Anna Merlan

Senior Staff Writer, Features
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Alec Baldwin Just Did an Hour-Long Instagram Chat with an Anti-Vaccine Activist

During the talk, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who’s been promoting vaccine misinformation for years, promoted false and misleading claims about vaccine safety and COVID-19.
Anna Merlan
3 days ago

Gaze Into the Cheerless World of 'Covid Wedding' Merchandise

For the couple who has decided the show must go on, for some reason: Mr. and Mrs. facemasks and “Corona Bride” t-shirts.
Anna Merlan

The Star of 'Plandemic' Spent Years Flooding the Vaccine Court System with Bad Science

Judy Mikovits spent years offering expert testimony in vaccine court cases, accidentally creating a window into how the anti-vaccine world tries to weaponize bad science.
Anna Merlan
conspiracy theories

The Conspiracy Singularity Has Arrived

With the pandemic and a global uprising against racial injustice to be explained away, conspiracy communities are bleeding into each other, merging into one gigantic mass of suspicion.
Anna Merlan

Head of Major UFO Organization Arrested on Child Solicitation Charges

Jan Harzan, head of the Mutual UFO Network, was arrested July 3 and is accused of soliciting "sexual activity from a detective he believed was a 13-year-old girl."
MJ Banias
Anna Merlan

Silicon Valley Elite Discuss Journalists Having Too Much Power in Private App

In leaked audio from an invite-only app, venture capitalists pondered everything they think is wrong with journalism.
Jason Koebler
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Joseph Cox

D.C.’s Bad Cops List Is Shrouded in Secrecy—and Could Be Impacting Criminal Cases

Documents from federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., uncovered by a FOIA lawsuit, raise new questions about a secret list of cops accused of misconduct.
Anna Merlan

The Incident on the A-Road

In a remote part of the Olympic Peninsula, a local gun shop owner became convinced that antifa was coming. What happened next: paranoia, accusations, and a bizarre standoff deep in the woods.
Anna Merlan

NYPD Claims ‘Looters’ Put Bricks at a Brooklyn Corner Miles From Any Protest

Business owners in Gravesend say that while they’ve seen the bricks in blue bins, the neighborhood has been quiet.
Anna Merlan

Mass Protests Turn the Powerful Into Conspiracy Theorists

The "outside agitator" narrative delegitimizes mass anger in a way that's politically convenient.
Anna Merlan
VICE Magazine

The Elegant, and Not Quite Dying, Art of Typewriter Repair

Typewriters, and the people who fix them, have been enjoying a quiet longevity.
Anna Merlan

An Ex-Google Employee Turned 'Whistleblower' and QAnon Fan Made 'Plandemic' Go Viral

Zach Vorhies leaked documents to the right-wing group Project Veritas, then became a committed anti-vaxxer and promoter of QAnon. In an April video, he laid out his plan to promote 'Plandemic.'
Anna Merlan