May 11, 2020 • 49M

We Were (Joe) Biden Our Time But We (Candace) Owens You An Episode About Tara Reade

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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.
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After Jesse gets things off to a fantastic start with an uplifting story about dog feces, the hosts finally relent and discuss the Joe Biden/Tara Reade situation. Does this case reveal the limits of "believe women"? Of trying to pretend long-ago accusations can be hashed out apolitically? Is anyone acting in good faith here? Then the hosts move on to Candace Owens and her censored-by-Twitter tweet calling for her Michigan followers to defy the government. What is the proper role for a private but exceptionally inlfuential institution like Twitter in a situation like this? The episode finishes with another story from Jesse, this one about his extremely unpleasant online run-in with Owens in 2016.

Show notes:

-The agonizing story of Tara Reade (Vox)

-UPDATED: 'Governor-turned-dictator': Candace Owens suspended from Twitter for encouraging Michiganders to go to work (Washington Examiner)

-What Should Twitter Do About People Like Candace Owens? (Singal-Minded, paywalled)

-The Strange Tale of Social Autopsy, the Anti-Harassment Start-up That Descended Into Gamergate Trutherism (NY Mag)

-New York Magazine's Jesse Singal Commits Fraud: Article In Question Should Be Recalled (