On this episode of SH!TPOST, we are joined by our meltdown meteorologist, August, who has been keeping track of the annual series of public Twitter spirals dubbed “Meltdown May.”

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Stories Referenced:

  • Oregon Republicans Nominate QAnon Believer for U.S. Senate (RWW)
  • Trump Is Considering Forming a Panel to Review Complaints of Anti-Conservative Bias Online: Report (Gizmodo)
  • Husband of Reopen NC leader ‘willing to kill people’ in resistance to emergency orders (RawStory)
  • CHURLISH (Gin and Tacos)
  • The WHO Has Paused Human Tests On Hydroxychloroquine, The Drug That Trump Took, Out Of Safety Concerns (BuzzFeed News)

On this episode of SH!TPOST, we talk to Vice News reporter Tess Owen about the uptick in “Boogaloo Boys” memes and real-life activists. Then, we’re joined by The Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer to talk about “Plandemic,” the viral coronavirus conspiracy video that seemed to take over Facebook last week.

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Stories Referenced:

  • How big should Joe Biden be (The Verge)
  • Someone Apparently Used The Toilet During A Supreme Court Hearing (BuzzFeed News)
  • The Real Bailout is Happening on GoFundMe (Jezebel)
  • The ‘Boogaloo Bois’ Are Bringing Their AR-15s and Civil War Ideology to the Lockdown Protests (Vice News)
  • Richard Spencer Is Trying to Stage a Comeback Using a Russian Payment Platform (TruthOut)
  • Stars of ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ Scramble to Save Their Cash Cows (The Daily Beast)
  • PayPal shuts Russian crowdfunder’s account after alt-right influx (Financial Times)
  • After Screaming About Discrimination, Ex-Google Engineer James Damore Silently Asks Court to Dismiss Lawsuit (Gizmodo)
  • Facebook removes QAnon ‘fringe conspiracy’ groups ahead of 2020 election (The Verge)
  • Discredited Doctor and Sham ‘Science’ Are the Stars of Viral Coronavirus Documentary ‘Plandemic’ (The Daily Beast)
  • PAC that Ass

On this episode of SH!TPOST, we’re talking to Jason Wilson about his reporting at The Guardian about “ReOpen” statehouse protests and the people behind them. Then, we’re joined by Alex Kotch, who explains the failures of online payment processors and merchants in dealing with white nationalist hate groups.

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Stories Referenced:

  • Land O’ Lakes replaces Native American woman logo, touts farmer-owned credentials instead (CNN)
  • Trump Disinfectant Remarks Led to Hundreds of Hotline Calls in Maryland (NBC4 Washington)
  • White House Aides Groan, Try to Clean Up After ‘Dumb’ Trump Again (The Daily Beast)
  • The rightwing groups behind wave of protests against Covid-19 restrictions (The Guardian)
  • ReOpen NC leader says she tested positive for COVID-19 (CBS17)
  • A City Official Has Resigned After He Threw His Cat During A Zoom Meeting (BuzzFeed News)
  • Right-Wing Extremists Appear to Be Circulating 25,000 Stolen WHO, NIH Passwords and Emails (Gizmodo)
  • Fox News Cuts Ties With Diamond & Silk, Unofficial Trump ‘Advisers’ Who Spread Bonkers Coronavirus Claims (The Daily Beast)
  • Funding hate: How online merchants and payment processors aid white nationalists (Salon)

On this episode of SH!TPOST, we’re talking to Rob Rousseau about the future of the Bernie Sanders progressive movement.

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Stories Referenced:

  • Did Covid-19 Kill The Alt-Right? (Canadaland)
  • Trump retweets #FireFauci Tweets (RWW, RWW 2)
  • FDA Warns Alex Jones to Stop Selling Fake Coronavirus Cures (Gizmodo)
  • Reddit will now publicly track political ad spending on its platform (The Verge)

On this episode of SH!TPOST, we’re talking to Naomi Burton and Nick Hayes, the co-founders of the world’s first co-op streaming service, Means TV.

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Stories Referenced:

  • Zoom Now Under Investigation by at Least 2 States Over Security Complaints (Gizmodo)
  • Nintendo scrambles to address Animal Crossing egg complaints (The Verge)
  • Here’s what we know about the bizarre coronavirus conspiracy theory that led to people setting fire to 5G masts (Business Insider)
  • Mast fire probe amid 5G coronavirus claims (BBC News)
  • YouTube moves to limit spread of false coronavirus 5G theory (The Guardian)
  • The Voices Behind Trump’s Push To Treat COVID-19 With Unproven Anti-Malarial Drug (HuffPost)
  • Why Are Right-Wing Activists Filming Their Local Hospitals? Look to Todd Starnes (Right Wing Watch)

This episode is half coronavirus, half profile. Host Jared Holt speaks to Vanity Fair reporter Caleb Ecarma about whether Trump’s conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have doomed his strongest base of supporters. Then, he’s joined by Juliet Jeske, an amateur researcher responsible for exposing and crippling Gavin McInnes and the Proud Boys. Jeske has not revealed her role publicly until now.

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Stories Referenced:

  • Have Trump’s Coronavirus Conspiracies Doomed His Supporters? (Vanity Fair)
  • How a Crazy Cat Lady Took On The Proud Boys (Juliet Jeske)
  • Sen. Rand Paul, Who Opposed Coronavirus Relief Bill, Tests Positive (The Daily Beast)
  • Ron Paul Suggested Coronavirus Was a ‘Big Hoax.’ Then His Son Caught It (Right Wing Watch)
  • GameStop will temporarily close all storefronts to customers (The Verge)
  • A White Nationalist Has Rebranded Himself as Coronavirus Expert. And People Are Flocking to Him. (The Daily Beast)
  • There Are Two Types of People Now: Online Shoppers and the People Who Serve Them (Motherboard)

We take a break from the pandemic sweeping the world to speak with SPLC’s Hannah Gais about Kevin DeAnna, a highly influential white nationalist who operated behind pen names until the release of her Hatewatch series.

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Stories Referenced:

  • Amazon wants to hire 100,000 new workers to meet coronavirus demand (The Verge)
  • Don’t Believe Those Texts That Say The Federal Government Is Going To Use The Stafford Act To Quarantine The United States (BuzzFeed News)
  • TikTok Told Moderators to Suppress Posts by “Ugly” People and the Poor to Attract New Users (The Intercept)
  • How Kevin DeAnna Orchestrated the Alt-Right’s Approach to Conservative Institutions (Hatewatch)

This one is all about the coronavirus. Jared talks to The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer about the right-wing response to the Trump’s administration’s handling of the global pandemic.

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Stories Referenced:

  • A Televangelist Peddling Silver As A Fake Cure For Coronavirus Has Been Warned By Officials To Stop (BuzzFeed News)
  • SXSW 2020 canceled due to coronavirus (The Verge)
  • Etsy Just Removed All Coronavirus-Themed Merchandise (BuzzFeed News)
  • There is Coronavirus porn now (Jezebel)
  • Coronavirus cannot be cured by drinking bleach or snorting cocaine, despite social media rumors (CBS News)
  • CPAC Attendees Want to Know Who the Mystery Coronavirus Patient Is (The Daily Beast)

Jared talks to The Daily Beast editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast about this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and its attacks against socialism–a boogeyman seemingly around every corner. Then, media reporter Lindsey Ellefson joins to speak about astrology’s growing intersection with politics and the 2020 Democratic candidates.

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Stories Referenced:

  • The World Health Organization has joined TikTok to fight coronavirus misinformation (The Verge)
  • Amazon Bans 1 Million Products Falsely Claiming to Cure Coronavirus (Gizmodo)
  • QAnon Now Has Its Very Own Super PAC (Vice)
  • Trump Spends 45 Minutes With ‘Deep State’ Play Actors Amid Coronavirus Mayhem (The Daily Beast)
  • MEANS.TV

Jared talks to New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz about Mike Bloomberg’s meme outreach campaign and how it might shape the future of online politics.

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Stories Referenced:

  • Donald Trump ads will take over YouTube for Election Day (The Verge)
  • Lara Trump shared a video from one of the biggest QAnon accounts on the internet (Media Matters)
  • How fake faces are being weaponized online (CNN)
  • Daredevil ‘Mad Mike’ Hughes dies while attempting to launch a homemade rocket (CNN)
  • Google’s Adsense Is Turning Into a Tool for Extortion (Gizmodo)
  • Michael Bloomberg’s Campaign Suddenly Drops Memes Everywhere (NYT)
  • Twitter suspends 70 pro-Michael Bloomberg accounts for ‘platform manipulation’ (The Verge)