Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi

Author of THE DIVIDE, GRIFTOPIA, THE BUSINESS SECRETS OF DRUG DEALING, and HATE INC. My 2019 resolution was no more Twitter vitriol, but that lasted nine days.

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Terrific story by @aaronjmate ⁩ on Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann’s role in publicizing Crowdstrike’s analysis of the DNC hack in 2016:

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“It could have been out six months ago,” says former HHS official Dr. Robert Kadlec of molnupiravir, the new Merck drug. “It could have saved tens of thousands of lives."

The Washington Post conspiracy theory test is hilarious throughout, but this question about the "deep state" especially had me rolling, as it contradicts the Post's own reporting about secret budgets and the near-total lack of oversight of agencies like the NSA and CIA:

An enormous unreported story of the Trump years was the collective decision of intelligence officials — both active and former operatives, if such distinctions exist — to involve themselves in domestic politics in ways not seen since the Hoover days.

The cultural memories of the coming wave of media professionals extend back a few years at most. Most have read thousands more tweets than book pages, and have majority favorable views of the CIA and the FBI:

Jim Biden, reportedly, to the compliance officer of the Paradigm hedge fund: “We’ve got people all around the world who want to invest in Joe Biden… We’ve got investors lined up in a line of 747s filled with cash ready to invest in this company.”

The press hyped a Netflix walkout of “at least a thousand” workers over Dave Chappelle’s special, then it was “hundreds,” then finally it was “dozens,” quietly and below the headlines:

Pretentious idiots have essentially banned comedy for half a decade or more now, and the public has decided it wants it back, even if it’s tasteless — maybe especially if it’s tasteless.


While Facebook says the New York Post story must be kept out of sight until verified, the standard for the Steele dossier was opposite. In that case, we were told “raw intelligence” should be published so that “Americans can make up their own minds."

This is so completely fucked. Unbelievable

Everyone seems to think the censorship movement won't come for them. If you think for yourself, it eventually will.

What people who call @ggreenwald  right-wing are actually saying is that his views - opposition to monopoly, surveillance, and censorship, skepticism of secret police agencies, belief in journalistic fairness - are incompatible with current Democratic Party orthodoxy.

"The least curious people in the country right now appear to be the credentialed news media, a situation normally unique to tinpot authoritarian societies."

On air with Maria Bartiromo right now, Schrage played a tape he made of Stefan Halper saying General Michael Flynn was "really fucked," just two days before Flynn's call to Sergei Kislyak was leaked to the Washington Post. The recording is here:

I know everyone is tired of hearing this, but the number of bombshell stories from the last four years that turned out later to be wrong or over-hyped is astounding.

The number of educated Americans who are pro-censorship now is nauseating.