In this characteristically turbocharged new book, celebrated Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi provides an insider's guide to the variety of ways today's mainstream media tells us lies. Part tirade, part confessional, it reveals that what most people think of as "the news" is, in fact, a twisted wing of the entertainment business.
In the Internet age, the press have mastered the art of monetizing anger, paranoia, and distrust. Taibbi, who has spent much of his career covering elections in which this kind of manipulative activity is most egregious, provides a rich taxonomic survey of American political journalism's dirty tricks.
Heading into a 2020 election season that promises to be a Great Giza Pyramid Complex of invective and digital ugliness, Hate Inc. will be an invaluable antidote to the hidden poisons dished up by those we rely on to tell us what is happening in the world.
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About the Author
MATT TAIBBI is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary. His most recent book is I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street, about the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police. He’s also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Insane Clown President, The Divide, Griftopia, and The Great Derangement.
Table of Contents
Note to Readers 1
1 The Beauty Contest: Press Coverage of the 2016 Election 23
2 The Ten Rules of Hate 41
3 The Church of Averageness 75
4 The High Priests of Averageness, on the Campaign Trail 91
5 More Priests: The Pollsters 103
6 The Invisible Primary: or, How We Decide Elections Before You Decide Them 115
7 How the News Media Stole From Pro Wrestling 123
8 How Reading the News is Like Smoking 135
9 Scare Tactics: All the Folk Devils Are Here 147
10 The Media's Great Factual Loophole 161
11 The Class Taboo 175
12 How We Turned the News Into Sports 189
13 Turn it Off 201
14 The Scarlet Letter Club 213
15 Why Russiagate is This Generation's WMD 233
Appendix 1 Why Rachel Maddow is on the Cover of This Book 257
Appendix 2 An Interview with Noam Chomsky 273