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Posts Tagged ‘Matt Taibbi’

The Hollywood Reporter Lands Big Interview With Keith Olbermann

Hollywood Reporter senior writer Marisa Guthrie landed a big exclusive interview with Keith Olbermann for this week’s cover story (subscription required). Until now, Olbermann hadn’t spoken in depth to the press about his contentious exit from MSNBC and his move to Current TV.  Among other tidbits we learn that Olbermann is making $10 mil a year at Current– a $3 million pay bump from his MSNBC days. He also has an equity stake in the company which could earn him $100 mil.

We also learn that Olbermann has brought in his former MSNBC colleague David Shuster–who was suspended from the network for taping a pilot for CNN–to serve as his substitute anchor. FishbowlLA favorite Matt Taibbi will apparently have a role on the show as well as a paid contributor, as will Michael Moore and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas.

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Matt Taibbi vs. Megan McArdle: Water for Billionaires

This is too good not to post. Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi and his Randoid nemesis from The Atlantic Megan McArdle were both on “CNN Your Money” together over the weekend, discussing whether Goldman Sachs officials should be prosecuted for their role in the implosion of the global economy–and the collapse of the Southern California real estate market.

These two have sparred before, but never on TV together. Interesting to see just how glib and shameless McArdle comes across onscreen, carrying water for the richest criminals in the world.
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Matt Taibbi Talks Wall Street Fraud on Democracy Now

Two of our favorite journos got together today as Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi went on Pacifica Radio‘s “Democracy Now” to speak with Amy Goodman about his most recent piece, “Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?” Good stuff. Taibbi calls the SEC a “subsidiary of Wall Street,” which is tame by his “vampire squid” standards, but still worth listening to.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page Hacked: IP Address Traced Back to US Department of Defense

As you might have heard, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had his Facebook fan page hacked late Tuesday. This note was forcibly posted on Zuckerberg’s wall.

“Let the hacking begin: If Facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a ‘social business’ the way Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus described it? What do you think? #hackercup2011″.

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LA Has More Than a Few ‘Loathsome Americans’

The Buffalo Beast has published its annual Matt Taibbi-inspired (he founded the paper) list of the “50 Most Loathsome Americans.” Not surprisingly, a few Angelenos made the cut.

Media creatures Perez Hilton and Andrew Breitbart were on there–along with Breibart’s truth-challenged protege James O’Keefe. Celeb-wise, Kim Kardashian, Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga were also on there. Yawn. Far more interesting is the Beast‘s writeup of “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof.

As co-creator of “Lost” and co-writer of the monumentally terrible final episode, Lindelof first conjured a confusing yet entertaining sci-fi epic but then, despite its mechanical sound, the “Smoke Monster” turns out to be the ghost of the father of liberal philosophy, side plots about mental illness and alternate universes go nowhere, paper-thin characters inexplicably commune with the dead, and finally, in a clichéd, Old Testament-inspired supernatural battle, evil is defeated when a big rock dildo is crammed into a shiny hole by a handsome, emotionless doctor. And the whole damn thing—concocted entirely on the fly, with no eye toward resolution—from the plane crash to the time travel was actually just some brightly-lit, stained glass, feel-good, new-age, ecumenical afterlife delirium. Right. Fuck you, Damon Lindelof. Fuck you, for stealing 127 hours of our lives, giving us hope that television needn’t be utterly awful, and then shitting out the most hackneyed, series-diminishing, spiritually pandering, lowest common denominator deus ex machina to ever air on TV. Fuck you. Fuck you with a fake beard.

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Matt Taibbi Surprisingly Instrospective Over Gabrielle Giffords Shooting

On his Rolling Stone blog, infamous rhetorical bomb-thrower Matt Taibbi seems to be feeling a tad guilty over his journalistic methods, in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords assassination attempt in Tuscon.

As a member of the political media, and a vitriol-spewing one at that, the Tucson shooting immediately made me ask myself the question: do I personally do anything to add to this obvious problem of a hypercharged, rhetorically overheated political atmosphere? And the unfortunate answer I came up with was, maybe. I’ve always told myself that what I do is different from what someone like Rush does, because I don’t target classes of people and try not to exempt anyone (even myself) from criticism, or favor either party.

I’ve also counted on the belief that anyone who’s willing to devote the mental energy to even follow whatever wild rhetoric I’m using is probably also smart enough to tell the difference between reality and hyperbole. I also hope that anyone reading my articles will get the underlying message that I’m pretty sure — I hope I’m sure, anyway — I’m conveying at all times, i.e. that violence is irresponsible, that we should use our brains instead of baseball bats to solve problems, etc.

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Rolling Stone Finally Brings Website Into 21st Century

Thank God. Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner finally shelled out some cash and fixed up the magazine’s website. The new design, which much more closely resembles the magazine, was unveiled last night. executive producer Ben French announced the news via Twitter.

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Matt Taibbi Dusts Off the Hatchet

With his newfound emphasis on the financial industry, we haven’t seen much good old-fashioned media savagery out of Matt Taibbi lately. Brutally hilarious hatchet jobs of media creatures like David Brooks and Thomas Friedman are the reason we started reading Taibbi to begin with. Well, with his book Griftopia sitting solidly in the middle of the New York Times political best-seller list, Taibbi decided to celebrate by going old school.
New York Times writer Matt Bai is the recipient:
Bai is one of those guys — there are hundreds of them in this business — who poses as a wonky, Democrat-leaning “centrist” pundit and then makes a career out of drubbing “unrealistic” liberals and progressives with cartoonish Jane Fonda and Hugo Chavez caricatures. This career path is so well-worn in our business, it’s like a Great Silk Road of pseudoleft punditry. First step: graduate Harvard or Columbia, buy some clothes at Urban Outfitters, shore up your socially liberal cred by marching in a gay rights rally or something, then get a job at some place like the American Prospect. Then once you’re in, spend a few years writing wonky editorials gently chiding Jane Fonda liberals for failing to grasp the obvious wisdom of the WTC or whatever Bob Rubin/Pete Peterson Foundation deficit-reduction horseshit the Democratic Party chiefs happen to be pimping at the time. Once you’ve got that down, you just sit tight and wait for the New York Times or the Washington Post to call. It won’t be long.

Bai is the poster child of those guys.

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Matt Taibbi at Vroman’s Tonight

Don’t know how we almost missed this. Rolling Stone journo and FBLA favorite Matt Taibbi will be appearing at Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena tonight to discuss his new book “Griftopia.”

Here’s the event info:

The financial crisis of 2008 wasn’t the end of something; it was only the beginning. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi unravels the whole story, digging beyond the headlines to get into the deeper roots and wider implications of the rise of the “grifters”, defined by Taibbi as a class made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding. Using a combination of deep sources, trailblazing reportage, and provocative analysis, he creates a lucid, emotionally galvanizing, and scathingly funny account of the ongoing political and financial crisis in America.

The talk starts at 7. Hurry up and take the Gold Line from Downtown and you can check out the Art Walk when you’re done. Look at that, big cultural night for you! Nice work!

Matt Taibbi On Keith Olbermann’s Suspension–’Completely and Utterly Retarded’

Rolling Stone journalist and FBLA favorite Matt Taibbi isn’t one to hold back on his media criticism. He once threw a pie filled with horse sperm into the face of a New York Times journalist whose work he didn’t like. He’s calmed down a bit since then, but he’s definitely not happy with MSNBC’s suspension of Keith Olbermann.

We had a whole generation of journalists who sat by and did nothing while, for instance, George Bush led us into an idiotic war on a lie, plus thousands more who spent day after day collecting checks by covering Britney’s hair and Tiger’s text messages and other stupidities while the economy blew up and two bloody wars went on mostly unexamined… and it’s Keith Olbermann who should “pay the price” for being unethical? Because, and let me get this straight, he donated money, privately, to politicians?

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