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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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‘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



Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot

The groundbreaking musician sang about revolution against an unfair global system and nearly paid with his life in 1976. In the U.S., the rise of Bernie Sanders gives reason to believe Americans are becoming aware of the changes that Marley envisioned.

Posted on Dec 2, 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



The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts

Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

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Sean Penn and Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán: Hollywood Came Calling, Then the Authorities Followed

In Sean Penn’s star-powered, 10,000-word, gigante get for Rolling Stone about his clandestine huddle with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, we learn that, with startling predictability, Guzmán was yielding to Hollywood’s siren call. And that receptivity didn’t just consist of his willingness to be interviewed by actor and activist Penn, either.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



10 Best Satirical Campaigns for President of the United States

They’re not much more ridiculous than the real thing, but in general they’re a lot more entertaining.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Former University of Virginia Students Sue Rolling Stone Over Retracted Campus Rape Article

Three former members of a University of Virginia fraternity have sued Rolling Stone magazine for defamation and infliction of emotional distress, “saying the magazine’s discredited article on a campus gang rape had a ‘devastating effect’ on their reputations,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 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


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Truthdig Nominated for Webby Award in Political Blog/Websites Category

Well, this is a real honor: Truthdig is grateful to be a 2015 Webby Awards nominee for Best Political Blog/Website. Needless to say, we’re in some good company.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE



Microsoft Software Translates Skype Conversations in Real Time

It’s now possible to have a conversation in English and Spanish on Skype without having to hire an interpreter; the Rolling Stone writer continues to research her controversial story on UVA students; meanwhile, former Sen. Mark Udall revealed a “smoking gun” regarding the CIA torture report but no one seems to have noticed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



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We Have to Change the Way We Report on Rape

One of the important questions raised by Rolling Stone’s University of Virginia rape story is how journalists write about the victims.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Police Troubles and Rolling Stone’s Apology

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider the grand jury’s clearing of a white police officer in the chokehold death of black Staten Island man Eric Garner. “Are grand juries going to allow police officers to be held accountable?” Scheer asks.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Paul Krugman’s Sloppy, Wet Kiss’ for Barack Obama

Historic Obama critic Paul Krugman made an about-face in his opinion of the president’s performance in a much-discussed Rolling Stone essay on Oct. 8 that Salon columnist Thomas Frank, who believes Krugman’s “relentless, one-man war on austerity… should have earned him a second Nobel Prize,” finds incredible.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs

Author Greil Marcus doesn’t explain these 10 songs (including one sung by Amy Winehouse, shown) or their power to thrill him; he tries to re-create in prose how it might have felt to perform them.

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

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



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Camden, N.J.: A Catastrophic Cautionary Tale

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


Bodies of Missing Afghans Found Outside U.S. Special Forces Base

The bodies of 10 Afghan villagers were found near a base in the country’s Wardak Province shortly after the U.S. military was forced to vacate it in the spring. All of the people had disappeared after being detained by U.S. Special Forces, including, it seems, a unit known as “The A-Team,” which has also been linked to eight other slayings in Wardak.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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New Details Emerge About Michael Hastings’ Death

When journalist Michael Hastings died in a car accident in Los Angeles early on the morning of June 18, he left a trail of questions in his wake. On Tuesday, L.A. officials—along with his family—finally had some answers.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Detroit Goes Broke and Zimmerman Goes Free

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Motor City’s declaration of bankruptcy, the neighborhood watch captain’s not guilty verdict and Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Don’t Judge a Magazine by Its Cover

America’s apparent outrage over the Rolling Stone cover featuring a photo of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reveals a great deal about this country’s insecurities and prejudices.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Hastings

Hastings’ death is a loss to readers who would have profited from his continued devotion to telling the stories of American politics and the military with fewer inhibitions than lesser reporters.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE


Rachel Maddow Gives Emotional Tribute to Michael Hastings

On her program Tuesday, the MSNBC host recounted her many years of friendship with the young but accomplished journalist who had died in a car crash in Los Angeles earlier that day.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Reporter Who Brought Down the ‘Runaway General’ Dead at 33

Michael Hastings is best known as the Rolling Stone contributor whose reporting ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal but more important, he was a fearless reporter who did not suffer bullshit answers. He died Tuesday at the age of 33 in a car crash.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


The Final Days of a Bad Campaign

Beneath his cool exterior, there is passion and a trash-talking crudeness hidden in President Obama.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE


Cover-Up of a Horrific American Hospital in Afghanistan (Graphic)

A congressional inquiry revealed that a high-ranking U.S. Army general in Afghanistan attempted to obstruct an investigation into conditions at a $180 million American-funded hospital in Kabul where patients were treated and kept in “Auschwitz-like” conditions. Michael Hastings with Rolling Stone has followed the story closely.

Posted on Aug 1, 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



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Truthdigger of the Week: Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis

It may seem quaint that a high-ranking Army officer with a career spanning some 27 years would look to Jimmy Stewart’s everyman hero in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” for inspiration in his own life, but it’s a darned good thing that Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis holds such old-fashioned ideals as truth-telling in high regard.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



Team Obama’s Creative Crowd-Sourcing Fail

Nice try there, Mr. President. Although he’s gotten some lift before from the resuscitated publishing relic that is Rolling Stone magazine, Jann Wenner’s music rag didn’t give POTUS a pass for a cute idea his promotions team recently cooked up that offered designers the exciting chance ... (more)

Posted on Oct 20, 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



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Military Establishment Takes Three Whacks at Robert Gates

Robert Gates, who left his role as defense secretary this summer, has drawn criticism from members of the military establishment for allegedly lacking long-term vision, allowing military leaders to usurp civilian control and inadequately briefing and preparing the president for war. (more)

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



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The ‘Kill Team’ Story Gets Worse

The recent crop of shocking stories about the group of American soldiers—now known widely as the “Kill Team”—who formed a death squad to deliberately slaughter Afghan civilians has been topped by a new Rolling Stone exposé that makes matters ...

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Report: Army Leader Wanted to Go All ‘Psy-Ops’ on U.S. Officials

Well, this is embarrassing: It’s not surprising that two unnamed senators mentioned in this Fox News report about Rolling Stone’s latest Afghan war exposé “played down” the possibility that members of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan might have tried some woo-woo ...

Posted on Feb 24, 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



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Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Beaten to Death

David Kato, a 43-year-old gay rights activist (above, right) in Uganda, was murdered in his home near Kampala on Wednesday, less than four months after his picture was published in a Ugandan tabloid under the words “Hang Them” in a story about gays “recruiting” local schoolchildren.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Rolling Stone Finds ‘Lost’ Lennon Interview

Handily aligning with the unleashing of The Beatles’ music into the iTunes computerverse, as well as with the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Rolling Stone magazine has published heretofore unreleased portions of the slain Beatle’s final interview ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Ugandan Paper Stirs Gay Witch Hunt

In a horrific witch hunt, violent assaults against gays have followed publication in an Ugandan newspaper of an article headlined “100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos Leak.” The paper, called “Rolling Stone,” said it plans to continue to publish the names of gay individuals.

Posted on Oct 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Hey Michelle, Read My Book

On Tuesday, I received yet another deceptively personal e-mail addressed to “Robert” from Michelle Obama asking me once again to contribute to the “amazing journey” toward “progress” that her husband has led.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Gen. McChrystal’s Last Champion

It might have been better for Gen. Stanley McChrystal if Defense Secretary Robert Gates had piped up a little earlier but, nonetheless, Gates comes to McChrystal’s, uh, defense in this interview with The Associated Press.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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Rolling Stone’s Hastings Bags Book Deal

Rolling Stone scribe Michael Hastings is still riding high from his big score about “Runaway General” Stanley McChrystal—who has, it should again be noted, been obliged to evacuate the scene of the story since the piece was published—and now ...

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

When Rolling Stone Calls the Shots, It’s Time to Negotiate

It is amazing how little commentary there has been on the key issue raised by the McChrystal Affair: Should U.S. war policy be made by Rolling Stone?

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Alfredo V. Ferrer

We Can’t Afford War

The U.S. will eventually negotiate its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The only difference between now and then will be the number of dead, on all sides, and the amount of (borrowed) money that will be spent.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Ted Green

When the ‘Right War’ Goes Wrong

The Afghanistan situation is worth analysis at two levels, that of the war itself and the domestic political effect of Obama’s misguided decision to replace “Bush’s war” in Iraq with his own in Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Toppling Gen. McChrystal

Rolling Stone’s It Boy Michael Hastings shows up in this clip from Monday’s “Colbert Report” to clarify that he didn’t have an explicit agenda to get Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired, even though that’s what ended up happening.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


‘We’re Fucking Losing This Thing’

From our friends at Brave New Films: “With all the drama around General McChrystal’s resignation, the media missed the real story in the explosive Rolling Stone article: ‘... [W]e’re f****ing losing this thing.’—Staff Sergeant Kennith Hicks.”

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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