Alex and Tony from Minion Death Cult join host Jared Holt to take a look at COVID-19 pandemic skeptic Alex Berenson and the larger cottage industry of media figures who have found success offering counter-narratives to public health recommendations and media coverage of the disease. Then, the crew examines arguments about coronavirus being passed around the right-wing internet.

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Stories Referenced:

  1. With little clarity on coronavirus, Americans crowdsource how to live in a pandemic (The Washington Post
  2. An Ex-Times Reporter. An Ohio Wedding Provider. Covid Contrarians Go Viral. (The New York Times
  3. Here Are the Questions the Right’s Favorite Coronavirus Truther Isn’t Willing to Answer (Vice
  4. An Ex-New York Times Reporter Has Become the Right’s Go-To Coronavirus Skeptic (Vanity Fair
  5. Elon Musk calls for Amazon breakup after Covid-19 skeptic claims it censored his book (CNBC)
  6. What Alex Berenson’s new book gets wrong about marijuana, psychosis, and violence (Vox News)
  7. Tucker Carlson Tries To Blame Marijuana For Mass Shootings (The Fresh Toast)

On this episode of SH!TPOST, we’re joined by Media Matters senior researcher Alex Kaplan to discuss the 62 congressional candidates who have, to varying degrees, voiced support for the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. We’ll also touch on news stories of the week, including the #StopHateForProfit campaign and Trump administration’s potential TikTok ban.

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Stories Referenced:

  • Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Starbucks, Target, Unilever, Verizon: all the companies pulling ads from Facebook (The Verge)
  • Facebook boycott organizers call Mark Zuckerberg meeting ‘a disappointment’ (The Verge)
  • Big tech CEOs agree to testify for House antitrust probe (Politico)
  • Here are the QAnon supporters running for Congress in 2020 (Media Matters)
  • Michael Flynn Taking The QAnon Oath (Twitter)
  • Longtime Trump Ally Roger Stone: ‘I Certainly Hope Q is Real’ (RWW)
  • Trump Regime Might Ban TikTok and Other Apps Owned by Chinese Tech Companies (Gizmodo)
  • Right-Wing Media Outlets Duped by a Middle East Propaganda Campaign (The Daily Beast)
  • Hate Groups Rake In PPP Loans as Racial Justice Movement Expands (Exposed by CMD)

On this episode of SH!TPOST, we’re joined by co-host of Eat the Rich, Dwight, to discuss the TikTok teens and K-Pop stans in American politics, Rep. Matt Gaetz’s son Nestor, conspiracy theories about fireworks in major cities, and more.

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Stories Referenced:

  • Here’s How K-Pop Fans and TikTok Teens Teamed Up to Take Down a Trump Rally (Esquire)
  • TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Say They Sank Trump Rally (New York Times)
  • House policing bill headed to floor after drawing fiery exchanges over race (Roll Call)
  • Matt Gaetz and the until-now unknown adopted son from Cuba (Roll Call)
  • Matt Gaetz describes himself as ‘single step-parent’ to Nestor Galban (Roll Call)
  • What’s Up With All These Fireworks? (The Cut)
  • JPMorgan’s Mary Erdoes Warns of Stimulus-Fueled Zombie Companies (Bloomberg)
  • Big Chungus Energy Will Win in 2020 (The American Mind / The Claremont Institute)

On this episode of SH!TPOST, we’re joined by the host of DOOMED!, Matt Binder, to talk about ongoing civil unrest in the United States and the online conspiracies that have come with it.

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Stories Referenced:

  • 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody (New York Times)
  • Antifa isn’t the problem. Trump’s bluster is a distraction from police violence. (Washington Post)
  • Trump floats conspiracy theory about 75-year-old protester shoved by Buffalo cops (Politico)
  • Multiracial family on Washington state camping trip is accused of being antifa and menaced (NBC News)
  • How a man from California caused a false Antifa scare in North Bend (Snoqualmie Valley Record)
  • Federal Agencies Cast Doubt on Right-Wing’s ‘Antifa’ Catch-All (Right Wing Watch)
  • 3 self-proclaimed members of the far-right ‘boogaloo’ movement were arrested on domestic terrorism charges for trying to spark violence during protests (Business Insider)
  • People Can’t Stop Watching Videos of Police and Protesters. That’s the Idea. (New York Times)
  • Portland Police Department Tweet
  • Internal NYPD alert warns of concrete disguised as ‘ice cream’ at NYC protests (NY Post)

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)