Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi is Rolling Stone’s chief political reporter. His 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, 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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Friday, July 01, 2016
In Response to Trump, Another Dangerous Movement Appears
The "too much democracy" train rolls on. Last week's Brexit vote prompted pundits and social media mavens to wonder aloud if allowing dumb people to vote is a good thing. Now, the cover story in The Atlantic magazine features the most aggressive offering yet in an alarming series of intellectual-...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The Return of Lesser Evilism
Jonathan Chait of New York magazine wrote a column about Ralph Nader earlier this week that uses some interesting language. Noting that it's now been 16 years since Nader ran for president and garnered enough dissenting votes to help elect George W. Bush, he wrote (emphasis mine): " That is enough...
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Friday, June 10, 2016
Democrats Will Learn All the Wrong Lessons From Brush With Bernie
Years ago, over many beers in a D.C. bar, a congressional aide colorfully described the House of Representatives, where he worked. It's "435 heads up 435 asses," he said. I thought of that person yesterday, while reading the analyses of Hillary Clinton's victories Tuesday night. The arrival of the...
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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Hillary Clinton's New Anti-Trump Ad Misses the Mark
A new attack ad put out by the Hillary Clinton campaign this week achieves the near-impossible, making Donald Trump look wronged and (almost) like a victim. More believably, it makes the Democrats look sleazy and disingenuous in comparison. The ad begins with a picture of a grinning Trump and the...
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Give 'Em Hell, Bernie
Many years ago I pitched a magazine editor on a story about Bernie Sanders, then a congressman from Vermont, who'd agreed to something extraordinary – he agreed to let me, a reporter, stick next to him without restrictions over the course of a month in congress. "People need to know how this place...
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Friday, January 24, 2014
Bailout Architect Runs For California Governor; World Laughs
I want to apologize for this space being blank for quite some time. I actually spent the bulk of the last two days on a long blog post about the "Dr. V." story in Grantland . But then I got all the way to the end, and realized I was completely wrong about the entire thing.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Obama's New Education Proposal: Change, or Changed Subject?
It's been a strange week in the history of Barack Obama's presidency.
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