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Tim "socially liberal" Pool at dinner with Brittany Pettibone, James Allsup, and Baked Alaska, surrounded by men making the OK sign[1]
some 4chan troll: instead of saying the n-word let's do, idk, the 📎 emoji

anyone else: that's stupid

tim pool: *bouncing up and down, pointing* you fell for it! you fools! once again the left epic fails by reacting at all, in any way, to anything!
Shaun[2]

Tim Pool (1986–) is a Eurasian American YouTube commentator and former Vice News reporter who describes himself as a "social liberal" and "left-libertarian" who "support(ed) Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, and Tulsi Gabbard".[3] Despite this, his content is composed almost exclusively of rebuttal-free alt-right talking points. Pool first gained notoriety reporting from the front lines of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Scope[edit]

As of July 2019, Pool's YouTube channels "Tim Pool" and "Timcast" had over 545,000 subscribers and 90 million views[4] and 456,000 subscribers and 176 million views, respectively,[5] his Twitter account 350,000 followers[6] and his Facebook account 64,000 likes.[7]

Clickbait content[edit]

Some clickbait June 2019 headlines of Tim Pool's "socially liberal" content:

  • "Feminists Outraged That The Line To The Mens Bathroom Is Shorter"[8]
  • "Regulation Will END Censorship Online And Of Course Leftists Complain"[9]
  • "Brett Kavanaugh Has Proven Himself Against The Leftist Outage Mob"[10]
  • "Democrats And Far Leftists Are Tearing Each Other Apart, But Its Really Weird"[11]
  • "Fake News Leftist Just Slipped Up Exposing Smear Campaign"[12]
  • "Hacker Conference Has Bent The Knee To Leftist Outrage Mob"[13]

Some other fun headlines:

  • "The Senate Is Being Briefed On UFOs, Its Time The Truth Came Out"[14]
  • "Mainstream Media Smears Independent Outlet For Not Hating Trump Enough" (citing the Epoch Times)[15]

For 3 months prior, Pool did not release a video critical of any Republican, whose activities included supporting a ban on flag burning and supporting a war with Iran.

Methods[edit]

Pool has a tendency to agree at length with a right-wing talking point, then pivot to a softball question about "concerns". Examples:

  • "So, I was here just over a month ago, and I was here in France for about one week, and in that week, there were six different terror attacks, two of which were anti-capitalist, but four of which were Islamic terror. … We're seeing more instances where people come out, they yell, and they'll stab somebody, commit these crimes. So, I guess, is it, is immigration really the problem, or are you more concerned with this specific culture?"[16]
  • "Look, as far as I'm concerned, if someone who is white feels like people are saying things that are anti-white, sure, you're allowed to feel however you want, and I really don't see the problem with that. However, calling you a white supremacist discredits you beyond just your concerns about what people are saying about white people. [No question asked][16]

Views[edit]

In a softball interview with Brittany Pettibone, Pool repeated numerous right-wing talking points. For example, he waffled on supporting the wall: "it's fair to say that Trump, it's one of the issues he has called out, building the wall specifically will start to address, as many people believe, uh, on the right, it will address a lot of these issues". However, because he suggested that Islam is not inherently violent, the video has a 3:1 like:dislike ratio and numerous far-right comments from his audience.[16]

Pool claims that "If you believe in white privilege you are by definition a racist".[17] To defend this truly intellectual take, Pool clarified that "Racism is defined as thinking one race is superior[.] Superior means higher in status or rank[.] White privilege assume[s] white people hold a higher status in the world[.]"[18] As should be obvious, "racism" is the belief that "X race innately holds, or should hold, a higher status in the world," rather than the recognition that whatever status they currently hold is due to social or economic conditions, which is what white privilege describes. To close his take, Pool stated that "Shoes tell you more about privilege than race does."[19]

In an interview with Steven Crowder on The Blaze, Pool claimed social media has a liberal bias.[20] Pool believes that Wikipedia maliciously mislabeled Brittany Pettibone as a white nationalist.[16]

Classic moments[edit]

  • Pool claimed that the media "took the bait" on the 4chan fashtag hoax. They didn't.[21]
  • Pool jumped to support Jacob Wohl's allegation that Robert Mueller had raped Carolyne Cass.[22] Said allegation was a spectacular hoax.[23]
  • On 5 November 2018, Pool claimed Republicans would retain a House majority, because the "polls are wrong".[24] He was wrong.
  • Discussing the NPVIC,Wikipedia's W.svg Tim "liberal btw" Pool stated that "one of the problems with the Democrats and many people on the left, and it's true for everybody, but something I've seen repeatedly among left-wing activists and the far-left, is that they don't think about what the result will actually be". Pool also claims that, because (thus far) all NPVIC signatories are blue states, "this opens the door for California to give 55 electoral votes to a Republican should they win the popular vote. This plan will not help Democrats, it will only help Republicans."[25] In reality, the NPVIC only goes into effect once member states have 270 votes (an absolute majority) to avoid this exact scenario, because its designers weren't fucking idiots.
  • In response to a joke tweet by a joke Twitter account,[26] Pool created a video titled "Socialist OUTRAGED Says Capitalism Is BAD Because We Don't All Own Factories"[27]
  • Despite interviewing far-right personalities for two years, Pool doesn't know what the Great Replacement conspiracy theory is[28]
  • Pool got owned by the /r/ENLIGHTENEDCENTRISM subreddit.[29]
  • Pool openly praised Adolf Hitler as "a certain World War Two-era hero".[30] He later edited this comment out of his video.[31]
  • Pool admits that Alex Jones fans and the mentally ill have a lot in common[32]
  • Pool can't decide if social justice is good or not[33]
  • Pool touts his support of public healthcare in an attempt to garner himself some lefty street cred and duck charges of being a right-winger. Then, attacks AOC's green new deal because it includes public health care.[34]
  • Pool can't decide if Amazon pays taxes[35]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Dinner with these guys. 😁, Brittany Pettibone, Twitter
  2. some 4chan troll: instead of saying the n-word let's do, idk, the 📎 emoji anyone else: that's stupid tim pool: *bouncing up and down, pointing* you fell for it! you fools! once again the left epic fails by reacting at all, in any way, to anything!, Shaun, Twitter
  3. I'm a social liberal. I believe in opposing authoritarianism I support LBTQIA+ rights I support a public option I support environmental regulations I am pro-choice I support(ed) Bernie Sanders I agree with most of Ocasio-Cortez's Campaign I am on this list for some reason., Tim Pool, Twitter
  4. "Tim Pool"[a w], YouTube
  5. "Timcast"[a w], YouTube
  6. "Tim Pool @TimCast"[a w], Twitter
  7. "Tim Pool - Home"[a w], Facebook
  8. "Feminists Outraged That The Line To The Mens Bathroom Is Shorter"[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  9. "Regulation Will END Censorship Online And Of Course Leftists Complain"[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  10. "Brett Kavanaugh Has Proven Himself Against The Leftist Outage Mob"[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  11. "Democrats And Far Leftists Are Tearing Each Other Apart, But Its Really Weird"[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  12. "Fake News Leftist Just Slipped Up Exposing Smear Campaign"[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  13. "Hacker Conference Has Bent The Knee To Leftist Outrage Mob"[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  14. "The Senate Is Being Briefed On UFOs, Its Time The Truth Came Out"[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  15. "Mainstream Media Smears Independent Outlet For Not Hating Trump Enough"[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 "AMERICAN TRUMP SUPPORTER IN FRANCE, MEETING BRITTANY PETTIBONE"[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube. See here for wall quote. See here for Wikipedia quote.
  17. If you believe in white privilege you are by definition a racist su·pe·ri·or /səˈpirēər/ adjective 1. higher in rank, status, or quality[a w], Tim Pool, Twitter
  18. Racism is defined as thinking one race is superior Superior means higher in status or rank White privilege assume white people hold a higher status in the world[a w], Tim Pool, Twitter
  19. Shoes tell you more about privilege than race does. Probably too complicated to hash out on twitter though But my point was mostly a semantic jab and only half serious[a w], Tim Pool, Twitter
  20. Ep 496 | Tim Pool Uncut: Social Media's Liberal Bias | Louder with Crowder
  21. Media Takes 4Chan Bait, Runs Hashtag Hoax Story[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  22. https://archive.fo/jnC8b
  23. This is how Jacob Wohl created a sexual harassment accusation against Robert Mueller, Gus Garcia-Roberts and Christal Hayes, USA Today
  24. Republicans Will Win Midterms, Polls Are Wrong[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  25. Democrats Move To Bypass Electoral College, This Is A HUGE Mistake[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  26. dudes be like "i love capitalism" like okay wheres your factory? wheres your capital? you dont even own your car, Comrade Valentina, Twitter
  27. Socialist OUTRAGED Says Capitalism Is BAD Because We Don't All Own Factories[a w], Tim Pool, YouTube
  28. Tim, it's extremely weird that you're a journalist who talks to and about "white identitarian" movements and the contents of the Christchurch shooter's manifesto, which was literally called The Great Replacement, yet you seem to not know what the "Great Replacement" theory is., Cody Johnton, Twitter
  29. Tim Pool, renowned centrist, missing the point of this sub., Reddit
  30. https://streamable.com/gs1o3
  31. You can clearly see the edit at around 18:28.
  32. https://blather.io/fallacies/tim-pool-defending-alex-jones-55
  33. https://blather.io/fallacies/tim-pool-cant-make-up-his-mind-about-social-justice-668
  34. https://blather.io/fallacies/813
  35. https://blather.io/fallacies/tim-pool-cant-decide-if-he-wants-to-help-amazon-680