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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Once, media partnered with Wikileaks, Ed Snowden’s story won a Pulitzer, and John Brennan and James Clapper faced calls to resign. Now Assange is in jail, Brennan and Clapper have cushy media jobs, and the press investigates Gab users instead of the NSA.

We’re in a frothy economy where banks are pouring money into the worst conceivable deals, upselling the most preposterous clients in an effort to outdo each other, resulting in huge losses. Just like in 2008, the warning signs are being ignored.

Only in post-Trump America is the general madness level high enough that a lone lunatic blowing a $100 billion hole in the economy barely makes front pages.

Congrats to @Convertbond  for making the top 20 finance books of all time with “A Colossal Failure of Common Sense.”

Be it Resolved, the Mainstream Media is Dying, and that's OK. Matt Taibbi joins Ben Bradlee, Jr. in the Munk Debates

Thrilled that the Vespucci Group has agreed to produce a documentary version of Hate Inc. On screen, it could really work tracing the history of modern media:

Vigilante press efforts at outing “domestic extremists” will function as an auxiliary watch list. Do we need help remembering how the last version worked out?

Issues like surveillance were non-starters once intel agencies started feeding reporters stories about the Russia-GOP conquest of our precious bodily fluids, but since January 6th, the FBI-CIA-media partnership has been cozier than a Swedish porn shoot.


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."

LOL. Barack Obama is going to love this interview his former DIA James Clapper just gave to CNN about the Durham probe: “It’s frankly disconcerting to be investigated for having done... what we were told to do by the president of the United States.”

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.

This is why the Horowitz report is about more than the FISA application. Anonymous law enforcement sources were leaking major news stories they must have known were not reliable. Reporters who ran this stuff should be furious, and they don’t seem to be.

Congratulations, America, you've turned the presidency into a four-year Alex Jones broadcast.