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Hate Inc.

Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another
Narrated by: Robert Fass
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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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.

©2019 Matt Taibbi (P)2020 Tantor

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  • 04-05-2020

Required reading for 2020's

Beautifully written and narrated. This is a crucial book for navigating the media landscape that has created consensus and disempowerment through discontent.

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  • Wayne
  • 31-05-2020

Political book by an honest journalist!

I often disagree with Matt Taibbi but find that everything he writes is worth reading and giving strong consideration. I agree with most of HATE, INC. I do wish, however, that in this book that he had focused not just on MSNBC and Fox but also on CNN which is just as guilty as the others. Taibbi is from the left side of the political spectrum and I am fro the right side but we both have libertarian leanings so maybe that's why we see much of politics and journalism in the same way. Most of all I like and appreciate Taibbi's honesty even when I disagree with his perspective. Hate, Inc. is an important book about US politics and journalism that deserves a huge audience.

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  • Ron
  • 13-06-2020

Skip the Book and Read Appendix 1

He offers a terrific perspective. He’s tainted by his own bias but still does very well considering. He felt the need to explain his comments about liberals but doesn’t do the same for conservatives. He often says ‘People might think..’ or ‘My friends won’t like..’ In doing this. Perhaps I’m too naive to think anyone can truly be unbiased but it is exactly that I seek. I am a conservative but crave a real and true bond with my liberal counterparts to keep our elected leaders in check in the best interest of our great country. I have no doubt we are all being manipulated by (both) elites. K. Ball said it best, ‘We need to start hating each other less and hating elites more.’

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  • Kyle Wilson
  • 07-05-2020

Excellent.

Matt Taibbi never disappoints. An honest look into why Americans hate each other so much, and how the media has profited off of this ugly trend.

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  • CC Falcon
  • 03-04-2020

I know a thing or two about a thing or two?

I bought the book because of the subject matter and had a few additional questions raised for myself upon completion including (bare with me): Have we neutered our reporters due to the Princess Diana tragedy? and...Can they be more investingstively probing without destroying civil liberties or lives? Is that an oxymoron? I loathed our last election and am looking for variation from the trivial bullshit being spewed in my face. I am also very over the dumbing down and emotionalism being pandered- which this book addresses. This book bordered on being mightily repetitive towards the later half- the reason for my 4 star rating....but maybe the very nature of the subject matter forces a kind of deja-vu to happen. A very apt discussion with the new election looming (or not looming at the moment given COVID priority).

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  • ROBERT
  • 23-03-2020

outstanding insights /depth of dubject

the narrator's inflections were spot on. he made the book the author's allegories were wonderful... not far fetched or strained...

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  • Kevin A. Silvey
  • 15-03-2020

Must read

A must-read in the time of Trump and the hysteria surrounding coronavirus. Matt Taibbi is a modern day cross between Chomsky and Hunter S Thompson — an important contemporary intellectual.

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  • L. Learish
  • 08-06-2020

An insightful expose on outrage journalism

I have a lot of respect for Taibbi's willingness to criticize the charlatans on both sides of the spectrum. He spells out the reasons why news producers have chosen sides, and how this polarization has come at the expense of real journalism. He does a good job spreading the blame around, although he has particular contempt for Sean Hannity, Conversely he seems sorry that Rachel Maddow sold her soul for ratings. Furthermore, the Fox News vs. MSNBC thing is a little bit of a false dichotomy because there are so many more left-leaning journalists (by Taibbi's own acknowledgement) and news outlets. CNN was curiously absent from this book. Social media platforms were also absent from this book. I highly recommend this book for any young person who cannot see through the propaganda, or who is wondering why their parents or grandparents complain about the decline of cable news broadcasts. My teenage kids currently have no interest in or Russian collusion, or impeachment, or any part of the cable news outrage cycle. Hopefully when they do come of age, there will be more voices like Taibbi's .

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  • Dan Neal
  • 24-05-2020

Outstanding Overview by an Author I Used to Dislike

I’ve sent this narration to multiple friends. A very prescient overview of the tribalism that has infected the American zeitgeist. Taibbi is open about his preferences as he chastises both sides of the political aisle for their roles in making Americans hate each other. A rational, mostly unemotional work. Taibbi is one of the great heirs to the Noam Chomsky line of freethinkers.

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  • Darlene A. Geloso
  • 09-05-2020

Required reading!

This should be required reading / listening for all interested in the current state of journalism today!

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  • pedro chacon
  • 30-04-2020

fantastic!!! Matt taibbi has done it again

Amazing book. Matt is a excellent writer and journalist. I love his prospective. It's a must read in today's disinformation, fake news media machine. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-2020

Listen. Then watch. Then be amazed

Listen closely. Go watch the news. Then wait for the penny to drop. If you don't hear the penny drop it's to late for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-2020

tied together like a bow

Matt does an amazing job of stitching together the invisible threads that connect every media voice selling you propaganda and consent