Chris Hedges Matt Taibbi Video

On Contact: Taibbi and Hedges on the Media Landscape

On Chris Hedges' show, On Contact, the host speaks with journalist and author Matt Taibbi about the rapidly disintegrating media landscape and its consequences.

On Chris Hedges’ RT show, On Contact, the host speaks with journalist and author Matt Taibbi about the rapidly disintegrating media landscape and its consequences.

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  1. I didn’t catch why they thought they did it. Why did e.g. NYTimes self-immolate as a news source? Hedges muttered something about fear. Fear of what?

    IMHO it is the publisher’s ego trip. He has great power so he wants to use it. He wants his power to be seen. Power corrupts to the point of self-destruction, and is likely to take us with it. Do we want to be joined with the owning class in a suicide pact? How will we get out of it?

    1. Trump said What good are my Hbombs if I can’t use them? It same egotistic mind-set.

    2. The NYT was seeing multi-million dollar losses. They went propaganda and showed a 55 million (?) profit.

      1. Wow! So money is everything now. It’s not just the Style section. The newsroom is the same. The Grey Lady decided to be a whore.

    3. I didn’t catch why they thought they did it. Why did e.g. NYTimes self-immolate as a news source? Hedges muttered something about fear. Fear of what?

      IMHO it is the publisher’s ego trip. He has great power so he wants to use it. He wants his power to be seen. Power corrupts to the point of self-destruction, and is likely to take us with it. Do we want to be joined with the owning class in a suicide pact? How will we get out of it?

      I think you answered your own question. The self-destruction by power-corruption is nearly complete, explaining why nothing’s coherent. It’s become crystal clear to me. Since power corrupts absolutely, there is only one option for humanity: total reversal and elimination of the pursuit of concentrated power, across society, from the individual to the institution. It’s easy in that our policy becomes complete, whole. But it’s a challenge because it is a monumental task requiring the utmost effort of all people. But this is ok. Because there’s no other option. The status quo of covilization is a cyclic catastrophe of epic proportions, and it’s time, it’s always been time, to move beyond that, toward the one thing that makes utmost sense, beyond measure. We all know what that is: Total positivity. Total faith in humanity. It takes utmost courage, poersistence, all virtues, by all, for all. Time to get moving. We’re leaving all this negativity behind. All of it. No more corrution of the positive with the negative. No more mixed bags of deception/trickery, bait-n-switch, shell games, tail wagging the dog, cart before the horse, etc, etc, ad nauseam. No more garbage in garbage out. No more parasite master. No more authority. No more domination/submission, reward/punishment, duty/obligation, labels/judgments, guilt/shame, fault/blame. No more negative. Instead, the universal reign of free will. Our purpose is to serve life with total positivity, to participate with nature in order-building. Our positivity is total, to maintain momentum, stability, at our peak potential. Must I illustrate the benefits? They are monumental.

      1. Sorry. It didn’t allow me to edit my post. I meant to delete your comment that I pasted in because it would not show me your comment while composing.

    4. I believe Hedges said that it is because “The Times” is hemorrhaging money. They are afraid of going bankrupt, so they’re doing what they can to preserve a shrinking audience.

  2. News, so called, has always been nationalistic. When it moved from radio to television, with the obligatory pretty anchor people, “news” moved into entertainment-ideology.

    Now, with the electronic privileging of immediacy, ideology has become party-affiliated propaganda, the flashier the better.

    The NY Times is a party to this no matter its customary self-righteousness.

  3. “New media product.”? Joe Rogan has more online followers than does MSNBC.

  4. Considering we are only two days before one of the most fateful presidential elections in living memory, what, pray tell, does it say about a media outlet that devotes more space to texts concerning a mediocre populist blogger who threw a temper tantrum resignation on the pretext that his editors asked him to change some demagogic details in a submitted article because they did not want to publish a pro-Trump propaganda (in the favorite Neo Progressive form of anti-liberal conspiracy theory), than to the aforementioned event?

    If Hedges, Taibbi, Greenwald and other Neo Progressive demagogues and propaganda buffs are what’s left of the left then we are truly in a post truth era, where ‘alternative facts’ roam free, and the most important facts of our lives, such as the looming choice between fascist m@r@n and a democratic revival opportunity, are overshadowed by delusional, self-congratulatory, naval-gazing nonsense and trivia.

    1. You are neither funny, profound or interesting as you seem to pride yourself (anyone spewing “this fascinating discussion between people I hold in very high esteem” on anything said at the Russian propaganda outlet by the likes of Hedges or Taibbi is little more than a cult follower, and not the brightest).

      The truth needs no financiers!

    2. You drank the Koolaid about Trump and other matters. Trump is the result of problems that most of the media is not talking about, and another, possibly worse version will come along–or civil war–if those problems are not addressed very soon.

    1. You remind me if this Nationalist troll I have the displeasure of working with. He can’t stop talking about the wonders of everything rightist and stupid.

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