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.
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“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″.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi was recently named one of Huffington Post’s “Game Changers.” During a HuffPo celebration last week for recipients of the “Game Changer” moniker, Taibbi spent his time praising RS fact checkers for allowing him to feel confident enough to push the envelope with his reporting.
Hear, hear. Although we should mention that fact-checkers exist in the blogging world too. Trust us, there’s no shortage of angry trolls out there willing to double-check your work, free of charge, and email you to let you know you’re an idiot, or a douchebag, if you screw something up.
Tonight, The Huffington Post is holding a special ceremony to celebrate its list of “Game Changers,” the “innovators, mavericks and leaders who are changing their fields and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.”
This year’s ceremony happens to include quite a few bold names in the media industry:
- Anderson Cooper will present to Sean Penn
- Nora Ephron will present to Mayor Mike Bloomberg
- Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough will present to Geoffrey Canada
- Jann Wenner will present to Michael Hastings and Matt Taibbi
- Julian Bond will present to Ted Olson
- Dylan Ratigan will present to Seth Reams
- Mayor Cory Booker will present to Biz Stone and Livia Stone
- Arianna Huffington will present to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Other attendees slated to appear tonight include reality tv star and health expert Bethenny Frankel, TV and radio personality Gayle King, fashion designer Prabal Gurung, models Paulina Porizkova and Crystal Renn, former New York Governor and current TV host Eliot Spitzer and his co-host Kathleen Parker, PR whiz Kelly Cutrone, and many others.