the idea that just about any child can succeed academically. The second, patrons-only portion of the interview, a wider-ranging conversations about social media, online leftism, mental health, and other subjects, will be posted by the end of the day on Saturday, 7/25/2020 at the latest, and when it's ready this text will be replaced with a link.


    Show notes/Links:


    "The Cult of Smart" (yes, it is that good, and yes, you should pre-order it) - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250224491


    Freddie's website - https://fredrikdeboer.com/


    FdB: the educational standardization trap - https://medium.com/@freddiedeboer/the-educational-standardization-trap-25aca6c0121


    FdB: disentangling race from intelligence and genetics, or how to rescue behavioral genetics from racists - https://fredrikdeboer.com/2017/04/10/disentangling-race-from-intelligence-and-genetics/


    FdB: addressing some complaints - https://fredrikdeboer.com/2017/04/11/addressing-some-complaints/

    • 50 min
    Bye, Bye Bari And Adios, Andrew

    Bye, Bye Bari And Adios, Andrew

    After Jesse reluctantly reveals some incredibly embarrassing and personal details about his love life in the opening segment, the hosts discuss last week's two big media stories: Bari Weiss's resignation from The New York Times and Andrew Sullivan's firing from New York Magazine. Is this a sign that these outlets are narrowing their windows of acceptable opinion? Was Weiss's treatment in her workplace genuinely unfair, or is she reacting with the same 'safetyism' she has so forcefully criticized? If Jesse and Katie were trapped on a desert island, who would eat who? These and other questions, answered.


    Show notes/Links:


    -Bari Weiss's resignation letter: https://www.bariweiss.com/resignation-letter


    -"See You Next Friday: A Farewell Letter" by Andrew Sullivan: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/07/andrew-sullivan-see-you-next-friday.html


    -"When Racism Is Fit to Print" by Andrew Sullivan: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/08/sarah-jeong-new-york-times-anti-white-racism.html


    -"How Did I Get Iraq Wrong?" by Andrew Sullivan: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2008/03/i-committed-four-cardinal-sins-around-the-iraq-war.html

    • 56 min
    Online Harassment Is Bad But Also People Are Extremely Disingenuous About It, And Other Observations

    Online Harassment Is Bad But Also People Are Extremely Disingenuous About It, And Other Observations

    After Jesse bravely expresses an opinion that is likely to get him cancelled by Cancel Culture, and to potentially destroy the podcast entirely, the hosts, who are clearly hated by God Himself (of maybe... HERself??), devote almost the entire episode to Letter Discourse and Counter-Letter Discourse. The discussion mostly concerns the harassment of a Vox staffer, which Jesse contributed to and feels bad about, even as he is aggrieved at the unhinged-in-light-of-the-evidence Jesse Did It narrative that took over bluecheck Twitter earlier this week. What are individuals' responsibilities during online pileons? Will journalists ever stop being full of shit with regard to which acts -- screencapping, quote-retweeting, mocking -- are and aren't considered harassment? In the closing segment, the hosts briefly discuss President Trump's interesting strategy of fighting for free speech and open academic inquiry by unleashing the federal government to investigate universities, as one does.


    Show Notes/Links:


    The Harper's Letter: https://harpers.org/a-letter-on-justice-and-open-debate/


    The Counter-Letter: https://theobjective.substack.com/p/a-more-specific-letter-on-justice


    Rough week for Jesse on Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=jesse%20singal&src=typed_query


    (We said we would include links to the right-wing pieces and tweets bashing the Vox staffer mentioned in the podcast, but whoever wrote this summary began feeling guilty about doing so. If you search for her name and the name of the outlets mentioned, you will find it all -- we promise.)

    • 52 min
    The Pod Gets Into Its First Beef, S****y Media Men List Developments, And Stop Lying About Your Online Enemies

    The Pod Gets Into Its First Beef, S****y Media Men List Developments, And Stop Lying About Your Online Enemies

    The gang celebrates July 4th by barely mentioning it. Instead, Jesse and Katie talk about Blocked and Reported's arguably FIRST EVER beef, which involves a very sensitive staffer at The New Republic. Then they relay two real corrections and one fake one from previous episodes, talk about the increasing possibility, in light of a new court decision, that at least one contributor to the S****y Media Men list will be 'unmasked,' and discuss a thoughtful essay on what it feels like to be at the bottom of a Twitter pileon. Plus: Jesse finally addresses the rumors that have been haunting him about his relationship with certain New England horses.


    Soundcloud: The offending clip from our segment on Online Validiy Discourse - https://soundcloud.com/josephine-livingstone/blocked-reported-clip


    Blocked and Reported: Episode 5 - Katie And Jesse Decide Who Is Valid - https://barpodcast.fireside.fm/5


    Snopes: Did Merriam-Webster Update Its Definition of ‘Racism’ To Say Only White People Are Racist? - https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/merriam-webster-definition-racism/


    The Volokh Conspiracy: “S****y Media Men” List Libel Lawsuit Can Go Forward - https://reason.com/2020/07/02/s****y-media-men-list-libel-lawsuit-can-go-forward/


    The Stranger: Anonymous UW Students Publish Rape Accusations Online. What Could Go Wrong? - https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/10/09/33615110/anonymous-uw-students-publish-rape-accusations-online-what-could-go-wrong


    Quillette: How An Anonymous Accusation Derailed My Life - https://quillette.com/2018/09/25/how-an-anonymous-accusation-derailed-my-life/


    Medium: Hi, I’m on the S****y Media Men list, but maybe you already knew that - https://medium.com/@mike_tunison/hi-im-on-the-s****y-media-men-list-but-maybe-you-already-knew-that-f446aed1f93b


    Medium: Katelyn Burns Fabricated Several Exchanges With Me That Never Occurred (archived version) - http://archive.is/UEsMj


    (current version, without screenshot-proof for reasons explained at the top, here: https://medium.com/@jesse.singal/so-about-that-katelyn-burns-thread-58c736647bc9)


    Medium: A (Hopefully) Final Update On This Katelyn Burns Thing (Updated) - https://medium.com/@jesse.singal/a-hopefully-final-update-on-this-katelyn-burns-thing-da17730e13aa


    Singal-Minded: Nicole Cliffe Is A Poor Choice Of #MeToo Moral Guardian - https://jessesingal.substack.com/p/nicole-cliffe-is-a-poor-choice-of


    The Critic: The eye of the storm: https://thecritic.co.uk/issues/july-august-2020/the-eye-of-the-storm/

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
547 Ratings

547 Ratings

Erik Fleming ,

I really love this podcast.

Ever since Trump won the election, I’ve noticed the mainstream media continuing to lose its mind. I’ve come to terms with the Democratic Party’s insistence on becoming evermore a corporate controlled husk of its former self. All while watching activists on the left totally lose the plot and veer off into Offended Land, while leaving most working class lefties in their wake.

All that to explain why, I took a sabbatical from the news and social media to try and prevent myself from going crazy. Luckily, I found this podcast! My faith in humanity is somewhat restored knowing that there are at least some people—on the left—left in America, who haven’t totally lost their minds (yet).

I love the podcast and appreciate everything you guys do. Keep up the good work!

DeaconCorp ,

Good podcast

Watching this pod grow gives me hope.

Stepchild02 ,

Favored in Flyover

I’m sorry it took media “excommunication” for this podcast to happen but there has been value in the hosts sacrifice. I’ve always felt a little unmoored politically but lately I had to learn the word “gaslit” to describe my experience of current events. This podcast is shelter from the storm (to complete the metaphor). The pod is funny but doesn’t try to hard. The hosts are prepared and knowledgable about their subject matter and most important to me, come to the concepts with some humility. Strong opinion backed up with evidence to be sure but not certainty ir dogma. As the kids are saying, *would recommend*.

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