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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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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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    208 - "Techno Fascism, Jerking Jeff, and the Mendacious Media"

    208 - "Techno Fascism, Jerking Jeff, and the Mendacious Media"

    Bannon's back. The New York Post isn't.  Don’t talk about Hunter!Are we living in a Techno Fascist Reich?Regulate, regulate, regulateThe unforeseen consequences of deplatforming?Qanon inflation To the gulag, go!Russia, Russia, RussiaWhich New York Times editor does Matt call "a loathsome toad"?FYI: Political journalists cannot cover “politically driven events”Debate, debate, debateCoherent on Corona! But also full of shit!And Corona reporting is still awful Mad Matt on a Mendacious Media Are people still wiping down their groceries?WHATS UP TWITTER WORLD, IT’S THE JUICEJeff Toobin, American Hero / OJ, not guiltyMaybe an election-night Zoom thing?
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    207 (Updated) "Hunter's Laptop, Ordinary Corruption, Darkest Night"

    207 (Updated) "Hunter's Laptop, Ordinary Corruption, Darkest Night"

    Moynihan's Old, New HouseCOVID... is Fake?Siri, Do Black Lives Matter?Dueling Town HallsEveryone is Awful, Even You, (But Not Really)The Brief And Highly Overrated Return of Respectability PoliticsPolitics of BullshitForeign BodiesThe Revolt of the PublicDarkest Totalitarian Hellscape
    Recorded Oct 18, 2020
    Published Oct 20, 2020

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    • 1 hr 58 min
    206 w/ Damon Root "Packed Courts, Peaceful Transfers of Power"

    206 w/ Damon Root "Packed Courts, Peaceful Transfers of Power"

    Guest: Damon Root @ Reason Magazine, Author, "A Glorious Liberty: Frederick Douglass and the Fight for an Antislavery Constitution"

    Trump Makes His PickHow Republicans Will Be DisappointedCourt Packing And Other ShenanigansHistorical Context, Oppressing People of ColorCOVID RumorsDebate Night Dog WhistlesWhat Trump Really MeansVote by Mail (But Throw Out the Ballots)The First and Only Lady
    Recorded Oct 1, 2020
    Published Oct 3, 2020

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    • 2 hr 21 min
    205 “If You're Reading This, It's Too Late”

    205 “If You're Reading This, It's Too Late”

    NOTE: This dispatch was beleaguered by technical and logistical challenges. The audio actually turned out pretty good (all things considered), but the entire thing was very nearly scrapped. Those challenges contributed to a delayed-release — and because the world has gone quite mad —the news cycle is evolving rapidly. 
    All the same, still lots of very relevant (even prophetic) stuff in this dispatch, but it was recorded before the Breonna Taylor Grand Jury announcement that inspired a night of protests, riots, and violence. 

    Home ImprovementLatinx, Things You Must Know About The CubanTrust the ProcessDebate PreviewRBGHypocrisy and Norm EviscerationWho to BlameA Loss of Faith, A Looming Election HellscapeAbout that TikTok DealWe Choose Violence1619 Lies, B******t, Stealth Edits, Motivated ReasoningIf The Schools Already Suck, Can 1619 Make Them Worse (or better)National Patriotism CurriculumAll My Critics Are Racist, Which Is Terribly Convenient for Me
    Recorded Sept 20, 2020
    Published Sept 24, 2020

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    • 1 hr 48 min
    204 w/ Steve Kornacki "What's Up With These Polls?"

    204 w/ Steve Kornacki "What's Up With These Polls?"

    Guest: Steve Kornacki, National Political Corespondent @NBC News / MSNBC

    Making TV News During a PandemicDoing Your Own MakeupLast Man in MidtownWe're All You Tubers NowIt'll Be a Blow-Out, Or It'll Be ClosePolls You Can TrustBlack Voters, Impeachment, CollusionState of the PartiesState of the UnionState of the MediaPaper or Plastic
    Recorded Sept 11, 2020
    Published Sept 13, 2020

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    • 1 hr 45 min
    203 w/ Nancy Rommelmann "From Portland to Kenosha to Rochester"

    203 w/ Nancy Rommelmann "From Portland to Kenosha to Rochester"

    Guest: Nancy Romemelmann, journalist and author of To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder
    Moynihan is back from Kenosha, and Nancy Rommelmann returns for an update on the goings-ons in Portland.

    On the ground in KenoshaOn the ground in PortlandMedia Malpractice, Self Deception DC, Rochester, What's NextBiden v Trump*Worse Than Useless Facts*Details That MatterGoing Full MAGA
    Recorded Sept 5, 2020
    Published Sept 6, 2020

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    • 2 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

DDawgger ,

Where are they?

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John Chiara ,

Kmele carries the show

The NeverTrump tilt from Welch is both annoying and intellectually inconsistent. Essentially, everything that everyone else does pales in comparison to Trump because of his lack of demeanor. The idea that Trumps boorish behavior is a blank check for all other actors is bizarre, his behavior is poor, but it is not orders of magnitude worse than others. Sadly, Welch ruins ever discussion by defaulting to that very argument and has rendered himself incapable of a rational debate.

Craycraygraygray ,

In a world of biased media, do better!

Why talk about Hunter Biden’s laptop without discussing China’s efforts to yield influence over the Biden Family? Why not mention the “Big Guy’s” cut? Why not mention the abuse of Natalie Biden?

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