Glenn Thrush Kept His Book Advance Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations, but Co-Author Maggie Haberman Didn't

Buzzfeed is reporting that after New York Times star reporter Glenn Thrush was dropped from a Random House book deal with his colleague Maggie Haberman, he kept his advance, while she was ultimately required to repay hers. Thrush was dropped from that deal, and reassigned at the Times, after a Vox story reported that…

A Publisher Apologized For Running a Sandy Hook Hoax Book, Then Auctioned Off the Last Copies

The publisher of a book claiming the Sandy Hook shootings were a hoax apologized to Lenny Pozner, the father of one of the victims, several weeks ago, agreed to stop selling the book, and issued a statement saying he believes Pozner’s son Noah did really die in the attack. Shortly after, though, the publisher, Dave…

Peddlers of Medical Misinformation Are Using Social Media 'Censorship' as a Selling Point

No one has ever accused Mike Adams, the self-proclaimed Health Ranger, of being an understated guy, but recent events have taken him to new, shouty heights. After Adams’ website, Natural News, had its page suspended by Facebook in June for violating the company’s spam policies, Adams likened the suspension to genocide…

What is Red Scare and Am I Exempt From Caring About It? A Brief Guide to the Podcast World’s Laziest Provocateurs

It’s a truism at this point that each day brings some fresh outrage, ranging from the miserably depressing to the powerfully stupid. We ping-pong from children in disease-ridden concentration camps run by the American government to the president’s baffling Fourth of July Big Boy Tank Parade. We barely emerge from one…

I Took a Joyless Trip To the Hershey's Store In Times Square and Then Left New York

For the seven vanishingly brief years I lived in New York, I have, like most people who live here, avoided Times Square as much as possible. That was a mistake. As it turns out, Times Square is deeply weird, occasionally transcendent, and the Sephora is very large. On the downside, everyone walks exceedingly slowly,…

Amazon's Facial Analysis Program Is Building A Dystopic Future For Trans And Nonbinary People

In 2017, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, just outside Portland, Oregon, wanted to find a man covered in dollar bills. The unidentified man, whose profile photo showed him lying on a bed covered in paper money, had been making concerning posts on Facebook, the sheriff’s office said. So the department ran the…

Legislative Staffer Describes Meeting With Jessica Biel and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as They Lobbied to Kill a Bill Tightening Vaccine Exemptions

On Wednesday, a series of photos posted by activist and vaccine “skeptic” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. showed him and actress Jessica Biel lobbying California state lawmakers. Those lawmakers later confirmed that the duo were there to advocate against SB 276, a bill seeking to introduce more oversight into the process that…

Well, Here's Jessica Biel Apparently Lobbying California Lawmakers Alongside Anti-Vaccine Activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a formerly well-respected environmental activist who has, in recent years, begun making a variety of extremely dubious claims about vaccines, and working hard to influence public vaccine policy through both lobbying and lawsuits. Jessica Biel is an actress married to another famous person,…