Hate Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another

Matt Taibbi (Author)
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Part tirade, part confessional from the celebrated Rolling Stone journalist, Hate Inc. reveals that what most people think of as "the news" is, in fact, a twisted wing of the entertainment business

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.

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
OR Books
Publish Date
October 08, 2019
6.0 X 1.1 X 8.9 inches | 1.3 pounds

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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.


Praise for Hate Inc

"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, blistering an American media industry he accuses of taking sides and manipulating the audience for profit--'different news' elevated to a business model." --The Washington Post

"Reporters have often become unwitting props in the amped-up, WWE brand of politics practiced by Donald Trump, even as their organizations have profited mightily from it." --Booklist (starred review)

"An invigorating polemic against tactics the news media use to manipulate and divide their audiences." --Kirkus Reviews

"A smart dissection of a grim media landscape." --Publishers Weekly

"Taibbi is a delight to read. He's a figure of large courage and considerable brio." --Paste

"Brilliantly captures the current circus atmosphere and explores its roots in the political, economic and technological transformations of the last half century." --CounterPunch

Praise for Matt Taibbi

"Taibbi, a writer of striking intelligence and bold ideas, is as hilarious as he is scathing." --Publishers Weekly

"[Matt] Taibbi is a relentless investigative reporter."--The Washington Post

"Taibbi [is] perhaps the greatest reporter on Wall Street's crimes in the modern era." --Salon

"Matt Taibbi is the best American journalism has to offer."--David Sirota, author of Hostile Takeover

"Where other mainstream news sources fail, Matt Taibbi madly embraces his role as an honest political observer/writer/citizen in a democracy." --Janeane Garofalo