Matt Taibbi On “Colbert Report”: Wall Street Is ‘One Ponzi Scheme After Another’ (VIDEO)


If time permitted I would explain my disagreement with Taibbi’s article in great detail. I like Taibbi, generally speaking, although I think that he’s more culturally relevant than intellectually stimulating.

That being said … this article has more holes than a sieve and uses the same type of specious arguments as the extremists on the other side. This is quid pro quo rabble-rousing and not a journalistic endeavor with merit.

I’m starting to believe that these articles are becoming more about promoting the Taibbi brand by serving an entree of spectator sport controversy than it is about altruistic journalism.

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Networks Still Hosting Military Analysts Without Identifying Massive Conflicts Of Interest


It’s not only the FOX brand of news-ish shows that cater to ideologues not unlike CNN. These broadcasters cater to the terminally misinformed and hero worshipers. They deal in information that advances their mediaplex interests and the advertising revenue goals of their shows. To that end, their lack of honesty and manipulative marketing schemes are almost understandable. They play the suckers.

The major terrestrial-cable megaplex, however, is ALL owned at least in great part) by companies that when one connects all the dots – are actually directly connected to the same military industries. These were the anti-trust worries of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. This is not forgivable – because eventually – they do what is in their overall, very patient and very greedy hands. They shape the perception of news with Tin Soldiers that are essentially commercial advocates and lobbyists. These aren’t just short vignettes that are random. These talking heads are part of a serious and complex program of promoting to marketing demographics that dangerously influence an already compromised public opinion.

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Max Baucus Nominated Melodee Hanes, His Girlfriend, For U.S. Attorney


Au contraire – there is a story here. It’s the story about casual disregard for propriety and long standing tradition of disqualifying oneself from making any such recommendation without a substantial and public disclaimer akin to recusal in jurisprudence.

In this case, such a disclaimer was inconvenient for Baucus because of the complications of his marital condition. Ultimately, this should be a red-flag about the Senator’s future, as should performance and lack of public service leadership in crafting a Senate Healthcare bill.

Max Baucus has painted a portrait of himself as a special interest spokesman. Generally we refer to them as pitchmen or lobbyists. This is not to say that he’s the worst of the pack – we’ve seen the lobbying free-for-all in the GOP under a lot of scrutiny, inspired by the Bush White House. However, that is every reason not to tolerate even a scintilla of this under a Dem majority.

There is a list of these dinosaurs in both parties that have become insulated from an electoral ejection because of corruption at a local level and it seems as though they are dismissing us as inconvenient and annoying – us – the people for whom they work, and we as citizens do ourselves injustice when we permit corporate lobbyists to pose as public servants, irrespective of Party.

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