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)
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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)

Jared talks to “I Don’t Speak German” co-host Daniel Harper and First Vigil creator Emily Gorcenski about the arrest of neo-Nazi Christopher Cantwell and the very, very bad year white supremacists have been having so far.

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Stories Referenced:

  • Planters’ Online Super Bowl Marketing Hits Pause After Kobe Bryant’s Death (AdAge)
  • Google Is Going to Charge Cops for Your Data (Gizmodo)
  • Sandy Hook Hoaxer Wolfgang Halbig Arrested On Misdemeanor Charge (HuffPost)
  • Cracking open The Base (The Informant)
  • White supremacist Christopher Cantwell arrested (CNN)

Jared talks to HuffPost senior report Sebastian Murdock about Monday’s contentious gun rally in Richmond, Virginia. Then, the hosts of QAnon Anonymous stop by to talk about their trip to a pro-Q rally in Tampa, Florida.

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Stories Referenced:

  • Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’s phone ‘hacked by Saudi crown prince’ (The Guardian)
  • Richmond Gun Rally: Is A Virginia Cop Giving 4Chan’s /pol Board Inside Info? (Bellingcat)
  • Barstool Sports Settles With Labor Board Over Anti-Union Tweets (Bloomberg News)
  • Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes After Embarrassing Officials in Brazil (Gizmodo)
  • The Colossal Gun Rally In Richmond Was Co-Opted By Extremists (HuffPost)

Jared leads a jam-packed news segment, catching you up on the biggest stories of the last few weeks. Then, The Daily Beast reporter Kelly Weill joins SH!TPOST to discuss her piece: “What Do You Do When Neo-Nazis Crash Your Anti-War Rally?”

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Stories Referenced:

  • Anti-Immigrant Blogger’s Dreams for Congress Crushed by Own Incompetence (Right Wing Watch)
  • Alleged Member of Neo-Nazi Swatting Group Charged (KrebsOnSecurity)
  • Anti-immigration author sues NYT over ‘white nationalist’ label (Politico)
  • Pokémon Go never went away — 2019 was its most lucrative year ever (The Verge)
  • Covington Catholic Student Nick Sandmann’s Lawyers Go After Rival Attorney (The Daily Beast)
  • Beware More Closed-Off Conversations on Twitter (Slate)
  • U.S. Sanctions Are the Reason You’re Not Seeing Pro-Soleimani Posts on Instagram (Gizmodo)
  • “What Do You Do When Neo-Nazis Crash Your Anti-War Rally?” (The Daily Beast)

Jared issues a moratorium on Baby Yoda memes and then speaks to BuzzFeed News senior tech reporter Ryan Mac about Elon Musk’s courtroom success against a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a British diver whom Musk called a “pedo guy.” Later, we’re joined by the author of the blog The Seventh Degree for a closer look at Jordan B. Peterson’s awful new content platform.

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I took a critical look at Jordan Peterson’s new “Thinkspot” social media site, and folks is it bad. This interview includes a portion of a conversation I had with one of my favorite people on this earth, SPLC senior investigative reporter Michael Edison Hayden, about his reporting on 900+ emails that White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller sent a Breitbart News editor in 2015 and 2016. Subscribe to our Substack page to hear the full interview.

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