Jan 21, 2022 • 1HR 21M

Episode 99: How Slate Became An Embarrassing Basket-Case Shell Of Its Former Self (With Mike Pesca)

One of the dumbest and most unfair media nontroversies in recent history

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Blocked and Reported
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.

After Katie and Jesse discuss their nonconsensual Yassifications, they bring on Mike Pesca to discuss the time he was forced out at Slate because… well, hard to say! If you’re a premium subscriber and would like to discuss this episode, click here.

Show notes/Links:

The Yassification incident: https://www.reddit.com/r/BlockedAndReported/comments/s5ee24/the_yassification_of_jesse_singal_and_katie_herzog/

The Daily Beast’s bad coverage of the Donald McNeil, Jr. incident:


Letter from NYT staffers suggesting this was not, you know, an isolated incident:

More responsible coverage:



McNeil tells his side:


Defector’s hatchet job on Pesca:


The Gist is back!

Image: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 26: (L-R) Kurt Bardella, Mike Pesca and Jennifer Rubin speak onstage during the 2019 Politicon at Music City Center on October 26, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images for Politicon)