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(Rolling Stone)   Rolling Stone won't be letting Matt Taibbi within a light-year of interviewing Obama; instead, Jann Wenner lobs the president a few fat pitches then sits back, batting his eyes in adoration   (rollingstone.com) divider line 55
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2012-04-26 09:49:41 AM
Damn. I'd love to see Taibbi going after Obama. Never thought Rolling Stone would become a great read for politics again, but Taibbi's fantastic.
 
2012-04-26 10:03:38 AM
I hope the 368 people who still read Rolling Stone aren't offended.
 
2012-04-26 10:39:33 AM
So in other words, conservatives didn't like the interview.
 
2012-04-26 10:39:37 AM
 
2012-04-26 10:42:13 AM
We just covered this.
 
2012-04-26 10:42:32 AM
That's a pretty trollish headline there.
 
2012-04-26 10:43:08 AM

Lando Lincoln: So in other words, conservatives didn't like the interview.


They don't read Rolling Stone, anyway.
 
2012-04-26 10:44:26 AM
Rolling Stone hasn't been the same since Brian Jone left the editorial board.
 
2012-04-26 10:46:10 AM
Look, ConservaTrolls, you keep calling the media "liberal". Why do you get outraged when your worst fears are confirmed, at least in this one instance?

Fear not, buttercups! You have NRO, the DailyCaller, Breitfart, WSJ, Boston Herald, WND, Townhall, American Thinker, Free Republic, FoxNews and countless others to do your bidding.
 
2012-04-26 10:46:28 AM
I used to get Record magazine until they folded and put the remainder of my subscription to Rolling Stone which I let lapse.

I'd only read it for the music charts in the back and Hunter S.Thompson, anyway.
 
2012-04-26 10:48:44 AM

Geotpf: That's a pretty trollish headline there.


Conservative versions of headlines lack any humor but excel at dripping with bitterness.
 
2012-04-26 10:49:01 AM
I'm reading Griftopia by Taibbi, and it is rage-inducingly awesome. He has a gift.
 
2012-04-26 10:50:01 AM
Let's see -- FTA:

In regard to Wall Street, people are watching how the Justice Department has treated big players in the financial crisis, like Goldman Sachs, and saying, "Nobody's been put on trial." Other than some con men like Bernie Madoff and some insider trading, there hasn't been a single criminal prosecution of any of the individuals who actually made the decisions that wrecked the global economy. Despite all the fraud and manipulation, why is nobody on trial?

and this:

Let me ask you about the War on Drugs. You vowed in 2008, when you were running for election, that you would not "use Justice Department resources to try and circumvent state laws about medical marijuana." Yet we just ran a story that shows your administration is launching more raids on medical pot than the Bush administration did. What's up with that?

I like Taibbi, but WTF is the submitter snarking about? These are exactly the kinds of questions that I want Obama to answer. It would be nice to have follow-up questions, though.
 
2012-04-26 10:50:28 AM

Seth'n'Spectrum: Repeat.


Yeah, but the other one reads like Jann himself submitted it. At least when Clinton was running you got him plus Hunter Thompson, Bill Greider and P.J. O'Rourke doing the interview.
 
2012-04-26 10:51:33 AM
Because if there is anyone that conservatives believe can put the questions that they most want answered to Obama, it's Matt Taibbi.
 
2012-04-26 10:51:34 AM

NeverDrunk23: Geotpf: That's a pretty trollish headline there.

Conservative versions of headlines lack any humor but excel at dripping with bitterness.


And contempt.
 
2012-04-26 10:54:40 AM
There are the choices you get to make as a journalist:

go the Hunter S. Thompson Memorial "Gonzo" track and you get to write nigh poetical sentences like this in your reports:
"The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who's Who of Goldman Sachs graduates."

But, if you want to get to do things like interview the president, you've got to do that boring, unbiased, grown-up journalism and build your reputation as a serious, balanced reporter instead.

Don't get me wrong, I love Matt, but he's much more of an agent provacatuer than a journalist, but I think the world needs both.
 
2012-04-26 10:57:32 AM
They don't want an unprofessional dickhead interviewing the POTUS?

No shiat....

If you want real journalism gigs, try acting less like an angry, methed-up clown and more like a farking journalist...
 
2012-04-26 10:57:54 AM
IT'S NOT FAIIIIIIIIIIR!

:........(.....

/signed, the Republican Party
 
2012-04-26 10:58:48 AM
If Obama is granted another four years of occupation, America will be unrecognizable in 2016...and not in a good way.

Oh Teapublicans, always good for a laugh.
 
2012-04-26 11:00:17 AM
That's the guy who played Stiffler in American Pie right?
 
2012-04-26 11:01:13 AM

NeverDrunk23: Geotpf: That's a pretty trollish headline there.

Conservative versions of headlines lack any humor but excel at dripping with bitterness.


I always imagine them furiously slamming away at the keyboard, thinking to themselves "This one! This is the headline that will bring down Obama!"
 
2012-04-26 11:03:07 AM
I BET 0BAMA HAD TO USE A TELEPROMPTER FOR TEH INTERVIEW!!!!!!
 
2012-04-26 11:03:14 AM

NateGrey: If Obama is granted another four years of occupation, America will be unrecognizable in 2016...and not in a good way.

Oh Teapublicans, always good for a laugh.


Isn't America damn near unrecognizable already? We're torturing people, letting grown men feel up 4 year olds in the name of security, giving corporations more rights than individuals, etc etc.
 
2012-04-26 11:03:19 AM
I like this headline better, so I request the other headline be dubbed DUPLICATE and stricken from the record.
 
2012-04-26 11:07:07 AM

NateGrey: If Obama is granted another four years of occupation, America will be unrecognizable in 2016...and not in a good way.

Oh Teapublicans, always good for a laugh.


I do so hope that Obama would "go all gangsta" after he wins a second term. Balls-out 100% Socialist. It would make the Teanderthals shriek & flap their chubby little arms in futile WHARRGARBL as the country actually begins to lift itself out of the Recession.

The right wing isn't so much worried about Obama spending the money. They're actually worried that Obama may become so successful that one day his face will be printed ON the money!
 
2012-04-26 11:07:57 AM

coeyagi: Look, ConservaTrolls, you keep calling the media "liberal". Why do you get outraged when your worst fears are confirmed, at least in this one instance?

Fear not, buttercups! You have NRO, the DailyCaller, Breitfart, WSJ, Boston Herald, WND, StormFront, Townhall, American Thinker, Free Republic, FoxNews, and countless others to do your bidding tell you what to think.


FTFY
 
2012-04-26 11:09:36 AM
I came in and I promised that I would end the war in Iraq in a responsible way, and we executed that plan. It wasn't as fast as some people would have liked.

He does a good job of giving lip service to those of us to the left of him.

/still going to leave the Presidential part of my ballot blank
//doesn't matter, as I'm in a solidly blue state
 
2012-04-26 11:11:26 AM

Mentat: NeverDrunk23: Geotpf: That's a pretty trollish headline there.

Conservative versions of headlines lack any humor but excel at dripping with bitterness.

I always imagine them furiously slamming away at the keyboard, thinking to themselves "This one! This is the headline that will bring down Obama!"


Hell, they can be anti Obama all they want, but for god's sake, could they at least try to be actually FUNNY about it? All their headlines scream bitterness, sour grapes and temper tantrums.
 
2012-04-26 11:13:36 AM
 
2012-04-26 11:15:20 AM

Lando Lincoln: So in other words, conservatives didn't like the interview.


I didn't like the interview. I'm not particularly conservative. What a wasted opportunity.
 
2012-04-26 11:15:29 AM
Does Tabbi even do interviews? I though he was an investigative journalist? Not trolling, actually asking.
 
2012-04-26 11:17:36 AM

Splinshints: They don't want an unprofessional dickhead interviewing the POTUS?

No shiat....

If you want real journalism gigs, try acting less like an angry, methed-up clown and more like a farking journalist...


And yet... Thompson (who was definitely an "unprofessional dickhead") was far more correct about what was going on politically in the late '60s and '70s than most "real" journalists. He certainly had Nixon's number early on.

"Unbiased" journalism is massively overrated b/c it has one HUGE bias, towards the establishment, whatever that means at any given moment.
 
2012-04-26 11:19:35 AM

Lando Lincoln: So in other words, conservatives didn't like the interview.


More importantly, Democrats don't want a real liberal interviewing our conservative president.
 
2012-04-26 11:22:26 AM

farkityfarker: I came in and I promised that I would end the war in Iraq in a responsible way, and we executed that plan. It wasn't as fast as some people would have liked.

He does a good job of giving lip service to those of us to the left of him.

/still going to leave the Presidential part of my ballot blank
//doesn't matter, as I'm in a solidly blue state


Write in Bernie Sanders or Russ Feingold then, sheesh.
 
2012-04-26 11:24:35 AM
Matt Tiabbi could have finished that interview in less than 12 parsecs.
 
2012-04-26 11:27:02 AM

CravenMorehead: Matt Tiabbi could have finished that interview in less than 12 parsecs.


I don't even know who Matt Tiabbi is.
 
2012-04-26 11:28:13 AM
Oh modmin, how you do that deja voo doo, that you do so well.

Meh, article is so nice they ought to post it twice. Play on.
 
2012-04-26 11:30:14 AM
NO THOUGHTFUL ANSWERS! We want a scandal!

Jeesh, it was a good interview. Stop looking for blood in the shark tank.
 
2012-04-26 11:32:49 AM

sleeps in trees: NO THOUGHTFUL ANSWERS! We want a scandal!

Jeesh, it was a good interview. Stop looking for blood in the shark tank.


It's almost as if the media suspected Sarah Palin was a retard and asked her questions only retards would get wrong, and she did, but in Obama's case, being a Law Professor and Editor of the Harvard Law Review, he doesn't really get challenged with such gotcha questions like "What newspapers do you read?"
 
2012-04-26 11:33:25 AM

AntiNerd: Let's see -- FTA:

In regard to Wall Street, people are watching how the Justice Department has treated big players in the financial crisis, like Goldman Sachs, and saying, "Nobody's been put on trial." Other than some con men like Bernie Madoff and some insider trading, there hasn't been a single criminal prosecution of any of the individuals who actually made the decisions that wrecked the global economy. Despite all the fraud and manipulation, why is nobody on trial?

and this:

Let me ask you about the War on Drugs. You vowed in 2008, when you were running for election, that you would not "use Justice Department resources to try and circumvent state laws about medical marijuana." Yet we just ran a story that shows your administration is launching more raids on medical pot than the Bush administration did. What's up with that?

I like Taibbi, but WTF is the submitter snarking about? These are exactly the kinds of questions that I want Obama to answer. It would be nice to have follow-up questions, though.


You see, he asked Obama what his favorite TV show was. That makes the rest of the interview disappear.
 
2012-04-26 11:37:30 AM
These two covers are much better.
www.therazor.org

www.moonbattery.com
 
2012-04-26 11:38:44 AM

coeyagi: sleeps in trees: NO THOUGHTFUL ANSWERS! We want a scandal!

Jeesh, it was a good interview. Stop looking for blood in the shark tank.

It's almost as if the media suspected Sarah Palin was a retard and asked her questions only retards would get wrong, and she did, but in Obama's case, being a Law Professor and Editor of the Harvard Law Review, he doesn't really get challenged with such gotcha questions like "What newspapers do you read?"


Actually I was most disappointed in that question, it was an opening and I expected more (National Enquiror would have been a nice touch).
 
2012-04-26 11:42:14 AM

born_yesterday: I BET 0BAMA HAD TO USE A TELEPROMPTER FOR TEH INTERVIEW!!!!!!


Nah. Bill Ayers did it for him.
 
2012-04-26 11:47:15 AM
Hey, worth repeating. The guy gushes all over Obama but the interview itself is an interesting read. It's nice to see the president thoughtful and introspective, rather than spouting that divisive campaign rhetoric.
 
2012-04-26 11:47:52 AM

JusticeandIndependence: CravenMorehead: Matt Tiabbi could have finished that interview in less than 12 parsecs.

I don't even know who Matt Tiabbi is.


He's basically the only journalist in the country who has consistently been calling Wall St. on their shiat since they brought down the world economy in 2007. He does it with a lot of anger, honesty and swears which is why you don't hear much about him in the mainstream news. But he also explains these complicated situations very clearly and is good at showing why you should be angry too. He's the best thing to come out of Rolling Stone since Hunter S.

Everything You Need to Know About Wall Street, in One Brief Tale
 
2012-04-26 11:48:14 AM

Cletus C.: Hey, worth repeating. The guy gushes all over Obama but the interview itself is an interesting read. It's nice to see the president thoughtful and introspective, rather than spouting that divisive campaign rhetoric.


Reverse psychology won't work ...
 
2012-04-26 11:48:38 AM
Does anyone seriously read Rolling Stone for political news? I don't even trust it for music coverage. I thought the only way it stayed in publication was by occasionally getting celebrities to pose semi-nude on the cover. It's like the rock-themed version of Cosmopolitan.
 
2012-04-26 11:49:06 AM

Cletus C.: Hey, worth repeating. The guy gushes all over Obama but the interview itself is an interesting read. It's nice to see the president thoughtful and introspective, rather than spouting that divisive campaign rhetoric.


Can't wait for the Romney "thoughtful and introspective" interview. Which will probably never come. Robots aren't introspective.
 
2012-04-26 11:50:44 AM
Taibbi is a farking nutbag. He's useful for Rolling Stone because he appeals to morons, but I'd understand why they wouldn't want their resident nutbag to interview the president.
 
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