Matt Taibbi is REALLY Pissed This Time

Back during the run up to our attacking Iraq on the manufactured bullshit of the Bush administration, I happened to find an internet home at ‘The Agonist.’  One of the wildest things happened there.  Somehow we found open lines, feeds that the various news organizations used to report from atop the Palestine Hotel (I believe) in downtown Baghdad.  We saw some amazing things.

Not all of the reporters were American nor were they all famous.  It’s where I first ran across Richard Engel, and Lara Logan.  I don’t recall her reporter’s prowess; I do know the men on the board were truly gaga when it came to her.  But being gorgeous in someone’s eyes and having a cute accent doesn’t make you a reporter.

Apparently she’s pissed off Matt Taibbi, who I find spectacularly sexy in his own right besides being a damn good investigative reporter.  Lara Logan has ‘gone after’ Michael Hastings who wrote the oh-so-revealing interview with General McChrystal, formerly in charge – now not.  It’s the ole’ longstanding argument/back-n-forth those of us who care have about the news media in this country.  Basically, they’re bought-n-paid for corporate hacks who don’t shit about ‘reporting.’  But, here – let Matt get it out of his system.

As to this whole “unspoken agreement” business: the reason Lara Logan thinks this is because she’s like pretty much every other “reputable” journalist in this country, in that she suffers from a profound confusion about who she’s supposed to be working for. I know this from my years covering presidential campaigns, where the same dynamic applies. Hey, assholes: you do not work for the people you’re covering! Jesus, is this concept that fucking hard? On the campaign trail, I watch reporters nod solemnly as they hear about the hundreds of millions of dollars candidates X and Y and Z collect from the likes of Citigroup and Raytheon and Archer Daniels Midland, and it blows my mind that they never seem to connect the dots and grasp where all that money is going. The answer, you idiots, is that it’s buying advertising! People like George Bush, John McCain, Barack Obama, and General McChrystal for that matter, they can afford to buy their own P.R. — and they do, in ways both honest and dishonest, visible and invisible.

They don’t need your help, and you’re giving it to them anyway, because you just want to be part of the club so so badly. Disgustingly, that’s really what it comes down to. Most of these reporters just want to be inside the ropeline so badly, they want to be able to say they had that beer with Hillary Clinton in a bowling alley in Scranton or whatever, that it colors their whole worldview. God forbid some important person think you’re not playing for the right team!

Meanwhile, the people who don’t have the resources to find out the truth and get it out in front of the public’s eyes, your readers/viewers, you’re supposed to be working for them — and they’re not getting your help. What the hell are we doing in Afghanistan? Is it worth all the bloodshed and the hatred? Who are the people running this thing, what is their agenda, and is that agenda the same thing we voted for? By the severely unlikely virtue of a drunken accident we get a tiny glimpse of an answer to some of these vital questions, but instead of cheering this as a great break for our profession, a waytago moment, one so-called reputable journalist after another lines up to protest the leak and attack the reporter for doing his job. God, do you all suck!

Spot on, Matt….spot ON.

Sadly reminiscent of Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 409’ where firemen now start fires, preferably those of books, rather than putting them out.

Oh – it’s about time for ‘Media Whores’ to rise from the dead blog file as well.

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