Tim Pool Spreads COVID Misinformation Behind a Paywall.

Image of Tim Pool, Luke Rudkowski, and Ian Crossland

In a series of members-only videos, Tim Pool and his Timcast IRL podcast cohosts downplayed the risks of COVID-19 and repeated several misleading and long-debunked conspiracies and talking points about the disease.

Though never rising to the level of outright denialism, anti-mask activism, or anti-vaccine messaging, the hosts still strayed into territory heavily frequented by COVID conspiracists.

The videos appear on Timcast.com, Pool’s recently launched subscription-supported website. Pool created the website to insulate himself from the whims of Youtube and other tech companies and has boasted about strong sign-up numbers. Membership fees range from $10 to $1000 per month.

The dips into conspiracism were most often driven by Pool’s longtime friend Luke Rudkowski who cohosts Pool’s podcast. Rudkowski is the founder of the We Are Change media organization and was described as “New York City’s noisiest, most aggressive [9/11] Truther” by journalist Jonathan Kay in his 2011 book Among the Truthers.

The rest of Pool’s podcasting team comprises of cohost Ian Crossland and producer Lydia Smith. Crossland is a Youtuber and tech and psychedelic enthusiast who graduated from Kent State in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre.

Creating Deadly Viruses

On February 1st 2021, a 22-minute long members-only video titled (in part) “Tony Robbins Calls Out COVID As Hysteria Citing Deaths Are NOT GOING UP” was released on the Timcast.com website.

In the video, Rudkowski veers into conspiracism, claiming that coronavirus advisor and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Dr Anthony Fauci has “specific ties” to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and had personally pushed for funding to be paid to the WIV to make “viruses as deadly as possible” prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Here Rudkowski is repeating a common talking point from conspiracy circles which holds that Dr Fauci gave $3.7 million to the WIV (through the NIAID). At best the claim is misleading. What is true is that between 2014 and 2019, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provided a total of $3.4 million to a small non-profit called EcoHealth Alliance which paid out $598,500 to the WIV. There is no evidence for Rudkowski’s claim that WIV used this money to fund projects in China to make viruses more deadly.

There is also no evidence to suggest that Dr Fauci has any close links to the WIV or that he personally pushed for – or was even aware of – the EcoHealth Alliance grants. From 2014-19 the grants made up approximately 0.002% of the NIH’s total research budget. It is incredibly doubtful that Dr Fauci was personally invested in a project of this small size. In 2019 alone, the NIH awarded 11,035 grants, each of which went through a long and complex application process. Additionally, rather than being a secret, the full details of the EcoHealth Alliance’s grants are available on the NIH website.

Downplaying Risk

In the same paywalled video, Pool claims COVID-19 has a “99.999% survivability for everybody under the age of 70.” Pool has repeated similar claims in public videos adding in one, “for the people over 70, it’s like 97.5%” survivable. Both of these claims are false. Only those under 34 have a 99.99% survival rate. From there, death rates slowly increase, reaching a 28.3% fatality rate for those aged over 85.

In the paywalled video, Rudkowski also downplays the risk of COVID-19, saying, “only very old people are going to die. Let’s protect the old people. Let’s continue on.” While his claim that only “very old” people die of COVID is flawed, so too is his belief that continuing on without infecting older people by merely trying to “protect” them will work.

As Bristol University math professor Oliver Johnson very memorably put it, “expecting that increased infections will stay confined to young people forever is like having a no-weeing lane in the swimming pool.”

In the video, Pool also notes that in 2020 flu cases decreased due to lockdown restrictions but questions, “why hasn’t COVID?” sarcastically adding, “is it a kind of magic disease?” Hinting at a deeper conspiracy, Rudkowski replied, “that’s an extremely convenient argument, especially when you look at the powers that be.”

Rudkowski may assign this disparity in infection rates to “the powers that be,” however, scientists agree it’s more likely that flu deaths have decreased more rapidly than COVID-19 ones because SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is more infectious than seasonal influenza strains.

The danger of downplaying the risk of COVID-19 as Pool and his cohosts do is that people end up being less cautious as they believe the virus’s threat to them is lower than it is.

HCQ and India

Though never explicitly encouraging their viewers to use hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), the Timcast IRL hosts have discussed the drug on several occasions. As Grftr News has covered, Pool has previously given a misleading account of the drugs evidence base on his podcast. This trend continues on his paywalled content.

Discussing India in a February 9th video, Rudkowski says,

“You think that the COVID would run through that place like fire? It hasn’t. And they’ve been using therapies that if you talk about on YouTube, you get banned.” 

Rudkowski names HCQ as one such treatment. In response to Rudkowski’s claim, Pool adds, “now the reports are coming out saying it does help.”

Rudkowski’s claim that India has seen few COVID-19 cases leaves out a lot of crucial missing context. While it is true that official case and death counts are lower than might be expected, there are several explanations for this.

For one, according to a January 2021 study published in The Lancet, for every official Indian COVID-19 case, up to 32 cases were not counted. Therefore tens of millions of cases are missing from official counts. “The reported cases are not even remotely a reflection of true cases — they only reflect people who got tested,” professor Vikram Patel of Harvard Medical School told the FT.

It is also acknowledged that India is missing deaths too because many deaths occur in the home and are not added to official numbers. Furthermore, some Indian states are not including suspected or probable COVID-19 deaths in their counts.

Despite these factors, India has had the second-highest number of global COVID-19 cases according to a Johns Hopkins university count and the 4th highest number of deaths.

Science has not identified a single factor to explain why India’s official death figures are lower than might be expected. However, several overlapping circumstances have played a role, including India’s young population. India has a median age of just 28.4, ten years less than the US median age. India also has a lower life expectancy than most Western countries, meaning “those who live beyond 75 in the first place are likely to be in better health and of better socioeconomic status.”

Others suggest that India’s 70-day lockdown and its effective use of behavioural interventions such as mask-wearing and social distancing have contributed to the country’s low death rate.

What is clear is that it’s highly improbable that the use of HCQ played a large role in India’s success. Several recent large-scale studies, including a meta-analysis from the prestigious Cochrane group, have found that HCQ provides no clinical benefit in treating COVID-19.

Another meta-analysis found no clinical benefit in using HCQ as a preventative measure. Results from COPCOV – the most extensive study examining HCQ’s effectiveness as a preventative – have not yet been released.

Even if HCQ is found to have useful preventative properties, its use has not been widespread enough in India to explain the country’s death rate. Screening, isolation, and lockdown efforts played a much more significant role.

According to Reuters, HCQ was widely available in some area’s of Mumbai; however, local health officials found it offered little benefit. After implementing screening and lockdown interventions, authorities saw much more substantial effects.

Vaccine Development

Despite praising vaccines as “incredible technology,” which he is “eternally grateful” for, Pool didn’t challenge Rudkowski when the latter claimed COVID-19 vaccine trials had been conducted in “secret.”

COVID-19 vaccine development has been no more secretive than the development of any other pharmaceutical product. In many ways, their development has been more transparent than ever, with an article in the British Medical Journal noting that some COVID-19 vaccine companies have taken “unprecedented” steps in their transparency efforts during the pandemic.

During the vaccine approval process, the FDA, CDC, and European Medicines Agency (EMA) (among others) made firm commitments to transparency regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Doctor’s groups have praised the FDA and CDC for their transparency work. Meanwhile, the EMA significantly altered its publication approach to provide the public with as much information as possible.

While significant work in creating a more transparent culture in private pharmaceutical research remains, it is damaging to public health efforts to hint at conspiracies specific to COVID-19 vaccines.

Masks

In one members-only video, the hosts are joined by Youtuber and political commentator Blaire White. Though they all come out broadly in support of an individual’s choice to wear a mask and admit to wearing them in public, the hosts and guest spoke at length about what they perceive as the negatives of mask-wearing.

In the video, Crossland accuses people of having a “blind obsession or blind obedience” about masks.

Blaire White accuses people who say they can wear masks and still breathe of being liars saying, “people just lie, you can’t breathe, stop saying you can breathe.”

Meanwhile, Pool brands wearing two masks (as the CDC now advises following a recent study) “absurd” and suggests that people who follow this sort of advice are “mindless NPC’s” who are just “doing what they’re told” (though at the same time acknowledging that masks make “sense”).

The hosts also talk about the joy they feel when businesses say they can take off their masks on their premises.

Debunked Johns Hopkins Article

In one video, Pool brings up an article that appeared in the Johns Hopkins News-Letter student paper. The article falsely argued that there had been no excess deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States.

The News-Letter’s editors later retracted the article due to the “inaccuracies” it contained, opting to leave up a PDF copy in the interests of the “historical record.”

Pool has previously discussed the article in multiple videos saying in one:

“Johns Hopkins university ran a study where a researcher compared the amount of deaths from previous years to this year and found that the only difference — because the average deaths have stayed the same — is that heart disease deaths are down and COVID deaths are up. And there’s a simple explanation for it… If someone has heart disease, they might die in six weeks, COVID might kill them in a few days. So it becomes a COVID death, not a heart disease death.”

This statement contains several errors. Pool’s claim that the article was “a study” is false. It was a writeup of a presentation given by  Genevieve Briand, an assistant director for Johns Hopkin’s Master’s program in Applied Economics, which appeared in the Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Briand has no expertise in epidemiology or infectious disease so referring to her as “researcher” (as Tim does) is also questionable in this context.

While Pool accurately describes Briand’s underlying argument, he fails to mention that it lacks merit and has been debunked. As the online publication SFGATE and others have noted, Briand focused on comparing percentage rates “of total deaths per age category” rather than total raw numbers.

Counter to Briand’s claims, an analysis from the CDC found that there had been almost 300,000 excess deaths between January 26th and October 3rd 2020. Approximately two-thirds of these were attributable to COVID-19. SFGATE also reports, “data from the CDC’s excess deaths due to COVID-19 database show deaths trending higher in nearly every [age] category year-over-year.”

Pool’s assertion that most COVID-19 deaths would have been “heart disease death(‘s)” in “six weeks” is also wrong. If all COVID-19 deaths were simply early heart disease deaths, then there would be no excess deaths. Additionally, several scientific analyses have concluded that most COVID-19 victims have lost at least 10 years of life rather than the six weeks Pool suggests.

As Scientific American explains, “even such a person with a potentially life-shortening pre-existing condition such as heart disease or diabetes may have lived another five, 10 or many more years, had they not become infected with COVID-19.”

Pool has publicly stated over 50 times that he spends 16 hours per day working on his content. In messages to Grftr News, he has also confirmed that he typically seeks out multiple sources about the stories he covers before reading the most comprehensive article on camera.

Given these facts, it’s puzzling that Pool has repeated the same falsehoods about the Johns Hopkins News-Letter article across multiple videos over the past four months, falsely calling it a “study” on every mention.

Another puzzling aspect of Pool’s coverage of this topic is his attempt to refute Lead Stories fact check on the case. Pool says of Lead Stories’ (correct) claim that the article was not censored:

“when they actually got a comment from the authors, they said it was censored, and the deaths are overblown. So how is that a fact check? It’s not.”

Here Pool appears to have forgotten that a journalist’s job is to report the truth rather than just a partisan narrative. Reaching out for comment is standard journalistic practice – as is contradicting that comment if the facts do not back it up.

COVID-19 Testing

Discussing COVID-19 tests in one of the paywalled video’s Rudkowski says, “there’s been many people talking about the PCR test being ineffective.”

The claim echos one Pool has made even more firmly in publicly available videos. In one on his Timcast channel, he cast doubts on PCR tests for COVID-19, boldly calling them “wildly inaccurate,” adding, “that’s not even debated, that’s a fact.”

In reality, PCR tests are wildly accurate (though, of course, not perfect). One analysis that pooled the results from over a dozen other studies concluded that PCR tests identify COVID-19 infections up to 97.2% of the time. (Note: this is the sensitivity rate of the test i.e. the test’s ability to detect cases. The cases that it fails to diagnose are likely people who are either past the initial infectious stage, just prior to this stage, or with a low viral count).

In the paywalled video, Rudkowski also claims, “there’s been many false positives as well.” An analysis by the UK based COVIDFAQ website estimates that at most 3% of positive COVID-19 tests are false positives.

In yet a further public livestream, Pool falsely claimed that the World Health Organisation (WHO) was “adjusting the PCR test threshold.” He bases this claim on a misreading of a WHO notice which, rather than “adjusting the PCR threshold,” merely told new PCR machine users to read their goddamn manuals. If Pool had read the notice or conducted any research on this claim, he would have easily understood this. Another 16 hours misspent, it seems.

Taking a Stance

Positioning himself between two warring extremes has long been part of Pool’s branding. For years he has been warning about an imminent “civil war.”

Pool’s habit of drawing the center line in roughly the same place as rightwing populists do has been a particularly effective strategy. It allows Pool to say he’s a “disaffected liberal” while introducing almost all his videos with a rightwing spin. In the aftermath of the 2020 election, it allowed him to push narratives about election fraud. On at least one occasion, after all the networks had called the election, he even claimed that a Trump win was not only still possible but likely.

Now in COVID times Pool positions himself between “authoritarian” officials who implement restrictions in response to the disease, and complete COVID-denialists.

Pool is aware of the branding he has created for himself and frequently refers to himself as a “milquetoast fence-sitter.” What he fails to mention is that it’s a fence he has built himself, and although it’s where he is most comfortable, in the midst of a global pandemic, fence-sitting is not enough. Taking a firm stance against COVID-19 misinformation is not just a good idea; it’s a necessity and a test Pool is currently failing.

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Top Rightwing Youtubers

Summary

We compared the view counts of over 50 rightwing Youtubers and found that across his three channels, Tim Pool dominates the field, having received over 102 million views over the past month. He beats out Steven Crowder, his closest competitor, by more than 50 million views.

Tim Pool’s lead in views is so substantial that even if you combine the views of both Crowder and Pool’s next closest rival, BlazeTV, they would still not add up to Pool’s view count.

When considering average views per video, a slightly different picture emerges. This time Pool is in the number 3 spot, beaten out by the Conservative Twins and Salty Cracker Youtube pages.

Methodology

In order to understand who the most viewed rightwing YouTubers are and where Tim Pool places in this ranking, we decided to redo and expand our earlier analysis answering this question. Rather than focus on ranking the YouTubers by subscriber counts, which can be misleading, we chose to focus on their view counts over the past month.

Total Views Section

To draw together a list of the top rightwing YouTubers, we searched Google, Reddit, and Twitter for lists of the top rightwing creators and then supplemented these lists by asking our Twitter followers to suggest any names we might have left off. Our followers rose to the occasion and provided several useful additions. A full list of included creators can be found here.

To get to the total view counts for each creator, we manually searched for each of their channels on the social media analytics website SocialBlade. Any Youtube creators who had more than one channel had all their channels numbers combined into one figure to truly reflect their total monthly views. These views were then added to the spreadsheet linked above. Finally, a chart was created based on these results.

An important note is that we are not including mainstream media organizations in this analysis. If we did, organizations such as Fox News would still beat Pool by over 100 million views, however, they also have a more extensive back catalog, hundreds or thousands of employees, and often release more frequent videos.

Another caveat for our analysis is that despite our best efforts, we may well have missed other more prominent rightwing Youtubers. Any creators suggested by readers will be added to future investigations.

Average Views Section

To get the results for the average views section, we noted the views of the most recent 10 videos from each of the top 10 rightwing YouTubers. Where a YouTuber had more than one channel, we chose their 10 most recent videos regardless of which of their channels these videos were from. We ignored any videos published within the last 24 hours to not advantage/disadvantage any YouTuber who had only just posted a video. We then calculated the average views across those 10 videos.

Results

Consistent with our previous analysis, we again identified that the top rightwing YouTuber by view count over the past month is Tim Pool. And once again, he beats out his competition by more than 50 million views.

Moving down the list, the next four most successful Youtubers Steven Crowder, BlazeTV, The Daily Wire, and Liberal Hivemind, are all within a similar ballpark of views ranging from over 51 million monthly views for Crowder to just under 36 million for Liberal Hivemind.

After this, views drop down another level for the remaining five creators in the top ten list. Once you get past the 11th most-watched rightwing YouTuber (Ben Shapiro), the viewing numbers take another big dive into the single million digits level and below for the remaining 50 creators included in the analysis. 

The top ten YouTube creators, by view count are listed in the graph below. A full list of all 50 and their monthly views can be found here.

After looking at the raw total number of monthly views, we decided to add another dimension to our analysis and look at the average views per video for the top ten creators. In this analysis, we find that Tim Pool comes third with Conservative Twins (alternatively known as the Hodge Twins) and the creator Salty Cracker beating him in views per video. Amazingly the highest budget creators such as PragerU, The Daily Wire, and BlazeTV, come near the bottom half of the graph this time. This is partially explainable by the varied content they produce – some producers/hosts are less popular than others. We would also strongly caution against drawing too much of an inference from this data as only ten videos were used to create the average views per video graph. Future analyses will include a greater number than this.

Discussion

Interestingly the YouTubers who receive the most mainstream media attention, for example, Dave Rubin, Jordan Peterson, and even Ben Shapiro (who just missed out on getting onto the graph) don’t appear in the top 10. Instead, the creators dominating the chart are drawn from three fairly different groups.

The first group is larger independent rightwing media outlets such as BlazeTV and The Daily Wire, who create highly produced news and commentary content. The second group is men shouting at a computer, for example, Tim Pool and Liberal Hivemind. This group probably has the best margins because their videos require incredibly little effort and have low costs. Finally, the third group falls somewhere between these two extremes, for example Steven Crowder and the Conservative Twins. Female creators are notably underrepresented on the list; the first –  Abigail Shapiro (Ben Shapiro’s sister) – only appears in the 21st position.

One explanation for why the Youtubers who receive the most views don’t receive the most media attention is because “man shouts at computer for hours each day”  isn’t a particularly compelling news hook. That may be a problem. And it might be more important than many people realise.

Each year millions of people around the world spend millions of hours watching the creators included in our analysis. Many of the top creators upload daily – sometimes multiple times – and these repeat contacts help build a powerful relationship between them and their audience. Anyone who doubts this need only interact with their fans online. People critical of the creators often end up receiving avalanches of harassment, which often moves beyond angry online comments to death threats and real-life danger. The viewers also cement their relationships by collectively giving millions of dollars to the YouTube creators via donations and buying their merchandise.

With the 2020 election rapidly approaching, it is inarguable that the creators on our list will shift votes. What remains undetermined is the number of votes they’ll help shift and the electoral importance of the votes.

Conclusion

Tim Pool continues to dominate the rightwing Youtube sphere drawing in millions of views per day across his three main channels. From a total views perspective it’s hard to see how anyone can beat him. Not only does he receive more than double the views of his closest rivals, his channels and view count continue to grow. Last time we ran our analysis in July, he was receiving around 20-30 million fewer monthly views, and at this stage, an end to his growth isn’t in sight.

Rightwing creators dominate the attention economy on Youtube. Their influence has already been felt in the run-up to the 2016 and 2020 American elections and in the years between. At the current rate, it doesn’t look like this influence is going away any time soon. If anything it’s only getting stronger. While some of the most extreme YouTubers and those with the best branding have been the subject of numerous stories many others have not faced any serious inquiry despite their influence, wealth, and view count.

Perhaps it’s time that “angry man shouts at computer” becomes a story worth investigating.

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Exclusive: Massive Analysis Exposes Tim Pool’s Biased News Diet

Summary

According to our analysis of over 330 videos, Tim Pool heavily relies on sources which favor the right. 59% of the sources he used over a two month period had a pro-rightwing bias, while sources biased towards the left, and least biased sources made up 31% and 10% of his sources respectively.

Pool’s top five sources were: Daily Mail (used 96 times), Fox News (used 36 times), The New York Times (used 30 times), Andy Ngo tweets (used 26 times), and the New York Post (used 24 times).

Tim Pool did not use a single extreme left publication as source despite having used over 800 sources across those 330+ videos. Meanwhile, extreme rightwing sources made up 5% of the sources used with Breitbart being Pool’s joint 6th most used source.

Introduction

Tim Pool is a prolific content creator. Every day he releases approximately four hours of footage across his three Youtube channels. Keeping up with all his videos and their content is near impossible. As a result trends in his content can be hard to track. Against the advice of several medical professionals, we decided to watch over 300 of Pool’s videos to track which sources he used between June 25th and August 31st 2020.

Pool’s three active Youtube accounts are named Tim Pool, Timcast, and Timcast IRL. He generally releases one video per day on the first channel. The third channel features clips taken from his daily livestreams. The second channel which he uploads to five times per day was the channel considered in this analysis.

Methodology

We watched every single video released on Tim Pool’s Timcast channel between June 25th and August 31st 2020 and noted the first three sources he displayed on screen. This number of sources was chosen because in the vast majority of his videos he uses 1 – 3 sources. We estimate that fewer than 5% of his videos feature more than 3 sources.

The bias of each source was determined using the data from the mediabiasfactcheck.com (MBFC) website to ensure an independent standard. The MBFC bias scale runs from “extreme left” to “extreme right” bias with “least biased” in the center of the scale. Bias ratings from MBFC were compared with the bias assigned by other similar services such as AllSides.com. Results were found to be largely consistent however MBFC was chosen as it had a more subdivided scale.

When Tim Pool cited a tweet by a journalist we would assign the bias of that journalist’s primary employer to them for the purposes of our analysis.

When a source was not listed on MBFC its bias was labelled as N/A. Most of the sources falling into this category were random tweets or articles from local news stations. Some were also what we would judge to be obscure conservative publications.

Finally, we used Microsoft Excel to add up the data and then checked these results correcting any errors we found e.g. a source’s name being misspelled or being assigned the wrong bias. We then ran the numbers again to reach the final results presented here.

Results

During the time period being studied Tim Pool released 336 videos featuring 818 sources from 302 media organisations or social media accounts. The average number of times he used each source was 2.70 times however this result is misleading because it is pushed artificially high due to outliers such as him using the Daily Mail 96 times. The median number of times he used each source is 1 time however using this number the presence of the outliers is not reflected at all. Most of his sources were used 1 or 2 times other than his 20 most used sources which were all used at least 7 times.

59% of Pools sources were biased in favor of the right, 31% in favor of the left, and 10% fell into the “least biased” category.

Tim Pool’s 10 most used sources are displayed in the graph below (11 sources are present because there is a tie for 10th place).

Pool’s top five sources were:

Daily Mail (used 96 times)
Fox News (used 36 times)
The New York Times (used 30 times)
Andy Ngo tweets (used 26 times)
The New York Post (used 24 times)

Put another way 11.74% of Tim Pool’s total sources from June 25th to August 31st 2020 were Daily Mail articles. This contrasts with the only 10% of articles he used from “least biased” sources such as Reuters or the Associated Press.

Despite his claims of being center left Tim Pool did not use a single source from an extreme left publication in the 336 videos analysed however 5% of his sources have an extreme right bias including Breitbart which is his joint 6th most used source.

General observations

Despite his dislike and criticism of mainstream media, the vast majority of  Tim Pool’s sources came from long-established organisations. If mainstream news organisations didn’t exist Tim Pool would either not have a job or be forced to scale back his video production.

Although Pool occasionally used sources coded as ‘center left’ such as The New York Times and Washington Post he often only showed these sources so he could criticise and attack them for perceived bias. Few rightwing sources experienced the same treatment.

When Tim Pool used The Gateway Pundit as a source (as he did 6 times) it was often for articles written by his long-time friend Cassandra Fairbanks, who he attended the 2017 DeploraBall with.

Tim Pool rarely recommends any particular source however in multiple videos he has suggested his subscribers should follow Andy Ngo who has been accused of doxxing leftwing protestors and spreading misleading news about protests.

Conclusions

Although we assumed Tim Pool’s sources would lean right we were still surprised by his vastly disproportionate use of them. For someone who claims to be on the left he sure loves to promote the rights framing of almost every situation.

Some people may question whether relying largely on rightwing sources is an inherent predictor of being rightwing and we agree it is not. However, when a person uses sources biased in one direction they will inevitably receive and in Tim Pool’s case also promote a specific framing of situations and stories. With Pool, the effect is even more heightened as he regularly reads his viewers long tracts of the articles and adds his agreeing commentary.

When our results are taken together with Tim Pool’s frequent support of voting for Donald Trump, him labelling voting for Joe Biden as voting for the ‘suicide of America,’  him stating he would likely vote for a Republican in a generic ballot race, him donating thousands of dollars to a Republican political candidate, and his over 70 million monthly Youtube views (higher than any other independent rightwing Youtuber) it becomes hard to deny that at the very least Pool is providing significant help to right.

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Welcome to Grftr!

Hi! Welcome to Grftr.

We are a new start-up bran…. nah lmao despite our name we’re definitely not some weird new tech start-up. I’m just a dude who got tired of Tim Pool’s constant barrage of terrible content and wanted to do something about it.

There are lots of excellent accounts on Youtube, left twitter, and random blogs scattered around the internet who have done some great work debunking, criticising, or making fun of online grifters but so far I don’t believe there is a single source which consistently and exclusively focuses on Tim Pool. And the RationalWiki article about Tim Pool which gives the best introductory overview of Pool is impressive but also very lacking. I want to help chance both these things.

I hope to help change these things. Together with your help, I want us to make this site into a resource to help combat grifters who are endangering our political processes, families, health, and safety starting with Tim Pool.

Why Tim?

According to our research, Tim Pool appears to be the most viewed rightwing Youtuber. Although established rightwing brands such as Fox News still beat him on view counts he absolutely dominates his competition in the alternative media sphere beating out the likes of Ben Shapiro, Prager U, Steven Crowder and more by tens of millions of monthly views. Pool also makes thousands of dollars from his daily live streams and channel sponsors – not to mention any advertising revenue he makes from adverts on his videos.

In July 2019 Tim Pool was invited to visit the White House by Donald Trump and Pool has also quizzed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast – the biggest podcast in the world. Despite all this Pool has received little critical attention. We hope to change this and aim to bring you hard-hitting criticism, debunkings, and discussions about Pool, his work, and his influence.

What are my goals?

Well, firstly they’re not my goals. Ok yeah, technically they are mine right now but I hope they become yours too! I want this website to be collaboration (because I’m too busy and um…. lazy to do this by myself) between all those who are critical of Tim Pool.

As a result, I aim to provide a platform which has two key roles: dissemination of useful material and fostering community. On the first front, I hope for us to collaboratively create a list of resources helping to combat grifters and help convert their fans. These resources could include exposé’s, debunkings, criticism, dunks, etc.. little is off-limits. I also aim to produce and perhaps eventually commission original reporting and analysis. Part of this websites efforts will involve creating ‘fact sheets’ about selected grifters and links to external content debunking, criticising, or dunking on them – starting with Tim Pool.

On the second front, I have created a forum to help bring people together to discuss grifters, their supporters, and the harm they’re both causing. I also envisage that people will be able to promote their content and help reach new audiences on there too. Right now there are only three forums while I start to understand how this all works. I have no experience with any of this so please be patient.

How can I help?

You need no previous experience with… well anything but if you’re a journalist, content producer, expert in a specific field, techy person, editor (of any medium), podcaster etc… we’d be delighted to chat with you – particularly if you are planning on producing content about Tim Pool or if you know him personally

We are still in the very early stages of this process and will definitely experience teething problems so please be gentle and forgiving.

You can get in touch either via DMing us on twitter @TimPoolClips or contacting us via the contact form on our site.

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Ok that’s enough for now. Go get yourself a glass of water. Oh also check out our forum(s) and our list of Tim Pool critiques from external sources.