Blocked and Reported

A Podcast About Internet Nonsense

About the show

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. (And sometimes they talk about other stuff, too.)

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  • Introducing Mount Holey Oak (With Dan Savage)

    August 17th, 2020  |  53 mins 46 secs
    alex morse, campus, consent, dan savage, power, sex

    In this week's threesome of an episode, which was recorded with enthusiastic consent by everyone involved, Katie and Jesse talk to Dan Savage about the strange case of Alex Morse, the young, gay, Democratic congressional candidate and Massachusetts mayor accused of... well, it isn't quite clear. But what is quickly becoming clear is that Morse appears to have been set up by college kids loyal to his opponent, the incumbent establishment candidate, Richard Neal. What can this episode teach us about power, consent, and the schizophrenic attitude some lefty zoomers have toward sex?

  • The Sad Tale Of @Sciencing_Bi, America's Realest Bisexual Indigenous Anthropologist

    August 10th, 2020  |  46 mins 40 secs
    #metoo, anti-bisexuality, hoaxes, online drama, stem

    In one of the weirdest online controversies yet covered by Blocked and Reported, Katie walks Jesse through the wild, twisting tale of @Sciencing_Bi, a young anthropologist who just wanted to do good work, but who was tragically hindered from achieving this goal by the vicious anti-bisexual currents that dominate academic anthropology. (Apologies for the weird underwater thing going on with Katie's audio for part of the episode -- it was a hardware issue and [probably] won't happen again.)

  • Welcome To Portland, Where [Indistinct But Horrific Coughs And Screams]

    August 3rd, 2020  |  45 mins 18 secs
    antifa, black lives matter, larping, media, portland

    What's really going on in Portland? Have we reached a point where it's basically impossible to find credible, contextualized accounts of complicated situations like this one? Will the Wall of Moms be undone by jackbooted government thugs and/or its own alleged racism? As one of America's whitest cities speeds down the road to Crazyville, there's a lot to unpack

  • Freddie deBoer On Mental Health And The Awfulness Of Twitter

    July 28th, 2020  |  28 mins 34 secs
    education, freddie deboer, interview, mental health, social media

    In an excerpt of a patrons-only episode we're releasing as a bonus, Jesse and Freddie deBoer discuss the ways in which Twitter seems to worsen some people's mental health, deBoer's own struggles with bipolar disorder, the false accusation he knowingly leveled against the journalist Malcolm Harris, and more.

  • Freddie deBoer On 'The Cult of Smart'

    July 27th, 2020  |  50 mins 31 secs
    books, education, freddie deboer, interview

    Katie recounts a listener complaint and the cohosts announce a new focus for the podcast. Then, the bulk of the episode consists of an interview Jesse conducted with Freddie deBoer, a brilliant thinker and writer whose first book, "The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice," is a searing indictment of the American education system's most entrenched orthodoxy: the idea that just about any child can succeed academically.

  • Bye, Bye Bari And Adios, Andrew

    July 20th, 2020  |  56 mins 12 secs
    andrew sullivan, bari weiss, media, online outrage, online shaming

    After Jesse reluctantly reveals some incredibly embarrassing and personal details about his love life in the opening segment, the hosts discuss last week's two big media stories: Bari Weiss's resignation from The New York Times and Andrew Sullivan's firing from New York Magazine. Is this a sign that these outlets are narrowing their windows of acceptable opinion? Was Weiss's treatment in her workplace genuinely unfair, or is she reacting with the same 'safetyism' she has so forcefully criticized? If Jesse and Katie were trapped on a desert island, who would eat who? These and other questions, answered.

  • Online Harassment Is Bad But Also People Are Extremely Disingenuous About It, And Other Observations

    July 13th, 2020  |  52 mins 24 secs
    free speech, harper's letter, online shaming, vox

    After Jesse bravely expresses an opinion that is likely to get him cancelled by Cancel Culture, the hosts devote almost the entire episode to Letter Discourse and Counter-Letter Discourse. In the closing segment, the hosts briefly discuss President Trump's interesting strategy of fighting for free speech and open academic inquiry by unleashing the federal government to investigate universities, as one does.

  • The Pod Gets Into Its First Beef, Shitty Media Men List Developments, And Stop Lying About Your Online Enemies

    July 6th, 2020  |  48 mins 12 secs
    josephine livingstone, katelyn burns, marie le conte, nicole cliffe, online rumors, online shaming, shitty media men list, stephen elliott

    Instead, Jesse and Katie talk about Blocked and Reported's arguably FIRST EVER beef, which involves a very sensitive staffer at The New Republic. Then they relay two real corrections and one fake one from previous episodes, talk about the increasing possibilitythat at least one contributor to the Shitty Media Men list will be 'unmasked,' and discuss a thoughtful essay on what it feels like to be at the bottom of a Twitter pileon.

  • Yascha Mounk On The Importance Of Defending Liberalism, Unjust Firings, And More

    July 2nd, 2020  |  32 mins 44 secs
    blm, interview, jesse only, liberalism, online outrage, online shaming, yascha mounk

    Jesse interviews Yascha Mounk about the threats liberalism is facing from both the left and the right, and Yascha introduces a new platform he is launching to help stem the tide. In the full, patrons-only episode, the duo also discuss Yascha's great but infuriating article in The Atlantic, "Stop Firing the Innocent," the origins of the gender wage gap, antifa, the racial politics of police reform, and more. Make sure to check out, which should be live by the time you read this.

  • A Reckoning Is Afoot, A Rattled Rationalist, A False Karening, And A Troubled Liberal Enclave

    June 29th, 2020  |  47 mins 48 secs
    crime, housing, karlos dillard, police, police reform, policing, rationalists, scott alexander

    A reckoning is afoot, as Jesse finally confronts Katie over her abusive managerial style. After the hosts get that out of the way, they proceed into a discussion about The New York Times' decision to publish the famed rationalist blogger Scott Alexander's full name. Then they move onto a broader conversation about journalistic ethics with regard to naming subjects against their will. In the second segment, the hosts discuss a New York Times story about a Minneapolis neighborhood's difficulties living up to its stated values, and establish the podcast's formal Calling The Cops Policy.

  • [BONUS EPISODE] "What a stupid f*cking way to have a really important conversation": Reflections On A Yearlong White Fragility Training

    June 22nd, 2020  |  46 mins 4 secs
    con, diversity, grift, interview, robin diangelo, scam

    In this episode, we hear from a woman who was forced to go through a year of equity, diversity, and inclusion training with none other than Robin "No White Tears" DiAngelo, best-selling author and the subject of Episode 17. (We recommend you give that one a listen before you dive into this shit show.) Discussed: white guilt, secret Nazi iconography, and how Diangelo is conning white-collar progressive in the name of equity and justice.

  • "White Fragility" Is A Completely Bizarre And Pernicious Book And It's A Terrible Sign That So Many Americans Love It

    June 22nd, 2020  |  53 mins 35 secs
    blm, cons, grifts, other colors of fragility, protests, race, robin diangelo, scams, white fragility

    In the intro, Katie regales Jesse with tales from the CHAZ. Then the deeply masochistic hosts devote the entire rest of the episode to a dissection of one of the strangest books you will ever read about race, Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility." Does Robin DiAngelo know any black people who aren't antiracist educators? Or any other humans in general? What are the details of her segregated-crying policy? So many questions! (CORRECTION: In this episode we wrongly state that a definition of 'racism' favored by DiAngelo was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. As Snopes explains, this is not the case:

  • The Cancellations Will Continue Until Antiracism Improves

    June 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 15 mins
    debate, discourse, meltdowns, moral panic, poetry foundation, race, violence

    The roiling tremors on the left continue, as a young progressive data analyst gets fired for... it's honestly too ridiculous to even type, and the Poetry Foundation shows us what a truly hysterical meltdown looks like. The hosts use their intellect and savvy to try to understand the difference between two 'violent' acts: "kneeling on someone's neck until they die horrifically" and "issuing a statement that isn't quite strong enough." After the credits roll, stick around for a segment of Jesse's interview with the philosopher and leftist writer Ben Burgis, the author of "Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left."

  • Everyone Is Getting Fired All At Once, Except For Us

    June 11th, 2020  |  46 mins 43 secs
    adam rapoport, alison roman, chrissy teigen, class, media, race, robin diangelo

    Katie regales Jesse with a tale of anti-Herzogian graffiti, and the hosts take a few minutes to thank everyone for the ridiculous start the Patreon is off to. Then they discuss the massive upheavals going on in media, many of them involving people getting fired after instances of perceived discrimination. Is there a problem trying to adjudicate this stuff via Twitter? Also: Katie confronts Yashar Ali and Jesse (sorta) confronts Alison Roman. Plus, Robin DiAngelo comes up again, shockingly.

  • Bari Weiss Is Right

    June 8th, 2020  |  55 mins 18 secs
    bari weiss, journalism, media, police reform, the new york times, tom cotton, twitter bullshit

    Bari Weiss did some tweets about how there is a generational divide at The New York Times that is, in her view, hampering the paper's ability to publish quality commentary and journalism. In response, a sizable cohort of her colleagues LITERALLY devoured her (metaphorically, on Twitter). In their most frustrated episode yet, Katie and Jesse explain why Bari was fundamentally right, even if her framing was a little off.

  • The Best Podcast Of All New York Times

    June 5th, 2020  |  57 mins 47 secs
    blm, gender dysphoria, gender identity, media, new york times, police reform, race, tom cotton

    In today's episode, the hosts discuss an explosion of employee anger over The New York Times' decision to publish a column by Sen. Tom Cotton, and what it arguably reveals about the internal dynamics at some media companies at the moment. Then, they shift gears to a Times article about a nonbinary 7-year-old and, in the show's final, patrons-only segment, Katie tells Jesse about an Instagram controversy involving white liberals trying to show how much they care about racial injustice, but digging themselves into a deeper and deeper hole as a result