The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition
Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink)

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

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Guest: Anna Khachiyan @ "Red Scare" (Co-Host)Kinda CanceledHolding the MicOutrage BonerDirtbagsTight Sweaters, Tighter ShirtsMo' ImpeachmentsThe MAGA RiotsCulpabilityCultural Amnesia, Sweetest TaboosCanceling TrumpCanceling the Rest of Yall?Recorded Jan 13t, 2020Published Jan 14th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Welcome to 2021A Coup d'état? An Insurrection? A dark beginning? A despicable bookend? A world of shit?We'll get to that -- but we're gonna need a lot more booze.Recorded Jan 6th, 2021Published Jan 7th, 2021 See for privacy and opt-out information.

- Kmele 2020 - AllyShip- Secret Shows- The Internet Never Forgets- Trap Lord- Burning the Witch (and maybe that annoying lady from down the street too) - Puritanism Without The Fun- Schadenfreude- Inconveniencing the Steal- Eviscerating Democracy (w/ Hyperbole)- Stop Laughing -- It's Not Funny- Thank YouRecorded Dec 30th, 2020Published Dec 31st, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Greg Lukianoff @ Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (President). Co-Author, "The Coddling of the American Mind"🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁Recorded Dec 23rd, 2020Published Dec 25th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

New ViewsDemographic ConsiderationsWhat Seems to Be The Problem Officer?The Honorable MinisterVaccine RolloutCareful ReportingPost Trump News CycleThe FlagrancyPredicting ApocalypseRecorded Dec 17th, 2020Published Dec 19th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Look, you asked for it. Fifth fan favorite (ed - we really don't understand you people) and Mother Jones editorial director Ben Dreyfuss (né Gould) is back. And the results are wonderfully shambolic. But seriously: make sure the kids are in bed before press play....Ben is "on leave" from Mother JonesWhy Ben's editor blocked him on Twitter (and you should too)No ice in Hawaii, no avocados in WisconsinThe worst movie Ben's dad ever made (Or was it the best?)Why everyone in DC hates FacebookWhy people read dumb articles on Facebook Ben starts a Substack. Obviously.What Ben learned about Donald Trump in the suicide wardManipulating people on the internetAnd so much more... See for privacy and opt-out information.

"The Toad style is immensely strong, and immune to nearly any weapon. When it's properly used, it's almost invincible." - Five Deadly VenomsWay Out Of LineThe Incredible Asshole MachineRelated Controversy A Stolen*** ElectionObama 💘 CopsWelcome to Murderapolis A Civil War, A Tent RevivalHan Obviously Shot First (Probably Doesn't Matter)Bothsidesing: Maybe Not a Bad IdeaRevivalist vs RedistributionistAmerican PieRecorded Dec 3nd, 2020Published Dec 4th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

An issue with the mics. An inspired fix. A nearly aborted dispatch manages to slide into your feed just in time for the stranges Thanksgiving in decades.A Rolling StartWhen Moynihan Met OprahCoup d'é HAHAHAHAHA"I Told You"Salvaging the CultureCrisis of AuthorityCovid MasksMurder RatesGenerational DividesCalling it QuitsIt's A Job, Ain't It?Recorded Nov 24th, 2020Published Nov 26th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Glenn Greenwald @ Co-Founder, The InterceptThe Move to Substack ( Marvelousness of the Fifth ColumnThe Job MarketThe Reply to CriticsThe Blow by BlowThe CultureThe Hunter Biden Laptop SituationRecorded Oct 30th, 2020Published Nov 19th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Jason Stanley @ Author, "How Fascism Works", Professor of Philosophy @ Yale.The AnswerExtremely Online, Prospective HypocrisyCancel CultureNo TellinTrump's Blacketst SwanBut He's a FascistCritical Race Back and ForthPretty Good (for a Black Guy)CovidRecorded Nov 12th, 2020Published Nov 14th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

What Election?The Perils of Watching Cable NewsWhat You Talkin Bout WelchThe Got'Damn PollsAnticipated UnrestBlack Woman Stabbed, By Black Lives Matters Supporters?What Happens to the MediaWhat Happens to RepublicansWhat Happens to DemocratsStereotypes are Fine NowYou People Aren't Supposed to Vote That WayWoke-spiracyFighting Them on The BeachRecorded Nov 4th, 2020Published Nov 5th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Bannon's back. The New York Post isn't.  Don’t talk about Hunter!Are we living in a Techno Fascist Reich?Regulate, regulate, regulateThe unforeseen consequences of deplatforming?Qanon inflation To the gulag, go!Russia, Russia, RussiaWhich New York Times editor does Matt call "a loathsome toad"?FYI: Political journalists cannot cover “politically driven events”Debate, debate, debateCoherent on Corona! But also full of shit!And Corona reporting is still awful Mad Matt on a Mendacious Media Are people still wiping down their groceries?WHATS UP TWITTER WORLD, IT’S THE JUICEJeff Toobin, American Hero / OJ, not guiltyMaybe an election-night Zoom thing? See for privacy and opt-out information.

Moynihan's Old, New HouseCOVID... is Fake?Siri, Do Black Lives Matter?Dueling Town HallsEveryone is Awful, Even You, (But Not Really)The Brief And Highly Overrated Return of Respectability PoliticsPolitics of BullshitForeign BodiesThe Revolt of the PublicDarkest Totalitarian HellscapeRecorded Oct 18, 2020Published Oct 20, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Damon Root @ Reason Magazine, Author, "A Glorious Liberty: Frederick Douglass and the Fight for an Antislavery Constitution"Trump Makes His PickHow Republicans Will Be DisappointedCourt Packing And Other ShenanigansHistorical Context, Oppressing People of ColorCOVID RumorsDebate Night Dog WhistlesWhat Trump Really MeansVote by Mail (But Throw Out the Ballots)The First and Only LadyRecorded Oct 1, 2020Published Oct 3, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

NOTE: This dispatch was beleaguered by technical and logistical challenges. The audio actually turned out pretty good (all things considered), but the entire thing was very nearly scrapped. Those challenges contributed to a delayed-release — and because the world has gone quite mad —the news cycle is evolving rapidly. All the same, still lots of very relevant (even prophetic) stuff in this dispatch, but it was recorded before the Breonna Taylor Grand Jury announcement that inspired a night of protests, riots, and violence. Home ImprovementLatinx, Things You Must Know About The CubanTrust the ProcessDebate PreviewRBGHypocrisy and Norm EviscerationWho to BlameA Loss of Faith, A Looming Election HellscapeAbout that TikTok DealWe Choose Violence1619 Lies, Bullshit, Stealth Edits, Motivated ReasoningIf The Schools Already Suck, Can 1619 Make Them Worse (or better)National Patriotism CurriculumAll My Critics Are Racist, Which Is Terribly Convenient for MeRecorded Sept 20, 2020Published Sept 24, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Steve Kornacki, National Political Corespondent @NBC News / MSNBCMaking TV News During a PandemicDoing Your Own MakeupLast Man in MidtownWe're All You Tubers NowIt'll Be a Blow-Out, Or It'll Be ClosePolls You Can TrustBlack Voters, Impeachment, CollusionState of the PartiesState of the UnionState of the MediaPaper or PlasticRecorded Sept 11, 2020Published Sept 13, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Nancy Romemelmann, journalist and author of To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and MurderMoynihan is back from Kenosha, and Nancy Rommelmann returns for an update on the goings-ons in Portland.On the ground in KenoshaOn the ground in PortlandMedia Malpractice, Self Deception DC, Rochester, What's NextBiden v Trump*Worse Than Useless Facts*Details That MatterGoing Full MAGARecorded Sept 5, 2020Published Sept 6, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w / Tina Nguyen (White House Reporter @ Politico)Watching the RNCTrump's on TwitchNasty EmojisThe Fire Next Time (Kenosha Edition)"What's the big deal? Your insurance will pay for it?"Total Failure of Political LeadershipMatt Welch: Snowflake?Marines in Portland? Libertarian Enough?Leaping to Conclusions, Outright LyingIndependent InvestigationsJacob Blake: Things We Don't KnowKyle Rittenhouse: Things We Don't KnowRecorded Aug 31, 2020Published Sept 1, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w / Coleman Hughes🤫Recorded Aug 21, 2020Published Aug 23, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

We can't believe it. Neither can you. It's our 200th episode!! (Well, not including the thirty-plus, subscriber-only Patreon episodes, which are looser, bawdier, and even more stop freeloading and subscribe!). In celebration of this momentous anniversary, we called up our old friend Andrew Sullivan, fresh from his separation with New York magazine and joining from his Provincetown whirlpool, to discuss:- Daddys, bears, and pervs...oh my!- Andrew has a conversation with some younger gays- A generation without tragedy- BTW: No one actually says LGBTQ+- And you're not suppose to like being oppressed- Why did Andrew leave New York magazine and what is the "mysterious miasma"? - Sully starts his own thing, quickly realizes he was underpaid- The drunk brilliance of old-school British journalism- FWIW, Andrew didn't write The Bell Curve- The anti-Sullivan fatwa issued by a former employer- Michael Kinsley's two rules of writing - The future of magazines, the future of media - Why you should read, listen to, and befriend people with bad ideas- Kmele, Kamala, and the prostitutes- Andrew convinces us to...changeRecorded Aug 13, 2020Published Aug 14, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.