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The Fourth Watch Podcast is a curated conversation with some of the most interesting voices in the media, hosted by Steve Krakauer. In addition to interviews, it features honest analysis and criticism of the media landscape. Find out more at FourthWatch.Media.

The Fourth Watch Podcast The First

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    • 4.7 • 117 Ratings

The Fourth Watch Podcast is a curated conversation with some of the most interesting voices in the media, hosted by Steve Krakauer. In addition to interviews, it features honest analysis and criticism of the media landscape. Find out more at FourthWatch.Media.

    Hunter Biden's Laptop and the Media - A Deep Dive with NPR's David Folkenflik

    Hunter Biden's Laptop and the Media - A Deep Dive with NPR's David Folkenflik

    In this special edition of the Fourth Watch Podcast, Steve Krakauer is joined by David Folkenflik, NPR media correspondent, for a deep dive on the Hunter Biden laptop story and the media coverage of it. They discuss the unprecedented social media crackdown on the New York Post, the ramifications for free speech, connections to 2016 and Hillary Clinton email coverage, press coverage of Russiagate and the Steele Dossier, fear in newsrooms, media suppression, the censoriousness of some on Twitter, hall monitors and hive mentality, cable news amplification, coziness between the media and the intelligence community to spin the laptop story, media's resistance to correcting false stories, how the media is covering the story now and what happens next, and more.

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    • 55 min
    Josh Rogin | COVID Confirmation Bias, China's Olympics, and Opinion vs. News

    Josh Rogin | COVID Confirmation Bias, China's Olympics, and Opinion vs. News

    Josh Rogin, Washington Post opinion columnist and author of "Chaos Under Heaven," joins Steve Krakauer to talk about the challenge of covering an Olympics in China, bias of omission, COVID confirmation bias, how the media screwed up the lab leak story, lack of media curiosity about COVID, source bias and "source greasing," media's refusal to admit when they're wrong, media deference for Dr. Fauci, the need to push those in power, opinion vs. news, Jeff Bezos, being married to another foreign affairs journalist, and more.

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    • 52 min
    Leah Finnegan | New vs. Old Gawker, Performative Wokeness, and the "Sociopathically Brilliant" Peter Thiel

    Leah Finnegan | New vs. Old Gawker, Performative Wokeness, and the "Sociopathically Brilliant" Peter Thiel

    Leah Finnegan, editor of Gawker, joins Steve Krakauer to discuss legacy media's mostly failed efforts to appeal to a younger demographic, Trump's impact on the media, new Gawker vs. old Gawker, calling out performative wokeness, whether Gawker can now still be part of the counterculture, the poisoning of what was once funny, her exit from Gawker (and the New York Times), working for Nick Denton and Bryan Goldberg, her thoughts on former colleagues Frank Bruni and Ross Douthat, the "sociopathically brilliant" Peter Thiel, fear and laziness in the media today, and more.

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    • 48 min
    Michael Moynihan | Echo Chambers, Media Jealousy, and Diversity of Thought

    Michael Moynihan | Echo Chambers, Media Jealousy, and Diversity of Thought

    Michael Moynihan, Vice News contributor and co-host of "The Fifth Column" podcast, joins Steve Krakauer to talk diversity of thought and geographic bias, what the media gets wrong about Trump supporters, COVID fear porn, echo chambers of stupidity, the conspiracy of the powerful, consequences and protections of some in the media, how to fight back against cancel culture, jealousy of the media class, road-tripping across Texas, how "The Fifth Column" got started, fighting back against the uptight snowflakes on both sides of the aisle, and more.

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    • 53 min
    Ana Marie Cox | Real Media Bias, State of Snark, and How to be a Great Interviewer

    Ana Marie Cox | Real Media Bias, State of Snark, and How to be a Great Interviewer

    Ana Marie Cox, formerly of Crooked Media and longtime host of the "With Friends Like These" podcast, joins Steve Krakauer to talk about the real media bias that exists among the legacy media, Rick Wilson and Bill Kristol and how the Trump Era changed people, how everything has become nationalized, the state of snark (and her time at Wonkette), how to be a great interviewer, the end of "With Friends Like These," science fiction and politics and her new podcast "Space The Nation," whether AMC is a "liberal elite," and more.

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    • 49 min
    Tucker Carlson | Terrified Elites, January 6, and Post-Trump D.C.

    Tucker Carlson | Terrified Elites, January 6, and Post-Trump D.C.

    Tucker Carlson, Fox News and Fox Nation host, returns to the show to discuss with Steve Krakauer: Chris Cuomo vs. CNN and why he feels bad for Cuomo, the excitement of Fox Nation and "censorship protection" of the streaming platform, why the internet is a "lie," January 6 and his "Patriot Purge" documentary series, his book "The Long Slide," the terrified elites, the "old days" of D.C., how Trump changed the media and those in power, the "shocking, vulgar, and indisputably true" Trump presidency, why Carlson says he's not a populist but "instinctually an elitist," Hunter Biden, the importance of perspective for those in the media, the downsides of fame and whether he thought he'd ever have this much power, and more.

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    • 48 min

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Steve’s podcast

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