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The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition

Author: Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink)

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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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233 Episodes
Guest: Matt Taibbi @ Contributing Editor @ Rolling Stone. Author, "Hate Inc"NiggaratiPrivilege ChildhoodThe Art of the Substack DealThe ShiftAn Active Conspiracy or An Active ConspiracyThe Escape, And Uncertain HorizonIt's Just a Camp, For Kids, So It's FineTrump at CPACA Good ShootBidenomicsListen to Black PeopleDidn't Even Say The WordRecorded Feb 24th, 2021Published Feb 25th, 2021 See for privacy and opt-out information.
Guest: Martin Gurri @ Author, "The Revolt of the Public"Prophecy, Historical Cycles, and Modest FrameworksFrom Information Monopoly to Information TsunamiPublic DissatisfactionElites in CrisisPublic NihilismHistorical AmnesiaThe Yellow Vests, Jan 6th, 2021Political SectarianismTruth + Objectivity + ResentmentDrama at the New York TimesThe Future of Media and TruthPlato's Perfect Form of JusticeFact CheckRecorded Feb 17th, 2021Published Feb 18th, 2021 See for privacy and opt-out information.
Pump and DumpMatt Bought CrackReal Compton City GsReally Only One Bad WordThe Public InterestIrrelevant ContextMTG vs. AOC: Most Insane? Best Actress?"I Can Only Be a Non-White Person"Why The Culture War MattersMerit: The Racism of Fairness RacistCovid Cumo, And the Incurious MediaRecorded Feb 3rd, 2021Published Feb 5th, 2021 See for privacy and opt-out information.
Guest: Van Lathan @ "Higher Learning" (Co-Host), Previously @ TMZKmele and Van connect for a wide-ranging conversation about racism, reconciliation, and finding common ground. It's yet another exercise in constructive disagreement. In fact, it's the back half of a three-hour discussion that managed to feature vanishingly few points of agreement -- and zero personal insults.Oculus QuestTHOUGHT Warriors Uncle Tom: A Most Dangerous ManIf Everyone Listened to Kmele...Listing + ReconciliationRepresentationRacecraftStrangefruitMLK and the FBIJuneteenthCandace Owens BrotherRecorded Jan 27th, 2021Published Feb 3rd, 2021 See for privacy and opt-out information.
Make a Mint w/ MoynihanWho's Behind the SqueezeOn the War PathStrange BedfellowsPopularity ContestsEven LibertariansEquity and Private PrisonsComing AttractionsRecorded Jan 28th, 2020Published Jan 29th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.
It is upon us: that very rare occasion when we unlock a Patreon episode for the masses. 🎁🎁🎁If you are clever and don't want to miss future locked episodes, subscribe here.---------Rather than our typical bullet-pointed show notes, we'll keep this one short and sweet. Because try as they might to pull the conversation away from Kmele's bravura performance on Real Time with Bill Maher, the lads just couldn't manage it. Although they do respond to a listener email about the Pet Shop Boys...and Kmele does says the word kerfluffle.That is all. Enjoy. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Is Melania the greatest first lady since Florence Harding?Does MC Hammer hate Kmele?Let the sycophancy begin!QanonsenseUnderstanding the Trump voterWe're all weird and wrongThe new Republican Party is awful. So is the new Democratic Party.The dumb 1776 project: "It's like Stephen Miller pooped on a legal pad"Hating big techHow not to combat bad speed See for privacy and opt-out information.
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.
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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.
Comments (22)


I am a baptist preachers daughter. I was raised conservative, Republican, and then Christian, in that order. I was raised with racism and sexism. I have so many memories of sitting in the back yard with my dad listening to Rush Limbaugh. That is my background. I have legitimately seen my family do outright racist and sexist things. I joke that I am a recovering conservative. But I started that “recovery” because I now have teenage daughters and I absolutely can not raise them how I was raised. Again, I was raised to be racist. When I was raped I didn’t report it, because my family raised me to believe if a woman is raped it is her fault. I’m not saying all of this for sympathy. I have a point. Bare with me. My point is, is I’m searching. I’m searching for new information. I voted all democratic this election for the first time. I only did it because I knew the other side wasn’t what I wanted, but I still know that didn’t fit me either. Then I saw you in Bill Mahr and felt like I finally found someone speaking my language. My actual question is this. Where do I go. Neither side fits me, but I just don’t know how to vote or where to get my information.

Jan 29th

Brandon Koster

Top 20! Kmele's Maher appearance seems to be really drawing some new ears.

Jan 26th

Che the Destroyer

rand paul commentary was great!

Dec 10th

Eric Magnuson

In today’s hyper-politicized and polarized climate, it can be really hard to find a show or outlet that doesn’t cause independents to sift through drivel and sensational rhetoric to find original ideas. But this podcast is one of the only places I know of with a completely refreshing take on current events. Even disagreements are not taken as dividing lines between people, but something to discuss constructively and banter about it. I cannot recommend this enough. Just give it a try — and if you don’t like it, you can punch me in the face for wasting your time. Unless you’re a partisan who lets a cabal of Washington bureaucrats do all your thinking for you, in which case you should probably stay away from this.

Sep 29th


After several months of listening to each and every episode, some more than once, I am of the opinion, these folks exist in a bubble of their own creation. Although their views may be described as independent of political party, I believe they belong to the political party of The Fifth Column. I got the impression, unless you believe exactly as they do, you’re an idiot, an expression hear on a regular basis. It’s been informative, thank you, gotta unsubcribe. I wish you all the best.

Sep 24th

justin skemp

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Jun 21st

Len Hayes

I became annoyed with Kamele's laugh so stopped the very interesting podcast about Michael Jordan

May 18th

Kazeem Badrudeen

Bolton isn't going to come forward because he is the anonymous letter writer. that's why he did not show up for the inquiry. if they ask him questions that will show him to be the one, he will have to answer it under oath.

Nov 24th
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If Israel is our ally, then why did they attack USS Liberty?

Sep 22nd

Josh Blanchette

Top-notch podcast! They get the blend between nuanced thought and enjoyable banter exactly right.

Jul 12th

Michael Pemulis

This podcast is great

Jun 25th

Cameron Vaughn

I definitely feel out of the loop on this episode

Apr 16th

David Peterson

Weisbrot reminds me of reading Heilbroner's writing while the USSR was around (and that said I do genuinely enjoy reading the perspective)

Mar 4th

David Peterson

That "the Democrats won the popular vote in the Senate" statement makes me cringe every time.

Mar 4th

Mike Dillon

I have some very grave issues with podcast both philosophically and practically. First of all openly putting peoples information on the internet because you disagree with their family members politics is both wrong and stupid. They had no say in what was said, and thus you are using guilt by association. Also it is stupid because it paints you as childish thugs and makes your opponent sympathic. To claim to be a supporter of democracy and rights, but then to encourage the suppression of opponents is hypocrisy. Secondly I have a deeper philosophical issue with the guest. it seems that his work is largely built on a fallacy. Just because most modern democracies are liberal, doesn't mean that a democracy must be liberal. indeed I would argue that many stable states have been non liberal, and there is no reason to think a democracy could not have traditional institutions as well as a non capitalist economy, like a social credit or corporatist system. lastly he seems like his life has poorly equipped him to under why populism is happening. Being a naturalized American citizen, of polish jewish descent with a Harvard degree almost certainly points to a very much elite background. I can shed some light here with my working class background. To put it bluntly, we've been fucked in the ass by every special interest from AIPAC to Monsanto and were sick of it. We live in a system where money buys power and it's killing us, and we see people like mounk (or most establishment politicians) as pissing on our heads and telling us it's raining while CEO's get golden parachutes worth billions.

Dec 21st

Paul Williams

This is probably my favorite 5th Column show ever!

Nov 28th

Tyler Coleman

Patrice O'Neal is a comedian

Jun 13th

Tyler Coleman

kmele says nigga in such an unnatural way it's almost inappropriate for him to say it lol

May 18th

Michael Gardner

Tell us how you really feel about it!

Apr 26th

Eric Franks

IQ is uh horsehit and I base that on nothing other than virtue signaling.

Apr 23rd
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