Part tirade, part confessional from the celebrated Rolling Stone journalist, Hate Inc. reveals that what most people think of as "the news" is, in fact, a twisted wing of the entertainment business.
In this characteristically turbocharged audio book, celebrated Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi provides an insider's guide to the variety of ways today's mainstream media tells us lies. Part tirade, part confessional, it reveals that what most people think of as "the news" is, in fact, a twisted wing of the entertainment business.
In the Internet age, the press have mastered the art of monetizing anger, paranoia, and distrust. Taibbi, who has spent much of his career covering elections in which this kind of manipulative activity is most egregious, provides a rich taxonomic survey of American political journalism's dirty tricks.
Heading into a 2020 election season that promises to be a Great Giza Pyramid Complex of invective and digital ugliness, Hate Inc. will be an invaluable antidote to the hidden poisons dished up by those we rely on to tell us what is happening in the world.
It’s not that I don’t find much of what he’s saying relevant or important — in fact, to hear it coming from within the news industry is a nice bit of confirmation for something I’ve been trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to convince people of for years — but it seems to me that Taibbi’s approach fails to accomplish more than ranting. My guess is the importance of what he’s attempting to point out will ultimately get as lost in the morass of messaging as everything else that’s being published about the problems with fractured America: Swallowed by the morass of published bloggery that’s only given the time of day by a small fraction of those who pretty much already agree and ignored by anyone else who doesn’t care to be harangued.
False equivalency, much?