Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi

As Rolling Stone’s chief political reporter, Matt Taibbi's predecessors include the likes of journalistic giants Hunter S. Thompson and P.J. O'Rourke. Taibbi's 2004 campaign journal Spanking the Donkey cemented his status as an incisive, irreverent, zero-bullshit reporter. His books include Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History, The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion, Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire.

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Friday, May 19, 2017
Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever
On the Internet this week you will find thousands, perhaps even millions, of people gloating about the death of elephantine Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The happy face emojis are getting a workout on Twitter, which is also bursting with biting one-liners. What did Roger Ailes die of, aside from...
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Monday, April 03, 2017
Putin Derangement Syndrome Arrives
So Michael Flynn, who was Donald Trump's national security adviser before he got busted talking out of school to Russia's ambassador, has reportedly offered to testify in exchange for immunity. Trump has stuffed his Cabinet with tyrants, zealots and imbeciles – all bent on demolishing our...
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Thursday, March 09, 2017
Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared on Meet the Press this past weekend to discuss the Trump-Russia scandal. Chuck Todd asked: Were there improper contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials? JAMES CLAPPER: We did not include any evidence in our report, and...
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Sunday, February 05, 2017
Extreme Vetting, But Not for Banks
Donald Trump, the man who positioned himself as the common man's shield against Wall Street, signed a series of orders today calling for reviews or rollbacks of financial regulations. He did so after meeting with some friendly helpers. After running against Goldman as a candidate, Donald Trump...
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Friday, January 20, 2017
Remembering Trump Biographer and Reporter Wayne Barrett
Wayne Barrett, an icon of New York journalism and one of the great muckrakers of our time, died Thursday. W ayne was New York's iconoclast-in-chief for many years, in particular the Eighties and Nineties. His 37 years of furious articles for the Village Voice regularly skewered powerful figures in...
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Monday, November 28, 2016
The 'Washington Post' 'Blacklist' Story Is Shameful and Disgusting
Last week, a technology reporter for the Washington Post named Craig Timberg ran an incredible story. It has no analog that I can think of in modern times. Headlined "Russian propaganda effort helped spread 'fake news' during election, experts say," the piece promotes the work of a shadowy group...
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Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Too Smug to Jail
As we reach the close of an election season marked by anger toward the unaccountable rich, The Economist has chimed in with a defense of the beleaguered white-collar criminal. An editorial called "Jail bait" is the latest in a line of salvoes against what the magazine imagines is a wave of...
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Friday, October 07, 2016
Six Million Adults Who Won't Influence This Presidential Race
On July 7th in Staten Island a few months back, Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the death of Eric Garner, sat in court conferring with his family. He was about to agree to plea deal on drug and weapons charges that would send him to prison for a while. While the nation is gripped by new police...
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Stop Whining About 'False Balance'
News media outlets are increasingly coming under fire for the sin of "false balance" or "false equivalency." The New York Times , one of the outlets most often accused of this offense, recently defined the term : "The practice of journalists who, in their zeal to be fair, present each side of a...
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Monday, August 15, 2016
The Summer of the Shill
Years ago, when I was an exchange student in the Soviet Union, a Russian friend explained how he got his news. "For news about Russia, Radio Liberty," he said. "For news about America, Soviet newspapers." He smiled. "Countries lie about themselves, tell truth about others." So far 113 Republicans...
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