Wavelength Weekly

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Here is a handful of excellent reporting on the disinformation-fueled Trumpist insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. These reports and analyses helped me make sense of, at times, a seemingly senseless week.

First, this harrowing but vital account of the storming of the Capitol from The Washington Post reveals how the day could have been so much deadlier…

“Inside the Capitol siege: How barricaded lawmakers and aides sounded urgent pleas for help as police lost control” by Karoun Demirjian, Carol D. Leonnig, Paul Kane and Aaron C. Davis in The Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2021

Next, a spot-on historical analysis from fascism scholar Timothy Snyder on how Trump’s Big Lie led to this moment…

“The American Abyss – A historian of fascism and political atrocity on Trump, the mob and what comes next” by Timothy Snyder in The New York Times Magazine on Jan. 9, 2021

Third, an examination of Trump’s deplatforming and the immense power of the social media companies by Kevin Roose at The New York Times

“In Pulling Trump’s Megaphone, Twitter Shows Where Power Now Lies” by Kevin Roose in The New York Times on Jan. 9, 2021

Fourth, Nina Jankowicz examines the hubris of government officials, social media executives, and, I would add, American citizens regarding the online disinformation epidemic…

“The Day the Internet Came for Them: Washington Wakes Up to the Dark Reality of Online Disinformation” by Nina Jankowicz in Foreign Affairs on Jan. 12, 2021

And, finally, an interview with Elle Reeve, a CNN reporter who covers the far right and who was among the “Extremely Online” insurrectionists at the Capitol, on episode of CNN’s Reliable Sources podcast. You can listen below or read a brief summary of points touched on in the interview here.