Thursday, November 29, 2007
Media creature Matt Taibbi sounds off
Christopher Hitchens is “a man who has had his intellectual face lifted so many times, he can’t close his eyes without opening his mouth.” acc to Matt Taibbi, a political columnist for Rolling Stone, in a recent interview.
Taibbi’s new book, Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire, collects the vigilante's takedown artistry during George W. Bush’s administration, including pieces on Hurricane Katrina, Iraq, Congress, the Lieberman-Lamont race, and the Lynndie England and Michael Jackson trials.
Jack Abramoff was branded “the young progressive’s paranoid nightmare come shockingly true: the absurd campus Republican proto-geek effortlessly transformed at graduation into flesh-and-blood neo-Nazi spook.”
He is famous for referring to journalism as “shoveling coal for Satan.”
He elaborated: "If you have no real knowledge or skill set and you’re lazy and full of shit but you want to make a decent wage, then journalism’s not a bad career option. The great thing about it is that you don’t need to know anything. I mean this whole notion of journalism school—I can’t believe people actually go to journalism school. You can learn the entire thing in like three days. My advice is instead of going to journalism school, go to school for something concrete like medicine or some kind of science or something and then use the knowledge you get in that field as a wedge to get yourself into journalism.