Alex Constantine - August 5, 2008
By Alex Constantine
Matt Taibbi, in (controlled) left media interviews often introduced as "another Hunter S. Thompson":
"I'm sitting here 90 minutes north of Chicago in my shorts and flip flops after mowing the lawn on this 77 degree October 21. While waiting for the 60 Minutes story on mega-fires in the American west, I find myself nostalgic for certain individuals, now dead, who used to tell it like it is.
"There was Warren Zevon, for one. There was also Hunter S. Thompson."
Of course Thompson "told it like it is" (standard Taibbi hackneyed phrase) - he was an anti-fascist "conspiracy theorist." (The personification of "Gonzo" was investigating Omaha's Franklin Credit Union and child molestation scandals when he "suicided" ((or was "suicided," to scuttle any revelations he may have scratched out of the stone walls of Nebraska)).
A literary find? Who cares about Taibbl's "flip flops" ... or his lawn ... or the temperature while he sits idly waiting to watch TV ... or even the nostalgia, because it's signally hypocritical?
Matt Taibbi on Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat:
"Already the premise is totally fucked. ... "
Hunter S. Thompson wrote this badly?
When did anyone but a classless, low-brow, print-media-answer-to-shock-jock diversion ever write this way?
Tabbi's book is titled The Great Derangement, and it accuses "conspiracy theorists" - who, contrary to disingenuous and desperate claims from the (controlled) media, actually exhibit active, balanced, fiercely-independent minds - of having severe mental problems. It's a projection, IMHO ...
"The country ... was losing its shit." http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/4/1602/63749/
Hunter Thompson would have never written this sentence. But a writer who thinks in these terms - a street flake - considers himself capable of evaluating complex engineering data, and judging informed political researchers who do actually comprehend fascist conspiracies, an everyday American phenomenon, a verifiable reality (when you deconstruct the ((controlled)) "mainsteam" media opinion formation) that Taibbi denies.
The psychological term for the self-elevation is "narcicissism." Denying reality is "dissociative."
Taibbi needs to look up these terms and confront his own derangements.
The wit of Matt Taibbi: " ... Taibbi is embarrassed by all the comparisons. “It sucks,” he says. ... "
Taibbi wanted to be a novelist, but doesn't write novels, he says, because his fiction writing "sucks."
So bad you couldn't stand it.
I believe this is true.
But we are to believe that his real talent is political journalism. I don't think so:
"Actually, listening to Joe Biden sound self-righteous about anything makes me want to puke my guts out. I don't know what it is about him. Maybe it's that creepy poof of blowdried gray pubic fuzz he has now ... "
Thomsonesque? Or is the dissociative, narcissistic Matt Taibbi a good soldier planted by the intelligence bund (" ... if the FBI really is following anyone on the American left ... " "... The Truth Movement thinks I'm a shill ... ") to discredit dissidents:
"Liberal" Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi on the Left's "Ugly Little Secret":
The American Left's Silly Victim Complex
From Adbusters #71, May-Jun 2007
" ... The sad truth is that if the FBI really is following anyone on the American left, it is engaging in a huge waste of time and personnel. No matter what it claims for a self-image, in reality it’s the saddest collection of cowering, ineffectual ninnies ever assembled under one banner on God’s green earth.
"And its ugly little secret is that it really doesn’t mind being in the position it’s in – politically irrelevant and permanently relegated to the sidelines, tucked into its cozy little cottage industry of polysyllabic, ivory tower criticism. When you get right down to it, the American left is basically just a noisy Upper West side cocktail party for the college-graduate class.
"And we all know it. The question is, when will we finally admit it? ... "
More Evidence of Taibbi's Narcissism and Dissociative Tendencies
Matt Taibbi's Perspective on 9/11:
THE LOW POST: I, Left Gatekeeper
Why the "9/11 Truth" movement makes the "Left Behind" sci-fi series read like Shakespeare
Posted Sep 26, 2006 12:14 PM
A few weeks ago I wrote a column on the anniversary of 9/11 that offhandedly dismissed 9/11 conspiracy theorists as "clinically insane."... Apparently every third person in the United States thinks George Bush was behind the 9/11 attacks.
"You're just another MSM-whore left gatekeeper paid off by corporate America," said one writer. "What you do isn't journalism at all, you dick," said another. "You're the one who's clinically insane," barked a third, before educating me on the supposed anomalies of physics involved with the collapse of WTC-7.
I have two basic gripes with the 9/11 Truth movement. The first is that it gives supporters of Bush an excuse to dismiss critics of this administration. I have no doubt that every time one of those Loose Change dickwads opens his mouth, a Republican somewhere picks up five votes. In fact, if there were any conspiracy here, I'd be far more inclined to believe that this whole movement was cooked up by Karl Rove as a kind of mass cyber-provocation, along the lines of Gordon Liddy hiring hippie peace protesters to piss in the lobbies of hotels where campaign reporters were staying. ...
Taibbi's "Libertarian" Politics
Reason magazine - a CIA Mockingbird propaganda sheet - interviews Matt Taibbi:
Reason: You've told one interviewer, “I’m never comfortable when people call me a lefty. If anyone were to ever ask, I’d say I'm probably more of a libertarian than anything else. I believe in capitalism, small government, etc.” Taibbi: My political views shouldn’t be important. I’m more comfortable describing other people than talking about what I really think. I have different beliefs that are all over the place. I think Roe v. Wade should be overturned because I believe in the federalist model; I believe that states should be able to make their own drug laws. The more democracy you have, the more people can make decisions for their own communities, the more freedom people have.
His father is NBC's Mike Taibbi - an establishment propgandist:
Taibbi received Bachelor of Science degrees from Rutgers University in sociology and journalism in 1971. He worked for ABC and CBS affiliates before settling in at NBC. He specializes in international news and has reported on the war on terrorism from Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years.
He has a son, Matt Taibbi, who is a contributing editor and writer for Rolling Stone.
• Unholy Alliances: Working the Tawana Brawley Story (Harcourt, June 1989). ISBN 0-15-188050-6.
Redacted Pages on 9/11 Isn't Just Hilarioous! It's Shilltastic! (TM)
Posted by: johndoraemi on Jun 26, 2007 9:57 PM
Yeah Taibbi, you're so brilliant. Twenty eight pages that they won't release to the public, including evidence of "foreign governments" assisting alleged 9/11 hijackers (Bob Graham), is just waiting for some good penis joke angle to make it sing.
You're worse than a shill. You're an imbecile spreading stupidity as far and wide as you possibly can. ....
Matt Taibbi Bio:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Matthew C. Taibbi (born February 3, 1970), an American journalist and political writer. He currently works at Rolling Stone where he authors a column called "Road Rage" for the print version, and an additional weekly online-only column called "The Low Post". He is best known for his coverage of the 2004 US presidential election, and for his former editorial positions at newspapers the eXile, the New York Press, and the Beast.
Taibbi spent his childhood in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, attended Concord Academy, and attended Bard College at Annandale on Hudson, New York, spending his senior year abroad at Leningrad State Technical University. His father is Mike Taibbi, an NBC television reporter.
Taibbi responds to blog questions:
For all American politicians in general, how much of their religious faith is real, and how much is for the votes? - Name Withheld
I think Bush's is real. Gary Bauer's is real, so is Santorum's. The rest are all completely full of shit. ...
... I should say that the hardest thing for me in dealing with the Truthers is this feeling of being intimidated by how ridiculous they are. It would take a comic genius to really do them justice and the fear of falling short of that can be paralyzing. If you've ever seen the movie Eating Raoul there's this scene where Paul Bland throws an electric bug-zapper into a hot tub full of swingers and they all just sort of fall naked and limp all at once. It's hilarious. Somebody, and it may very well not be me, is going to write the electric bug-zapper of 9/11-debunker essays. But it's going to have to be an inspired effort, not something you just toss off in one night. I really wish Mark Twain were alive for that reason. A Jim Fetzer's Literary Offenses would potentially be one of the funniest things ever written in the English language.