Brian Patrick Byrne

Journalist & Videographer

Recent Articles

Brian is a highly prolific journalist, and has reported from three continents in the past five years. He mostly writes stories that intersect politics with technology. He has written for The Daily Beast, The Daily Dot, and Vocativ, and his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and others.

Trump uses Canadian company to sell 'Made in America' merchandise

Trump uses Canadian company to sell 'Made in America' merchandise

The Trump administration this month honored U.S. companies as part of "Made in America" week - but one key component was decidedly un-American.

New Trump Hire Anthony Scaramucci Deletes Tweets Bashing Trump, Leaves Up Pro-Hillary Tweets

New Trump Hire Anthony Scaramucci Deletes Tweets Bashing Trump, Leaves Up Pro-Hillary Tweets

"I hope she runs [in 2016], she is incredibly competent," he tweeted in April 2012, adding she was "the real deal."

Neo-Nazi Sites Aren’t 'Morally Offensive,' Web Giant GoDaddy Says

Neo-Nazi Sites Aren't 'Morally Offensive,' Web Giant GoDaddy Says

GoDaddy has defended its decision to provide a privacy service - designed to shield contact information from the public - to The Daily Stormer, AltRight.com, and several other white-nationalist and neo-Nazi sites.

Bloated But Loaded: Is A Competitive Eating Career Worth Stomaching?

Bloated But Loaded: Is A Competitive Eating Career Worth Stomaching?

Vocativ speaks to the world's top competitive eaters ahead of Nathan's Famous Fourth Of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday.

Rejoice, Snobs: The Book IS Better Than The Movie

Rejoice, Snobs: The Book IS Better Than The Movie

Vocativ analyzed Goodreads and IMDb ratings for 800 books and their movie adaptations ranging from "Harry Potter" to "Hannibal" and discovered that the book had a higher rating 74 percent of the time.

Hillary Clinton's Campaign Runs On Pizza

Hillary Clinton's Campaign Runs On Pizza

According to filings from Q3, Team Hillary spent more than $6,000 on fast food in the months of July, August and September in 21 identifiable chow sessions.

The Drudge Report Report: How Drudge Influenced 2015

The Drudge Report Report: How Drudge Influenced 2015

To better understand and document the continuing and significant influence of The Drudge Report and its founder, Matt Drudge, Vocativ analyzed a public archive of the site maintained independently by a third party and sifted through all of the 28,499 unique links featured on the site in 2015.

Bug Chasing Online: Where Men Still Seek Out HIV

Bug Chasing Online: Where Men Still Seek Out HIV

"Bug chasing guys get my attraction," writes a Twitter user with the handle Arab Poz Guy, "because they crave what I have." What he has is HIV.

Hillary Clinton Spent $10 Million Trying To Recreate Obama's Success

Hillary Clinton Spent $10 Million Trying To Recreate Obama's Success

Vocativ's review of campaign filings related to all companies that Obama disbursed campaign money to during 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 reveals Clinton spent nearly $10 million on the same companies between July and September. That's almost 40 percent of her overall spend that quarter.

Numbers Don't Lie: People Prefer Their Porn Without Condoms

Numbers Don't Lie: People Prefer Their Porn Without Condoms

In order to take a hard look at the popularity of condoms in online porn, Vocativ binge-watched a considerable volume of adult entertainment from the vast perv servers of Pornhub.com.

Canadian Hackers Target Trump.com With Message To Jon Stewart

Canadian Hackers Target Trump.com With Message To Jon Stewart

Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen told Vocativ that he had not been aware of the attack. Presented with a link to the defaced page, Cohen was dismissive of its significance, and somewhat surprised that hackers had managed to breach the Trump.com defenses.

How Hard Is It To Escape From U.S. Prison?

How Hard Is It To Escape From U.S. Prison?

Vocativ analyzed 36 years of data provided by the federal government to learn more about who escapes, and disappears from, the US correctional system.

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