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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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.
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.
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
June 2nd, 2020 | 41 mins 43 secs
antiracism, criminal justice reform, george floyd, media, police reform, robin diangelo
There's so much going on that Katie and Jesse are back again, already. They discuss the protests and riots, the media's handling of some of the complexities of police reform, and the difference between meaningful and performative activism. Should they appoint themselves leaders of the nationwide movement for criminal justice reform? Hard to say. (CORRECTION: In this episode we wrongly state that Richard Nixon won the 1968 presidential race in a landslide. It was the 1972 race he won quite easily.)
June 1st, 2020 | 48 mins 30 secs
amy cooper, christian cooper, media, nypd, online outrage, policing, race, racism, social media
Katie and Jesse discuss the Amy Cooper/Christian Cooper incident in Central Park. Is this different from other instances of online shaming? Do we lose something when, in trying to understand a complicated problem like police shootings and other abuses, we focus in on individuals rather than institutions and structures? Why all the focus on white women?
May 25th, 2020 | 57 mins 36 secs
alison roman, ben smith, gender-critical feminism, jia tolentino, media, ronan farrow, terfs, twitter bullshit, woody allen
Summing up a truly brutal week for media news involving journalists who are younger and more attractive and successful than they are, Jesse and Katie discuss Alison Roman (racist?), Ronan Farrow (bad fact-checker?), Jia Tolentino (parents human traffickers?), and gender-critical feminists (running a giant global conspiracy to oppress and control lesbians?). You will never ever again want to hear the term 'bluecheck.'
May 18th, 2020 | 33 mins 57 secs
alison roman, chrissy teigen, diversity trainings, feel-bad liberalism, journalism, marie kondo, media, robin diangelo, the stranger
Katie leads off the show by discussing her layoff from The Stranger and reflecting on her mixed feelings about her time there. This sparks a broader commiseration about journalism being screwed. After Jesse reads Katie a super-thoughtful poem he wrote for her, the hosts tie up some loose ends about that whole Chrissy Teigen/Alison Roman/Marie Kondo thing. Jesse then unpacks a viral tweetstorm that screams "feel-bad liberalism." In the final segment, the hosts unveil the show's new Patreon page and ask listeners to empty their banks accounts to support Blocked and Reported. In other words, PLEASE SUPPORT US ON PATREON: PATREON.COM/BLOCKEDANDREPORTED .
May 11th, 2020 | 48 mins 52 secs
candace owens, gamergate, joe biden, social autopsy, tara reade
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? Then the hosts move on to Candace Owens and her tweet calling for her Michigan followers to defy the government, before the episode finishes with another story from Jesse, this one about his extremely unpleasant online run-in with Owens in 2016.
May 10th, 2020 | 24 mins 35 secs
alison roman, chrissy teigen, class, jonny sun, marie kondo, race
Katie and Jesse convene an emergency session of Blocked and Reported to discuss the controversy that has dominated Twitter this weekend. Just how racist is Alison Roman? Just how woman-of-color is Chrissy Teigen? These and other highly sensitive questions, answered definitively!
Is Bill de Blasio An Anti-Semite? Are Boomers OK? Are Orcs Racist? Is Bill de Blasio An Orc? Are Orcs Boomers?
May 4th, 2020 | 38 mins 19 secs
anti-semitism, baldur's gate, bill de blasio, boomers, coronavirus, covid-19, diablo, orcs, politics, racism
After Jesse consoles Katie over her lack of a serious medical diagnosis, the hosts discuss whether Bill de Blasio's tweet about the Jewish community not following social-distancing rules was truly meshuga, or whether there was some truth to it. Then they move on to a discussion over a popular narrative about Boomers and coronavirus, and finish things up on a lighter note with some orcs-and-racism talk.
Are You Woke Enough To Pay For A Sex Worker? Also: What's The Matter With Meghan Daum? (Featuring Meghan Daum)
April 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 7 secs
class, coronavirus, meghan daum, mel magazine, sex work, sex work decriminalization
After the pod gets off to yet another rough start thanks to a vicious anti-bread tirade Katie levels at Jesse, the cohosts discuss "Why Won't Woke Boys Pay For Sex?," the MEL Magazine article that lit Twitter on fire last week: Is Progressive Sex-Worker Discourse in line with most people's intuitions about the nature of prostitution? Then the cohosts move on to "I Left New York for Greener Pastures — and a Puppy," a controversial Meghan Daum article in GEN. Soon they are joined by a special guest, who may or may not be Meghan herself (yes, it is her).
April 20th, 2020 | 59 mins 35 secs
alex berenson, coronavirus, online validity discourse, the post millennial
After Katie almost destroys the podcast with her wanton use of the worst slur in the English language (or any other), the cohosts discuss an outrage story about Canadian military pronouns and Alex Berenson's coronavirus contrarianism. Jesse then tries to unpack Online Validity Discourse, leading the cohosts to discuss questions like "What does it even mean to be valid?," "How many people can you have sex with before you're not asexual anymore?," and "Would Jesse dress better if he were gay?" The show ends with a brief chat about the show's possible Patreon future.
April 13th, 2020 | 44 mins 3 secs
bill maher, coronavirus, donald trump, joe rogan, louis c.k., metoo, race
After Jesse tries to gaslight Katie into believing she's Jewish, the cohosts discuss a trio of Problematic Men: noted offensive-opinion-haver Joe Rogan, noted masturbator Louis C.K., and noted racist(??!!!) Bill Maher.
April 6th, 2020 | 46 mins 34 secs
coronavirus, gender identity, race, race to dinner, rebecca sugar, regina jackson, sairo rao, steven universe
After diagnosing Jesse's troubling cough and recapping Katie's not-quite-nettles tea incident, the cohosts discuss the effect coronavirus is likely to have on the dumbest flashpoints in the online culture wars, Katie invalidates the existence of a popular creator, Jesse complains about the Twitter police, and the episode concludes with a critique of the I Am An Evil White Woman Punish Me Please flavor of anti-racist education and 'activism.'
March 30th, 2020 | 57 mins 50 secs
blocked party, coronavirus, crime, donald trump, media, media ethics
In the wake of a shocking accusation of Grand Theft Audio, Katie and Jesse discuss disbanding their just-launched podcast as penance. Then Katie talks about her pandemic shotgun wedding. The duo also debate whether TV networks should stop broadcasting Donald Trump's given all the right-wing misinformation flying around about coronavirus, ponder the surprising similarities between Bernie Bros and Liz Lasses, and discuss a Washington Post article about some dude's bad tweet.
March 24th, 2020 | 37 mins 46 secs
arielle scarcella, coronavirus, internet culture, pilot, politics, shaming, we're all gonna die
In the hotly anticipated pilot episode, hosts Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal explain what Blocked and Reported is, Katie reveals her SPECIAL PANDEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT, and the hosts discuss the "Why I Am Leaving The Left" subgenre. Also: some hints on Old Internet Stuff that can help you ride out the end of the world.