In this characteristically turbocharged book, now in a new post-election edition, 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, Hate Inc 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.
After a 2020 election season that proved to be a Great Giza Pyramid Complex of invective and digital ugliness, Hate Inc. is an invaluable antidote to the hidden poisons dished up by those we rely on to tell us what is happening in the world.
The best explanation of media behavior since Manufacturing Consent.” —Glenn Greenwald
“Fantastic... Everyone should read [it].” —Krystal Ball
“The best American journalism has to offer. ” —David Sirota
“Where other mainstream news sources fail, Matt Taibbi madly embraces his role as an honest political observer/writer/citizen in a democracy. ” —Janeane Garofalo
“Excellent.” —Joe Rogan
“An invigorating polemic against tactics the news media use to manipulate and divide their audiences.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Taibbi, a writer of striking intelligence and bold ideas, is as hilarious as he is scathing.” —Publishers Weekly
“In a smart and scathing freewheeling analysis, the Rolling Stone journalist analyzes political campaign coverage and other media powder kegs.” —The New York Times
“Taibbi aims a cannon, blasting [the] American media industry.” —The Washington Post
“Scathing and irreverent.” —The Los Angeles Review of Books
“A raucous updating of Noam Chomsky and Ed Herman’s classic dissection of capitalist news. Its message is hilarious yet grim: behind the buffoonery of the 24-hour partisan news machine is a propaganda system devoted to upholding the power of entrenched elites.” —Jacobin
“Brilliantly captures the current circus atmosphere and explores its roots in the political, economic and technological transformations of the last half century. ” —CounterPunch
“A bracing piece of media analysis… Should be required reading in all three remaining journalism schools. ” —Paste