Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, August 04, 2019

According to Rolling Stone staff writer Matt Taibbi, this is the state of affairs in national politics today -- a Spectacle of bizarre performers flipping each other in the public arena, to the titillation of the rabid masses, like some scene from the classic movie, A Face in the Crowd.

They are divided Left and Right, polarized bears wrassling over baby seal meat on the world's last floe, united by their choreographed hatred for each other. The End of the World as Reality TV. Great ratings.

Matt Taibbi calls it all Hate Inc. -- his new book.

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Matt Taibbi is one of the best in the business because he's one of the few journalists (Hedrick Smith is another) who will not only criticize his own industry, but he'll also admit when he's wrong.

The United States of Dysfunction -- hopelessly drunk on haterade, and not sobering up anytime soon.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-08-04 09:46 PM | Reply

Here's an awesome review on 'Hate Inc.' ...

Book Review: Matt Taibbi's "Hate Inc."

Patrick Goggins

Jul 28 · 29 min read

One of the few useful things that Donald Trump has contributed to our national conversation is the concept of "fake news."

He was right, but for the wrong reasons.

For Trump, news is fake if it does not sufficiently fawn over his fragile ego. In reality, the news we consume is a dangerous stew of fearmongering and corporate groupthink, which has nothing to do with the public interest, and everything to do with scaring the ---- out of each and every one of us.

It is the path to totalitarianism, and we're already well on our way.

With his new book "Hate Inc.; Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another" (O/R Books, 2019), Matt Taibbi enters this field with a journalist's background, and the eye of an academic.

Taibbi is a reporter for Rolling Stone, and a self-appointed media critic.

Taibbi's observations are anecdotal, and suffer from the same axe-grinding that weighs down Manufacturing Consent.

Still, the anecdotes, at various times, will shock, amuse, and enrage.

It is rage, though, that is the gist of Taibbi's thesis. In sum, Hate Inc. documents the fall of actual reporting, and the rise of what we now call "influencers."

Their rise was in service of dividing the audience into equal halves, whipping both sides into mutual rage, directed against one another.

The result is a news product that has increasingly less to do with facts and context, and more to do with dumbing down the message, and consequently, the audience.

The result is an open door for further abuse of governmental power.

If we stay on the current trajectory, totalitarianism will not just come to the United States -- we will demand it.


Welcome to the United States of Dysfunction.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-08-04 11:10 PM | Reply

"If we stay on the current trajectory, totalitarianism will not just come to the United States -- we will demand it."

Some already are; silencing debate, censoring opposing views, shutting down web content. The public was outraged about Snowden's revelations, but vilified Snowden. Assange disclosed DNC corruption, but it's he who is the enemy. Trump is loathed, for good reason, while the alternate choices are far worse, for other reasons, but statesmanlike in their corporate fealty.

Totalitarianism will come from the left, with the excuse that the right needs to be silenced.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-04 11:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Another thread in which some Russian states that Trump is the worst possible candidate except for anyone else.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2019-08-05 08:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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