The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition
334 w/ Zaid Jilani "Jeff Toobin, Fapping Antifascist; The Terror Parents of Northern Virginia; A Bad Bisexual in a Bad Vest"
w/ Zaid Jilani, former reporter at The Intercept and current substacker (inquiremore.com)
- Kmele, missing in a mudslide?
- Zaid, the most left-wing staffer at the Center for American Progress
- Cable news is horrible / Jeff Toobin slays white supremacy
- School board chaos in Virginia
- Creating wee lil' apparatchiks
- Why do we care about the stupid VA governor's race?
- Words don't mean anything anymore, part 322
- We are all India-Pakistan now
- The steady hand in DC is trembling
- Dumb Republicans still have no economic program
- Dear lord, she's wearing a vest!
- The collapsing Biden economic agenda
- Is Kyrsten Sinema a bad politician? Bad dresser? Bad bisexual?
- Matt discovers his white privilege (and he likes it)
341 w/ Matt Rosenberg (NYT) "A Coup'niversary, Domestic Lefty Neocons, Kidz n' Racecraft"
He's brilliant. He has a Pulitzer Prize, And he's totally jacked. New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg, who was at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and could definitely kick your ass, joins the Fifth to reflect on the riot, coup, insurrection, revolution, putsch, mass hate crime...whatever you want to call it. But hang around after the Rosenberg Coup Hour for a freewheeling postgame meditation on legal crime in New York City, upbraiding Moynihan for his bad parenting skills, and the secret ghostwriters behind Kmele's Twitter account...*Note: It's someone else's fault, obviously, but allow us to extend a half-hearted apology for the slightly subpar (occasional but not terrible) audio quality on one of our mics. If this was a Patreon episode and you forked over cash--which you really, really should do--our regrets would be far more groveling and effusive. But you skinflints and freeloaders can just deal with it....
340 "Merry Kovid Kwanzaa, Madden the Death Merchant, the Flatbush Remonstrance"
A Covid Christmas A Merry KwanzaaBefore you eulogize the dead, I have stupid tweet you should considerMatt sort of emptywheels Harry ReidPlanes, Trains, and superspreader eventsYes, there are no testsThe usual Covid frustrationsThe Webb Hubbell telescopeThe Memorial shutdownThe non-historians lecture us on historyDestroy the idols of AmericanismWhat on Earth isthe Flatbush Remonstrance?
339 w/Rep. Peter Meijer - "The RINOvirus, Insurrection Deflection, DeSantis Claus's Xmas Miracle!"
Back for his third (we think?) visit, the scourge of crackpots and charlatans, America's greatest ginger, and our favorite congressman...Rep. Peter Meijer!Look, it's not a great time for the Republican PartyUnity! Now get the fuck outWhat Rep, Meijer wrong about January 6thDear Congress: gimme some truth about January 6thWhy Nancy Pelosi wanted impeachment to failTo get out of an anti-democratic moment, we must have even less democracy "You voted to impeach and your career has been weird ever since" - Matt WelchWas that terrorism? Or just a bunch of delusional losersIs the insurrection investigation the job of congress or...historians?He's "fucking furious"Exit question to Rep. Meijer: What say you about Julian Assange? "Just find out about the UFOs" - Kmele FosterAn hour of post-Meijer postgame A mask for Dmitrios: remembering Kmele's trip to Greece Pack the court! / Kmele's insane Elizabeth Warren impressionUnlike most rich people, Elon acts like a rich personMerry Christmas, wokeness is over (if DeSantis wants it)