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Episode 152: As Thinkers, We'd Like Journalists To Stop Being Cowardly Lemmings
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Episode 152: As Thinkers, We'd Like Journalists To Stop Being Cowardly Lemmings

Journalists sign an open letter protesting the NYT's coverage of trans issues and defense of J.K. Rowling, causing Jesse to transform into a right-wing shock jock.
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This is an open letter protesting the work conditions Jesse Singal and Katie Herzog have subjected employees to. Ever since GLAAD’s open letter to the New York Times regarding their coverage of trans issues and defense of J.K. Rowling, in addition to Jesse’s vulgar display of power at the San Francisco Blocked and Reported party, Jesse has become intoxicated with power and shifted from soyboy beta cuck to alpha male, right-wing shock jock. And now that Katie has moved to Sarasota, Florida, there is nobody else at Blocked And Reported HQ to rein him in. His constant flexing and proclamations of “Do you even lift?” and “I’m alpha as fuck, bro” create a hostile, intimidating work environment.

Furthermore, the company Slack stores the invoices for my wages as “Bill For Lexer” and Jesse frequently quips “I haven’t seen a deal this good since 1862!” before paying it, something he never does to the white employees. The leaking of the podcast’s financial statements have only made this worse. It’s not fair that Jesse and Katie are podcast millionaires who get away with paying us barely six figures for the dozens of hours of hard work we put in.

The only way to make this right is to give us a 200% raise and at least 60 weeks of PTO yearly. Unless our demands are met, we will stage a mass walkout on the 30th in protest.

Signed by:

  • Lexer


Updates & Errata

The post speculating on BAR’s earnings

https://www.reddit.com/r/BlockedAndReported/comments/1141mcr/i_knew_they_were_bigdidnt_realize_they_were_this/

Jesse’s response

https://www.reddit.com/r/BlockedAndReported/comments/1141mcr/i_knew_they_were_bigdidnt_realize_they_were_this/j8vn4d3/

The new president of the New College of Florida discusses his views on friendship

https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/news-and-profiles/2023/02/new-college-board-of-trustees-gives-new-president-lucrative-contract

NYT Drama

GLAAD’s NYT Sign-On Letter

https://www.glaad.org/new-york-times-sign-on-letter-from-lgtbq-allied-leaders-and-organizations

Slate: Dan Savage Revolutionized Sex. Then the Revolution Came for Him.

https://slate.com/human-interest/2021/09/dan-savage-advice-savage-love-criticism-interview.html

The NYT open letter’s webpage

https://nytletter.com/

Panic! At the Gender Clinic w/ Jules Gill-Peterson and Charlie Markbreiter (06/23/22)

https://soundcloud.com/deathpanel/panic-at-the-gender-clinic-w-jules-gill-peterson-and-charlie-markbreiter-062322?

Nebraska Legislature: Human and Health Services Committee Hearing (afternoon) 2-8-23

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYekckkVcC0&t=6920s

The NYT’s response

A list of NYT coverage on transgender issues

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/transgender

NYT column “In Defense of JK Rowling”, published shortly thereafter

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/16/opinion/jk-rowling-transphobia.html

Journalists against journalism

The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling

https://www.thefp.com/p/the-witch-trials-of-jk-rowling


Image: Disgruntled Blocked and Reported employees begin rioting after learning their lunch break has been reduced to just three hours. courtesy of Getty.

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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.