In this episode Beth and Kelly interview Will Sommer, campaign editor for The Hill and creator of the newsletter Right Richter. Right Richter (@rightrichter) is a weekly report on conservative news. He reads it all, so we don't have to.
Beth and Kelly learned all about Q-Anon this week. If you don't know about Q-Anon, here's a quick primer: Q-Anon is a popular conspiracy theory among Trump supporters that ties in many different other conspiracy theories - such as Seth Rich, Pizzagate, Hillary committing all the crimes (of course), and lately harbors an intense hatred for John McCain. Sommer recently attended the Q-Anon supporters march in Washington where everything from chemtrails to anti-vaccinators to Hillary headed to Gitmo were topics of enlightening conversation.
Is Q really a liberal troll? Are they Russians causing chaos? Is this actually a larger group creating a web of conspiracies to basically make a catch-all, thereby ensuring the widest possible audience?
We felt so fortunate to talk to Will, who broke the original Pizzagate story. We don't have 200+ hours of research into the story (unlike one particular commenter), but are familiar enough to understand that a building without a basement probably can't be keeping children in their basement. Also, pizza is a crowd pleaser at almost all political campaign events.
Come take a listen as we delve into Pajama Boy and Soy Boy and get to the heart of coded language on the right.
Beth's Jam of the Week, Counting Stars by One Republic (Not One Direction!)
Beth reveals she originally didn't tell anyone she thought it was a great song because she had mistaken the name of the band for One Direction. This super catchy song should give you a few minutes to dance and forget about the impending apocalypse!
Kelly's Jam of the Week, The Elephant in the Room by Jon Ronson
“But Hillary is a known Luciferian,” he tried.
“She’s not a known Luciferian,” I said.
“Well, yes and no,” he said.
In The Elephant in the Room, Jon Ronson, the New York Times-Bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Them, and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, travels to Cleveland at the height of summer to witness the Republican National Convention. Along the way, he reunites with an old acquaintance—the influential provocateur and conspiracy talk-show host Alex Jones—who draws him, unexpectedly, into one of the most bizarre presidential campaigns in American history.
From the private Winnebago where conspiracy theorists and fearmongers discuss key campaign decisions, to a chance encounter with notorious political operative Roger Stone, Ronson’s picaresque journey into Donald Trump’s atmosphere introduces us to the people who orbit the campaign machine, and discovers what makes them tick—and what ticks them off. Whimsical, hilarious and often downright terrifying, The Elephant in the Room captures a defining moment in our time as only Jon Ronson could see it.
Will's Jam of the Week, The Culture series by Iain Banks
The Culture series is a science fiction series written by Scottish author Iain M. Banks. The stories center on the Culture, a utopian, post-scarcity space society of humanoids, aliens, and very advanced artificial intelligences living in Socialist habitats spread across the Milky Way galaxy. The main theme of the novels is the dilemmas that an idealistic hyperpower faces in dealing with civilizations that do not share its ideals, and whose behavior it sometimes finds repulsive. In some of the stories, action takes place mainly in non-Culture environments, and the leading characters are often on the fringes of (or non-members of) the Culture, sometimes acting as agents of Culture (knowing and unknowing) in its plans to civilize the galaxy.
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Meet the man who's got all the news on conservative news
Meet “The Storm,” the conspiracy theory taking over the pro-Trump internet
Roseanne Barr is tweeting about QAnon, a new Pizzagate-style conspiracy theory
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