Apr 29 • 55M

Episode 112: How Our Assistant Producer Exposed Libs of TikTok

Plus: more on Chris Rufo and how journalists should cover him

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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.
The planetary symbols for Mars and Venus in cyan and magenta respectively, in homage of TikTok's logo. In the center is the text Libs of (italicized) and TikTok.

After Jesse and Katie talk about Chris Rufo and the latest surge of moral panic from journalists who hate journalism, Tracing Woodgrains takes us all deep inside a sophisticated conspiracy to hoax Libs of TikTok. To discuss this episode with other premium BARPod subscribers, click here.

Show notes/Links:

NYT profile: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/24/us/politics/christopher-rufo-crt-lgbtq-florida.html

People mad (thread):

Rufo’s latest: https://www.city-journal.org/radical-gender-lessons-for-young-children

The documents: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21694116-evanston-prek-3rd?responsive=1&title=1

Trace’s explanation of how he and his furry buddies hoaxed Libs Of TikTok:

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