The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition
Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink), Michael Moynihan (Vice)
From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink) dissect the news, interrogate guests, and question just about everything. The topics are broad, the insights are deep, and the jokes are off color. Reform the system, or burn it to the ground? They discuss... @wethefifth
GUEST:Miriam Elder, senior political reporter for BuzzFeed News and former Russia correspondent for The Guardian. (@MiriamElder)DESCRIPTION:Our fake biosMiriam's seven years in MoscowGet Shorty, Alex Jones, and the D-list bullshit artistsMatt’s Russophobia isn’t as bad as MSNBC’sPolitical theater provides cover to Putin’s authoritarianism Moynihan and Elder throw down over Bernie's alleged sexism. Plus: Is believing Warren or Sanders a #MeToo lesson?Who is the nihilist candidate?Banning lies on FacebookCan a bully be funny?The “Independents” couple foreverRecorded: January 16, 2020Released: January 18, 2020

GUEST: Noah RothmanAssociate Editor@ Commentary -- Contributor @ MSNBC/NBC NewsAuthor: “Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America” (Jan 2019)DESCRIPTION:- Why the Washington Bullets became the Wizard - Bomb Iran?- Will Americans ever support another Middle East War again?- International commerce —> global middle class —> less war- Trump thinks China should police the Strait of Hormuz- What if we did NOTHING?- Brian Stelter praises Tucker Carlson - John Bolton might testify- Moynihan shows up late- Elizabeth Wurtzel- Facebooks deep fake 'Problem'- Thanks for the swags, and the boozeRecorded: January 7, 2019Published: January 8, 2019

DESCRIPTION:- Neighborhood Watch- Moynihan’s Anti-Brit Streak- Bernie’s Fundraising Clout- Ron Paul’s Newsletters and Everlasting Ice Cream- Buttigieg Wants to Decriminalize All Drugs- Iran’s Quds Force commander Soleiman Killed in Iraq- Media Malpractice on Vaping- Chuck Todd's Fake News special- About That MemoRecorded: January 2, 2020Published: January 3, 2020

Happy Kwanza -- We've UNLOCKED a Patreon Only dispatch just for you (and everyone else)! Enjoy it, but don't get used to it.The Williamsburg Tapes (Dispatch #4)"Losing Our Religion"DESCRIPTIONIt's a pre-Christmas miracle! The Fifth Columnists are back at the stammtisch (stupid table) in Williamsburg for a long-ass special dispatch, mostly discussing things distant from the news cycle. Kmele watches "Mandingo" and, to the shock of both Welch and Moynihan, is slack-jawed by how racist it is. The lads answer some reader mail and discuss Michael Collins, the Pete Best of Apollo 11; offer some meandering thoughts on Catholicism and Seventh Day Adventism; ruminate on tragedy and loss; blather about the Richard Jewell movie nontroversy; recommend books about Israel; and provide two-plus hours of assorted other nonsense.Recorded: 12/??/2019Published: 12/25/2019

GUEST: Conor FriedersdorfStaff Writer @ The AtlanticDESCRIPTION:- Patreon-only Preview- Chapo Trap vs Conor- An Underreported Attack in Jersey City- Afghanistan Mea Culpa- Something About Impeachment- Reauthorize Every War, Every Year- Biden, Dove of the Obama Administration- Complicated Brexit voters- Gesture politics- The Paternalism of Blooombergism- The Pronoun Talk- Civility, Without Obsessing Over IdentityRecorded: December 17, 2019Published: December 18, 2019

Description: - Kmele’s Dog Ate His Own Tail- Debunking mediums and magicians- UK elections, the problem with Jeremy Corbyn- WaPo’s “Afghanistan Papers”- IG report and the FBI's no-good, very bad behavior- Mispronouncing Nunes- Acela Wars- Greta Thunberg: Person of the Year- The case against Welches Case Against ImpeachmentRecorded: December 12, 2019Published: December 14, 2019

Description: - [ GRRT, BAOW ]- Dragonball Z- Kamala Drops Out, A Narrative Quickly Take Shape- A De-platforming in South Bend- 1619 and Historical Skepticism- Are the Democratic Primaries Racist? (Can We Call It Seeding or Naw?)- A Farewell to NATO? And the WTO? And the EU too?- "Impeachment", The Board Game- "The Irishman", A ReviewRecorded: December 6, 2019Published: December 8, 2019

The director of classic documentaries "The Thin Blue Line," "Fog of War," and "Standard Operation Procedure," Errol Morris has long been the doyen of critics...until he made "American Dharma," a film exploring the worldview and influence of former Breitbart boss and Trump campaign chief executive Steve Bannon. Predictably, Morris was accused of "platforming" Bannon and, for the first time in his career, America's most famous documentarian couldn't find a distributor for his film. On the day "American Dharma" opened in New York, Morris sat down with Michael Moynihan to discuss the controversy, whether or not Bannon is a "fascist," and why he thinks his most controversial movie is also his best. Recorded: November 1, 2019

Description:- Trumpian Slam Poetry ("I Want Nothing!")- Got a Thing for Fiona Hill- Blue Pill Confessional- Burisma Biden- The Good, The Bad, and The Career Diplomats - Weird John Bolton Tweets- The Wrestle Mania Impeachment- Sacha Baron vs Facebook, Borat as Proto-Hate Speech- Grading the Democratic Debate- Spiking the Kaepernick- About that PatreonRecorded: November 22nd 2019Published: November 24th 2019

- Who Shot Ya? (Tupac, Biggie)- Moynihan Drinks w/ Trump Supporters in Bay Ridge- Buttigieg- Impeachment Hearings- Devin Nunes’ Garbage Clown Schtick- Roger Stone Goes Down- What Happened to Rudy Giuliani?- Stealing Land in Texas, Pardoning War Criminals- Patreon Launche ( November 15th 2019Published: November 17th 2019

Recorded: November 6th 2019Published: November 9th 2019GUEST: Bari WeissOp-Ed Staff Editor and Writer @ The New York TimesAuthor, "How to Fight Anti-Semitism" (2019)

Recorded: October 20th 2019Published: October 31st 2019GUEST: Thomas Chatterton WilliamsAuthor, "Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race" (2019)

Recorded: October 18th 2019Published: October 22nd 2019GUEST: Meghan DaumAuthor, "The Problem With Everything" (2019)

Recorded: October 9th 2019Published: October 10th 2019GUEST: Walt Hickey, Senior Editor for Data @ InsiderFounder @ Numlock News newsletter

- Picking fights in restaurants- Botham Jean's brother forgives Amber Guyger for murdering his brother. And that's a problem. - Forgiveness vs. MORE HARSH SENTENCING- Ukraine/Trump - Matt lacks the Xi-spot to laugh - Trump’s Afghanistan policy is a photo of ladies in pants - Base familial corruption- Swampier than the swamp- We've been had (if we're Obama or Trump supporters)- Obama’s Jonas Brothers drone joke- Trump’s DC hotel is the Star Wars bar- Never Trumpers should be Never Government people- Frank Luntz’s curtains open and play “Hail to the Chief”- Impeachment check-in- If Bannon hates the elites, why is he the primary source for Michael Wolff’s book- Andrew Yang Hates Porn- Christopher Hitchens' opinions from beyond the grave- Don't write "Orange Man Bad"- The Fifth Column LIVE, again?Recorded: October 3, 2019Published: October 4, 2019

- Moynihan won an Emmy- #EmmysSoWhite- "Some saw..."- Films Don't Matter- Xenophobic Immigrants- Biden, Trump, Ukraine- Will He Be Impeached ? Maybe…And No- It's Greta Thunberg's World- The Vaping Muslim Ban- Rashida Tlaib's Science of Smoking- Tweet Dumpster Diving- “Cancel Culture is A Myth”Recorded: September 26, 2019Published: September 27th 2019

- The “moderate chic” party- RIP Emmet O’Lunney’s- Brett Kavanaugh *Allegation(s)*- College campuses in the 1980s was all about apartheid- Moynihan’s Foggy Memory, and Everyone’s- John Bolton, Out- Obama’s Apology Tour and Trump’s Chomsky Impression- Kmele’s Worried about Iranian escalation - Joe BIden’s "Corn Pop" Story: Fact Check=True- George Packer’s Atlantic Piece on Schools- Cancelling the SNL guy - Mark Sanford- Business Insider's GOP debate- Some Idiot Wrote ThisRecorded: September 16th 2019Published: September 19th 2019

Recorded: September 4th 2019Published: September 7th 2019Guest: Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. Author of "The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism"- RIP, Vice News Tonight on HBO- Everybody kinda likes Joe Walsh- The "Straight Man" on MSNBC- New Jersey politics is so much more fun than national politics- Kamala Harris channels robot John Edwards- Negotiating with the Taliban- Casualty counts matter- It’s a better and worse media moment- An alternate history where Mario Cuomo decides to run- Pulling a string on Kornacki and he just goes- Bill Weld’s novels- Lonelier than the ideological middle is the temper-mental middle- The guardrails have been annihilated- Admitting to liking Chappelle’s show- US military “protecting elections”- The T Zone

- Ladies Libertarianing- The Segregation of Everything- The 1619 Project: “Everything that makes America exceptional is because of slavery”- NHJ: “We’re the MOST American”- Trump: “I hereby order…”- Dual Loyalty (and cascading stupidity)- David Koch, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter- Park Slope SocialistsRecorded: August 23rd 2019Published: August 26th 2019

Welch, Moynihan, and Kmele are all in the same room for the first time in more than a month -- and it's a glorious reunion.Recorded: August 16th 2019Published: August 18th 2019