Matt on the Media

The all-boldface plug by News From Underground originator Mark Crispin Miller:

Liberal’ crybullies and snobs have now brought right and left together in ‘real common cause’ for (this is no joke) truth, justice and the American way (MUST-READ by Matt Taibbi) 

Miller excerpted this paragraph from Taibbi’s long substack.com post:

“The truth is, Trump conservatives and ACLU-raised liberals like myself, [Glenn] Greenwald, and millions of others do have real common cause, against an epistemic revolution taking hold in America’s political and media elite. The traditional liberal approach to the search for truth, which stresses skepticism and free-flowing debate, is giving way to a reactionary movement that Plato himself would have loved, one that believes knowledge is too dangerous for the rabble and must be tightly regulated by a priesthood of ‘experts.’ It’s anti-democratic, un-American, and naturally unites the residents of even the most extreme opposite ends of our national political spectrum.”

Headline and Subhead: “Congratulations, Elitists: Liberals and Conservatives Do Have Common Interests Now: Well done, snobs of the #Resistance. You made the Horseshoe Theory real.”

Read a bit more of Taibbi’s post HERE. I was tempted to subscribe to his Substack thing on the basis of it but was revolted by the, in my opinion, invasive nature of ApplePay (if I recall the name right).

Taibbi, a Rolling Stone writer as well as a Substack newsletter author, is a real wordsmith. He has a lot going for him but for all his derring-do aura is not independent enough, or honest enough, to abandon his habit of taking gratuitous pot shots at 9/11 truthers (true, we’re a varied lot) or to examine, in print, the U.S. government’s Executive Branch narratives about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Or if he has lost that habit by now, as others have, to make up for it by setting the record straight.

“Independent enough”? Well, Rolling Stone, seemingly a good money maker for Penske Media Corp., has certain standards. And if Taibbi were to go all the way on 9/11, how long would he be on their masthead?

Nine-eleven truth, for mainstream writers, is like Gardol’s “invisible shield” used to be against tooth decay in ads for Colgate toothpaste. Or like the glass ceiling has been for women’s pay. If one (mainstream writer) presses one’s nose against it, part of the nose flattens out. Taibbi likes his nose the way it is. Here’s a photo of him, on a website that took him to task on his stance on 9/11. (Thanks to Taibbi, and the other M.C.M., for letting me discover at this late date — today — 9/11 Truth News.) 

All of which is not to say that Taibbi’s good piece on mainstream media’s biases is not a welcome summary of what has become increasingly obvious.

— Mark Channing Miller

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