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The Left is Now the Right: We laughed at the Republican busybody who couldn't joke, declared war on dirty paintings, and peered through your bedroom window. Now that person has switched sides, and nobody's laughing
1 year ago by quipu to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
Interview: Glenn Greenwald. "I think that it really revealed this new “lawfare” where instead of doing overt coups, you give the cover of concocting corruption scandals against democratically elected leaders you dislike, like what the CIA did in manufacturing the Russiagate scandal against Trump."
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
Meet the Censored: The U.S. Right to Know Foundation. They inhabit a corner of the media universe focusing on who pays for what kind of research and why. They began publishing the results of FOIA requests about COVID, then suddenly disappeared from Google.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
The Left is Now the Right (NOTE: this does not speak of gender ideology at all actually, but a lot of the rhetoric the "left" uses regardless of topic is eerily similar)
1 year ago by vitunrotta to /s/GenderCritical from taibbi.substack.com
Meet the Censored: Mark Crispin Miller. "By encouraging the school to sack him over a complaint, Crispin Miller’s colleagues are telling students that it’s faster to eliminate or suppress unpleasant ideas than find successful arguments against them. This feels like the opposite of teaching."
11 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
Will Twitter Become an Ocean of Suck? The resignation of Jack Dorsey is the latest plot point in the story of the Internet's transformation, from democratizing tool to instrument of elite control.
3 days ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
Silicon Valley has gone from banning Trump for past concrete violations to future potential violations. Facebook just last week banned an interview of Trump declaring that “the voice of Donald Trump” will henceforth be removed, as the risk of allowing it to be heard at all is “too great.”
Financial institutions must not be allowed to take crippling losses, even if those losses were the fault of the companies in question. The thinking of these experts changes, however, the instant the question shifts to aid to the common people. Suddenly we learn that resources are scarce.
11 months ago by Chipit to /s/finance from taibbi.substack.com
Why Has "Ivermectin" Become a Dirty Word? With the world desperate for news about an unprecedented disaster, Silicon Valley had essentially decided to disallow discussion of a potential solution — disallow calls for more research and more study — because not enough research and study had been done.
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
Meet the Censored: Olivia Katbi-Smith. An activist for the Democratic Socialists of America talks about how arguments in favor of “banning hate speech” will end up being used against grassroots activists.
Twitter and Facebook suppressed a real story of legitimate public interest just before a presidential election. The fact that Big Tech blocked it, and professional journalists gleefully lied about it, has a direct bearing on YouTube’s decision now to bar Trumpist freakouts over the election results.
Take the Biden Quiz. In the following sets of quotes, guess which is Biden, and which is Putin? Answers at bottom.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
Don't Steal This Book - On "In Defense of Looting”
1 year ago by [deleted] to /s/books from taibbi.substack.com
The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here
1 year ago by CompleteDoubterII to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
Rachel Maddow's Shocking New Low. With last night's loony response to the indictment of Igor Danchenko, the MSNBC anchor takes a bold leap off the credibility cliff.
27 days ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
Even By Democratic Party Standards, Censoring Fox News Is An Insanely Stupid Idea - TK News by Matt Taibbi. All of these stories share the same theme: small, unelected groups of private executives making sweeping decisions about speech, cheered on by Democratic Party politicians.
9 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
The Red-Pilling of Loudoun County, Virginia
1 month ago by BravoVictor to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
The "Let's Go, Brandon!" Freakout Goes Next-Level
1 month ago by BravoVictor to /s/news from taibbi.substack.com
Meet Josiah Zayner, America's Most Censored Person
1 month ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
Hopkins has been critical of the emotional tenor of propaganda around Covid-19, which treats the crisis not as a logistical problem to be solved but as a signal that people should fundamentally alter their expectations for life, lowering demands for political freedoms.
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
In Defense Of Substack - TK News by Matt Taibbi. The upper-class media is outraged that "Substack is a dangerous direct threat to traditional news media." In other words, they don't get to control what journalism is and they're super pissed off about it.
9 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
After advocating tirelessly for Big Tech censorship, the far left is shocked to find itself the victim of censorship. WSWS.org is so oldschool socialist that they think white and black workers can be on the same side, and that the 1619 Project "is a blatant falsification of the historical record."
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
Democrats Have Abandoned Civil Liberties, by Matt Taibbi. "Cases like this have turned erstwhile liberals – people who just a decade ago were marching in the streets over the civil liberties implications of Cheney’s War on Terror apparatus – into defenders of the spy state."
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/conspiracy from taibbi.substack.com
Colleagues in national media spent over a year telling the country Kyle Rittenhouse was not just guilty, but a moral monster whose acquittal would be an in-your-face affirmation of systemic white supremacy. It was reckless beyond belief for analysts to tell audiences Rittenhouse was a murderer.
13 days ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
Democrats Swoon Over George W. Bush, In Match Made in Hell. The man they unironically called Chimpy McBu$hitler. WORST! PRESIDENT! EVER!!
2 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
Sometimes in America we’re just not told the whole story, and when the press can’t or won’t do it, it’s left to individual people to fill in the blanks. In a few rare cases, they find out something they weren’t supposed to, and in rarer cases still, they learn enough to beat the system.
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/finance from taibbi.substack.com
Ellsberg described a vicious cycle, in which leaders lie pervasively, then learn to have so much contempt for the public that swallows those lies, that they feel justified in lying more. Ellsberg is adamant that our military and intelligence services don’t learn from even the bloodiest failures.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
The people who run this country have run out of workable myths with which to distract the public, and in a moment of extreme crisis have chosen to stoke civil war and defame the rest of us – black and white – rather than admit to a generation of corruption, betrayal, and mismanagement.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
The "Let's Go, Brandon!" Freakout Goes Next-Level. Is it really possible that these people don’t get they’re being trolled? Part of the joke of “Let’s Go Brandon,” of course, is that you couldn’t go five minutes during the last administration without hearing someone screaming “Fuck Trump!”
Spying and Smearing is "Un-American," not Tucker Carlson
4 months ago by carn0ld03 to /s/conspiracy from taibbi.substack.com
A Biden Appointee's Troubling Views On The First Amendment. Wu’s comment about “returning… to the kind of media environment that prevailed in the 1950s” is telling. This was a disastrous period in American media that saw all sorts of glaring social problems covered up or de-emphasized with ease.
Glenn Greenwald was forced to resign after writing a story criticizing both the Biden campaign and intelligence community — only to have it spiked by the editors of The Intercept, the news outlet he co-founded six years ago with the aim of preventing pretty much this exact situation.
The Rittenhouse Verdict is Only Shocking if You Followed the Last Year of Terrible Reporting
14 days ago by BravoVictor to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
Taibbi: Another Humorous Substack Panic
17 days ago by penelopepnortney to /s/WayOfTheBern from taibbi.substack.com
The subtext is that people with the right degrees deserve to be rich, and have health insurance, and good schooling for their kids, and dignified work, while those who don't deserve failure, in the same way smokers deserve lung disease — especially if they make unsanctioned political choices.
1 month ago by Chipit to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
Meet the Censored: Matt Orfalea. The next morning, at at 5:42 AM, he received an official strike from the channel, which resulted in a one-week ban and left him two strikes away from removal under YouTube’s three-strikes system. The catch? The strike was for one of the cuts he’d already deleted.
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
Dear Joe Scarborough: Nice Smear. Now Invite Me To Debate Your Network's Russiagate Coverage - Matt Taibbi
8 months ago by EndlessSunflowers to /s/whatever from taibbi.substack.com
"Kansas should go F itself." The People, No documents the furious elite propaganda response to bottom-up political movements that has recurred in uncannily similar fashion at key moments across nearly a century and a half of American history, and is firing with particular venom today.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/books from taibbi.substack.com
The Division of Light and Power, Dennis Kucinich’s enormous new memoir about his time as the Mayor of Cleveland, and his battle against Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, or CEI. The book is 700 pages of proof of the comical extent of how rigged American politics can be, and is.
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from taibbi.substack.com
Reporters Once Challenged the Spy State. Now, They're Agents of It
6 months ago by scrubking to /s/corruption from taibbi.substack.com
Master List Of Official Russia Claims That Proved To Be Bogus
8 months ago by muellermeierschulz to /s/whatever from taibbi.substack.com
How to find "Hate Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another". "For insight into how we got to this mess where trust in traditional media is at an all time low, look no further than HATE INC. from the great and powerful @mtaibbi. It’s excellent and really fucking disturbing." —@joerogan
10 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from taibbi.substack.com
The Russiagate Whitewash Era Begins
16 days ago by BravoVictor to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
The Red-Pilling of Loudoun County, Virginia. I met people who were offended by the existence of a closed Facebook group — the “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County” — that contains six school board members and compiled a list of parents deemed insufficiently supportive of “racial equity efforts.”
27 days ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from taibbi.substack.com
In other words, audiences correctly grasped that the stupidity of political debates on TV did not mean America’s actual politics were stupid.
2 months ago by Popper to /s/whatever from taibbi.substack.com
Reporters Once Challenged the Spy State. Now, They're Agents of It. The new campaign is aimed at stamping out areas for surveillance-proof communication. Reporters pledged assistance, snooping for evidence of wrongness in digital rather than geographical “hidey holes.”
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
It’s astonishing that after so many years of decline in trust in media — this phenomenon has been going on for over a decade now, media people still think the issue is a mathematical question of “sides,” with widespread audience revulsion a kind of reward for their unflinching correctitude.
10 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
Another Humorous Substack Panic. The notion that Substack is or was a “threat” to traditional media itself speaks to the comical inability of these organizations to understand cause and effect. Traditional media companies in the Trump years suffered catastrophic declines in audience trust.
14 days ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
The Russiagate Whitewash Era Begins. Igor Danchenko is being set up to take the rap as the dirty Russian rat who hoodwinked poor civic-minded Christopher Steele, the FBI, and the entire American press corps into propping up the biggest hoax since the WMD affair.
15 days ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
Listen to This Article: The News is America's New Religion, and We're in a Religious War
1 month ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
NPR Trashes Free Speech. A Brief Response. They felt it more appropriate to embrace the thinking of a modern philosopher like Marantz favorite Richard Rorty, who believes in “replacing the whole framework” of society, which includes “not doing the individual rights thing anymore.”
3 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
If Private Platforms Use Government Guidelines to Police Content, is that State Censorship? As with financial services, military contracting, environmental protection, and other fields, the phenomenon of regulatory capture is demonstrably real in the pharmaceutical world.
Congratulations, Elitists: Liberals and Conservatives Do Have Common Interests Now. Information that is true but doesn’t cut the right way politically is now routinely either non-reported or actively misreported.
Joe Scarborough begins his rant by insinuating that those who’ve spent time documenting errors on the Russiagate story are maybe on “Russia’s payroll,” which is nothing new for this network, of course, or frankly for the press in general during this time.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
The Top 10 "Controversial" Books Still On Sale On eBay. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, $15.70.
Meet the Censored: Myanmar Writer Zaw Moe Shinn. Zaw’s story is a little different, as it involves a state authority, not Big Tech. But it’s horrifying all the same, and holds some potent warnings for those who haven’t thought through the worst-case scenarios for Internet crackdowns.
The Wokest News Stories of 2020. The year in media was marked by grotesque factual scandals, journalist-cheered censorship, and an accelerating newsroom mania for political groupthink that was equal parts frightening and ridiculous.
11 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
Taibbi - Year Zero On America's birthday, celebrating the corporate-sponsored revolution
1 year ago by brightlightbellend to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
On April Fool’s Day, CNN ran an “analysis” of Joe Biden’s presidency: "Will JRB take his place alongside FDR and LBJ?" Media began copying each other, with Washington Post and Yahoo echoing the same line.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
Thanksgiving is Awesome
9 days ago by BravoVictor to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
Mainstream media panicking over Substack authors doing actual journlism
17 days ago by BravoVictor to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
As America Falls Apart, Profits Soar
20 days ago by BravoVictor to /s/politics from taibbi.substack.com
Meltdown is an investigative audio series. The subject is one of the great taboos in mainstream media, which makes the sheer breadth of the series all the more satisfying: the Democratic Party’s botched response to the Great Financial Crisis of 2008, and the political consequences that followed.
27 days ago by Chipit to /s/Documentaries from taibbi.substack.com
The Cult of the Vaccine. If you’re thinking it was only a matter of time before the mere fact of molnupiravir’s existence would be pitched in headlines as actual bad news, you’re not wrong
"Breaking Points": On Afghanistan, the Revolving Door, and Media Failure to Disclose Contracting Ties of Guests. Many long-ago disgraced or discredited hawks were mysteriously revived to play analyst. “The same liars are elevated despite the fact that we knew they were lying.”
2 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from taibbi.substack.com
How would the public have looked at practices like bringing billions of dollars in cash on pallets to pay bribes, or multi-million-dollar construction projects to nowhere, or millions spent on hired guns for phantom deliveries or security exercises, during the Battle of the Bulge?
3 months ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from taibbi.substack.com
Meet the Censored: Hitler. A theme running through nearly all of the “Meet the Censored” articles is this problem of algorithmic censorship systematically throwing out babies with bathwater.
Matt Taibbi: In the book you describe when you first arrive in the City Council. It’s made clear that it’s a racket, that the legislatures are there to be servants of financial interests. Dennis Kucinich: As the reader is well aware, it’s not just Cleveland we’re talking about. It's everywhere.
This Week in Neo-Soviet News... In which a leading American paper quietly excises an inconvenient historical detail
"Fact-Checking" Takes Another Beating. By labeling whatever the current scientific consensus happened to be an immutable “fact,” media outlets made the normal evolution of scientific debates look dishonest, and pointlessly heightened mistrust of both scientists and media.
Be it Resolved: The Mainstream Media is Dying, and that's OK. Matt Taibbi Debates Ben Bradlee, Jr.
Why "Securing Democracy" Will Be Taught in Journalism Schools. Part of what makes Securing Democracy compelling is that Brazil’s “Operation Car Wash” affair shows how easily corruption scandals are manufactured in the digital age to undermine democratically popular figures.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from taibbi.substack.com
Whether it was unconcern with attorney-client privilege after the raid of Michael Cohen’s office, disinterest in the implications of the case of despised Julian Assange, people who probably once described themselves as progressives seem to have lost touch with core ideas in recent years.
Alternatives to Censorship
8 months ago by [deleted] to /s/censorship from taibbi.substack.com
Aaugh! A Brief List Of Official Russia Claims That Proved To Be Bogus. how many times are we going to do this? We’ve spent the last five years watching as anonymous officials make major Russia-related claims, only to have those evidence-free claims fizzle.
The Sovietization of the American Press - TK News by Matt Taibbi. The transformation from phony "objectivity" to open one-party orthodoxy hasn't been an improvement. Some of the headlines in the U.S. press lately sound suspiciously like this kind of work.
Interview with Martin Gurri, "A Short-Term Pessimist and Long-Term Optimist" The elites are stuck in a sterile nostalgia for the 20th century. They are at war with the world as it actually is today, and I imagine they would love to disband the public and summon a more obedient version.
9 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from taibbi.substack.com
The flaw in the system is that even the biggest news companies now operate under the assumption that at least half their potential audience isn’t listening. This leads to problems, and the fact that the easiest way to keep your own demographic is to feed it negative stories about others.
With Tanden Choice, Democrats Stick it to Sanders Voters. Every media figure with even a vague connection to Sanders learned in recent years to expect mud-drenched pushback from waves of “Neera trolls”. No name in blue politics is more associated with seething opposition to Sanders than Tanden.
Tape shows: ethically, CNN chief a little shaky
1 year ago by [deleted] to /s/USnews from taibbi.substack.com
Taibbi - Year Zero: On America's birthday, celebrating the corporate-sponsored revolution
1 year ago by brightlightbellend to /s/conspiracy from taibbi.substack.com
Resetting the Bomb: Another era of debt-fueled profiteering is ending with a bailout. How we’re institutionalizing the unfairness economy
1 year ago by salvia_d to /s/conspiracy from taibbi.substack.com
1 year ago by salvia_d to /s/WorldPolitics from taibbi.substack.com