252 episodes

From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink) dissect the news, interrogate guests, and question just about everything. The topics are broad, the insights are deep, and the jokes are off color. Reform the system, or burn it to the ground? They discuss... @wethefifth www.wethefifth.com
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The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink)

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    • 4.7 • 1.9K Ratings

From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink) dissect the news, interrogate guests, and question just about everything. The topics are broad, the insights are deep, and the jokes are off color. Reform the system, or burn it to the ground? They discuss... @wethefifth www.wethefifth.com
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    324 "Simmon's Flu Game, Why Amy Cooper Matters, Bet on the House?"

    324 "Simmon's Flu Game, Why Amy Cooper Matters, Bet on the House?"

    Coco Shoots Her ShotGangs All HereNew York is Back**Real Winners Don't Bother Trying Carrying MJ Off The FloorJust QuitMasks + SuperstitionSave the BabiesSurprise 🎁The Stories We Refuse to Tell OurselvesIf It Happened
    Recorded: 7.27.2021
    Published: 7.29.2021

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    • 1 hr 48 min
    323 w/ Jonathan Rauch "Saving Truth, CRT Martyrs, Equal But Separate"

    323 w/ Jonathan Rauch "Saving Truth, CRT Martyrs, Equal But Separate"

    w/ Jonathan Rauch @ Author of "The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth." Senior fellow @BrookingsInst. Contributing writer @TheAtlantic.
    - I Heart Lizzo
    - Where Things When Wrong
    - Flooding the Zone
    - Breaking Journalism
    - The Humanitarian Threat and Moral Clarity
    - Cancel Culture, Information Warfare, Social Coercion
    - Truth + Checking
    - Greatest Leap Forward
    - Ibram Orwell
    - Bans, Martyrs, Inevitable Failure
    - Separate, Equal. Same Great Taste.
    Recorded: 7.6.2021
    Published: 7.9.2021

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    322 w/ Chris Rufo "Banning Critical Race Theory, Robin DiAngelo's Retread, Bill Cosby - Free, Guilty"

    322 w/ Chris Rufo "Banning Critical Race Theory, Robin DiAngelo's Retread, Bill Cosby - Free, Guilty"

    "Well, it's my show. So, it's how I wanna do it." - Joy-Ann Reid
    "I can do what I wanna do." - Bobby Brown
    "Whateva! Whateva! I do what I want!" - Eric Cartman
    w/ Chris Rufo @ Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute -- Contributing Editor, City Journal
    - When Rufo Met Reid
    - The Art of Culture War
    - Activist Journalist
    - Critical Race Theory: Boardroom, College Campus, Neighborhood Preschool
    - Bans, Censorship, Pedagogy, Choice
    - Machiavellian Realism, Pyrrhic Victories
    - Classical Liberal Caution, Libertarian Naïveté
    - The "Last" Word
    - Creed Wars and Culture Wars
    - Welch Reviews Robin DiAngelo's "Nice Racism"
    - "Doing The Work"
    - Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable
    - Pro Criminal Justice Reforms + Pro Putting People Under the Jail
    - Broken Promises
    Recorded: 6.30.2021
    Published: 7.2.2021

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    • 2 hr 22 min
    321 - "Back to the Ramble, How to Gauge the Age of Outrage, Racist Car Crashes"

    321 - "Back to the Ramble, How to Gauge the Age of Outrage, Racist Car Crashes"

    Kmele reveals his big secret!What on Earth is a "coupon Karen"?When Shaun Was KingWhen Kmele was king of Juneteenth Measuring the outrage economyMeasuring the wages of junk historyRacist car crashes"When the people fail, the concept fails"The end of Afghanistan (the war / the country) There's a perpetual riot goin' onAnother CRT digressionRIP to an entertaining, insane, narcissistic, possible murderer
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    • 1 hr 48 min
    320 w/ Harry Siegel - "Bonfire of Insanity, The Unmaking of a Mayor, CRT IRL"

    320 w/ Harry Siegel - "Bonfire of Insanity, The Unmaking of a Mayor, CRT IRL"

    New York Daily News columnist Harry Siegel joins TFC for the first hour to talk all things New York (with a focus on halfwit mayoral candidates jockeying to replace a halfwit mayor). But if you don't care about kvetching, NYCentric coastal elites, the back half of the show is, as usual, about how coastal elites are dumb, joyless, and boring. Something for everyone.

    - New York is back? Harry is back to tell us it never went away
    - Harry would rather be an effete, elitist jerk wearing his mask too long, thank you very much
    - The New York City mayoral race tells us nothing about America
    - The weirdness of Eric Adams
    - Check the crime, y'all
    - "Desegregating" NYC schools

    Harry Siegel Postgame
    - The increasingly annoying CRT debate
    - Defining truth in an era of lies
    - Pointless: the Joe and Vlad summit
    - More cyber war hawkishness from Moynihan (obviously)
    - The lessons we never learn from 9/11
    - The dangers of political violence--and of opposing (certain) political violence
    - You're wrong about Jeff Bezos's taxes

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    • 2 hr 25 min
    310 - "Two Live Shows and a Key West Hangover"

    310 - "Two Live Shows and a Key West Hangover"

    Florida is open for business, so The Fifth Column flung its masks into the garbage and headed to the Sunshine State for back-to-back live shows in Miami (coming soon to Patreon!) and a poolside recording in Key West (hence that hollow sound). Nursing hangovers and gasping in the heat, the lads stumble through the following pressing (and pointless) topics:
    - Those Miami shows were pretty fun, eh?
    - Wait, why exactly are we in Florida?
    - Kmele thinks Creepy Joe wasn't being creepy
    - The global minimum tax is dumb
    - Ransomware everywhere
    - This not wearing masks things is pretty great, innit?
    - COVID addicts, COVID miscellany
    - Kmele on the Fauci emails: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    - The end of Tiananmen
    - State violence works
    - And so very much more...

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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

MCFC Fan 66 ,

Great media/culture/politics criticism podcast

If you think everyone has gone crazy between FB, Twitter and traditional media, you’re not alone, let this band of journalism adjacent cretins ‘splain everything shattering the media sphere at any given time. They have great guests and allow them enough rope to hang themselves. If you can stomach someone challenging your views, then by all means, give these guys a try.

I hate this game. ,

Smart but tired

These guys are smart, informed, and entertaining, but most of what they do, in my opinion, isBreathlessly recite the same few obvious points as if they are profound.For example: there are double standards and hypocrisy in the media where liberals act in bad faith. Yes, we get it—We don’t need another example. More deep analysis and history, please. That’s where I think these guys are at their best.

Abbagold60 ,

Great show

Seriously what is wrong with you and why are you not listening to this podcast?

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