Reporter, Dystopia Beat
Alice Clearwater

Yesterday in Hell World we heard from three reporters who regularly cover the world of online extremism and white nationalists about what sort of toll it takes on a person wading into the shit soup of the diseased soul day after day.

Ben Collins, a self-described reporter on the dystopia beat for NBC News, was meant to chime in as well but he got held up reporting on a Pizzagate-style story in which a Portland doughnut shop was being targeted as the latest secret layer of pedophilia in the minds of the brain-worm infested conspiracy theorists.

Ben was kind enough to respond at length to my questions, even though he missed my deadline, something I don’t think I ever did for him when he was my editor at Esquire.