Mar 30, 2020 • 58M

Episode 2: "You Essentially Stole My Podcast"

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Jesse Singal
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.
Episode details

Less than a week post-launch, Blocked and Reported faces a profoundly serious threat to its existence: an accusation of Grand Theft Audio from one of the hosts of Blocked Party, an obscure upstart podcast that may have copied Blocked and Reported's name. After reflecting on their transgressions, looking deeply inward, and promising to do better (not really), Katie and Jesse move to on a discussion about Katie's pandemic shotgun wedding. Then they talk about right-wing coronavirus misinformation on social media and debate whether networks should stop airing Donald Trump's press conferences live. During the show's final two segments, they respond to a reader question about Elizabeth Warren fans — are Bernie Bros and Liz Lasses really so different, after all? — and dissect a Washington Post article about some random dude's very offensive tweet, in the process laying out Blocked and Reported's Official Stance on whether old people should be converted to food.

Show notes:

-As Trump signals readiness to break with experts, his online base assails Fauci (Washington Post)

-Seattle NPR Station Says It Will No Longer Carry Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Briefings Live Because Of Misinformation (Deadline)

-Sexism Didn't Kill the Warren Campaign. The Warren Campaign Killed the Warren Campaign (Herzog in Reason)

-He urged saving the economy over protecting those who are ‘not productive’ from the coronavirus. Then he faced America’s wrath. (Washington Post)

-It wasn't mentioned in the podcast itself, but Jesse recently wrote an article for 1843 that touches on PTSD and psychologist Nicholas Haslam's idea of concept creep

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