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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Rolling Stone writer dishes it out, but cannot take it

Matt Taibbi is a bit of a moron. He writes for Fake News Rolling Stone. He is upset because someone in New York City told him to "f*** yourself."

That has never happened to any visitor to New York before.
Let me clarify for readers that Rolling Stone never was a music magazine. Hunter S. Thompson and Timothy Crouser covered the 1972 presidential election for them. Music reviews and puff pieces just paid the bills for the lefty Jann Wenner.

Taibbi used this anecdote to lead his election post-mortem, which really led nowhere. The guts of his where-Democrats-went-wrong song was:
The Democratic Party's failure to keep Donald Trump out of the White House in 2016 will go down as one of the all-time examples of insular arrogance. The party not only spent most of the past two years ignoring the warning signs of the Trump rebellion, but vilifying anyone who tried to point them out. It denounced all rumors of its creeping unpopularity as vulgar lies and bullied anyone who dared question its campaign strategy by calling them racists, sexists and agents of Vladimir Putin's Russia.
Sounds cool but a few paragraphs earlier, Taibbi wrote:
Shunned during election season by many in his own party, President-elect Trump's closest advisers are a collection of crackpots and dilettantes who will make Bush's cabinet look like the Nobel committee. The head of his EPA transition team, Myron Ebell, is a noted climate-change denier. Pyramid enthusiast and stabbing expert Ben Carson is already being mentioned as a possible Health and Human Services chief. Rudy Giuliani, probably too unhinged by now for even a People's Court reboot, might be attorney general. God only knows who might end up being Supreme Court nominees; we can only hope they turn out to be lawyers, or at least people who played lawyers onscreen. And sitting behind this fun-house nightmare of executive-branch worthies (which Politico speculates will be one of the more "eclectic" cabinets ever) will be a rubber-stamping all-Republican legislature that will attract the loving admiration of tinhorn despots from Minsk to Beijing.
So before mocking Democrats declaring Trump and his people were "agents of Vladimir Putin's Russia," Taibbi said "a rubber-stamping all-Republican legislature that will attract the loving admiration of tinhorn despots from Minsk to Beijing."

And a few paragraphs after telling Democrats they made a mistake by calling Trump supporters racist and the whole basket of deplorables, Taibbi wrote that indeed we were racist:
Most of us smarty-pants analysts never thought Trump could win because we saw his run as a half-baked white-supremacist movement fueled by last-gasp, racist frustrations of America's shrinking silent majority. Sure, Trump had enough jackbooted nut jobs and conspiracist stragglers under his wing to ruin the Republican Party. But surely there was no way he could topple America's reigning multicultural consensus. How could he? After all, the country had already twice voted in an African-American Democrat to the White House.
Yes, Trump's win was a triumph of the hideous racism, sexism and xenophobia that has always run through American society. But his coalition also took aim at the neoliberal gentry's pathetic reliance on proxies to communicate with flyover America. They fed on the widespread visceral disdain red-staters felt toward the very people Hillary Clinton's campaign enlisted all year to speak on its behalf: Hollywood actors, big-ticket musicians, Beltway activists, academics, and especially media figures.
As heir to Thompson (who knew "flyover country") and Crouser (who knew journalists know jack) Taibbi is a disappointment.

And even though he is more than a decade older than Thompson was covering the 1972 campaign, Taibbi is a big crybaby.

Someone in New York City told him to "f*** yourself"?

Well, what do he expect from people the press labels as sexist, racist, xenophobic, and unAmerican? "Welcome, sonny"? "Make yourself at home"? "Marry my daughter"?

But it was not personal.

It was directed to the press in general.

And what did Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post say about the press?
One of Donald Trump's hobby horses during the presidential campaign and even now that he has emerged as the president-elect is how deeply negative the media coverage of him was during the 2016 race. Turns out he was right, according to a new study out of Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.
“His coverage was negative from the start [of the general election] and never came close to entering positive territory,” writes Thomas E. Patterson, the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard. “During his best weeks, the coverage ran 2-to-1 negative over positive. In his worst weeks, the ratio was more than 10-to-1. If there was a silver lining for Trump, it was that his two best weeks were the ones just preceding the November balloting.”
The negativity of the coverage was broadly consistent across each of the outlets the Harvard study included. CBS had the most negative coverage and Fox News Channel the least negative, but the differences between the two were not vast.

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  1. You have to wonder how much money is wasted on things like:

    "Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy."

    Staffed by high-salary idiots.

  2. Thank goodness Will Rogers has passed.

  3. Actually, Don, it was Timothy Crouse (no r on the end); he wrote a book about the '72 campaign, "The Boys On The Bus." I can't remember if it was any good or not anymore; I probably thought in my youthful idiocy of believing liberals that it was great. I'm sure I'd have a much different opinion now.
    P.S.: Sent a "Suggestion to Purchase" to my local library to get Trump The Press. Charleston County (SC) Library has the biggest materials budget among county libraries in the state, so I'm hoping it'll be on our shelves for MAGA Day.

  4. Well, good on NYC for telling him where to go and what to do when he got there.

    Sounds like he's now about as popular as Yasser Arafat double-parked in a one-way street outside a synagogue during Yom Kippur.

  5. I always like Taibbi's line about former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD):

    "In Washington there are whores and there are whores, and then there is Tom Daschle. Tom Daschle would suck off a corpse for a cheeseburger."

  6. Hed: President Trump: How America Got It So Wrong
    No, the media got it so wrong. America got it right.
    " He takes office at a time when the chief executive is vastly more powerful than ever before, with nearly unlimited authority to investigate, surveil, torture and assassinate foreigners and even U.S. citizens – powers that didn't seem to trouble people much when they were granted to Barack Obama." They thought they'd win forever after, so the government couldn't be turned against them. (SUCKERS.)
    I wonder how Matt's ulcer is doing, and if he's built or building an underground bunker to stay in for the next 4-8 years.
    "Those of us whose job it is to cover campaigns long ago grew accustomed to treating The People as a kind of dumb animal, whose behavior could sometimes be unpredictable but, in the end, almost always did what it was told." Says it all right there!
    " "When [Trump] talks, I actually understand what he's saying," a young Pennsylvanian named Trent Gower told me at a Trump event a month ago. "But, like, when fricking Hillary Clinton talks, it just sounds like a bunch of bullshit."

    So these Trump voters had a comprehension problem."
    Again he gets it soooooooo wrong. We knew what she was saying to us, and it was bullshit.
    "We refused to accept every signal about whom they hated, and how much. Why? Because Trump's voters were speaking a language that has been taboo in America for decades, if not forever." In his circles/bubbles, yes; not in the wilds of Flyoverlandia.

    OK, I'm done. My inner Fisk says that's enough.

  7. I love these dipshits who criticize Trump's supporters. First they acknowledge that anti-PC and anti-elitism were THE big factors in Trump's election. And then, they un-ironically just keep dissing everybody who doesn't think exactly like they do! WTF.

    Oh well, keep going morons, you're doing great!

    1. Exactly. Keeping Nancy; great. Ellison as DNC chair, outstanding. 'We're LOST but we're making good time!'

  8. "Matt Taibbi is a bit of a moron."

    While true, Matt Taibbi should not be confused with the Moron Horde over at AoSHQ. The Morons and Moronettes at Ace's Place are several standard deviations to the right from Matt on the bell curve.

    This is not saying much, true, but the distinction needs to be made.

    -Mikey NTH