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Matt Taibbi Sees Possible Validation of Trump’s Accusations About Media as Outcome of Russia Hearing

The Rolling Stone journalist disagrees with colleague David Corn of Mother Jones in an interview on KCRW about Monday’s congressional hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites


The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact’: Matt Taibbi on How an ‘Insane Clown President’ Played America’s Political System

Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi have a pretty good idea—and in this clip, a compelling dialogue—about how Donald Trump made U.S. politics work for him.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Who’s Really to Blame for Fake News


Look in the mirror, America.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 READ MORE

Matt Taibbi Warns That an ‘Even Less Responsive Oligarchy’ Could Follow a Trump Defeat


Another terrifying movement has risen in response to right-wing demagoguery; a University of Michigan professor is suing the U.S. government over “the law that killed Aaron Swartz”; meanwhile, five lawyers are responsible for 440 death sentences. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE

New York Times Shows Shameless Bias Toward Hillary Clinton


Bernie Sanders got a little love from The New York Times, but the praise was fleeting. A positive Times article on Monday was toned down Tuesday and may have affected primary race voting in five states.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE

Today’s Causes Veer Toward Powerful Tweets, Away From Powerful Leaders


The protests of older generations—the 1960s civil rights movement, for example—were led by movement icons such as Martin Luther King Jr., but now the reach and power of social media give virtually everyone the chance to become a movement leader or influencer. 

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE

The Mirage of Justice


There seldom are trials for the poor. Instead, under threat of draconian sentences, they are forced to accept plea bargains. The system is a sham set up for elites with godlike powers who seek to advance themselves and their agendas at the expense of the downtrodden. 

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Means Business With 2016 Presidential Run


This is no political stunt, folks: In his newest article, Rolling Stone’s biggest marquee reporter, Matt Taibbi, sizes up Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the presidency in the 2016 election and concludes that Sanders is the real deal.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One


Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE

A Society of Captives


The murder of unarmed citizens by police is not only about racism. It is an example of the omnipotence of the corporate state and the evisceration of the rule of law.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE

The Divide


Matt Taibbi’s new book is more Lincoln Steffens than Hunter Thompson, dropping most of the histrionics to explore why Wall Street bankers are seemingly exempt from criminal prosecution.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE

Taibbi: ‘Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War Is a Joke’


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British bank HSBC received a settlement deal from the Justice Department for laundering billions of dollars for Colombian and Mexican drug cartels and violating a host of international banking laws. Matt Taibbi calls the preferential treatment “the ultimate insult to every ordinary person who’s ever had his life altered by a narcotics charge.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE

Camden, N.J.: A Catastrophic Cautionary Tale


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Camden, N.J. is a stone’s throw from tourist-friendly Philadelphia, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi notes, but it’s nothing like its neighbor city. It’s one of the starkest examples of communities in crisis across the nation—an “un-Fantasy island of extreme poverty and violence” where everyone is scarred and few are employed.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE

The New High School Diploma

Whether or not President Obama’s recent education-themed speeches are in direct response to Matt Taibbi’s must-read Rolling Stone magazine article on the college loan crisis, it is great news that the White House is now taking the crisis more seriously.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Featured in ‘I Am Bradley Manning’ Video

The Truthdig columnist is part of a group of celebrities, journalists and activists who are featured in a new video voicing their support for whistle-blowing Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, whose trial for sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks has just gotten underway.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Regulators to Keep Tight Lips on Foreclosure Improprieties


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This month we learned that regulators will not reveal any shenanigans discovered by the highly paid “independent” consultants big banks hired under orders from the government to review potential wrongdoing on their part in the foreclosure/robo-signing scandal.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE

Pastor’s Anti-Gay Remarks Stir Inauguration Controversy, Taibbi Blasts Government Lies, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including CNN interrupting Joe Biden’s gun control presentation to report on another school shooting and a heated on-air argument between MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE

Plutocracy Rising

Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland join Bill Moyers for a conversation on how far the 1 percent will go to keep themselves in charge.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

How Big Banks Victimize Our Democracy

Yves Smith, creator and editor of the finance blog Naked Capitalism, and Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone spoke with Bill Moyers about the continuing fallout of the economic crisis and the corruption, ignorance and collusion that guarantee the situation will not improve for most Americans.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Matt Taibbi: Bank of America ‘Too Crooked to Fail’

Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi joins “Democracy Now!” to discuss the dual history of Bank of America and the deregulation of banking ownership in the United States and to expose the holes in the $26 billion settlement deal that President Obama said would provide relief for American homeowners.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Taibbi and Olbermann Talk Money and Politics

In this clip from Thursday’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” Rolling Stone’s provocateur du jour, Matt Taibbi, weighs in on a decision by the Montana Supreme Court that could deal a substantial blow to the notorious Citizens United SCOTUS ruling of 2010, which represents at least one issue around which some conservatives and progressives can rally for change.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Matt Taibbi Tells Michael Bloomberg to Sex Himself


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The Rolling Stone scribe has christened Tuesday’s mayor-on-mayor action, during which former New York boss Ed Koch and current Mayor Michael Bloomberg mixed it up over the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street, Bloomberg’s “Marie Antoinette moment.” (more)

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE

Taibbi’s List: Five Demands for OWS

Much has been made—including a lot of noise—about the Occupy Wall Street movement’s supposed lack of a cohesive message or handy list of bullet points to rally around, which even New York Times editors noted is somewhat beside the point. Regardless, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi has come up with five action items for OWS, which ... (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: Eric Schneiderman


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This week we celebrate New York’s attorney general for refusing to let Wall Street off the hook. (More, including honorable mentions, after the jump).

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE

‘Democracy Now’: Matt Taibbi’s Still on Wall Street’s Case

Good thing for that, too, as the middle and lower classes are clearly still feeling the fallout from Wall Street bandits’ fraudulent scheming. Here, Taibbi names some names and tells Amy Goodman how the architects of our current economic catastrophe got away with their crime ... so far.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Matt Taibbi: Obama’s Wall Street 180 Started on Election Day

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Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi walks through Barack Obama’s banking sellout, beginning with the president’s transition team. According to Taibbi, Obama’s transformation from populist to Wall Street’s best friend started on day one.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

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