Oct 25, 2021 • 1HR 12M

Episode 87: HE'S GOT A WEAPON!

Everyone is spreading misinformation, especially us

Jesse Singal
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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.

In the wake of some important new information, Jesse and Katie follow up on last week’s Loudoun County rape scandal segment. Then they talk about Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Netflix walkout, and the violence committed by YouTube Vito Gesualdi in the service of his ultraright ideology, “Jokes are funny.” (This is the public version of this episode — for the premium version, with comments enabled, go here.)

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Show notes/Links:

Original Daily Wire reporting: https://www.dailywire.com/news/loudoun-county-schools-tried-to-conceal-sexual-assault-against-daughter-in-bathroom-father-says

Jesse gets the logs:

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Police Logs Contradict Some Of The Daily Wire's Reporting On The Loudoun County Rape Scandal
Jesse here. In our last free episode, I told Katie about The Daily Wire’s explosive investigative article (paywalled) by Luke Rosiak about a controversy unfolding in Loudoun County, Virginia, involvi…
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The Daily Wire doubles down:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/records-suggest-loudoun-sent-team-of-police-to-deal-with-upset-parent-not-alleged-rape-of-student

The school knew early on that an assault had occurred: https://wtop.com/loudoun-county/2021/10/email-from-loudoun-co-superintendent-alerted-school-board-on-day-of-bathroom-assault/

Nikole Hannah-Jones breaks the news of her cancelled talk:

“Some months ago, a dear friend asked me for a favor. Her former boarding school, Middlesex, wanted me to come speak as part of BHM. Speaking at this type of school is not something I typically do, but she’s my friend. I said yes. I just learned the Pres & board canceled my talk.”

SHE was really cancelled: “So, you actually got cancelled unlike the people who complain about bring cancelled on mainstream platforms?”

Let’s get back to her thread from a moment. NHJ says: 

Vito Gesualdi: https://www.youtube.com/c/vito/about

At Berkeley:

Trying to bring everyone together with Pepsi, like Kendall Jenner did:

Trying to sell ol’ fashioned popped corn:

Video of Vito Gesualdi getting attacked and pleading for tolerance (of jokes): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AaOHBpExuqy-SHq-qIBial6z9hSXdjML/view?usp=sharing

Variety’s insane, now-apologized-for tweet: “At times, the #NetflixWalkout situation threatened to devolve as counter protestors pushed against trans speakers.”

Apology:

Jesse’s step-by-step debunking of “Comedian and videographer Vito Gesualdi screams profanities as he engages with peaceful protesters begging him to leave”

What he actually said: “I’m just here to say that jokes are funny, people. Dave Chappelle’s a funny guy. I love Dave! I don’t know why all the violence, I don't know why all the hate. I just LOVE DAVE CHAPPELLE! DAAAAAVE CHAPPEEEELLE! WOOOOO!”

AP’s correction:

“Netflix just fired the organizer of the trans employee walkout”:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/4avke9/netflix-fires-trans-employee-who-was-organizing-walkout-over-chappelle-special

“Netflix just fired the organizer of the trans employee walkout”:

https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/15/22728337/netflix-fires-organizer-trans-employee-walkout-dave-chappelle

“Netflix Has Fired a Pregnant Organizer of the Trans Employee Walkout”: https://gizmodo.com/netflix-has-fired-a-pregnant-organizer-of-the-trans-emp-1847874257

“Netflix fires employee trans activist for allegedly leaking internal documents”: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/oct/15/netflix-fires-employee-trans-activist-for-allegedly-leaking-internal-documents

“Trans people are in the middle of a holocaust”: https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/577649-netflix-protesters-clash-with-chappelle-supporters-amid

Everyone ran with the 1,000-employees figure:

Lead image caption, which has plenty of editorializing: “LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Vito Gesualdi, center, yells as Netflix employees gathered outside a Netflix location at 1341 Vine St in Hollywood Wednesday morning in support as members of the Netflix employee resource group Trans*, coworkers and other allies staged a walkout to protest Netflix's decision to release Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix special, which contains a litany of transphobic material. Hollywood on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images). “